FRENCH POP LYRICS SUMMER SPECIAL
HOW TO BE A YÉ-YÉ GIRL: #1 – Look Great in Pop Videos
One of the joys of French pop from the 1960s is that its videos are often far more sophisticated and entertaining than anything produced in the UK or the US at the time. This is probably due to the popularity in France of the Scopitone, a kind of visual jukebox. I don’t know if this nine minute film was shown on the Scopitone, but whatever its origins it must rate as one of the most extraordinary pop videos of all time.
In a previous post we saw Gall at the height of her popularity when she won the Eurovision Song Contest. By 1967 her career in France was on the slide and this was one of the last songs that Serge Gainsbourg wrote for her. It is a bizarre but brilliant effort, a kind of warning about the dangers of LSD, featuring a guest appearance by Mick Jagger.
It wasn’t a hit and Gall started to concentrate on the German market, with songs like ‘Der Computer Nr. 3’ (see the video below).
Teenie Weenie Boppie was covered in 1997 by the indie supergroup Free Kitten (featuring Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth). Their chaotic version features lyrics in both English and French.
TEENIE WEENIE BOPPIE Teenie Weenie Boppie A pris du LSD Un sucre et la voici Au bord de la folie Une Rolls la frôle de son aile Un prince du rock est au volant Il lui fait signe agitant vers elle Ses fines dentelles et ses volants Teenie Weenie Boppie A pris du LSD Un sucre et la voici À terre évanouie Un grand garçon en habit sudiste Lui tend ses deux mains gantées de blanc À son doigt une mauve améthyste En la griffant s'est teintée de sang Teenie Weenie Boppie A pris du LSD Un sucre et la voici Déjà à l'agonie Que sont ces fleurs aux couleurs exquises Qui dérivent au fil du courant ? C'est Mick Jagger qui dans la Tamise S'est noyé dans ses beaux vêtements Teenie Weenie Boppie Est morte dans la nuit De quoi, mais d'avoir pris Une dose de LSD
TEENIE WEENIE BOPPIE Teenie Weenie Boppie Took some LSD A cube of sugar and here she is At the edge of insanity A Rolls Royce skims past the wing A prince of rock at the steering wheel He waves at her In fine lace and ruffles Teenie Weenie Boppie Took some LSD A cube of sugar and here she is Fainting on the ground A big boy in a Confederate outfit He extends his two white-gloved hands On his finger a purple amethyst Scratched and stained with blood Teenie Weenie Boppie Took some LSD A cube of sugar and here she is Already in agony What are these flowers with exquisite colours That drift with the current? It's Mick Jagger in the Thames Drowned in his fine clothes Teenie Weenie Boppie She died in the night From what, from taking A dose of LSD