Francoise Hardy in Petticoat magazine

Thought I’d share this English language interview with Françoise Hardy from Petticoat magazine (4 February 1967):

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Light in the Attic reissue five Francoise Hardy albums


Those who regularly visit Hero Culte will know I’m a big fan of Françoise Hardy, so it won’t surprise you to hear me saying that you can never have enough Françoise Hardy records in your collection; it’s a good day when there’s a new release to buy.  And this series of reissues from the period 1962-1966 come from Light in the Attic  who always produce something stylish, so how can you go wrong when considering your next Françoise purchase?

Well, I can tell you that they sound good – remastered from the original tapes – and they look good too.  The original album artwork is used throughout, even stretching to using the original Disques Vogue label design on the discs.  But, it has to be said, those looking for bonus tracks will be disappointed – they are straight reissues.

If you’re wondering whether they’re “unauthorised” reissues, well, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that the reissues have been “authorised” by Françoise herself, but she has carried out an exclusive interview for the releases, which would be a bit of a coup if it was that evident.  I was a little disappointed on this score, but that’s just me.  There’s not a lot of evidence of the interview which is mentioned in the booklet – there are a few comments here and there, presumably because it has been spread over all five releases.  It may have been better to include the interview in all five releases in its entirety, but that’s just my opinion.

As for the rest of the detailed liner notes , they’re a good starting point for those who know little about Françoise and don’t speak much French – her many biographies and autobiographies have not been translated into English yet.  But, egotist that I am, I couldn’t help thinking that I would have done a better job myself.  For example, to say she was brought up by her mother because her parents had separated is not quite true; they were never truly together as her father already had a wife.  So discreet was this relationship that Françoise believed for a while that they must have divorced – even though divorce was frowned up at the time, it was better that than to discover that both she and her sister were born out of wedlock.  And, although it goes unstated in the liner notes, the reason she became proficient in German was probably because of her mother’s boyfriend “the baron Gilbert von Giannelli” who convinced her that Françoise and her sister Michèle should learn German, sending them off to a village near Innsbruck called Natters.  Also, why is Françoise quoted as saying she never met Monica Vitti when they worked together on Vadim’s film Château en Suède when there is photographic evidence to the contrary?

Chateau en suede

None of this matters, of course, it’s just me being pernickety.  Anyway, I should stop moaning and be grateful that there are some reissues available for the English speaking market, so, back to the releases – all of them are available on CD now and on 180-gram vinyl from 29 January 2016:

Tous les garçons et les filles (1962)UTU614D
Le premier bonheur du jour (1963)UTU615D

Mon amie la rose (1964)UTU616D

L’Amitié (1965)UTU617D

La maison où j’ai grandi (1966)UTU618D

I’m not going to sell the music to you – any fool knows that these albums represent the classics of the 1960s Françoise Hardy back catalogue, when she could barely put a foot wrong (although it should be said I love her entire discography).  It’s all very easy on the ears and with such lovely artwork and beautiful photographs it’s a pleasure for the eyes too.

All five of these releases are being distributed in the UK via London based music distributors Southern Record Distributors, so they should be widely available in all good record shops.  Go out and buy the CDs now – or wait for the gorgeous new vinyl copies in January 2016!

Francoise Hardy on Film: Nutty Naughty Chateau

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Some more Françoise Hardy film information to share – this post is about Roger Vadim’s 1963 film Château en Suède aka Nutty, Naughty Chateau.  I’m dying to see this and, fingers crossed, I think I may be getting a copy soon.  But in the meantime here’s some information and stills from the film taken from Continental Film Review (issues August 1963 and October 1963):

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Francoise Hardy on Film: Une balle au coeur

I haven’t posted anything about Françoise Hardy for a little while but today I’ve been looking through back issues of Continental Film Review and I’ve found a few bits and pieces about her that I thought I should share.

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I’ve not yet managed to obtain a copy of Une balle au coeur so it was interesting to find this report about the film and some shots of Françoise and Sami Frey working on it.  This is from the August 1965 issue of Continental Film Review:

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It goes without saying but I’ll say it anyway – if you have this film, please get in touch as I’d love to see it.  Thanks!

