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Comic Strip [CD]

Serge Gainsbourg Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B000001EIC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Bonnie And Clyde (Album Version) 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Initials B B (Album Version) 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Comic Strip (Version Inedite) 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Chatterton (Version Inedite) 2:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Bloody Jack (Album Version) 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Docteur Jekyll Et Monsieur Hyde (Album Version) 1:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Torrey Canyon (Version Inedite) 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Shu Ba Du Ba Loo Ba (Album Version) 2:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Ford Mustang (Album Version) 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Black And White (Album Version) 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Qui Est "In" Qui Est "Out" (Album Version) 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Hold Up (Version 45 Tours) 2:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Marilu (Album Version) 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Un Poison Violent, C'Est Ca L'Amour (Album Version) 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Sous Le Soleil Exactement (Album Version) 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. 69 Année Erotique (Album Version) [feat. Jane Birkin] 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Les Sucettes (Album Version) 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen20. Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus (Album Version) 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

SERGE GAINSBOURG Comic Strip (1996 French 20-track compilation CD housed in a jewel case with card outer sleeve booklet and reissue insert this is a great introduction for the Gainsbourg novice compiling some of his best material recorded between 1966-1969 includes the so-far-ahead-of-its-time Requiem Pour Un C.. which sounds like it could have been released on Mo Wax in the early 90s as well as Bonnie & Clyde and of course Je Taime..Moi Non Plus. The sleeve shows very little sign of wear and the disc is in excellent condition)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginners guide to Gainsbourg Pop 9 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
This was the first Gainsbourg cd I bought, and I was hooked from the opening bars of "Requiem pour un con" and have since built up my collection. If you like 60's/70's pop, this should be amongst your collection. Every song on this disc is a classic piece of French pop music to be inspired by. Forget all the stories about the drink and women...just listen to this album and be converted.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cream of Gainsbourg 21 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the perfect introduction to the Serge Gainsbourg's music.
It compiles most of the material he released between 1966 and 1969 (including the entire "Initials BB" album), which undoubtedly was the peak of his career.
"Comic Strip" proves that Gainsbourg cannot be dismissed as the King of the French Cheese (bad joke not intended). Most of the tracks sound fresh and fun, and some cuts would have been considered as pop classics, had they not been recorded in French, but that's xenophobia for you...)
Here we can find excellent 60's popsongs like "Bonnie & Clyde", "Initials BB", "L'Anamour" or "Initials BB". Tracks like these, and the incredibly modern sounding "Requiem Pour un Con", makes this album essential.
There are a few weak moments though. Some of Gainsbourg's earliest takes on pop music ("Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde" and "Shu Ba Du Ba Loo Ba") sounds a bit dated and uninspired. The title track is perhaps a bit too much quirky kitsch, if you can't see the fun of it.
However, "Comic Strip" is an excellent album, nicely packaged (shame that the sleevenotes are in French though...) and it is a suitable introduction to Gainsbourg and 60's French pop.
In case you want more continue with these:
Serge Gainsbourg - "Histoire de Melody Nelson" (Excellent 1971 album)
Brigitte Bardot - "Best of BB" (Fun kitsch but also great pop - listen to "Contact")
France Gall - "Poupee de Son" (A bit kitschy as well, but a good compilation. Includes her version of Gainsbourg's remarkably filthy "Les Sucettes" among others.)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
Perhaps with the recent vogue for French dance music (Air, Rob, Daft Punk, My House/Montmartre)& the recent Jane Birkin solo album, not to forget the recent biog 'A Fistful of Gitanes', there might be a rise in interest in all things Serge. I hope so, as this may get the French government/culture types to fund the proposed musuem in SG's old house, which I would love to visit...
This compilation is one of the best I own, up there with Gene Clark's Flying High, Scott Walker's Boy Child, Leonard Cohen's Essential Songs, Neil Young's Decade & Michael Nyman's 2000-best of. It takes in the years from 1966 to 1969, & was my introduction to the joys of Serge Gainsbourg- having heard many of these songs interpreted on Mick Harvey's 1995 album 'The Intoxicated Man' (& its not quite as good follow up 'Pink Elephants'). So I got to hear the originals of such songs as Initials BB, Chatterton, 69 annee erotique, sous ;e soleil exactment, qui est "in" qui est "out" & one of the great singles of all time, the Serge-Bardot-duet Bonnie and Clyde (1968).
The songs feel have more in common with contemporary rap music, in their original use of language- sometimes fusing American-English with French, such as on another favourite Ford Mustang: "et la gauche a la droit...coca cola...superman...Marilyn...Aspirin"- love the way that 'Mus' equals "gauche", while "tang" equals "droit". The songs lyrics remind me of JG Ballard's material around 'Crash'/'Atrocity Exhibition' & it namechecks 'Edgar Allen Poe'- as did The Beatles 'I am the Walrus' in the same year.
