- Oct 17, 2004
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Very famous song... Titled “Je t'aime, moi non plus” kind of a word play that one could translate as “I love you, neither do I”. The song was originally featuring Brigitte Bardot that Serge Gainsbourg was dating at that time, but Bardot's husband took exception (one can imagine why, when you understand the lyrics in French... ) and it was never released. It's the version with Jane Birkin (the new Gainsbourg's gf) that became famous. The song was originally censored, but over time it became a classic. In the 80s Gainsbourg released a remake of Édith Piaf's “Mon légionnaire” and became good friend with Col François, the CO of 2e REI that Le Petit Caporal must remember. They were both sharing the same taste for provocation. Long story...Aha... I remember this song in a jukebox years ago. Still makes me laugh.
And yes, Jane Birkin is English. Before dating and then marrying Serge Gainsbourg, she was married to the composer and conductor of film music John Barry.