Friday, November 25, 2011

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis cover Serge Gainsbourg

Admittedly, this post is more for the headline than the music - but just take a minute to let that sentence sink in: Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have covered Serge Gainsbourg.

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis – Ballade de Melody Nelson

Fans of pervy French lounge pop will be pleased to know that this comes from an album of Gainsbourg covers, produced by his son Lulu. Also featuring are Rufus Wainwright, Iggy Pop and Scarlett Johansson, who turns in a listlessly romantic performance on Bonnie & Clyde.

Scarlett Johannson and Lulu Gainsbourg - Bonnie & Clyde

The album, From Lulu To Gainsbourg, is available for pre-order on Amazon. Me, I'm off to spend the day watching Vanessa Paradis videos on Youtube. I always loved that album she did with Lenny Kravitz in the early 1990s, in an unashamedly non-ironic way (yes, even the inexplicably faithful cover of the Velvet Underground's drug anthem Waiting For The Man).

Vanessa Paradis - Natural High (live 1994)

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