Other favourites include Torrey Canyon (which anyone who likes John Barry should adore)& of course the controversial UK#1 from 1969, Je t'aime...
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars French pop from the swinging sixties 21 Mar 2004
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Requiem pour un c… has an interesting rhythmic texture, whilst Bonnie and Clyde (a duet with Brigitte Bardot) is a slow, meandering ballad. Initials B.B. is another slow number with Serge in talking vocal style over an orchestral backing.
The title track Comic Strip is a lilting pop number with interesting vocal effects and a catchy tune. Chatterton has nice organ lines, Bloody Jack is a singalong ditty embellished with great female vocals, Docteur Jeckyll et Monsieur Hyde is typical 1960 European orchestral pop and Torrey Canyon has a bouncy pace.
Shu Ba Du Ba Loo Ba is an uptempo ditty whist the slow ballad Ford Mustang has an interesting interplay between the male and female vocals. The rock feel and urgent pace of Qui est In, Qui est Out are welcome at this point and are also evident in Hold Up, a lively pop song. Marilu is lighter, but with a charming melody, bright vocals and some great handclaps.
Sous le soleil exactement is a gentle soulful ballad in Serge’s sexy style, which is echoed in 69 année érotique with its languid female vocals framing Serge’s ruminations. L’anamour is another gentle ballad with a memorable tune. The album concludes with Je T’Aime, his famous ballad with Jane Birkin, the erotic masterpiece that was a huge hit worldwide.
Compared to the same era’s pop music from the Anglosphere, there seems to be more emphasis on the lyrics than on melody throughout the album. The music is more orchestral than François Hardy’s tuneful folkie style from the same period. Comic Strip is an interesting window on the talent of Serge Gainsbourg who will always be remembered for the magnificent Je T’Aime (Moi Non Plus) in the rest of the world.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Compilation 5 Nov 2001
By nowhereman - Published on
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Where most compilations fail, this one succeeds. Rather than trying to paint a picture of Gainsbourg's entire output, "Comic Strip" focuses on the artist's output from the late 60s, the period most regard as his peak.
While there are a few arguably important songs from the late 60s that are absent here, the track selection is excellent overall. 'Comic Strip' and 'Bonnie and Clyde' highlight Gainsbourg's work with Brigitte Bardot. 'Requiem pour un Con' is a timeless wonder. But what really impresses about this CD is that it does not try to merely provide a greatest hits package. Lesser known songs such as 'Ford Mustang' and 'Un Poison Violent' are welcome additions.
And as the album progresses we get Gainsbourg's late 60s output, accented by his collaboration with Jane Birkin in 'Soixante-Neuf Année Erotique.'
There were a plethora or songs that Gainsbourg wrote very other artists, so his value is doubly important. 'Les Sucettes' and 'Sous le Soleil Exactement' are great examples, and the inclusion of his own versions are very welcome indeed.
This is a wonderful overview of the peak of the most influential French songwriter ever, a man who still casts a large shadow of influence over modern day French, American, and British artists. A very smart buy to become familiar with his work....
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A handful of indispensable tunes. 13 Mar 2000
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I gave 4 stars instead of 5 because a few of these songs are a bit annoying and not for all tastes. But many other songs are absolutely indispensable:
"Bonnie and Clyde" (in French, despite its title) sounds like it could have come off of "The Velvet Undergound & Nico" album (one of the all-time greats). (His companions in his duets serve the same purpose as Nico, who herself was a model/actress not espeically known for her singing.)
"Je t' non plus" is a legendary song that hasn't aged; the organ reminds me of Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale."
"Chatterton" and "Requiem pour un con" sound incredibly contemporary - the first time I heard them, I thought they must be re-mixed versions (they aren't) because the beats seem influenced by hip-hop.
"Soixante neuf anne erotique" is pure bubblegum, a perfect song, and a nice companion piece to "Je t'aime." "Sous le soleil exactement" and "Les Sucettes" (with its wah-wah guitar in the background) are strange and beautiful songs. Other songs have the same experimental flavor found on late Beatles albums: "Comic Strip," "Ford Mustang," "Hold Up." A couple songs (especially "L'anamour") are Francoise Hardy-type Ye-Ye pop songs.
Every French rock collection should contain many of these songs; so should any collection of '60s psychedelic/California music.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...and It STILL Sounds Sexy!!! 1 Jun 2006
By Thomas D. Ryan - Published on
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For those who are unfamiliar, Serge Gainsbourg is (was) a French songwriter and performer who sang almost exclusively in his native language. Comic Strip focuses on pop material that he recorded between 1966 and 1969. If the age of the material or language puts you off, then I appreciate this opportunity to convince you otherwise. First of all, the French lyrics only add to the strange mystery of the music, while these songs sound remarkably contemporary. Imagine a pop song that consists of percussion loops and rhythm samples, recorded in 1967! The leadoff track "Requiem pour un Con" (translated as "Requiem for a Jerk") is just that, with a rhythm that sounds as if it were constructed by the most contemporary urban producer. Since he sings entirely in French, dweebs like me can't understand a thing except for the occasional American phrase that pops up - "Bonnie and Clyde", "Ford Mustang", etc.

