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Serge Gainsbourg

Born 2 April 1928. Died 2 March 1991.
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Serge Gainsbourg's 'Je T'Aime': ''So sexy!''

Deanna remembers how she thought 'Je T'Aime' was ''so fabulous... so sexy!''

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Biography

Serge Gainsbourg (born Lucien Ginsburg;; 2 April 1928 – 2 March 1991) was a French singer, songwriter, pianist, film composer, poet, painter, screenwriter, writer, actor and director. Regarded as one of the most important figures in French popular music, he was renowned for his often provocative and scandalous releases, as well as his diverse artistic output, which embodied genres ranging from jazz, mambo, world, chanson, pop and yé-yé, to rock and roll, progressive rock, reggae, electronic, disco, new wave and funk. Gainsbourg's varied musical style and individuality make him difficult to categorize although his legacy has been firmly established and he is often regarded as one of the world's most influential popular musicians.

His lyrical work incorporated a vast amount of clever word play to hoodwink the listener, often for humorous, provocative, satirical or subversive reasons. Common types of word play in his songs include mondegreen, onomatopoeia, rhyme, spoonerism, dysphemism, paraprosdokian and pun. Through the course of his career, Gainsbourg wrote over 500 songs, which have been covered more than a thousand times by a wide range of artists. Since his death, Gainsbourg's music has reached legendary stature in France. He has also gained a following in the English-speaking world, with numerous artists influenced by his arrangements.

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  1. Review of Comme un Boomerang: Best Of Gainsbourg

    Comme un Boomerang: Best Of Gainsbourg 2011

    Reviewed by Andrew Mueller
    There’s a great deal of stunning pop across these 47 tracks.
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