Vanessa Paradis

Genres: Pop / Rock World
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


22 September 1972, Saint-Maur-Des-Fossés, Val-De-Marne, France. Model and singer Vanessa Paradis was widely dubbed her home nation’s ‘Lolita’ of the 90s. Her second single, the insistent ‘Joe Le Taxi’, was released in 1987 while Paradis was still just 14 years old. It stayed at number 1 in the French charts for 11 weeks, and also found success in the UK and the rest of Europe. She had first entered the studio at the age of 12 under the wing of her uncle, actor Didier Pain. There she met Pain’s friend Franck Langolff, who provided the music for her first two albums, which were only released domestically. Noted French writer Serge Gainsbourg wrote all the words for the second of these collections. Further notoriety arrived with an appearance in black feathers on a trapeze for the 1992 Coco Chanel perfume advert, directed by Jean-Paul Goude, former husband of Grace Jones. She spent the first part of 1992 in New York, USA, recording...

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