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*

CFE Snot Bubble 1CFE Snot Bubble 2

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!

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My Favourite Stuff: the dullest film still ever Charlotte For Ever

You know me, I love Serge Gainsbourg, but why on earth did I shell out my hard-earned cash for this – possibly the dullest film still ever?

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Obviously because it is Serge related.  But I have seen Charlotte For Ever and this still tells you nothing about the film at all.  Interestingly, the label on the back indicates that the film was shown (presumably with English subs) at the NFT in London.

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This was in 1992 – sadly I missed the screening then, although having seen it since then I didn’t miss ever such a lot.  Let’s say it’s not my favourite Gainsbourg film.  I’ll have to do a review some time to explain why.

What I am sad about missing is Stan The Flasher, which was also shown as part of the same season at the NFT.  I have the French language DVD but I would have loved to have seen it on the big screen with English subs.  I remember enjoying Stan The Flasher a whole lot more than Charlotte For Ever but I’ll have to re-watch it soon to check that it’s not my memory deceiving me…

Charlotte Gainsbourg: Somerset House, London, July 2012

After seeing Charlotte Gainsbourg’s first London concert at the Shepherds Bush Empire in 2010, I definitely wanted to see her again when she played the Somerset House on 19 July 2012.  It was a different band this time as Charlotte was playing with Connan Mockasin who she had worked with on Out of Touch; this made it a very fun concert as Mr Mockasin (or is it Keith Lemon?!) is quite amusing and has a very talented and quirky group of musicians.

The set list (which I managed to get at the end of the concert) is an odd mix of old and new – a large part of the 5:55 (2006) tracks were missing, but I was, of course, more than happy to hear some of the Charlotte For Ever (1986) Serge Gainsbourg compositions.  The majority of the tracks came from the two Beck Hansen written/produced albums, IRM (2009) and the most recent release Stage Whisper (2011), with a couple of Connan Mockasin tracks thrown in for good measure (It’s Choade My Dear and Forever Dolphin Love), plus a cover of David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes, which was surprisingly good.  The concert was excellent and thoroughly recommended.  Roll on the next album and tour!

Aside from my signed Charlotte Gainsbourg photograph at the top of this article, all photographs were taken by Dave Tinkham of Datapanik Design who probably won’t thank me for my lack of discrimination and simply uploading all the photographs!

Charlotte playing the drums on Connan Mockasin’s Forever Dolphin Love