Those mega-hit "Je t'aime..." whispers began the era of infantile singers pretending to have sex in front of the microphone. The actual romance that blossomed between "beauty" and "the beast" usually added spice to the piece. Whoever listened carefully to this most famous sung dialogue of a pair of lovers knows that it is more about sex than about affection. In the greatest summary: she declares love, but he indicates doubts about it. She finds the way: come on baby, deep. Quick, faster. Now hold. Because I'm coming.
Of course, it must have clicked. Birkin perfectly matched the needs of the time. Child-woman, the top type of the second half of the 60s. Like Twiggy. And carefree copulation (remember the slogan "make love, not war") served as the ideology of the flower children generation.
Where are those house parties? Wojciech Gąssowski sang nostalgically in the rhythm of oompah-oompah.
After 1969, even under the roofs of the Polish People's Republic, those sung whispers with a truly breathtaking musical intro hit the dance floor. If anyone could grasp the sense and understand the message, they knew the ambiguity. Those who did not understand Molière's speech also comprehended that a male-female act was being performed and that she wanted more than he did, although, after a while, he also became passionately inflamed.
The inflated censorship – this time moral, because of the Polish People's Republic, much more prudish than the Western or the U.S. one – was resisted by Jacek Fedorowicz in the Scout Radio Station. In 1971, he "translated" the piece from French into Polish, in a version for Cub Scouts. In his translation, the girl and boy scout are going on a trip to the Amur River with a map file and other necessary things. She would follow him even to the ends of the earth because "he knows!" how to get there. The girl scout was a bit tired as it was an exhausting trip - hence the final puff and blow. I recommend it to everyone; you can find it on YouTube.
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As for the original version of the song: It was created at the request of Brigitte Bardot, Gainsbourg's beloved at the time (1966), as "the most romantic song ever imagined". The publication of the text variant with the participation of the greatest French star was opposed by her then-husband (which is somewhat
understandable). Instead, the young and beautiful Englishwoman with whom the author-singer established close contacts had no qualms. Since then, Jane Birkin has been the target of cameras, media and gossip. And Serge found his Galatea.
Between the Thames and the Seine
She was described as a 'fashion icon'. I wouldn't say I like this term, but you have to admit - she had a good style and qualities given by nature. She had lush hair and long legs, with which she attracted attention in the shortest possible miniskirts. Then, however, she gave up dresses, replacing them with jeans, wide men's trousers, voluminous shirts or oversized sweaters. Her way to elegance was a slight nonchalance and ease with which she wore expensive designer clothes. You can say, the quintessence of French chic.
This is how she presented herself at Carnegie Hall in 2017 when she gave a concert (recorded in the album) "Birkin Gainsbourg. Le Symphonique". Even the fully-fledged symphony orchestra could not cover up Mrs Jane's vocal shortcomings. Nonetheless, the ovations were endless. The 71-year-old icon still looked girly!
But let's go back to those days of the mini-jupe. Jane was a typical child of her era, generation and environment - a phenomenon that went down in the history of culture as Swinging London. All these young people were cute, a little jaded, rebellious and creative. They cut themselves off from the older generation and created their own art, fashion and - above all - music.
Birkin didn't even notice how in this muddle, she became married at the age of 19. She married the famous (15 years her senior) composer John Barry, for whom blockbuster soundtracks seemed to write themselves. The happiness lasted three years, including time for the birthday of JB's first daughter - Kate.
After her divorce, Birkin went across the English Channel to lick her wounds working in the film industry. And ... she got the lead role in "Slogan", despite her lack of French-speaking skills. On the set, she met another musical genius, also more advanced in age and experience than her - Serge G. Something flared instantly!