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Updated: 2017-04-29T07:20:41.846-07:00


Tiny Yong - L'Intégrale



Tiny Yong - L'Intégrale

The Cambodian yé-yé girl twist.

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Chantal Goya - Les Années 60



Chantal Goya - Les Années 60

Chantal needs no introduction to readers of this blog, really, other than to say that if you haven't seen Masculin Feminin, what are you waiting for?

Les Fleurs de Pavot



Les Fleurs de Pavot - S/T (1968)

This is considered to be one of the finest French psych records out there, and rightly so. Les Fleurs de Pavot were far from being actual hippies, however--their image was created by their Svengali, Jean-Pierre Rawson, in an exploitative effort that was rather typical of the era. The band had issued several EP's as the serviceable beat quintet Les Bourgeois de Calais before Rawson decided that transforming them into hippie freaks (one of them was supposedly named Jesus and from San Francisco) was the way to go. The album was produced by the unbelievable dream team of Jean-Claude Vannier and Bernard Estardy, and it shows...the arrangements are brilliant, the lyrics reference drugs as often as possible, and the atmosphere is highly lysergic. This album doesn't need drugs to be enjoyed--nay, this album IS drugs.

Florent Marchet - Gargilesse


(Drugburn is going to begin posting full albums. This is the first. I look forward to posting the finest French albums I have in the realms of prog, psychedelia, experimental music, nouvelle scène, and more in the future.)

Florent Marchet - Gargilesse

Phantasmagoric modern French pop from one of the biggest (albeit underrated) talents of the nouvelle scène, Florent Marchet. His music is dreamy and beautifully crafted with a slightly psychedelic vibe similar to some of my other favorites like Pierre Bondu and Albin de la Simone.

Here is the video for "Rio Baril," the title track from his most recent album:

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Vidéo Drugburn: La Ballade de Johnny Jane


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Jane Birkin is my hero. This clip intersperses her singing with clips from the film Je T'aime...Moi Non Plus, written and directed by Serge and starring Jane with Joe Dallesandro of Warhol film fame. I thought the film was well done, very bittersweet and bleak.

With A Z



I'm not the biggest Liza Minnelli fan, but I must say that her cover of "You're So Vain" (from her 1973 album The Singer) is fantastic. I've been grooving to this slice of orchestral pop-rock heaven all day long.



I just revamped two of my oldest Drugburn posts from way back before I posted any mp3's. Both now have songs attached, so go take a look.

The Blades of Grass
The Gordian Knot




I thought I would have to dig through my music to find something good enough to inaugurate my first official music post in over a year. As it turns out, the obvious choice was practically staring me in the face--French soundtrack composer, keyboardist, and studio engineer Bernard Estardy. Estardy worked with big names like Françoise Hardy, Nino Ferrer, and Johnny Hallyday in the sixties and seventies as well as building and operating his own recording studio and creating some of the most bizarre, gorgeous music the jazz/funk genre has to offer.

1967's La Formule Du Baron, the album pictured above, is Estardy's most acclaimed record. Like Jean-Claude Vannier's masterpiece L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches, Baron is an experimental concept album steeped in intricate arrangements and peculiar sound effects. "Cha Tatch Ka" sounds like something between evil bossa nova and African psychedelia, while "Monsieur Dutour" (an homage to the brilliant trumpet player Pierre Dutour) borrows the horn riff from Serge Gainsbourg's "Initials BB" (which Dutour may or may not have played on).

Please enjoy. It feels good to be back.

Estardy interview on French Attack
Waxidermy post on Estardy's Electro Sounds Volume 2 album

Viva la Drugburn!



Salut--it's been a long, long time since I last posted on this blog. Despite my former inconsistencies, the hiatus is now finally over, and I'm determined to post on a consistent basis from now until doomsday. Reading all the old comments, I was inspired by how much you all have appreciated my posts in the past, and I realised that I had to bring Drugburn back for good.

Some small changes are in store for Drugburn--since the advent of Youtube, I'll be able to post videos much more easily, for one. I also want to broaden the scope of the musical content to include some French/Belgian/Québequois punk and new wave, French experimental music, and whatever else I am really enjoying and wanting to share with the readers of this blog. Last but not least, I'm planning on posting playlists within the blog every so often.

Stay tuned for a new music post in the next twenty-four hours!


Vidéo Drugburn avec Françoise Hardy



Je Suis D'Accord

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Je veux



Here's some more audiovisual Drugburn--the impossibly skinny Michel Polnareff singing "Le Roi Des Fourmis" quasi-live on French TV in 1967. Salut!

(The video is in .avi format, so if it doesn't work for you, go here.)

I want more and more and more and more...



Dutronc and band perform in front of a pop art backdrop. Je l'aime beaucoup!

"J'aime Les Filles" video

(The video is in .avi format, so if it doesn't work for you, go here.)

Vidéo Drugburn: Les Cactus



Here we have Jacques Dutronc singing "Les Cactus" on a television show. There are no words.

Laisse tomber les filles!



I'm pleased to present Drugburn's first video--the Scopitone for France Gall's "Laisse Tomber Les Filles." I'm too lazy to do a screen capture--just watch it, okay?

More yé-yé videos to come.

Edit: I got rid of the file because I was worried about my hosting site's bandwith, but it's all over Youtube, so from now on the link will point to them.

We Set Paris On Fire



Now is the is the Seahorse Liberation Army's "We Set Paris On Fire," final final version. Pass it on!

(Now if only the students would join in.)

Happy Paris riots 2005.

Yé-Yé Of The Day: Les Sultans!