Comic Strip can best be described as droll camp. Gainsbourg sings as though he were mocking the musical forms that he is embracing, giving each track a coy sexiness that permeates the entire project. In its time, "Je T'aime...Moi Non Plus" (translated as "I Love You...Neither Do I") was considered so sexy that it was banned in numerous countries, while Brigitte Bardot (!) provides guest vocals on "Bonnie and Clyde". Imagine Ray Davies as an ugly, sensuous Frenchman with a taste for the theatricality of lounge music super-hero Esquivel, and you'll get a pretty good idea of what this collections sounds like. Throughout, Gainsbourg's songs sound like a product of the ambitious sixties (which they are), even though he ignores what everybody else was doing. Simply put, he was an iconoclast who hammered out a niche that is his alone. Pardon my French, but Comic Strip has a certain `gene se qoi'. A- Tom Ryan
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant in spots, good for something different 9 July 2005
By DerWeg - Published on
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When Gainsbourg was 'on' he could be very good; he could also produce the kind of terrible recorded pap that makes struggling new bands wonder how he kept employed. This CD spares much of the agonizing misses and gives us a generous hand of surprising hits that mythologized a true pop-icon.

Anyway, if Serge is forever a talented hack, a visionary who can't sing and coasted along on playboy faux-cool, well it is his ultimate triumph that he pulled it off. Chutzpah, the mother.

I like the strange little guy. He was a perv and a freak but he represented a certain breezy raison d'etre, and nailed various hot ladies eventually to co-produce Charlotte, a daughter as lovely and charming as... such a man could hope for.

COMIC STRIP is the one Gainsbourg you'll ever need - fun and silly and so very French. Good to confound houseguests who won't know it that well but will asume it must be hip.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Chapter from the Uneven Career of Serge Gainsbourg 24 Nov 2004
By John Dee - Published on
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Pop music in France in the mid-60's was in the pits, but it was exploding over in England, so Gainsbourg decided to do this album in London with English studio musicians. I'd say that about half the songs are good. It was the beginning of the "Shocking Serge" phase of his career; he started out as a Left Bank singer-songwriter who developed a nicely ironic approach--e.g. the "Javanese" album. Then he started going for high-publicity stunts, like "Je t'aime". If you can find a version with Brigitte Barbot instead of Jane Birkin, it's better: Brigitte really knew how to moan and breathe heavy. Anyway, while always denying he was out for publicity, Gainsbourg kept manufacturing one scandal after another into the '70's, like the reggae version of "La Marseillaise", or the song "Lemon Incest" which he sang as a duet with his daughter Charlotte, or into the '80's with his songs about S&M, until he became a self-parody. He even created a persona for this self-parody, i.e. a character named "Gainsbarre".

Anyway, back to "Comic Strip". Gainsbourg was always experimenting with new styles and when he picked a style, he always got legitimate musicians of that style to accompany him. When he dabbled in Brazilian music, he got Brazilian musicians; when he did reggae, he got musicians from Kingston; when he did Mod Pop, like on this album, he got English Mods to do it. A lot of it sounds dated and the lyrics sometimes aren't all that clever, but I guess that's part of the reason there is Gainsbourg mania in the U.S.; good lounge music has to be at least somewhat stylistically passe.
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