Look Through Any FenOtre (Singing in French as a second language)

Artist Song Buy
Blondie  Sunday Girl (French Version)
1978 
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Regina Spektor  Ne me quitte pas
2002 
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Les Sans Culottes  Apollinaire
2002 
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Kylie Minogue  Confide In Me (French Version)
2003 
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Heavenly   Nous ne sommes pas des anges
1996 (France Gall) 
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The Krolls  Le cocanne, le chocolat
2007  
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The Blow  Bonjour Jeune Fille
2006 
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Sarah Vaughan  Michelle
Date unkown (Beatles) 
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Frenchmen  Les Sucettes
2006 (France Gall) 
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The New Seekers  Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma
1971 (Melanie) 
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Sonny & Cher   Je m'en balance car je t'aime
1966 ("But You're Mine") 
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Marianne Faithfull  Coquillages
1967 
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Electric Light Orchestra   Hold On Tight
1981 
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April March  Le code rural
2003 
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The Hollies  Regardez par des fenOtres
1966 ("Look Thru Any Window") 
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Tricky feat. Emilie Simon   Je tombe
2008 
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Sonic Youth  ¦a plane pour moi
1992 (Plastic Bertrand) 
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Petula Clark  La nuit n'en finit plus
2004 (Searchers "Needles And Pins") 
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Avril Lavigne   Girlfriend (French Version)
2007 
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Lorne Greene   Ringo (French Version)
1965  
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Fairport Convention   Si tu dois partir
1969 (Bob Dylan "If You Gotta Go, Go Now") 
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Susan Werner   La vie en rose
1993 (Edith Piaf) 
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Comment:




72 minutes. This is a mix of songs sung partly or entirely in French, by singers
whose primary language is not French.

The Krolls' frontlady Masha Andreychikova is Russian. So is Regina Spektor,
but Regina grew up in New York. Avril Lavigne is an Anglophone Canadian.
The rest of the gang are Yanks, Brits, or Aussies, nationalities not known for
interest or skill in second languages.

April March gets a lot of practice, since she performs regularly in French, as do her fellow New Yorkers
Les Sans Culottes.
On the other hand, some are just giving it a shot.
I am no expert, but it sounds to me like most of them do quite well
with their French!

That was "most," not "all."
The famous voice of
Sarah Vaughan
gets noticeably faint
on the French lines.
The Sonny and Cher duet is obviously constructed to limit Monsieur to just a few words.
And Avril surely inspires her young fans to new heights of foreign language proficiency by
keeping English for certain key phrases, such as "I'm the motherf**kin' princess."

As for Sonic Youth,
one reviewer noticed that
Thurston is "just singing random things that sound like the original song."
He's doing Fake French!

½Oh mon Dieu! Comme on va s'amuser sur scFne avec cette chanson.+


Feedback:

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darrylseattle
Date: 3/11/2008
looks interesting! - thank you for offering something different for my eyes - is this stuff available? - never thought of looking for songs in different languages over here in hillbilly america.
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anthony lombardi
Date: 3/11/2008
interesting concept, ed, & some fine tunes too
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joey de vivre
Date: 3/11/2008
The all-time lame-French song I think would have to be "Michelle" (ma belle), perhaps followed by that "voulez-vous coucher avec moi" song, but you do have the great French-Canadian Lorne Greene doing "Ringo" which I bet is even better in French than in English. I would love to take this to French class!
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gobi
Date: 3/11/2008
Fairport convention does it for me most here, but there are a couple of other corkers . . . . that ELO album (Time?) was the last album I bought on Vinyl . . . 'attonnez toi as ton reves' or something similar isn;t it ?!
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hemizen
Date: 3/12/2008
Looks great, I'll know more after I have The French Connection translate for me.
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KathrynandRupert
Date: 3/12/2008
How about Reconnez Cherie by Wreckless Eric? As Eric sounds dodgy in English his French is tres mal.
Bit like mine. Love to hear that Frenchmen version of Les Sucettes. France Gall covers are always cool; you should hear her sing in German, I think that language suits her voice better than her own.
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Rob Conroy
Date: 3/12/2008
Neat idea and execution. No "Michelle" or "Psycho Killer" (I only ask that because those are the two that sprang to my mind immediately)?
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Funky Ratchet
Date: 3/12/2008
Great concept...have never heard that Hollies track.
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Mesh
Date: 3/12/2008
I really like what you've done here. What about "Hungry For You" by The Police?
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Media Vixen: Radio Sally
Date: 3/12/2008
Incroyable? Ou-est le link, s'il vous plait?
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Salman1
Date: 3/12/2008
Neat mix. I love that SY cover... makes me laugh since I can understand french. Also digging the Fairport Convention, Sarah Vaughan and Kylie Minogue songs.
I don't know if you've heard of Eux Autres but they're a band from Portland who have a few songs in sung in french. And its really good too. It would definitely work on this mix.
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Mark Petruccelli
Date: 3/12/2008
Cool idea, I'm particularly fond of faux French (ala Sid Caesar).
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mahdishain
Date: 3/12/2008
very nice. check out luminescent orchestrii who do songs in french as well as english and yiddish.
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sammyg123
Date: 3/12/2008
TrTs Bon. Some fine stuff on here Ed, particulary like the 20-22. And I love The Blow..
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Moe
Date: 3/12/2008
Oui Oui! This does look like a mighty fine collection, monsier mixxer. Love the Heavenly, Blondie and April March especially. Curious to hear that Avril march :)
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buglady
Date: 3/13/2008
oooh. I love this!
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Barrydali
Date: 3/13/2008
Thurston can do whatever he likes. So can you Ed. Magnifique.
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Skipper Bartlett
Date: 3/13/2008
Great idea , excellent execution.
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Ken Harris
Date: 3/13/2008
Excellent idea, Ed...And a great eclectic collection of artists and songs...Really good work....
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sweetxhoneyxbee
Date: 3/13/2008
Haven't heard anything about it... But what a bummer if that's true. Their last album was truly magnificent and I haven't even seen them live... :/ On a lighter note: Digging this quite a bit! 2, 7, 12, 14 & 17 are highlights for me. :)
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divinyl
Date: 3/14/2008
The McGarrigles would have been a worthy addition here but french is their second language so I'm not sure if that qualifies. Nice idea.
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g.a.b. l@bs
Date: 3/15/2008
Ce qui peut je dites au sujet du frantais...

Quite a diverse lineup on le mix, Ed.
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tornadoZ
Date: 3/15/2008
this looks great, Mixxer - a real neat idea. I'd love to hear it! if you're planning a sequel, you're welcome to borrow my Al B. Sure "Nite and Day" 7" single, which has him doing the song in French on the b-side.
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p the swede
Date: 3/16/2008
cool even if I didn't ubderstand a word ;)
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doowad
Date: 4/6/2008
Aw, man, I have to have a copy of this, if you have the chance, drop me a link.
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super relax
Date: 4/14/2008
c'est fabuleux!
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FoolThemAll
Date: 6/6/2008
That bit about Thurston is hilarious. Nice inclusions here, especially (for me) the Regina Spektor - a couple of hers would've fit the theme.
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Luke79
Date: 8/12/2008
J'adore. Wish I could sing in English, let alone en Francais.

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