My Favourite Stuff: Francoise Hardy Message Personnel box set

I was very lucky to get this little beauty for Christmas.  Message Personnel is amongst my favourite Françoise Hardy albums (not the favourite, that would have to be La Question, without a shadow of a doubt) so I was very excited to hear that a collectors’ edition of the album was being released in November 2013 in the form of a special 40th anniversary box set.  Here’s what I’ve been looking at and listening to over the holidays:

FH Box 2The box itself is like a piece of artwork – absolutely stunning to look at

FH box contentsThe box contains a vinyl reissue of the original album; a vinyl reissue of the Je suis moi 7″; a remastered Blu-Ray Audio CD version of the album; a bonus CD including the original album and 19 rare and/or previously unreleased tracks; a DVD featuring 6 TV performances from the period

FH print - CopyThere’s also a large lithographic print of one of Jean-Marie Perier’s beautiful photos of Françoise

Here’s a look at the DVD contents:

FH video menuFH Rever 3FH Rever 2FH Rever 1Françoise performing Rêver le nez en l’air on Dimanche Salvador 28/10/73, note she’s in incredibly skinny black leather trousers just 4 months after giving birth to her son Thomas!

FH MP 1FH MP 4FH MP 3Message Personnel on Sports en Fête, 11/11/73, getting her money’s worth out of those skinny black leather trousers!

FH pouce 1FH pouce 3FH pouce 2Why is Françoise holding that teddy bear?!  Pouce, au revoir on Taratata: Minuit chez vous 31/12/73

FH l'attente 1FH l'attente 2FH l'attente 3L’Attente (a joy to see one of my favourite Françoise songs performed on TV) on Top à Michel Delpech 16/03/74

FH l'amitie 1FH l'amitie 2FH l'amitie 3Françoise sings live for this duet of L’Amitié with Michel Delpech on
Top à Michel Delpech 16/03/74 – she looked like she was going to crack up laughing when he appeared over her shoulder to sing; it’s very cheesy (although Françoise was as excellent as usual, of course)

FH JSM 1FH JSM 2FH JSM 3Françoise doesn’t know what to do with her hands on this one! Je suis moi on Domino: Hommage à Vincent Scotto 16/05/74

I have hundreds of Françoise’s TV appearances but I can quite honestly say I hadn’t seen most of these, so the DVD was an excellent addition to my collection.  The absolute best thing about this box set, though, is the bonus CD with 6 instrumental versions of tracks from the album (so you can sing along, maybe?); the Je suis moi 7″ A side and B side (I had forgotten how good Demain c’est hier was); 3 English language versions of tracks from the album (Message Personnel; Pouce, au revoir; Première Rencontre) and a German language version of Première Rencontre; the German language Wenn wilde Schwäne flieh’n 7″ A side and B side; and 4 performances from radio (L’Habitude with Georges Moustaki; Les paradis perdus with Christophe; Peutêtre toi, peutêtre moi with Michel Berger; and an excellent cover version of France Gall’s La Déclaration d’amour) and one recording from TV (Message Personnel).  A lot of this has been previously unavailable, or at the least previously unavailable on CD.  I loved the duet with Christophe, of course.  In my opinion the purchase is worth it for this CD alone, but the package as a whole definitely makes this a must buy for any serious fan.  Buy it now!

FH contents sheet

Francoise Hardy photos

Sorting through my stuff today, as you may be able to tell.  Here are a few scans of some Françoise Hardy press photos, along with a Dutch matchbox cover and a picture stamp.

These press photos from the UK reveal just how famous Françoise actually was over here in the 1960s:


This is a Françoise picture stamp from The Wonderful World of Pop & TV Stars “Picture Stamp Album” , published by F.K.S. in London in 1968:

Francoise Hardy Picture StampIf you want to see what else was in this amazing picture stamp book, which I’m very proud to own – especially as I can’t seem to find it anywhere else on the internet – see my post here.

Here’s a Dutch Vlinder match box cover:

Francoise H matchboxSome more press photos, but these ones don’t seem to be originals like the lovely ones above – the scan quality is not as good, so apologies for that.  Two from Grand Prix (1966, dir John Frankenheimer):

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Not sure what this one is from – nice shot though:Francoise012

And, finally, here’s another original I bought in the flea market in Paris in December:


No details with this one, but I have reason to believe it was taken on 12 April 1968 when Françoise went to see The Rolling Stones in concert at the Olympia with Jacques Dutronc.  I only say that because she appears to be wearing the same outfit and hat as she was on that evening, so don’t quote me on it!

Francoise Hardy and a red rose for Valentines Day

Who wants red roses for Saint Valentine’s Day when you can have a photograph of Françoise Hardy with a red rose instead?

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This is from CINÉMONDE magazine number 1492, dated 12 March 1963.  Sensational in colours, it says on the cover, about the “song in pictures” – Tous les garçons et les filles.  The article says Françoise wrote the song three years before when she was being trained at Mireille’s Le petit Conservatoire de la chanson.  Françoise role-plays scenes from the song with her friends Vic Laurens, Arielle and Zambo.  Here it is scene by scene and then finally in its entirety:

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All the boys and girls my age are walking in the streets two by two

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Yes, but I’m alone in the streets, soul in torment

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Oh! When shall the sun shine for me?

