Last Friday we went for a little day-trip to Bexhill-on-Sea, where we trawled the many charity and junk shops for second-hand treasures. I flicked my way through record-after-record of James Last and Sound Of Music LPs, but I came away with a nice little haul.
In the very first charity shop I picked up a copy of The Art Of Noise's 1984 proto-sample cut-and-stick pop hit Close (To The Edit) for 30p. A little musique concrète gem amongst the Lionel Richies and Band Aids. The b-side is a curious one – a medley/sampler of all the tracks on their album Who’s Afraid Of (The Art Of Noise), and the sleeve has a punch-out token for 50p off the album (offer closes 30th November 1984).
The Art Of Noise - Close (To The Edit)
The Art Of Noise -A Time To Hear (Who's Listening)
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Our final stop of the day unearthed something even better – a 1965 Françoise Hardy seven-inch, the UK version of Le Temps Des Souvenirs sung in English as Just Call And I’ll Be There. And on the flip-side, one of my faves, You Just Have To Say The Word. It used to belong to Hazel, who lost the sleeve, but did stick a little name label on with (age-yellowed) sellotape. And the price: a mere 49p!
Françoise Hardy - Just Call And I'll Be There Françoise Hardy - You Just Have To Say The Word
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Here is the setlist from our first L'Amour Electronique of 2010
Dominic Marie Laforêt – Marie Douceur, Marie Colère Tubeway Army – Me, I Disconnect From You Biky – Reponses Michel Polnareff – L’Oiseau De Nuit Boy From Brazil – Le Claquer Des Doigts Gillian Hills – Ma Premiere Cigarette Stereolab – Eloge D’Eros Depeche Mode – Photographic Telex – Moskow Diskow Sarah Katsen – Drax Dan Deacon – Okie Dokie France Gall – Ne Sois Pas Si Bête Chantal Goya – Ce Soir On Danse Stereo Total – Chewing Gum The Chap – Fun and Interesting The Human League – The Path Of Least Resistance Yacht – Psychic City Michèle Richard – Dou Da Dou Verity Sebastien Tellier – Kilometer April March – Magic Ass Serge Gainsbourg – Comic Strip Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygene pt.4 Magnetic Fields – Smoke and Mirrors Françoise Hardy – Les Petits Garçons Jacques Dutronc – Les Gens Sont Fous, Les Temps Temps Sont Flous The Human League – Sound Of The Crowd Add N To (X) – Barry 7’s Contraption Dominic Michel Polnareff – Beatnik Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM Felix Da Housecat feat. Miss Kittin – Madame Hollywood Dani – Sans Asterisque Henri Salvador – Beta Gamma, L’Ordinateur David Whittaker - Theme from The Tube (ZX Spectrum 128K) / L’Infonie – L’Affair Chantal Goya – Tu M’As Trop Menti Serge Gainsbourg – Un Poison Violent, C’est Ca L’Amour Brigitte Bardot – Harley Davidson Stereo Total – Supergirl Claire Dixon – Fleurs, Vent Françoise Hardy – Je T’aime Christine Pilzer – Mon Petit Homme Spatial Sarah Serge Gainsbourg – Le Poinçonneur Des Lilas Jacques Dutronc – J’ai Tout Lu, Tout Vu, Tout Bu Ria Bartok – Ecoute Mon Coeur Sylvie Vartan – L’Irrésistiblement Krisma – Black Silk Stockings Bat For Lashes – Pearl’s Dream MIA – Bamboo Banga Chicks On Speed – For All The Boys In The World Verity Jacques Dutronc – Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi Denim – Snake Bite Dalida – Petit Elephant Twist Stereo Total – Les Chansons d’A Violaine – Dam’Dou Ah! The Knife – You Made Me Like Charity Neil Young – Sample + Hold Neon Neon – Dream Cars Pet Shop Boys – Rent Sebastien Tellier – Sexual Sportswear Dominic Bazooka – Dada Dodo (version instrumental) Ariane – Ice Cream Toss – Da Da Da (est-ce qu'on s'cherche ou est ce qu'on triche?) Les Beatlettes – C’est Graçe a Toi Jacques Dutronc – Sur Une Nappe De Restaurant Stereo Total – Orange Mecanique Michel Polnareff – Dans La Maison Vide Jean-Jacques Perrey – E.V.A. Die Dorau & Die Marinas – Fred Vom Jupiter Sarah Trouble Vs Glue – No No More Devo – Pink Pussy Cat OMD – Almost Ultravox – Quiet Man Brigitte Bardot – Maria Ninguém Jacques Dutronc – Les Cactus Les Roche Martin – Les Mains Dans Les Poches Pulp – OU Ladytron – Discotraxx