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French Chanson: Mick Harvey – “Contact”

  • January 8, 2017
  • 2 min read
Photo credit: L.J.Spruyt / L.J.Spruyt Photography

Mick Harvey


Intoxicated Women

Volume 4 of Mick Harvey’s labor of love (the translations of the great French pop writer, Serge Gainsbourg) reaches its pinnacle of great duets Gainsbourg performed with various singers in the 60’s.  The first single, “Contact”, was originally sung by Brigitte Bardot and released in 1968, and now features Channthy Kak of Cambodian Space Project and frequent collaborator Xanthe Waite (Terry) on vocals.  It is a beautiful translation of the song, and Waite’s voice is very Bardotish, with the mix of innocence and worldliness that made the original so provocative.  Harvey has always had a keen sense of interpretation, and his days with Nick Cave and PJ Harvey have just hardened his musicality and made even more beautiful his world version.  Thank you for bringing Gainsbourg into this century.

Intoxicated Women – Tracklisting and Featured Vocalists
Ich Liebe Dich…Ich Dich Auch Nicht (Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus)
– featuring Andrea Schroeder & Mick Harvey on vocals
All Day Suckers (Les Sucettes) – with Mick Harvey on vocals
Contact – featuring Channthy Kak & Xanthe Waite on vocals
Prévert’s Song (Chanson de Prévert) – featuring Jess Ribeiro & Mick Harvey on vocals
The Eyes To Cry (Les Yeux  Pour Pleurer) – featuring Sophia Brous on vocals
Puppet Of Wax, Puppet Of Song (Poupée de Cire, Poupée de Son) – feat Xanthe Waite on vocals
Baby Teeth, Wolfy Teeth (Dents de Lait, Dents de Loup)
– featuring Solomon Harvey & Mick Harvey on vocals
God Smokes Havanas (Dieu est un Fumeur des Havanes)
– featuring Andrea Schroeder & Mick Harvey on vocals
While Rereading Your Letter (En Relisant Ta Lettre)
– featuring Sophia Brous & Mick Harvey on vocals
Sensuelle et Sans Suite – featuring Lyndelle-Jayne Spruyt on vocals
The Homely Ones (Les Petits Boudins) – featuring Xanthe Waite on vocals
Lost Loves (Les Amours Perdues) – with Mick Harvey on vocals
Striptease – featuring Andrea Schroeder on vocals
The Drowned One (La Noyée) – featuring Jess Ribeiro & Mick Harvey on vocals
Cargo Cult (Cargo Culte) – with Mick Harvey on vocals

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