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I wonder when the day will come when I too will have someone who loves me

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Luckily the story ends happily with a young chap turning up with a red rose for the lovely Françoise.

The article also says that Françoise found the guitar accompaniment (presumably on Tous les garçons et les filles but that’s not totally clear) too simplistic and she preferred violins and an organ.  I’m not sure about that myself, the arrangements on the song make it even more endearing – it doesn’t need anything more than it has as far as I’m concerned.  Also, interestingly it says her record which was to be released shortly was to be called L’Amour reviendra (Love will return).

Excuse the rough translations, any errors are totally my fault (but, hey!, I can’t help it if I’m not quite fluent, can I?!) – and enjoy Valentine’s Day with a red rose from Hero Culte and Françoise Hardy.

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My Favourite Stuff: The Wonderful World of Pop & TV Stars


The Wonderful World of Pop & TV Stars “Picture Stamp Album” was published by F.K.S. Publishers in London in 1968.  I’d never seen one of these picture stamp albums before I found this one and I just had to have it even though it’s not a complete album – it’s very hard to find the stamps so I’m not sure I’ll ever find all the ones I am missing (although I’ll try nonetheless, especially for the ones of The Troggs, Jackie Pallo, Sid James, Mick McManus, Roy Orbison, Donovan and Billy Fury).  It doesn’t matter too much though because the ones that are in the album are amazing; some fairly obscure bands and some very colourful and unusual images:

Francoise Hardy Picture StampScott Walker Picture Stamp 1Scott Walker Picture Stamp 2The Move picture stampBonzos Picture StampLove Affair Picture StampManfred Mann Picture StampMary Hopkin Picture StampMasambula Picture StampMike Nesmith picture stampNancy Sinatra picture stampPat Phoenix picture stamp

Who would ever imagine finding not just one but two picture stamps of Simon Dupree and the Big Sound in the album, especially when there’s only one of Elvis Presley?!!  I was very happy to find them.

Simon Dupree & the Big Sound Picture Stamp

Simon Dupree Picture StampThe Marmalade Picture Stamp

And how about a photo of The Marmalade playing at being mermaids!

Noel Purcell picture stamp

Yes, I was as surprised as Noel Purcell looks here.  Anyway, here’s the entire book (complete with blanks) – if anyone knows where I can pick up some of the missing stamps, drop me a line as I’d really like to get them all and complete the collection.


Francoise Hardy on Film: Questo Pazzo, Pazzo Mondo Della Canzone

Questo Pazzo, Pazzo Mondo Della Canzone (Dir Bruno Corbucci and Gianni Grimaldi, 1965)

Basic plot:  There isn’t one.  This film (in the version I have) comprises 21 musical tracks interspersed with humorous sketches.

Cast: Actors – Margaret Lee; Sandra Mondaini; Valeria Fabrizi; Aroldo Tieri; Alberto Bonucci; Vittorio Congia; Dana Ghia; Umberto D’Orsi; Halina Zalewska; Jenny Luna; Marina Morgan; Andrea Aureli; Nino Fuscagni. Musical Acts – Françoise Hardy; Petula Clark; Lucio Dalla; Dino; Roby Ferrante; Nico Fidenco; Remo Germani; Riky Gianco; I Flippers; Udo Jürgens; La Cricca; Los Marcellos Ferial; Jenny Luna; Gianni Morandi; Gino Paoli; Rosy; Luigi Tenco; Edoardo Vianello; Little Tony

Availability:   Available through Amazon UK as an Italian Import DVD, with no subtitles.  It costs about £15 plus postage.  The thing to note about this DVD is that on IMDB it states a running time of 103 minutes, but the DVD runs at 84 minutes.  It’s obvious that some of the footage has been cut but I’m not sure why.  There is a photograph of the actress Margaret Lee on the back cover of the DVD but the scene itself does not appear on the DVD and therefore has presumably been cut.  Also, on IMDB it states that “30 Italian singers from the sixties sing their hits” – as previously stated there are just 21 tracks on the DVD and these are performed by, I believe, 19 acts; some of these are, of course, not Italian!

The film in full – *SPOILER ALERT*:  I hardly think this film outline could spoil anything as it’s not really a narrative movie, but just in case anyone complains…

Right, I can’t speak Italian – I can understand the odd word or two just because there are similarities with other languages, but let’s just make it clear that I understood very little of the sketches between the songs.  The reason I bought the DVD was because of Françoise Hardy’s appearance and because of the British actress Margaret Lee, who is a favourite of mine.  See my interview with Margaret Lee on my other website, Du dumme Sau! – as a regular co-star alongside Klaus Kinski I had every reason to interview this beautiful actress for my Kinski website and it was a great pleasure for me to get such an opportunity.

