Mick Harvey - Intoxicated Women LP
It has taken 20 years for Mick Harvey to resume his project of translating Serge Gainsbourg’s songs into English, and following June’s release of Volume 3, Delirium Tremens, Mick Harvey has now announced the final in the series, Volume 4, Intoxicated Women.
Intoxicated Women contains many duets and songs written by Gainsbourg, mostly during the 60s, in a period where he was focusing his songwriting on singers such as France Galle, Juliette Greco and most famously, Brigitte Bardot.
Mick Harvey explains, “After the initial recordings for Delirium Tremens, JP Shilo and I continued investigating the duets and female songs, many of which were unknown to me. So it became a voyage of discovery into quite a lot of material I hadn’t heard before. There are even a couple of songs for which the only versions existing from the 60s are from TV performances Serge gave.” [“The Drowned One” (La Noyée) and “Wolfy Teeth” (Dents de Lait, Dents de Loup)]
The album opens with a stunning version of “Je T’aime… (Moi non plus)” – here titled “Ich Liebe Dich… (Ich Dich Auch Nicht)” - rendered in the sexiest German imaginable by the chanteuse Andrea Schroeder and culminates with “Cargo Cult,” the closing track from the classic Melody Nelson album. In between, we are treated to a smorgasbord of Gainsbourg gems in English (with a bit of Khmer thrown in).
1. Ich Liebe Dich...Ich Dich Auch Nicht (Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus) 2. All Day Suckers (Les Sucettes) 3. Contact 4. Prévert’s Song (Chanson de Prévert) 5. The Eyes To Cry (Les Yeux Pour Pleurer) 6. Puppet Of Wax, Puppet Of Song (Poupée de Cire, Poupée de Son) 7. Baby Teeth, Wolfy Teeth (Dents de Lait, Dents de Loup) 8. God Smokes Havanas (Dieu est un Fumeur des Havanes) 9. While Rereading Your Letter (En Relisant Ta Lettre) 10. Sensuelle et Sans Suite 11. The Homely Ones (Les Petits Boudins) 12. Lost Loves (Les Amours Perdues) 13. Striptease 14. The Drowned One (La Noyée) 15. Cargo Cult (Cargo Culte)