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From Gainsbourg To Lulu: Serge Gainsbourg Cover Album Features Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis And More (AUDIO)

The Huffington Post    
Posted: 11/22/11 09:24 AM ET

Off the beaten path, this year has been all about the Gainsbourgs, with a film and album for father Serge and a film and album for daughter Charlotte. Said album for Serge is a tribute called From Gainsbourg To Lulu, put together by none other than son Lulu. The album boasts a number of big names, featuring covers by Scarlett Johansson, Rufus Wainwright, Iggy Pop, and why we're here today -- a duet by husband and wife Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis.

Depp (not a singer) and Paradis (actually a singer) sound super French on their rendition of "Ballade De Melodie Nelson." Paradis carries the weight while Depp chimes in occasionally to say "Melodie Nelson" in a breathy voice, which makes him sound either like a psycho killer or French lover, we're not sure.

LISTEN:

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis – Ballade de Melody Nelson (Serge Gainsbourg cover) by rfp86



Rufus Wainwright gives a more enjoyable, heartrending rendition of "Je Suis Venu Te Dire Que Je M’en Vais":

Rufus Wainwright – Je Suis Venu Te Dire Que Je M'en Vais (Serge Gainsbourg cover) by rfp86

And a few others...

Iggy Pop - "Initial B.B."
Iggy Pop – Initial B.B. (Serge Gainsbourg cover) by rfp86


Marianne Faithfull - "Manon"
Marianne Faithfull – Manon (Serge Gainsbourg cover) by rfp86


Shane MacGowan - "Sous Le Soleil Exactement"
Shane MacGowan – Sous Le Soleil Exactement (Serge Gainsbourg cover) by rfp86

(via Stereogum)

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