Les Negresses Vertes
1991: Delabel CDDLB5
Les Négresses Vertes never quite grabbed me enough in their heyday to add any of their stuff to my collection (and their version of Cole Porters I Love Paris on the Red Hot and Blue benefit album actually repelled me a bit with its mis-aligned pronunciations and syllabic emphases). It took a 2009 Internet radio transmission of just the right song of theirs to finally enchant me, and that song was Lhomme des marais from this albuma lusty and frothy cocktail of an invitation to passion, after an ominously moody prelude, with such radiant longing in the singers voice that I was moved nearly to tears hearing it. All that and its infectiously danceable if damnably short.
Now I face the challenge of assessing the rest of the album (some of which I did sample before ordering a copy of this first LNV album from FNAC), a task that will put my knowledge of slang and obscure-vernacular French to the test. The lyrics of Les yeux de ton père alone look to have me squirming as I struggle to find the contextual basis for lines such as the choruss Va voir ta mère, Ce quelle ta préparé ta mère une omelette avec les yeux de ton père (go see your mother, shes made you an omelette with your fathers eyes) .
Comments © 2009 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.