Album Review/Contest Time!: Serge Gainsbourg – Histoire de Melody Nelson

If you don’t already know who Serge Gainsbourg is, well, you’re going to need to look up his credentials on your own. Suffice to say, he’s considered one of France’s finest musicians, and his back story is just messed up enough to keep the audience entertained. He’s been sampled and/or covered by everyone from De La Soul to Tricky to Michael Stipe to Portishead. Clearly, not only do the critics love him, but the masses and artists do, too.

So it’s pretty kick ass that Light In the Attic has seen fit to re-issue Monsieur Gainsbourg’s masterpiece, Histoire De Melody Nelson. It’s a tale of seduction between an older man and a young girl, a la Lolita, it’s in French, it sounds vaguely nasty throughout and is so damn funky you’re probably going to have to scrape your speakers clean when you’re done listening. It’s all here–70’s-style guitar licks, thumping bass lines, full string orchestras, choir choruses, little girls laughing in an obviously naughty way–damn good stuff, from beginning to end.

But there’s no need to take my word for it. In addition to providing the track below, the fine folks at Light in the Attic are giving away one free copy of the CD to LET readers! Simply email us with your favorite French song (bonus points for sexually explicit content in the spirit of Serge) to: by April 3, 2009, and we’ll announce the lucky winner on April 6.

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