No Pain, No Gainsbourg

Serge Gainsbourg was a French musician, singer, composer, actor, filmmaker and author. He wrote contributions to popular music spanning four decades (1950s to the 1980s), covering diverse styles, including jazz, pop, rock, afrobeat, reggae, funk and rap. His compositions pilfered from Dvořák, Chopin, Beethoven, and Olatunji, among  others, without making much of a secret of it. An example opens this mix: a few early bars of Dvořák’s New World Symphony reveals the motif that inspired the Gainsbourg song that follows it.

This mix will probably be surprising in its stylistic scope to the listener untouched by the SG legacy. I assure those people, there is a lot more to be discovered if your curiosity is piqued!

Quite simply, it’s impossible to do him justice in a mix in the space of under 70 minutes, but what the hell, here goes…

CREDITS

(duplicated discogs credits means the tracks were both from the same release)

Dvorak, Symphony No. 9, Adagio – Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra

https://www.discogs.com/Serge-Gainsbourg-Initials-BB/master/359969

https://www.discogs.com/Gainsbourg-LHomme-%C3%80-T%C3%AAte-De-Chou/master/9609

https://www.discogs.com/Serge-Gainsbourg-Bande-Originale-Du-Film-Le-Pacha/master/193524

https://www.discogs.com/Serge-Gainsbourg-Gainsbourg-Percussions/master/5144

https://www.discogs.com/Serge-Gainsbourg-Gainsbourg-Percussions/master/5144

https://www.discogs.com/Gainsbourg-Aux-Armes-Et-C%C3%A6tera/master/4955

https://www.discogs.com/France-Gall-1968/master/198447

https://www.discogs.com/Fran%C3%A7oise-Hardy-Comment-Te-Dire-Adieu/master/2108203

https://www.discogs.com/Serge-Gainsbourg-N4/master/5174

https://www.discogs.com/Serge-Gainsbourg-Bande-Originale-Du-Film-Ce-Sacr%C3%A9-Grand-P%C3%A8re/master/274750

https://www.discogs.com/Serge-Gainsbourg-N4/master/5174

https://www.discogs.com/Gainsbourg-Love-On-The-Beat/master/9737

https://www.discogs.com/Serge-Gainsbourg-Youre-Under-Arrest/master/10201

https://www.discogs.com/Gainsbourg-Aux-Armes-Et-C%C3%A6tera/master/4955

https://www.discogs.com/Serge-Gainsbourg-Bonnie-And-Clyde/master/205164

https://www.discogs.com/Jane-Birkin-and-Serge-Gainsbourg-Je-TAime-Beautiful-Love/master/9511

https://www.discogs.com/Jane-Birkin-Di-Doo-Dah/master/44394

https://www.discogs.com/Gainsbourg-LHomme-%C3%80-T%C3%AAte-De-Chou/master/9609

https://www.discogs.com/Serge-Gainsbourg-Gainsbourg-Percussions/master/5144

https://www.discogs.com/Serge-Gainsbourg-Gainsbourg-Percussions/master/5144

https://www.discogs.com/Serge-Gainsbourg-Histoire-De-Melody-Nelson/master/9382

https://www.discogs.com/Serge-Gainsbourg-Histoire-De-Melody-Nelson/master/9382

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