Monday, December 31, 2012

Last sounds from 2012.

Benjamin Biolay - Aime mon amour

Barbara Carlotti - L'amour, l'argent, le vent

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Discovering French Music volume 13

It has been a long time, but I'm happy to present you the new volume of my home made compilations of French music. As usual, some old chanson, a swinging musette, some rock, a romantic yéyé hit, an underground rap by a very young artist, two covers of Brazilians songs, chansons by newcomers and many more !

This time, one of the greatest singer of the new generation, Mathieu Boogaerts, is on the cover.


  1. La Tordue – Lola (T’es fou, 1998)
  2. Benjamin Biolay - Brandt Rhapsodie (La Superbe, 2011)
  3. Yann Tiersen – Comptine d’un autre été (Amélie OST, 2001)
  4. Manu Chao – Je ne t’aime plus (Clandestino, 1998)
  5. Dogs – Secrets (Legandary Lovers, 1983)
  6. Rina Ketty – J’attendrai (1938, Louis Poterat, original : Tornerai by Nino Rastelli & Dino Olivieri)
  7. Barbara – Le bel âge (Barbara chante Barbara, 1964)
  8.  Claude Nougaro – Bidonville (1967, reprise de Baden Powell, Berimbau)
  9. Michel Fugain – Fais comme l’oiseau (1972, Michel Fugain et le Grand Bazard, lyrics by Pierre Delanoë, music : Você Abusou by Antonio Carlos)
  10. Zaz - Je Veux  (Zaz, 2010, Kerredine Soltani)
  11. Jean Tranchant – Les prénoms effacés (1936)
  12. Gus Viseur – Douce joie (1942)
  13. Maurice Chevalier – L’amour est passé près de vous (Charlys, Souplex, Gardoni, Jean Chavoit, 1937)
  14. Mathieu Boogaerts – Pardonne (Michel, 2005)
  15. Lou Deprijck/Plastic Bertrand – Ça plane pour moi (An 1, 1977, Yvan Lacomblez, Lou Deprijick)
  16. Patricia Carli – Arrête Arrête (Demain tu te maries) (1963)
  17. Guizmo – Guizmax (La Banquise, 2012)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Some Frenglish songs!

They sing in English, but they are French. Sometimes they are signed on US or UK record labels and even the French don't know they are French.

It is indeed very difficult to have an international appeal when your songs are not sung in English. Here's a selection of those nice acts, even some of them lack of personality with their electro-funk-rock. They were mostly released this year, some of those bands which where found in this article.

Ponny Run Run - Run Boy Run (2012)

Stuck in the Sound - Brother (Pursuit, 2012)

Woodkid - Iron (Iron EP, 2011)

The Shoes - Time to Dance (Time to Dance 2012)

 Skip the use - Ghost (2012)

Yuksek - Off The Wall

Some fresh French songs!

I don't have much time to upload the blog lately. But I've just re-uploaded some dead links and I present you some nice songs from 2012. Enjoy!

Oxmo Puccino - Le sucre pimenté (Roi sans Carosse, 2012)

Dominique A - Vers le Bleu (Vers les Lueurs, 2012)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Summer 2012

Mathieu Boogaerts - Avant que je m'ennuie (2012, the album will be released in october)

Henri Salvador - Ca n'a pas d'importance (Philippe Gaillard & Francis Maggiulli)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Nice French tracks from 2012

Dominique A - Rendez nous la lumière (Vers la lueur)

And three rap songs.

A tribute to mothers by Guizmo.
Guizmo - Maman STP (La Banquiz)

A political song, by Kerry James.
Kerry James - Lettre à la République (92-2012)

And to finish, a single by Sexion d'Assaut, still toping French charts. I can't say i like it, but for this song has been watched 19 millions times on youtube... Also a song about the mothers...

Monday, April 9, 2012

French Kisses in the Carribean

A selection of great songs from great French artists from the Caribbean:

A traditional song from Guadeloupe, by gwoka legend Anzala.

Anzala Feat Esnard Boisdur - Krab Ka Déklaré

Another legend, the very deep singer and musician, Eugène Mona:

A song about the February 74 drama, when the police killed two demonstrators during a strike in Martinique.
Kolo Barst - Février 74

Alain Jean-Marie & Robert Mavounzy - Nous les cuisinières

Thursday, April 5, 2012

New French songs

A few nice songs from 2012.
I don't have much time to update the blog lately.

One of the most awaited album of the year, by Zebda, 10 years after their last album.
Zebda - (Second Tour, 2012)

Some rock :
Dionysos - Cloudman (Bird'n' Roll, 2012)

The songwriter of Zaz, in a humorous and political song about the clichés and prejudices that French from Arab descents are victims.
Kerredine Soltani - Je veux m'intégrer(2012)

A rap track by Guizmo, a very talented new comer. With a Françoise hardy sample.
Guizmo - Le Premier Chagrin du jour (La banquise)

And also:

Elephant - Rien (Rien, 2012)

Da Silva - La crise (La distance - 2012)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Feelings for you

There's are chances you know the song Feelings, but do you know the story behind it? From France to Turkey, from Brazil to the World.

The song was composed by French Loulou Gasté and Albert Simonin in 1956 under the Frenh name "Pour Toi" (for you). This song was sung by Dario Moreno, a Turkish singer who made his career in France, and remembered for his catchy songs, in chanson, operetta, or latin-american influenced rhythms.

Dario Moreno - Pour Toi (OST le feu aux poudres, 1957)

20 years later, Morris Albert, a Brazilian musician, adapted the song with new lyrics in English. Without mentioning where the melody where from... It would cost him a lots of money when he lost his trial. The song became on of the biggest world hit in the history, selling millions.

Morris Albert - Feelings (1974)

"Feelings" was covered by many artists, like Frank Sinatra, Caetano Veloso and also translated in French by Mike Brant. But the best is this live recording of Nina Simone, able to turn a cheesy tune into this beautiful and moving moment. 10 minutes of grace, much better than the original recordings of Pour toi/feelings!

Nina Simone - Feelings (Jazz Montreux festival, 1976)