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Monday, April 21st, 2008 10:30 am
Emmaus

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Memories of the cross Channel ferry across to France, mostly Cherbourg. It smelled of piss and fags. As the car (either my dad's baby blue VW Beetle or mum's purple Mini Clubman Estate) made its way inland, the look of things in early light... Generally the typography and design of signs and that's most probably the reason why I end up buying old keychains over the weekend. They remind of those moments.

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They also make cheap and portable souvenirs. "Oh thanks, a rather old and cheap looking keychain. Just what I was after..."

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I manage to pick up a few Michel Polnareff 45's as well. Hardly rare, but it's nice to have them. This one is from 1972 (not 1957 as this tribute video made for the catchy b-side La Mouche says). Holidays (lyrics here) is rather wistful. So am I. Here's L'Amiral himself singing it:




And, if you want a more iMomus take, you can watch Vaness singing it as well, simultaneously even.


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athenais
Lucy Huntzinger
Monday, April 21st, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)

Fantastic.


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loscuadernos
loscuadernos
Юлия
Thursday, May 1st, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)

Hi,

I'm Julia from Los Cuadernos de Julia blog. Thanks a lot for your comment, and it's fascinating to find l'Admiral's fans across the globe. Apparently, I've "converted" a few of my Russian readers to "Polnareffism", to the point when I was asked to translate his lyrics also into Russian, and new people just keep coming and telling how much they like his music. I love singing, and to do a cover of one of his songs would be a dream, so if you're in England and want to team up, I'm happy to think about it. :-)

And thanks a lot for the image, can I include it in the post, as an update?

All the best,

Julia


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sarmoung
sarmoung
The Empire Never Ended
Thursday, May 1st, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)

Hello Julia! Please help yourself to the image.

I was introduced to Polnareff fairly recently by a French man who had signed a band I used to play in to his record label. I was very easily converted!

I'm toying with the idea of putting a Polnareff cover as a hidden track on a short collection of songs that I'm about to release (on the internet, rather than physically manufacture). Although I'm planning another collection solely of covers in the near future which I'd certainly welcome collaboration on. I can sing in Russian (well, I do a quarter-reasonable Okudzhava impersonation...) so maybe we could think about a Russian/French interpretation.

I shall endeavour to read your Russian journal here, although I read quite slowly. I'll certainly read the English one.


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