I know, I know, there's more to 60's French music than covers of English-language hits, but whenever I hear a French cover of one of my favourite songs that really gets it right, a little chill goes up my spine. With Les Sultans' "Je T'Aime Bien" (AKA The Zombies' "You Make Me Feel Good"), I could hardly believe my ears. I'd heard a couple of crappy French versions of "She's Not There" and figured that there were few bands in any language who could do justice to the brilliance of The Zombies' originals. But Québec's Les Sultans nailed it--the gorgeous folk-rockish guitars, the dead-on harmonies, the tambourine shake--everything is as it should be. All of their songs are great, really, but other titles of note include "Dis-Lui" (The Zombies' "Leave Me Be") and "Il N'y A Rien Au Monde Que Je Ne Ferais Pas..." (The Kinks' "Nothin' In The World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout The Girl"). I'd give my right arm to be 16 back in 1966 Montréal. Damn.

Psycha Bourée



Dashiell Hedayat--"Chrysler Rose" (10.1 massive psychedelic megabytes)

I can't begin to describe this song except to say that if it was a house I would want to live in it.

(I originally misspelled his name--my source for the song got it wrong--but further investigation reveals that Hedayat was a poet who was involved with the experimental group Gong and that this song comes from the album Obsolete.)

Yé-Yé Of The Day: Maël (Finally!)



I had been trying to find Maël's new album, Kung-Fu Et Autres Cirques De Bord De Mer since it came out in January. The review in Les Inrockuptibles intrigued me with its comparisons to Florent Marchet and Mathieu Boogaerts, but only yesterday did the French pop gods finally deliver it to my ears. While Maël's sound is far more subdued than Marchet's heady, sublime pop-infused chanson, I can't stop listening to "Tatouage De Hippie" with its irresistible gypsy rhythm and subtle electronic noise. Kung-Fu as a whole is a fine slice of the unabashedly beautiful folk-pop the French so excel at these days.

Also, if you haven't heard Florent Marchet's Gargilesse, seek it out! He has to be one of the most talented solo artists in France today. Maybe I'll post something of his in the near future.

Can't you hear it?



While I digest some new music, here are two versions of one of my favourite songs, "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat," both the cover by Herman's Hermits and the original by the incomparable Goldie and the Gingerbreads.

Donne Moi Ton Coeur Et Ta Fleur



This new Yé-Yé Of The Day comes from this extremely obscure Breton psychedelic folk sextet. Information about Folkdove is scarce, but apparently the album was originally released in 1975 in a pressing of just a few hundred copies. Yes, French psych-folk is as gorgeous as one might suspect, medieval instruments and all--the haunting "Reverdie" attests to that.

Drugburn returns!



I know it's been a long, long absence--much longer than I wanted it to be--but I once again have the resources to make Drugburn a regular happening. Those of you who have checked back here won't be disappointed.

Here is my goodwill offering: Petula Clark's bombshell cover of The Kinks "A Well Respected Man" entitled "Un Jeune Homme Bien."

Much more to follow, so stay tuned.

Illuminate me


Drag City has posted Weird War's new video for "Illuminated." Rejoice!

The SLA Took My Baby Away


Jesus, I've been a bad blogger lately, and I have no real excuse this time. As a consolation, I would like to post mp3s of my own band's works in progress. Hold on, where are you going? Come back! Believe me, I would not waste my time in a shitty band making shitty music.

My group, The Seahorse Liberation Army, counts among its influences Stereolab, Can, Prince, Françoise Hardy, Stereo Total, Julien Ribot, Jacques Dutronc (in fact, we cover two of his songs), and many other Drugburn-esque artists. We are getting hip with the Situationists and Bucky Fuller. Keep in mind that these songs are in various stages of completion; we expect to have our EP done by the fall.

ABC Intro
Play Play Play
Mini, Mini, Mini
We Set Paris On Fire
On Nous Cache Tout, On Nous Dit Rien
The Last Situationist

If you dig us, be sure to leave a comment.

Vivre comme dans les livres


Mordi of Blowupdoll passed this book survey along to me, and since my taste in literature often is related to pop culture anyway, I thought it would make sense to post it here.

1) You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451; which book do you want to be?
Anything by Tom Robbins, Dave Eggers, or Madonna (not that I don't like some of her music).

2) Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
Yes, although I can't remember many of my book-crushes anymore. Dewey from I Never Loved Your Mind is the kind of boy I would date.

3) What are you currently reading?
Raven--a massive tome about Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple--and Raoul Vaneigem's The Revolution Of Everyday Life.

4) The last book you bought was:
The Sit-In Game (Swedish kids rebelling and taking over a school in 1969), The Preppy Handbook, Diane Von Furstenberg's Book Of Beauty, and The New Art (a collection of essays about pop art, Dada, abstract expressionism, etc.).

5) The last book you read was:
Evasions, the true story of the author's adventures shoplifting and squatting his way across America.

6) Five books you would take to a desert island:
1. Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen, possibly the most perversely beautiful novel of all time

2. The Complete Works Of Verner Panton

3. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin

4. The Rudi Gernreich Book (Fashion designer of the future)

5. Society Of The Spectacle by Guy Debord

7) Who are you going to pass this stick to, and why?
Maybe The Soundkeeper, or other people on Livejournal (yes, I do have one, and anyone who knows how to work Google can probably find it without much difficulty).

Le Pop Art, C'est La Liberté



Apologies for my absence. Can I make it up to you with a brilliant French pop song?

Here it is--"Pop Art" by Tienou et les Wind-Dings.

I might lose my ability to upload files soon, though, since my friend isn't able to pay his site's hosting fees for this year.