Tuesday, January 29, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Jane Birkin

Artist:Jane Birkin f/Serge Gainsbourg
Song:Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus
Album:Best Of

This song was notorious in the late 60s. It was a number one hit in England despite being banned from BBC Radio. So it's not surprising it was written and produced by French bad boy Serge Gainsbourg. He was always doing this kind of thing. Jane Birkin was born Dec. 14, 1946 in Marlyebone, London, England. Her mother was stage actress and Noel Coward inspiration Judy Campbell. Jane appeared in film composer John Barry's play Passion Flower Hotel on the London stage in 1964 and then they married. Her nude scene in the 1966 film Blow Up got her some attention. In 1968, she went to France to star in the film Slogan. This is where she met Gainsbourg. The two recorded the film's theme song. Of course they had a long romance but they never married. Gainsbourg wrote Je T'Aime for Brigitte Bardot. She recorded it in 1967 but the record was not released. Bardot's husband hated it. Gainsbourg played it for Jane and she wanted to record it. She admits she got carried away with the heavy breathing. There was even speculation the two recorded it while having sex. All this propelled the song to the top of the British charts in 1969 despite being banned by the BBC and then it was withdrawn by Fontana Records. It topped the charts in other European countries. It would have been banned in the US so forget that. When you listen to the song today, you might wonder what the fuss was about. It was a big deal in 1969. Jane Birkin has had a long career in music and in films. This comp is a good intro to her music. Her daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg is an excellent singer. Here's the video for Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus by Jane Birkin with Serge Gainsbourg.

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