Anyway, back to Questo Pazzo, Pazzo Mondo Della Canzone, as far as I can tell it means something like “the mad, mad world of song”, but don’t quote me on it because I have no Italian.  In any case, it would be an appropriate title because the film is absolutely crazy, although in a good way.  The sketches, I can only guess, appear to be very much of their time and maybe the humour is also very Italian – they involve farting noises, tripping up, lots of face slapping, overacting, shouting, and the vast majority seem to be on the subject of adultery.  But Margaret Lee is the highlight as far as the sketches are concerned for me even if she is only in 2 of them that feature on the DVD.  In the first she runs a man over in her car and in the second her husband catches her kissing another man.  Nothing to stretch her acting abilities here, but she just looks so good!

That’s all I can say as far as the sketches go, so let’s move onto the music instead.  Yes, this film is being reviewed as a film featuring Françoise Hardy, but I’m actually going to take all the songs in order. Please note that I have, largely, had to guess the track listing as the credits do not tie in with the actual footage and there is at least one instance where I’m not sure which band it is, so excuse any errors:

Lucio Dalla – Ma questa sera:  This represents value for money.  What more can you want from a music clip than a blind man with a monkey and a banana on his shoulder; a guy who sings really, really high-pitched oooohhhs; smoking dancers; and something that looks like a Sheila scopitone being projected onto the singer’s t-shirt?  This video is fascinating.

Dino – Così come sei:  This Dino guy has some kind of problem, maybe he has been hurt, I don’t know, but it’s difficult to explain why he is singing an Italian cover of Hey Good Lookin’ and seriously manhandling some pretty lady.  He starts out by ripping off her false eyelashes, then commences to pull off a variety of wigs and hairpieces, and tops it all off by scrubbing her face really hard with a Brillo pad.  Okay, it’s not a Brillo pad, but it might as well be.  Dino had to draw the line somewhere, I guess; these pretty lady extras can’t have been getting paid enough to warrant grievous bodily harm…. Just an observation, Dino looks a little bit like a cleancut version of Paul Quinn of Bourgie Bourgie.

Petula Clark – Pagherai: Petula Clark has never been a favourite of mine, despite the fact that she recorded a few numbers by Serge Gainsbourg.  I can’t explain, but the word unctuous comes to mind when I think of her.  Anyway, the cameraman can’t have liked her much either because he kept his distance – to the extent that you’re not quite sure it’s her for the most part; it could be anyone stood there.  But, surprisingly, when the camera does move in she looks very pleasant indeed.  The song is not much cop though and it has no entertainment factor to make it more appealing.

Luigi Tenco – Lo lo so già:  Nothing much to say about this one.  I guess they can’t all be interesting.

Françoise Hardy – La tua mano:  Not only does Françoise look beautiful but this song is head and shoulders above all the rest on this DVD.  It’s on the All Over the World 1997 Disques Vogue CD, which is well worth buying if you don’t have it already.  Great orchestration on this track too.  Not a lot of action, just Françoise sitting in a boat, but she looks good enough to get away with it, of course.  Note the mis-spelling of the name on the credits:

Jenny Luna – Sola nel sole:  Nothing to say, fairly dull.

Roby Ferrante – Tu sei sempre:  Roby sings his song whilst a mysterious woman hangs around in a lacy burqa type headdress. Not sure what that’s all about…

Lucio Dalla – Lei non è per me:  This is not as good as the opening track.  In fact I’m disappointed if truth be told.  All that seems to be happening is that some woman is chain smoking (there is a lot of smoking going on in this film, actually) and Lucio rubs his eye.  That cigarette smoke is irritating after all, but all I can think of is that he has tiny hands.  Not just small hands, but teeny, tiny hands.  In fact it reminds me of Charlie Kelly’s Uncle Jack in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – he has small hands and asks a lawyer guy to put his hands on top of his when they have their photograph taken so he will look like he has bigger hands.  Maybe Lucio Dalla should have done that too.  Yeah.

Udo Jürgens – Peccata che sia finita cosi:  This is okay, Udo’s a very competent act but the video, which again features a woman smoking, only perks up when Françoise Hardy makes a guest appearance.  Her job is simple, she has to stand around whilst Udo sings his song but she just can’t keep a straight face and for the most part only just manages to repress a smile.  Inside she’s cracking up though.  She’s obviously embarrassed; it’s how I feel when I accidentally happen upon a brass band in the park, I have to move on as quickly as possible.

