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Michel Polnareff – Polnareff’s

Michel Polnareff
Polnareff's
Style: Pop Rock, Rock
Label: AZ Disques
Catalog Number: STEC LP 81
Released: 1971, 70's
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Nudge your Serge Gainsbourg record over a smidge to make room for another fabulous, eccentric Frenchman in your collection: Michel Polnareff. Polnareff’s is well worth a full listen, perhaps even twice in a row – in just 37 minutes you will seamlessly cycle through the many sounds of the wonderful world of Polnareff: baroque/pop/jazz/funk/psychedelic, executed with impeccable orchestration, arrangement, and production. Whether it’s schizophrenic cycling of contrasting personalities within the same song, or silly lyrics about ice cream, Polnareff has a gift for bringing humor to his music without making it over-the-top kitschy or ridiculous. Polnareff’s catches the man himself at an interesting point in his life, at once riding the high of major commercial success in France and yet recovering from a deep, isolated depression following the recent suicide of his dear friend and music mentor, Lucien Morisse, a prominent radio director responsible for signing Polnareff, and the subject of the album’s beautiful number “Qui a tué grand’maman?”.

Polnareff was daring and inventive, both in terms of music and his public image. He was boldly androgynous and glamorous, sporting wild platinum Bolan-esque hair and permanently donning futuristic white sunglasses, which, despite being the purposes of a degenerative eye condition, were still completely fashion-forward. And he teased the boundaries of sex in the mainstream, writing what were then considered pornographic lyrics, and flaunting his bare butt cheeks on a promotional poster at the cost of lawsuits. Put on your feather boa, and dance around the house to this one – it is pure joy the whole way through.

– Lauren Fay Levy

Recommended – A1 Voyages, A3 Petite Petite, B2 Qui A Tué Grand’ Maman, B4 Hey You Woman

Tags: Baroque Pop / Chanson / Essential Listening / Psychedelic / Vocal
Tracklist:

A1 Voyages
A2 Né Dans Un Ice Cream
A3 Petite Petite
A4 Computer’s Dream
A5 Le Désert N’est Plus En Afrique
A6 Nos Mots D’Amour
B1 …Mais Encore
B2 Qui A Tué Grand’ Maman
B3 Monsieur L’Abbé
B4 Hey You Woman
B5 À Minuit, À Midi

Credits:

Conductor – Anthony King (tracks: A1 to A3, A6), Bill Shepherd (tracks: A5, B1, B2, B5), Michel Polnareff (tracks: A4, B2 to B4)
Lyrics By – Jean-Loup Dabadie (tracks: A2, A3, A6, B5), Pierre Delanoë (tracks: B4)
Written By – Michel Polnareff
Photography By – Georges Spitzer

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