Weekly LP love: histoire de melody Nelson
Listed as one of the top 1000 recordings you should listen to before you die, French pop star extraordinaire, Serge Gainsbourg’s 1971 album Histoire De Melody Nelson is very much worthy of that list. The album’s mix of liberated guitar, funk style bass, near spoken word vocals, and swelling orchestrated string and choral arrangements by Jean-Claude Vannier who composed almost the entire music in collaboration with Gainsbourg for the album, have proven to be highly influential to artists such as Beck, Air, and Portishead. And all this music comes with a much expected Serge lyrical content. It is a concept album about him crashing his Rolls Royce into a young girl riding her bicycle and thus begins a taboo love affair. It was an extremely experimental album for its time and the musical world is so much better because of it.
And here are my 5 LP Lovelies: