Everyone Loves: Jane Birkin

Jane Mallory Birkin,  (born 14 December 1946) Tall, thin, incredibly beautiful, Jane Birkin was the perfect Swinging Sixties icon. She first appeared in a small role in Michalangelo  Antonioni’s film Blow-up in 1966. That same year she auditioned for the lead role in the French film – Slogan. Though she did not speak the language she won the role, co-starring with Serge Gainsbourg. In 1969, she and Gainsbourg released the duet “Je t’aime…Moi non plus” (“I love you… me neither”). Gainsbourg originally wrote the song for Brigitte Bardot. The song caused a scandal for its sexual explicitness, and was banned by radio stations in Italy, Spain and the UK. She would live and work with Serge for the next 13 years, having a daughter with him – actress/singer Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist).  Jane continues to act and sing and his an outspoken advocate for Amnesty International and immigration rights. She is currently on tour doing a tribute to her work with Gainsbourg.

From the Film "The Knack and How to Get It" 1965

Jane and Serge

The big single - " Je t'aime moi non plus"

Je T’aime …. Moi Non Plus”    This UK ban had TV show Top of the Pops  in a bit of a quandary – as they always played the country’s number one single every week. Instead, they played the instrumental (non-sexy) version which had been recorded by studio musicians Sounds Nice. This version was also a UK number 18 hit under the title of “Love At First Sight”.

Je t’aime… made UK chart history on 4 October 1969 and the following week on the 11th. Je t’aime was at two different chart positions even though it is the same song, the same artists, and the same recorded version. The only difference was that they were on different record labels. It was originally released on the Fontana label, but due to its controversy, Fontana withdrew the record which was then released on the Major Minor label. Because there were Fontana singles still in the shops along with the Major Minor release, on 4 October 1969 the Major Minor release was at number 3 and the Fontana single at number 16. Also at that time it was the biggest ever selling single for a completely foreign language record.

Jane 2007


Posted on November 6, 2011, in Everyone Loves..., Music and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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