Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Yé-yé Yeah!

What's that you say? Got the late February hump day blues? How about a steamy soufflé of swinging sixties yé-yé merveilleux-ness?

Yé-yé was the French pop movement that mixed influences from the British Invasion and the Girl Groups with a subtle dash of Jacques Brel and Francophone ennui. Yé-yé is considered to include non-French performers like Petula Clark, and it certainly had it's share of boys (Like Françoise Hardy's future husband Jacques Dutronc.) but it's probably the hoemgrown french yé-yé jeunne filles who are best associated with the scene. Here's three of the most famous:

Françoise Hardy

(Wheee! Upskirt action!)

Sylvie Vartan

(The Barbarella-esque art direction in this clip is AWESOME.)


("Aqua Net, Je t'aime!)

For more info on this Gallic Go-go scene I recommend checking out the website Yé-Yé Land.

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