Germany expresses outrage at the moment about sexist statements from a leading politician of the Free Democratic Party. What happened: In January 2012 the 67 year old politician Rainer Brüderle met a 29 year old newspaperwoman in a bar at a hotel in Stuttgart round midnight. After drinking and talking obviously Brüderles look walks on her breast and says ‘you can fill a dirndl also’.
Not that such statements of an old politician would interest me, but that now all feminists from her holes creep again and cry after justice and excuse annoys me. I know it is a very thin line between flirting and sexual statements – but what the hell: has one of those which condemn this, sat once at midnight at a hotel bar?
To all the writing people and all feminists: Don’t take every word a man says for serious and take words like this with a smile. And remember: it is up to you to finish flirting and stop talking.
I’m not really a big fan of French chansons but sometimes I like to listen to some French pop. In France he is valid as one of the most creative musician of his time. He was also a very great influence for other singer/songwriter in the late 60’s in France.
His early songs were inspired by the French writer Boris Vian and were very old fashioned chansons. Gainsbourg began to remove from this and experiment with new styles: jazz early on, pop in the 1960s, rock and reggae in the 1970s and electronic in the 1980s. Gainsbourg’s extremely varied musical style makes him difficult to categorize.
I always liked his coolness and the way he whispered his lyrics. He was every time good for a scandal. So as he published a record about a love story between teenager an an older man, ending tragically when the teenager died by a plane crash.
Another scandal was when he turned into reggae. He was one of the first European musicians that made a record in Jamaica. In 1978 he recorded with Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare ‘Aux Armes Et Caetera’ a reggae version of the French national anthem ‘La Marseillaise’. This song earned him death threads from the right-wing veterans of the Algerian war of independence who were opposed to certain lyrics.
Last Friday JC from The Vinyl Villain featured Billy Bragg and his record ‘Don’t try this at home’ from 1991. I took this for a chance to listen more to his music over the last weekend. It is astonishing how many songs and lyrics are familiar to me after all this time still presently. About him is is nearly everything told.
In different blogs it is discussed whether his political songs are the better ones or the love songs. I turned into his music with his first record ‘Life’s A Riot with Spy vs Spy’. On this record and also on the following records he sung very political songs. And most of them I played while I worked as a DJ for the weekend in our local pub. I agreed with lots of his political statements – especially against the Thatcher administration.
When I listen to his love songs nowadays I’ve to confess that a know only a few white singer who are able to sing songs of love and resignation like he does – with his whole heart and empathy.
One of my favorite love song is ‘Walk away Renee’ – his version of the 1966 single from the Left Bank, around own verses complements. Beside the blog-title the song still contains this miraculous dialogue:
I said ‘I’m the most illegible bachelor in town’.
And she said ‘Yea, that’s why I never can understand any of those silly letters you send me’.
Billy Bragg – Walk away Renee
Another great song about going separate ways to go:
Listen, enjoy and have a good week.