Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Exploding Hearts - KBOO Radio Show


Enough masturbatory verbosity!

Without further ado, here is the live KBOO Radio set by the Exploding Hearts:

The Exploding Hearts - Modern Kicks

The Exploding Hearts - Busy Signals

The Exploding Hearts - I'm a Pretender

The Exploding Hearts - Jailbird

The Exploding Hearts - Still Crazy

The Exploding Hearts - Walking Out on Love (Paul Collins Beat)

The Exploding Hearts - So Bored (Waste of Time)

The Exploding Hearts - Your Shadow

The Exploding Hearts - My Mind's Eye (Small Faces)

The Exploding Hearts - Thorns in Roses

The guy with the gruff voice between (and, unfortunately, during) songs is King Louie.

P.S. I haven't updated in a while because I've been really busy fucking up my life.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Je veux qu'elle vienne!

Inspired by the Les Désaxés post, I've decided to put up a few other versions of Françoise Hardy's "Je Veux Qu'il Revienne", which is probably my favorite song by the "Yeh-Yeh" (Yé-Yé?) girl from Paris.

Below you will find the original version, as well as the atrocious English language "Only You Can Do It", which comes from Françoise's album All Over the World (featuring songs performed in English, German, Italian and Spanish). Not only are the lyrics vacuous (not that the French version exudes intelligence, but at least it sounds nice), but her accent here leaves much to be desired, sounding very awkward and downright stupid. One good thing about the English version, however, is that it is a different instrumental recording as well, allowing you to hear parts of the song not previously audible (plus a country lick thrown in at the end of the chorus for good measure).

Additionally, below you will also find (when I get home and update the blog again) The Fevers cover of (ugh) "Only You Can Do It" from their album Love Always Wins.

Her orgasmic delivery of "oh oh oh" should win over even the darkest of souls:

Françoise Hardy - Je veux qu'il revienne

Françoise Hardy - Only You Can Do It

The Fevers - Only You Can Do It

Les Désaxés

A little over a year ago I received a small package in the mail. It was from Pierre Mikaïloff, guitarist for Les Désaxés (often translated into English as the Misfits, though it can also mean "lunatic"), with whom I had spoken several times via the internet. Having heard his band, I had asked him more about them, finding scant information on the internet. He was kind enough to send me, free of charge, a 21-song disc all the way from France to my parents' house in Connecticut. Below you will find the first nine, and, in my opinion, the best, of the tracks. These earlier recordings, although very poppy (and catchy), have a nice rock and roll element to them as well, often due to the lead guitarist's licks. The later tracks, which I haven't included, are much more new wave and not really to my liking (not that I have anything against new wave). If anyone would like the remaining tracks, just let me know and I can e-mail them to you.

The first song, "Juste 15 ans" (just fifteen years old), is, in true rock and roll fashion, about dating a younger girl (see: Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beatles, Johnny Burnette, The Boys and a million other groups). "Teenagers électriques", for which they are probably best known, has two different versions for download (I prefer the latter). There's also a cover of Françoise Hardy's "Je veux qu'il revienne" (changed to 'elle' to reflect their heterosexual, male points of view), which is actually what first introduced me to the beautiful Chanteuse (and, ultimately, her partner, Jacques Dutronc) about 3 years ago.

I won't include a biography here as a biography of the band can be found at the fantastic ModPopPunk Archives site (really a great resource; loads of downloads).

UPDATE: All 21 tracks are now available, per request.

The tracks:

1. Juste 15 ans

2. Teenagers electriques

3. Tout ce que je veux

4. Toutes ces filles

5. Elles sont toutes un peu folles

6. Les soirs d'ete

7. De retour dans la ville

8. Je veux qu'elle revienne

9. Teenagers electriques

10. Bien d'autres choses encore

11. Poly Magoo

12. Je ne suis plus si malheureux

13. Paris au soleil

14. Celle que je préfère

15. Les jours impairs

16. Celle que je préfère

17. Tu penses à autre chose

18. Cette fille n'est pas sérieuse

19. Romance électrique

20. Tu penses à autre chose

21. Terrains vagues

P.S. I received Pierre's permission to post these tracks.