So, Iggy Pop has corralled an assortment of covers for new LP ‘Apres’, as will be released on 9 May.
Most of its component tracks – which include standards written by Serge Gainsbourg, Edith Piaf and Georges Brassens – are homages to French artists, a decision avid Francophile Iggy says was taken because “French culture has most stubbornly resisted the mortal attacks of the Anglo-American music machine”.
He adds: “All popular music forms of today get their strength from the beat. Rap, hip hop, metal, pop, and rock producers will tell you that the beats they use imitate the human heartbeat and that is where the power lies. I’ve always loved this other feeling, one that is intimate, sometimes a little sad, and does not try to beat me on the head”.
Et Si Tu n’Existais Pas (Joe Dassin)
La Javanaise (Serge Gainsbourg)
Everybody’s Talkin (Harry Nilsson)
I’m Going Away Smiling (Yoko Ono)
La Vie En Rose (Edith Piaf)
Les Passantes (Georges Brassens)
Syracuse (Henri Salvador)
What Is This Thing Called Love? (Cole Porter)
Michelle (The Beatles)
Only The Lonely (Frank Sinatra)
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