My girlfriend just sent me a little reminder of a French rap song that we went crazy for a couple summers ago at the beach: Travailler by TTC. I still love the song, but the video is so silly. Writhing bikini-clad girls on a conference room table; dorky white guys trying to act badass; cheap fashion, cliché scenarios, poor production values… but, oui, great song.
Meanwhile, I’ve been listening to Francoise Hardy all week. Ah, Tous les Garcons et les Filles…. so sweet and innocent. Life’s just an amusement park ride, n'est ce pas? When the girls’ skirts flutter in the wind, they titter like demure, precious creatures. Everything is so plain and simple.
My question is, what happened in the four decades between these two songs? Surely, the French produced other music than Serge Gainsbourg, Johnny Hallyday and Phoenix?