Brigitte Fontaine - 13 Chansons Décadentes et Fantasmagoriques
CD, Album, France, 2002 (originally recorded 1966)
Disques Jacques Canetti
What planet is this woman from, and why am I not born on this same planet? Brigitte Fontaine, is a force that goes forward and rarely looks back. But for me who just discovered her maybe five years ago, I have a lot to catch up on. So I believe this may be her first album. Chansons Décadentes et Fantasmagoriques. Fontaine, who I know very little of, with respect to her background, but I have a strong suspicion that she is the bohemian’s bo-ho. A chanson singer by trade, but one who took that form into another world. Her singing style is very theatrical with a tinge of contemporary feeling or soul. What is interesting to me (among a lot of stuff regarding her) is that Jimmy Walter arranged this album, and also worked with Boris Vian. And she also did an album of recordings of Vian’s music as well. So that thread between Saint Germain des Prés culture is very much part of Fontaine’s world, yet different because it is being made for the May ’68 generation. This is an artist who didn’t stand still. I want to belong to her cult.