Friday, January 29, 2010

LADIES FIRST: 'Chick Habit!'

LADIES FIRST brings you another classic song that 'she did first'.

Who didn't love the song "Chick Habit" from Tarantino's film "Death Proof"?

The original was recorded by French teen chanteuse FRANCE GALL as "Laisse Tomber les Filles" ('Forget the Girls') in 1964. The lyrics by Serge Gainsbourg had an unusually harsh and jaded worldview that caused controversy coming from a teen Pop girl's mouth.

FRANCE GALL -"Laisse Tomber les Filles" (1964)

In the 90's, APRIL MARCH did both a French and an English cover of the song. It retains the retro rock sound while amping it up a bit. She named the English version "Chick Habit", and Tarantino used both versions in the credits of his film, "Death Proof" (2007, half of the combo film "Grindhouse").

APRIL MARCH -"Laisse Tomber les Filles" (1995)

APRIL MARCH -"Chick Habit" (1995; film footage (2007))

Before that film came out, FABIENNE DELSOL had brought it full circle by covering the original.

FABIENNE DELSOL -"Laisse Tomber les Filles" (2004)

Soon after her but still before the film, neo-YeYe artist MAREVA GALENTER also covered it, along with songs by seminal French Garage Girl Jacqueline Taïeb ("7:00 AM", "On roule à 160").

MAREVA GALENTER -"Laisse Tomber les Filles" (2006)

"Hang it up, daddy,
a girl's not a tonic or a pill!

You're gonna need a heap of glue
when they all catch up with you
and they cut you up in two!"

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