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Friday, June 2, 2017

Françoise Hardy - "J'Suis D'Accord"/"Tous Les Garçons et les Filles" Vinyl, 7" EP 45RPM (Disques Vogue)


A very early 1962 recording by Fançoise Hardy.  With that voice, her looks and songwriting talent, how can she possibly go wrong, except the one route to Icon Artist.   I love these recordings because, in their way, they're very raw.   "Oh Oh Cheri" is based on a song by a rockabilly singer Bobby Lee Trammell, which is interesting, because it shows how the French music industry takes something so American and somehow can find French aesthetic or taste in that material.  

For me, "Tous Les Garçons et Les Filles" is classic Hardy.  A beautiful melody but with some sort of pathos involved.   What is unique about Hardy is that she can distance herself from the songs, and in a sense, it's like repeating a joke you hear, but maybe you add your own twist to that narrative.  When Hardy sings her own writing or cover, it is always a Françoise Hardy record.   There is nothing cookie-cutter factory about her.  One of the chief reasons why she stands out among the other Yé-Yé singers of her time and country.   A superb E.P.  I also love the cover of this 7" because it's very toned down and in one's face.  A lack of graphics that makes it more real.  In fact, her portrait here reminds me of an official high school photo of a student.  

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A1Oh Oh Chéri
Written-By – Trammel*, Jil Et Jan
2:20
A2Il Est Parti Un Jour
Written-By – Hardy*, Samyn*
1:47
B1J'Suis D'Accord
Written-By – Hardy*, Samyn*
2:00
B2Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles
Written-By – Hardy*, Samyn*