Hero Culte wishes you a very happy year in 2017

At Christmas I was given this really great photograph of Serge Gainsbourg and Minouche Barelli posing with their Boum Badaboum balloons and t-shirts.  Serge (we’re on first name terms!) wrote the song for the Eurovision Song Contest fifty years ago, a couple of years after coming first in the Eurovision Song Contest with France Gall singing his Poupée de cire, poupée de son.  Boum Badaboum didn’t do quite as well, coming in fifth.  But it’s a great little song, although with the state of the world today probably best not to think about the lyrics too much…

Instead, let’s hope 2017 is a great year – much better than the last one.  We can hope, eh?



Hero Culte wishes you a very glam Christmas

I’ve not managed to do much posting this year – lots of reasons, but my two-days-a-week book writing project plus having various small press book ideas to work on too is a major factor (why do one project when you can have several on the go at once?!).  Anyway, I just wanted to say happy holidays and to thank everybody who has visited the blog this year – and especially those who send kind words of support from time to time, which helps to keep up the morale.  I’ll try and do more blogging next year but the plan is to try and finish my book (well, the first draft…) for next summer so we shall have to see how I get on.

In the meantime, here is a little Christmas treat for one and all – a great photo I found in an old Generation Game / TV magazine from, I think, 1975 (there’s no date on it!).  My favourite thing about it, of course, Sparks – and it’s got all of ’em in the photo, not just Ron and Russell!  Hope you like this one as much as I do.  All the best for a good year in 2017!!!


Happy 70th birthday to Jane Birkin

Today is sweet Jane B’s 70th birthday! Jane has been keeping a fairly low profile of late but today she is performing in concert with her Gainsbourg Symphonique show in Clermont-Ferrand.  Hero Culte wishes Jane a very, very happy birthday and hopes the concert is wonderful tonight.  Here’s a lovely photo of Jane from my personal collection to celebrate the occasion.


Get The Zombies in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

I’ve written about The Zombies on here before – they’re one of my top bands.  I went to see them last week when they played The Komedia at Bath and they were absolutely wonderful, even better than when we saw them in Bristol a couple of years ago.  They played a great set, ranging from 1964 to the current day with their latest album Still Got That Hunger – of the tracks they played from this album Edge of the Rainbow sounds particularly good live.

Here’s the set list – it was in two parts (we got part two and managed to nab a photograph of the other half):


And here’s a few photos of the band courtesy of Dave Tinkham at Datapanik Design:


The Komedia is a really nice venue with excellent sound quality and we managed to bag ourselves seats on the front row.  Everyone in the audience was enthusiastic; there were some people in the row behind us who were singing along doing harmonies and they had really great voices, which makes a change and was nice to hear.  There were standing ovations for The Zombies and everybody sang along with the encore God Gave Rock and Roll To You.  What a wonderful night it was!

If you go and see The Zombies – and I recommend that you do – be sure to go to their merchandise stall; Colin and Rod sign pretty much everything and there’s no extra charge for that.  I bought myself a signed Zombies Christmas decoration this year!

Anyway, here’s the thing:  during the concert Rod Argent said that The Zombies have been nominated for a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  They definitely deserve a place (if they want one!), so I have been voting for them every day since the concert.  You can vote once a day until 5 December 2017.  It would be really nice if they got voted in, so please vote for The Zombies if you are willing / able.  You can do it here:  VOTE FOR THE ZOMBIES!


My Favourite Stuff: Jane Birkin’s Blouse

Well, I am one happy bunny.  I am now the proud owner of Jane Birkin’s blouse as worn and seen in her latest film (a short) called La femme et le TGV (dir Timo von Gunten, 2016).

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I’ve not tried it on but I must admit I did sniff it to see if there was essence of Jane on the blouse – nothing doing, folks!  I shall treasure it and keep it very carefully with my other Jane Birkin memorabilia.

The film, which I have not seen yet aside from a trailer, will be available shortly.  I have pre-ordered a copy of the DVD, which will be sub-titled in several languages.  You can pre-order a copy yourself or even buy Jane’s cardigan or skirt, or other props from the film at very affordable prices here:  http://www.tgv-movie.com/tickets.html


La femme et le TGV will premiere at the Locarno Film Festival next week on 5 August 2016.  You can get tickets for the screening or you can buy a download or a DVD – or even just support the project with a donation (see the link above).  The film sounds lovely and I can’t wait to see it.

Many thanks to the TGV Movie Team for letting me buy the blouse and good luck with the premiere next week!


Pierre Koralnik film Anna to be honoured with a plaque

I have recently been in touch with the film director Pierre Koralnik, who made one of my very favourite films: Anna (1967).


If you’ve not seen Anna, well, you should.  It’s a musical, and whilst I don’t usually like musicals too much myself, this is a great musical thanks to Serge Gainsbourg’s superb soundtrack.  It stars the lovely Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy, Serge Gainsbourg, Eddy Mitchell, and Marianne Faithfull amongst others.  It is so incredibly stylish and pop-art – it’s a “must see” as far as I’m concerned.

