Hello. Great community, enjoying the posts so far. But high time for another oldie I think.
I don't know if this song is particularly obscure, and I'm sure all of you know of France Gall. But I suspect most know her for her 60s output, particularly those notorious songs written by Serge Gainsbourg, such as "Les sucettes". Either that or for her later MOR pop stuff (post-marriage to Michel Berger). But, always a good European, France got around a bit. Her first ever live gig was in Brussels, Belgium. She represented Luxembourg at Eurovision. And she had a whole separate career in Germany in the late 60s and early 70s, her popularity increasing there just as her career in France began to wane.
To aid her marketing in Germany, France adapted her look - ditching her brunette bangs for long, straight, bleached blonde hair and a heavily made-up face. This made her look rather stern and cold. I can only assume this is what German pop fans liked. For my part, there are very few photos of France from this time that I like, but this one isn't so bad:
As for the music, well some of it is in the oompah oompah "Puppet On A String" singalong style. But here's an MP3 of one song that's an absolute corker:France Gall - Der Computer Nr.3
Brisk, driving drums propel a jaunty hymn to a computer, with at least two great hooks PLUS electronic sci-fi whooshing noises and echoey robotic narration to boot! Enjoy. And if you'd like to hear more of France singing in German, there's a CD compilation, France Gall En Allemand - Das Beste in Deutsch
, which is easy to find on Amazon.
And finally, if anyone has access to mp3s of France Gall's super rare singles recorded in 1971-73, as referred to in this web article
, then I'd love to hear from you in the comments box.