Fine Melodies

France Gall – Frankenstein (1972)

Song by Serge Gainsbourg, which wrote multiple hit songs for France Gall, so did Alain Goraguer. This song never became popular but it’s the best song she recorded in my opinion; everything else is just typical 60’s french pop.

She was married to a man with the last name Hamburger, so I guess that means at one point in her life she was a singing France Hamburger with sweet buns and pickle.

Alain Goraguer arranged this for France Gall:


Alain Goraguer – La Planete Sauvage Soundtrack (1973)

The Fantastic Planet is a wild animation about giant blue aliens that have humans as pets, and clans of humans that live underground to hide from them.

Super groovy album. Alain Goraguer started as a jazz pianist, then wrote orchestral arrangements for Serge Gainsbourg up until 1964, and during that time scored a few films too, such as this…, and also wrote for many of the top French girl pop singers of the 60’s, which brings me to the next post… (or the post above this in the blog.. France Gall)

Jimmy McGriff – Electric Funk (1969)

Legendary American Hammond B3 player… this is the grooviest album he created.

Released on Blue Note.

Hannes Coetzee – Mahala

now i know his name… probably heard this already, just didn’t want to forget his name.

he is from south africa, born in ’44, and he created the spoon playing style. i put him under category 2000’s cause the documentary that made him famous, Karoo Kitaar Blues, was released in 2003.

Fifty Foot Hose – Cauldron (1967)

this is dope stuff.. way better than jefferson airplane which the singer sounds almost identical to grace slick.. and i think this is the only album they made.

Fifty Foot Hose is a psychedelic rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1967. Like a few other acts of the time they consciously tried to combine the contemporary sounds of rock with electronic instruments and avant-garde compositional ideas.

Egg – Egg (1970)

some cool stuff

Iron Butterfly – In A Gadda Da Vida (1968)

a rockin band, pretty good grooves

the mid 70’s bass player of this band had disappeared in 1995 and many thought it was x-files style sketch stuff going on, four years later hikers found his skeletal remains inside a van at the bottom of a malibu canyon ravine. here is some info on it:

 Kramer immersed himself in schooling, studying engineering and getting a job building radar equipment. He graduated from night school with straight A’s and got a job at Northrup, working on the design of the MX missile. At the time of his disappearance, he had reportedly discovered a mathematical formula that would allow matter to travel faster than the speed of light. His involvement in projects of this nature have led to theories that he was abducted or murdered.  What is known is that on Feb. 12, 1995, having spent an hour waiting at Los Angeles International Airport for a business contact who never arrived, he called both his wife and Ron Bushy from his cell phone in his car, leaving Bushy a cryptic message about seeing him  “…on the other side.” According to newspaper reports, Kramer also called 911 just before noon that day and said he was going to commit suicide. Despite this, family members believe he could have been the victim of foul play. After he disappeared, his wife, Jennifer, said her husband “would never, for any reason or under any circumstances, allow himself to completely abandon the family he loves more than life itself.”

Schizofrenia – Taste of Blues (1969)

from the youtube description to describe it best:

Formed around Claes Ericsson, who would later perform in the 70’s band LOTUS, Taste of Blues challenges their listeners with a saucy concoction of the late 60s psych sound as well as something entirely original and free. It might just be a stretch to call this one Krautrock, but when one jumps in at the deep end here, the overt improvisations beyond the relative blues banner up front, is downright uncanny. Loads of CAN reminding moments, and this is well before CAN even developed their legendary monotonous rhythm based structure.

i been jiving on this for days

perfect amount of synth, variation, etc.

Bridgitte Fontaine – Prohibition (2009)

She is now the ultimate badass.

Lyrics (roughly):

I was showing my senior card
Under the mocking looks of those pigs
Who started an obscene laugh
At my siren shape

I am old and go fuck yourselves
With my style of dragonfly
I am old and I’m going to die
A small forgotten detail

Go your own way you bastards
Quickly go to the buffet car
I will smoke my cigarette
Quietly in the toilet

Prohibition is everywhere
Alcohol on television
Papers, fags, lack of cash
And getting old in public places

Prohibition is everywhere
Words and screams, fornication
Semen forbidden at 60 years old
Or else scandal and giggles

I am old and go fuck yourselves
With my style of dragonfly
I am old and I’m going to die
A small forgotten detail

Sick people are prohibited
Disposed of in the ditches
Unless they’re worth a dime,
Cash for the wealthiest

Old people are discarded
Put to the asylum, to the castle of oblivion
Here is what’s waiting for me tomorrow
If I ever loose my way

I have other perspectives, you see
I am going to have sex, to drink and smoke
I’m going to invent myself other skies
Always wider and more precious

I am old and go fuck yourselves
With my style of dragonfly
I am old,fearing neither god nor man
If I die, it will be of happiness

Brigitte Fontaine – Comme à la radio (1969)

so this was your b day gift.

brigitte fontaine with the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Areski Belkacem, crazy free jazz stuff going on with french chanson, erie groovy awkward. she has collaborated with a bunch of people like stereolab, sonic youth, archie shepp..