Et Moi Et Moi Et Moi 1966-1969
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2009 release, a collection from the French singer, composer and actor. Dutronc had it all. He was Françoise Hardy's beau, impeccably dressed and equally handsome. Above all, he was a consummate musician, able to turn his hand to whatever style took his fancy. Although the non-French interest in Dutronc stems from his superficially Garage Rock leanings, his mix of sarcastic lyrics with the boulevardier tradition and '60s rock offers so much more. In the early '70s, he moved into film and has remained a popular, cigar chomping, slightly mischievous figure. RPM.
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As is the way with most non-English-speaking artists, most of us have never heard of Jacques Dutronc, but don't let that put you off! If you like hip, club-style sound from the 60s, then you will love this, whether you speak French or not. Anyone who's ever been to any 60s nightclubs will already know quite a few of the songs on here; hearing "On Nous Cache Tous, On Nous Dit Rien" and "Le Responsable" again after so many years was very nostalgic for me, and further enhanced my opinion of it.
Around half of the songs on here (presented in chronological order) are definitely in the garage vein, although without the usual "my girl's no good"-style lyrics. If you do understand French, you would realise just how wierd some of these lyrics actually are (eg "There are cactuses all over the world, it's impossible to sit down"!), but this is not essential to appreciating the great tunes, which to me sound like what might have happened if The troggs met Bob Dylan.
The other half of the tracks are a mixture of various styles, from the tongue-in-cheek music-hall Kinks-ish of "Les Playboys", the out-and-out psychedelia of "La Metamorphoses" to the protest-style "Les Rois De Reform". Whatever mode he was in at the time, Jacques delivers top-quality stuff throughout this CD; there is not a bad tune amongst them.
I am now very interested to find out more about this obviously extremely talented guy. I would thoroughly recommend this CD to anyone interested in top-quality 60s sounds. On ne sera pas decu!
Lets be honest, the chic filled glory of the 1960's French music scene is something really to behold by any music lover, its actually really difficult to find a dud album from the sixties amongst the multitude of singers and producers from across the English Channel, but with this compilation, any thoughts of Serge Gainsbourg or the yé-yé girls must surely take a back seat to the talents of Jacques Dutronc, a man who literally had it all in his musical arsenal.
This compilation begins with the title track, Et Moi Et Moi Et Moi was Dutronc's first big hit in France back in 1966, and it is easy to see why, a song which certainly swaggers and oozes marvellousness combining the best of Anglo Rhythm and Blues with a French twist. And to be fair, on looking through the sleeve notes, its easily noticeable that this man was at one point the coolest man alive, with a repertoire to match. Three more songs joined this opening single on Dutroncs first EP, thankfully all of these songs can be found on this compilation, these include the excellent J'ai Mis Un Tigre Dans Ma Guitare, the RnB effort of Mini Mini Mini and the brilliantly garagey Les Gens Sont Fous, Les Tamps Sont Fous, quite the EP, shifting 300,000 copies back in 1966.
On the back of such success, it was only natural that more EP's would follow, giving Dutronc permission to paint an even broader canvas, for example songs like Les Playboy sounds more like a musical number, whilst On Nous Cache Tout, On Nous Dit Rien sounds like something that would be at home at a Northern Mod club. Currently my favourite track on here is L'espace D'une Fille, a sweet little number that warms the heart even if I don't know what the words mean.
On first listen to this album you are instantly hit with a sense that life cannot get any better, you'll feel like you have bought a little treasure and indeed you have, by the tenth listen you will no doubt have convinced yourself that Jacques Dutronc is one of the greatest musicians ever to have lived. There honestly is not one bad track on this album, providing us Anglo folk with yet another example of the brilliance of the French music scene of the 1960's. All in all, a guaranteed winner for your music collection! And another great unearthing job by RPM Records with great linear notes included.