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Song of the day – 278: Elli et Jacno

Song of the day – 278: Elli et Jacno
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I have Mr Louis Pattison to thank (indirectly) for this one.

He tipped me off to the richly-refined, warm delights of the Gallic Ruth. I let him know how much I loved Ruth – so he sent me a compilation of French coldwave (synth-directed music from the early 80s, mainly) that Ruth feature on, entitled Des Jeunes Gens Mödernes. I was also heavily into the music of modern-day equivalent, Karaocake:  a disconsolate French girl intoning break-up scenarios over the electrical appliances let loose on the kitchen table from Gregory’s GirlDes Jeunes Gens Mödernes means ‘modern young people’ and Bangs alive it’s great: very retro back-to-the-future analogue clinical new town. Especially this.

I’m sure it says reams about my age and the year this particular video and song were made, but I find both the song and the way the woman dances oddly alluring. And when I say alluring I really mean sexy. Clearly, this is how sex – back when I was a 19-year-old virgin – was defined for me: a tight shiny skirt and a disinterested woman dancing in a way that may or may not be construed as provocative but clearly she doesn’t care either way, and haircuts that belonged to Moonlighting or somewhere. Noah Taylor shades on the dude. And a clear Serge Gainsbourg influence (not that I would have known that at the time). I guess that’s what happens when you  spend your late teens reading superhero comic books. Sigh.

Hmm. Obviously the video has the same effect on me now, or I wouldn’t be mentioning all this.

As the comment beneath the video on YouTube states , “Every fine woman should also have a rectangular sheet of paper to dance on”.

Here’s ‘Le Telephone’ from 1982. One for Stereo-Total fans, methinks.

Oh! Elli et Jacno are ex-Stinky Toys! Well, that explains a few things…

R.I.P. Jacno.

One Response to Song of the day – 278: Elli et Jacno

  1. Stefancev March 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Just discovered Jacno 2 weeks ago. There is something about him and his Elli that immediately captured my imagination. Probably it has a lot to do with their golden age, 1979-1982, right in the middle of the elegant electronic music revolution. Now they call this period in music “New Romantics”, “Coldwave”… We called it “Synth Music” in Sweden in those days. Exactly my favourite time in music, before American R&B etc. took over the radio playlists in 1983. In the right place in the right time…

    I become very moved when I listen to this music, when I see this interesting video of Rectangle, and the video of “Anne cherchait l’amour”, a real cinematic masterpiece from the same time. The strong feeling of nostalgia and melancholy surprised me. Probably the reason is that they embody exactly what I wanted to do when I was young… Maybe a subcouncious reminder.

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