April March Paris in April
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- Released: October 24, 1996
- Label: Sympathy 4 The R.I.
- 1.Chick Habit
- 2.Poor Lola
- 3.While We're Young
- 4.Brainwash, Pt. 2
- 5.Moto Shagg
- 6.The Land of Go
- 7.Chanson de Pr‚vert, La
- 8.Laisse Tomber Les Filles
- 9.Tu Mens
- 10.Temps de l'Amour, Le
- 11.Pauvre Lola
- 12.Fille A la Moto, La
- 13.Temps des Yoyos, Le
- 14.Chez Les Y‚-Y‚
Personnel: April March (vocals, background vocals); April March; Andy Paley (guitar, organ, bass guitar, bongos, talking drum, percussion, background vocals); Phil Maynes (guitar, bass guitar); Phil Maynes (guitar); Richard Hoffman (trumpet); Matt Fleming (trombone); Steve Savitsky (drums, bongos); Steve Savitsky (drums); Sheryl Farber (background vocals); Jonathan Richman (guitar); Frank Macchia (saxophone).
Audio Mixers: Mark Linett; Elinor Blake.
Recording information: Sunset Sound Factory, Hollywood, CA (03/1994-02/1995); The Barn, Tarzana, CA (03/1994-02/1995); The Sunset Sound Factory, Hollywood, CA (03/1994-02/1995); Your Place Or Mine, Glendale, CA (03/1994-02/1995).
Photographers: Rocky Schenck; Biedler Viking.
A CD combining all of April March's 1995 vinyl release, Chick Habit, with a slew of previously unreleased songs recorded during the same sessions, Paris in April is a glorious blend of '60s French pop and '90s indie sass, centered on the cooing French and English vocals of April March, also known as animator and punk-pop singer Elinor Blake. A large number of musicians contribute, with guitarist-producer Andy Paley leading the group and a guest appearance by Jonathan Richman on "Le Temps de L'Amour." The set kicks off with the brilliant "Chick Habit," which sets France Gall's Serge Gainsbourg-penned hit "Laisse Tomber les Filles" (which shows up in its original French later on) to a "Peter Gunn" guitar line and a smart-alecky English translation that's actually not far removed from the original French lyrics. The other 13 songs mix ye-ye classics and Blake-penned originals in the style, and it says something for the album that it's impossible to tell the two apart. Brilliant stuff, and a highly recommended album for all lovers of '60s French pop. ~ Stewart Mason
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