Verity Serge Gainsbourg – Requiem Pour un Con France Gall – N’ecoute Pas Les Idoles Mareva Galanter – Les Filles C’est Fait Pour Faire L’Amour Heaven 17 – Temptation OMD – Enola Gay Trans X – Living On Video Serge Gainsbourg – Love On The Beat Yazoo – Nobody’s Diary Dominic Silicon Teens – Let’s Dance Michel Legrand – Digue Ding Ding Emmanuelle Seigner – Femme Fatale Eileen – C’est Bottes Sont Fait Pour Marcher Carole Robert & Les Improvistes - Le Fruit Defendu Cats In Paris – Loose Tooth Tactile Sarah Sukia – The Dream Machine Glass Candy – Candy Castle Momus – I Am The Law Soft Cell – Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go? Verity Françoise Hardy – Je Veux Qu’il Revienne Sandie Shaw - Toujours un coin qui me rappelle Jane Birkin – Raccrochez, C’est Un Horreur Ray Davies/BBC Sporting Themes – Breezy Bounce Add N To (X) – Metal Fingers In My Body Dominic Stereo Total – Tu M’as Voulue Les 5 Gentlemen – Si Tu Reviens Chez Moi Miss Pain – Teenage Action/New Distraction Sarah John Foxx – 20th Century The B-52s – Dance This Mess Around Sparks – Get In The Swing Verity Jacques Dutronc – Fais Pas Çi, Fais Pas Ça Stereolab – French Disko Michel Polnareff - Y'a que pas pouvoir qu'on peut The Tornadoes - Telstar
And now the mp3s
Sarah The Human League – The Path Of Least Resistance
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Dominic Serge Gainsbourg – Un Poison Violent, C’est Ca L’Amour
[buy Serge Gainsbourg from iTunes | Amazon.uk]
Verity Violaine – Dam’Dou Ah!
[re-issued on Swinging Mademoiselle volume 2, which you can't get anywhere]
Annie Philippe - Tchakaboum (Mon Coeur Fait Tchakaboum)
[buy Annie Philippe from iTunes]
Petula can certainly feel the beat of her heart. She can hear the BOOM, like the rhythm of a train, like a thousand drums... uh-oh, there it goes again... I’d stay away from your beau if I were you Pet, or you’ll end up having a Eurovision heart attack like that Minuouche Barelli did.
Petula Clark - Le Coeur Qui Bat
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My biggest concern is for fälschung siamese-twin/maker of fizzy 8-bit disturbo-pop Raüberhöle. You see her/their heart is beeping some pretty noisy bleeps and those noisy little bleeps keep making her/them come over all Lene Lovich “Eh! Oooh! Eeh! Ooh!”
Raüberhöle - My Heart Bleeps Noisy Beeps
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[*the post title is a reference to/paraphrasal of this]
Let's face it, the vast majority of people who make their new year resolutions at the start of January will be well and truly off their respective wagons by now, rendering the whole charade a little futile. I've never been much good at keeping them myself - in fact the only one I can seriously remember upholding was my 2006 vow to give up my job before the year was out. Eight months later I escaped the shackles of full-time employment, and I've been skint but happy ever since.
This year I thought I should try and post more music here on L'Amour Electronique. A resolution which was somewhat at odds with last years not-so-successful plan to spend less time on my computer. In the first week of January my computer had to be taken in for some repairs to stop big blocks of white obscuring the display. It was gone for over 2 weeks, which was enough time to get me used to a life sans ordinateur. Yes, I denounced the teachings of Kraftwerk, I fell out of love with computer.
My plan is to make more posts, but to be a bit less elaborate with them. 2010 will be the year of the more prolific/less verbose L'Amour Electronique.
On the subject of New Year's resolutions, any red-blooded males out there trying to give up the smokes, I suggest you look away now.
You see Miss Hills has been hanging out with that bad boy Jimmy. She's only sweet sixteen and he's her little champion, taking her behind the bike-sheds for that quintessentially 50's/ 60's rite of passage. We tried to warn her, Jimmy's nothing but a bad influence, she'll be rolling round naked with Jane Birkin before you know it.
Gillian Hills - Ma Première Cigarette
[buy Gillian Hills: iTunes | Amazon.fr]