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Song of the Day (The Chain): Air – Sexy Boy

Day 17. Charlotte Gainsbourg’s album released previously to IRM was produced by another influential & genre shifting artist, the French band, Air. It also seems that Beck is actually following me during this series of Song of the Day as I have just discovered, after selecting this tune, that there is a Beck remix of it too. I’ll stick that at the bottom of this post for completions’ sake.

Sexy Boy was a landmark record in French dance music. A catchy, bouncy mashup of sampled drums, shimmering synths & live guitar. It broke through into the mainstream in a big way & paved the way for other French electronica artists (like Daft Punk, for example) to also achieve commercial success in the UK & US.

Sexy boy
Sexy boy

Sexy boy
Sexy boy

Où sont tes héros
Au corps d’athlète?
Où sont tes idoles
Mal rasés, bien habillés?

Sexy boy
Sexy boy

Dans leurs yeux des dollars
Dans leurs sourires des diamants
Moi aussi, un jour
Je serai beau comme un Dieu

Sexy boy
Sexy boy

Apollon 2000
Zéro défauts, vingt-et-un ans
C’est l’homme idéal
Charme au masculin

Sexy boy
Sexy boy
Sexy boy
Sexy boy
Sexy boy
Sexy boy
Sexy boy
Sexy boy

That Beck remix, you need to check the credits to find Becks name. I guess he maybe wanted to remain anonymous? I’m not sure.

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Song of the Day (The Chain): Charlotte Gainsbourg – Heaven Can Wait (feat. Beck)

Day 16. Today is Beck’s 50th birthday (as I write this) & yesterdays song, Stick Figures In Love by Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, was produced by him. I wasn’t going to use the same link two days in a row but I didn’t know that today was going to be his 50th birthday. So todays tune is another Beck produced song. Charlotte Gainsbourg’s post-traumatic, death-obsessed 2010 album IRM was not only produced but also written by Beck.

Heaven Can Wait is a duet with Beck, an upbeat psychedelic singalong with dark, contemplative lyrics. It also features an absolutely bizarre video. I enjoy looking through comments on YouTube videos like this. On this video my favourite comment reads “I was watching this then I switched to porn when my mom came in. It was waaay easier to explain”.

She’s sliding, she’s sliding down to the depth of the world
She’s fighting, she’s fighting the urge to make sand out of pearls

Heaven can wait
And hell’s too far ago
Somewhere between
What you need and what you know
And they’re trying to drive that escalator into the ground

She’s hiding, she’s hiding on a battleship of baggage and bones
There’s thunder, there’s lightening in an avalanche of faces you know

Heaven can wait
And hell’s too far ago
Somewhere between
What you need and what you know
And they’re trying to drive that escalator into the ground

You left your credentials in a greyhound station
With a first aid kit and a flashlight
Going to a desert unknown

Heaven can wait
And hell’s too far ago
Somewhere between
What you need and what you know
And they’re trying to drive that escalator into the ground

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