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FROM GAINSBOURG TO LULU
From Gainsbourg To Lulu is the debut album by the talented Lulu Gainsbourg, who is also joined by the likes of Johnny Depp and Iggy Pop

"I needed to make this gift to my father before getting on with my own things," said Lulu Gainsbourg recently. The 25-year-old son of Serge Gainsbourg, a talented French pianist and performer, "officially" begins his career in music with an album entitled From Gainsbourg To Lulu, which is still in the preparation stage. "Officially" because it will be his first solo album after many years involved in music: at the age of four, he started playing the piano, at five, he made his first appearances on stage, at 15, he was recording in studios, at 16, he was acting in films and at 18, he began writing, arranging and participating in the production of albums recorded by friends and relatives. Lulu, his real name is Lucien Gainsbourg, appeared on "Ne Dis Rien" with his mother Bambou in 2001 and worked on IRM with his sister Charlotte in 2009.

A former student of the Paris Conservatoire and Berklee, Lulu had no qualms about making this tribute to his father. Backed by Universal France, which jealously guarded the entire production process, the artist invited some of the biggest names in music such as Marianne Faithfull, Iggy Pop, Shane MacGowan, Rufus Wainwright, Vanessa Paradis, Richard Bona and Angelo Debarre, and also big stars from the movies such as Johnny Depp, Scarlett Johansson and Melanie Thierry. Conspicuous by their absence are Bambou, Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg, but as he told Les InRockuptibles, "it was a personal project and I didn't want family members on the record."

Lulu rewrote some classics of rock, chanson and the soundtracks of his father such as "Initials B.B." (performed by Iggy Pop), "Bonnie & Clyde" (Johansson), "Ne Dis Rien" (Thierry), "Ballade de Melody Nelson" (Paradis and Depp) and "Sous Le Soleil Exactement" (MacGowan), and also delves into his greatest weakness: jazz. With the help of Debarre and his gipsy group, he has reconstructed "Poinçonneur Des Lilas" in jazz manouche style, and with the help of Bona, he reworked "La Javanaise" with an Afro-Cuban rhythm. Both songs are currently on iTunes, on an instrumental preview album entitled Jazz EP.

Everything is going well, but time is running out because "I really want to release the album this year, twenty years after the death of my father." The release is scheduled for 14 November, after being presented at various concerts: 2 November at La Coopérative de Mai in Clermont Ferrand, the 8th at the Casino de Paris, the 10th at the Cirque Royal in Brussels and the 12th at the Rendez-vous Soniques in Saint-Lô. There is no turning back. Gainsbourg Year is set to end with the emergence of another great Gainsbourg.
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Rufus Wainwright - "Je Suis Venu Te Dire Que Je M’en Vais":
http://soundcloud.com/rfp86/rufus-wa...t-je-suis-venu

Iggy Pop - "Initials B.B."
http://soundcloud.com/rfp86/iggy-pop-initial-b-b-serge

Marianne Faithfull - "Manon"
http://soundcloud.com/rfp86/marianne...ll-manon-serge

Shane MacGowan - "Sous Le Soleil Exactement"
http://soundcloud.com/rfp86/shane-ma...sous-le-soleil

Vanessa Paradis & Johnny Depp - "La Ballade de Melody Nelson"


Lulu Gainsbourg & Scarlett Johansson - "Bonnie and Clyde"

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okay the johnny and vanessa cover of melody nelson sounds great but not so far off from the original,actually.overall i find it rather an underwhelming tribute to one of the greatest composers/artists that ever lived,imo. to me it lacks a certain depth and experimentation that serge was renowned for.....and there certainly could have been more artists contribution instead of mostly pseudo-celebrity musicians. it just leaves a lot to be desired.

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It certainly lacks experimentation and creativity in choosing the artists. Even Lulu's samba-eque version of L'eau à la bouche is more experimental than those above. I was quite disappointed at Wainwright's Je suis venu te dire que je m'en vais... I'm still curious to listen to the rest but I don't think it will be anything really great and interesting. I do think choosing Scarlett makes sense though, this kind of "sex symbol" actress/wanna-be singer, and also a couple like Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp - Vanessa is always a pleasure to listen to (and kind of an obvious choice I guess).
Considering the people involved in this project, I must say I think it's better that they didn't go further. Only the great ones are good at experimenting - and experimenting with something already experimental can be really complicated. It can end up just messing with the original work. He'd need too many great people to make something really deserving of being a real big tribute. Not sure if this was the best way for Lulu to become more known...

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i hate to say but i kind of prefer the previous tribute album that was done,gainsbourg revisited to this one. and it wasn't the most stellar thing either....and in english.....hit and miss. i have to say the only contemporary artists i've heard that have done gainsbourg any kind of genuine justice has been portishead and maybe blonde redhead. p'head's collaborations with jane birkin on gainsbourg tracks some years ago and that version of requiem for anna they did on the "revisited" album were stupendous.


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