Pierre Koralnik has told me that on Saturday 20 August 2016 the Mayor of Deauville will be unveiling a plaque in honour of this wonderful film, which was partly filmed on the beach at Deauville.  This is great news and very well-deserved.  If you’re lucky enough to be in the area on that date you can go along and listen to Anna Karina and Pierre Koralnik (and others) discussing the film before the plaque is formally unveiled at 7pm.  More details are available here: http://www.deauville.fr/fetes-et-manifestations/sous-le-soleil-exactement

Anna-karina-photo-bleueUnfortunately I won’t be there myself, so instead I might just re-watch the film and look at these lovely press photos of Anna Karina that I bought a little while back:

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Anna is available on DVD complete with the CD soundtrack.

Evariste: Jupiter film 1971

I’ve still not managed to find a copy of Jupiter (dir Jean-Pierre Prévost, 1971), which I’d love to see because aside from the fact that Évariste has a role in it, it also features the great actors Jean-Pierre Kalfon and Pierre Clémenti and the artist Martial Raysse.  Anyone got a copy?  Let me know if you have.

In the meantime I managed to find an article about it in Continental Film Review (October 1970):



Raye Du Val Triple Winner of the World’s Non Stop Drumming Marathon Contest

Earlier this year I bought myself a book about Joey Dee and the Twist for £1.  The photos and diagrams in it are great, but I was even more excited when I realised that the book had previously belonged to Raymonde Du-Val, the drumming marathon champion and drummer for everyone from Gene Vincent to Johnny Kidd and the Pirates.  As a kid I remember me and my brother were obsessed with What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?, which Raye Du-Val drummed on.  Who’d have thought that all these years later I would have a book that belonged to the drummer of Emile Ford and the Checkmates?!

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The book’s not in very good condition, and it looks like it has changed hands a fair bit (all those different prices in the front page!), but I love the fact that Raye had his own stamp and bothered to put his full address in the front cover of his books!

A 25th anniversary special: Bodily Functions with Serge Gainsbourg

Yes, sad to say, on Wednesday it was 25 years since Serge died – I would say the world’s not the same without him, but he left us so much to remember him for that it’s almost as if he’s still here.  On Wednesday I rewatched the film Charlotte For Ever (if you’ve ever seen it, you will understand how much I have to love Serge to sit through it again – it’s really not his best effort, is it?).   So, courtesy of Charlotte For Ever, here is my Serge Gainsbourg 25th anniversary special:

Serge loved talking about farting, pee-pee, poo-poo, &c so what could be more apt than sharing some of his bodily functions with you for a bad taste tribute?  If nothing else it will shock the shockable and give people even more reason to think he’s a reprobate.  Perfect!

(One word of caution, when watching the film I was fine with the chuck-up scene, but when I had to watch it repeatedly to get the screen grabs, I nearly chucked-up myself.  Twice.)

Over to Serge:

Qui est “in”, qui est “out”

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I hope he washed that glove afterwards…

Initials Pee-Pee

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Hard to capture a good shot of Serge’s pee-stream, but you can see his pee-pee in shot number 2 (if you really want to! Note, he’s not a good aim…) and I have circled in shot number 3 where he peed on his lovely Repetto shoe.  You get a flash of his pubes but you don’t get to see his petit boudin, ha ha!  And, no, he didn’t wash his hand / glove afterwards…

Morveuses Nouvelles des Étoiles*

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Save the best for last, eh?  Serge Gainsbourg the Snot Gobbler – he didn’t use a hankie, he just sucked it back up.  Lovely stuff!

* I know, I know, not the best pun but I try…

Well, I hope you enjoyed that little tribute to Serge in all its gory detail but try and remember him for all the good stuff he has given us – what a legend!

French pop advertising from the 1960s

As some of you may have noticed I have had a little break from blogging recently.  I can’t say I’m back with a vengeance but here’s a little post with some of the French pop advertisements I have come across in a few of my Mademoiselle Age Tendre and Salut Les Copains magazines:

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This looks like Guy Peellaert Sylvie Vartan artwork for Simon cleansing milk

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France Gall is rehearsing, apparently, with two cute dogs (Problème and Nougat) whilst wearing a “Guitare” dress – a lovely photo but not a fantastic advert in that, at a glance, I’m not sure what it’s selling!

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Stone is wearing her favourite skirt by Gérard Pasquier “Vingt-Ans”, very nice it is too

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Did Sheila really have her own shop?  Looks like she did or at least she had her own clothing range anyway

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Rika Zaraï chose Odilène “the label of the stars” and why not?

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Is this really Sheila?  Well, it looks like Sheila advertising something else – some natural care cream and some make-up remover but can I see an image of the product in the advert? No.  It looks like Sheila is selling a bathrobe or something!

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This looks like more Guy Peellaert style artwork again – this time Christine Delaroche is wearing a Fric Frac outfit that could be purchased at  Gérard Pasquier “Vingt-Ans”

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No one famous this time (I don’t think!) but I like the artwork – very like Peellaert again – this is for Heyraud “Hipnic” shoes.  If you want to be “in” you need to get some Hipnic American-Style shoes – I’ll take a pair of Bingo!