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I have L'Histoire de Melody Nelson, and a greatest hits compilation - what should I listen to next?
First of all - go for "Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg"
Apart from the famour "J'taime Moi Non Plus", it contains "69 Anne Erotique", Serge's version of "Les Succettes" (which he originally wrote for France Gall) and "Orang Utan" where Jane sings about, well, an ape.
Then from there, invest in "Initials BB" (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Initials-Bb-Remastered-Serge-Gainsbourg/dp/B000058TLJ/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1236540627&sr=8-12) which is Serge and Brigitte Bardot. Ace title track, also has on it "Comic Strip" and "Bonnie and Clyde" (which was sampled by MC Solaar in '94 on "Nouveau Western"). You can't go wrong with the late 60's-early 70's stuff.
...I recommend you get hold of this...
A 2 DVD set of Serge's stuff from beginning to end - gives you a great idea of where to go next and where to avoid. Personally, I love the lates 60s/ early 70s stuff, like the early stuff, don't care as much for the late 70s stuff but like the early 80's stuff (Love On The Beat - the one with the notorious "Lemon Incest" on it - very dated, but strangely ace).
Other albums to get then, after the two mentioned earlier...
"L'Homme a Tete de Chou" - Came not long after "Melody", pretty good.
"Rock Around The Bunker" - A Nazi/WWII themed album, with the slighty distasteful inclusion of a cover of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes on it.
"Love On The Beat" - As mentioned, it's very dated 80's synthy balls, but not without its charms.
...but if you haven't done so already, get your hands on some of France Gall's stuff
This is a good starting point..
As for the aforementioned "Les Sucettes"? Here's a great version of it by her as a duet with Serge..
Thank you very much!
he did the arrangements for melody nelson and his solo record 'l'enfant assasin des mouches' is awesome and completely fucking bonkers - an orchestralfunkpsychprogpop trip about a boy who being attacked by monster flies!