|Happy Bastille Day
||[Jul. 15th, 2007|12:00 pm]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
I can't think of a better way to celebrate Bastille Day in New York City than the show I attended last night: A Tribute to Serge Gainsbourg. This musical revue was presented at Joe's Pub, a small but impressive event space (it looks like something out of Sex and the City) next to the Joseph Papp Public Theater.
It's amazing how many of Gainsbourg's songs I recognized, despite not having a single disc of old French lounge-pop in my CD collection! Each of the evening's 23 songs was performed by a different person or group of people, many of whom were -- in their day jobs -- burlesque dancers and standup comics! They were backed up by the Kustard Kings, an excellent band that kept it high-energy and tight for the whole two hours. If I ever get married again, I'd want them to play at my wedding!
My favorites were the very Barbarella-esque rendition of "Je T'aime...Moi Non Plus", the woman in a Bardot-like miniskirt and thigh-highs doing "Soixante Neuf Anee Erotique" and the burlesque bizareness that was "Lemon Incest." I'm tempted to find me a sampler disc of French lounge-pop now!
Then it was off to a little, out of the way karaoke bar in Chinatown called Millie's (I think) to join up with a friend's birthday party, when who do I see in this out of the way dump but my own freakin' cousin Amy, celebrating her own birthday! It's always weird seeing distant relatives outside of family functions. There's always this element of "What are you doing out in the wild?" but it was great seeing her.