I Flippers – La Vikinga:  Some crazy guys playing their instruments and pulling faces are accosted by an Amazonian lady wearing glasses and plaits; she’s thumbing a ride.  She’s cute actually, but she’s a bit forthright – they might give her a ride, but only because they’re scared of what she’ll do if they don’t.

Edoardo Viannello – La Tremarella:  I guess this means “the shakes” or something like that.  The video is a bit inappropriate, with the camera zooming in on a girl’s pelvis as she shakes away on a sun lounger.  But you can join in the dance at home and do the finger clicking and hand gestures.  Good fun.

Los Marcellos Ferial – Angelito di Anazio:  This is a sad sounding little number, with good reason, because apparently Angelito di Anzio was a little girl who was rescued by soldiers during the war, only to be killed days later by a bomb.  Cheery little story, that.  These Marcellos Ferial guys just wander around a beach looking glum as a little girl looks worried and hides.  The way the guys walk around together is quite funny but I can’t really recommend this one otherwise.

Riky Gianco – Cuore di negro:  This is a bit rum.  Riky pulls up a chair and watches as a guy and two girls are kissing.  If that’s not naughty enough, Riky also has a shiny backside on his well-worn trousers – could the wardrobe budget not stretch to a new pair of pants for Riky?  This seems like some kind of love triangle story.  The dancers are really good but Riky just comes off looking like he is trying to get in on the action.  Wishful thinking, Riky.

I Flippers (I’m not sure, maybe it’s not?) – ?:  If anyone knows the band and what the track is, please let me know.  This story is basic, some guys wander along the beach shamelessly checking out girls’ bums.  The girls smoke a lot, as they seem to in this film.  Eventually the girls get fed up of the guys perving on them and they push them in the water.  Ha!

Rosy – Un tuffo al cuore:  From what I can make out this is just kissing, boozing and ciggie sharing.  Partay!

Little Tony – La fine di Agosto:  Little Tony is so boring I have only taken one screen grab of him as he wanders around a boat.  Zzz!

La cricca – Il surf della mattonella:  This is brilliant, some odd looking kids singing at the zoo and shaking baby lions around.  Yay!

Gino Paoli – Vivere ancore:  Sinister video, this.  A woman hides behind the door as Gino walks in, but she’s not hidden herself very well, has she?  Just standing against the wall doesn’t make you invisible, lady!  I don’t know where they are but it looks very rundown and there appear to be loads of rolls of carpet in the room and some tinsel.  Very low budget for this, I guess, as Gino couldn’t even be bothered to get dressed up or anything.  The masks on the wall creep me out.

Nico Fidenco – Mi devi credere:  Nico is not very handy with the ladies, poor chap.  One writes “No” on a mirror with lipstick; another, who judging by the state of her hair looks like she has been dragged through a bush backwards, puts her hand in his face to get him to back off.  Why not manhandle the ladies, Nico?  That might help.  Nah, he tries that with a lady in a green dress and a lantern falls off the wall – you can see on the picture below that it is just being held against the wall by their arms.  The next thing you know it’s gone and you never see it again.  The set looks very dusty, so I hope there was a dry cleaning budget at least.

Gianni Morandi – Se puoi uscire una domenica sola con me:  Gianni is a very strange boy.  He snogs puppets with rather too much enthusiasm and the puppets are really, really ugly too.  Strange boy.

Remo Germani – Tra la la Susy:  What a great way to end the film, with a very, very, very catchy song you’ll be humming for days on end.  Not sure what this story is but Remo seems to have been upstaged and overshadowed by the extras in the video.  He walks around a field with some villagers and there is this old guy who is going to get centre-stage by hook or by crook – he’s got a baby donkey he appears to be rather proud of, and why not?  When simply carrying the baby donkey is no longer getting him any attention, he hangs it around his shoulders.  It’s super cute.  Then rather aptly the video ends as, in the background, a donkey bolts off with a man on its back.

What an amusing little film!  You don’t even need to know these singers; it’s just very entertaining indeed.  And Françoise Hardy and Margaret Lee provide the class.

What else to say about this film?  Well, the director Bruno Corbucci should be highly recommended for his screenplay for Sergio Corbucci’s wonderful Il grande silenzio (The Great Silence)Questo Pazzo, Pazzo Mondo Della Canzone is a million miles away from that film, but it’s in a totally different genre and it’s very good fun.  I’d definitely recommend this film.

If anyone knows what happened to the rest of the footage, please let me know as I would like to see the full-length version if there is one out there anywhere.