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Saturday, October 22, 2016

salut mon ami !

i only ever mention another blog if it is really, really good so it brings me a lot of pleasure to tell you that after a long hiatus that spiked candy has returned to entertain us with her (mostly) french sixties obsession. it's got great articles, top playlists and some great new videos of chantal k, chantal g and stella. check it out :) 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

golden slumbers

i was listening to the ever wonderful 1992 vanessa paradis album for the first time in while today and was reminded of what a great song 'silver and gold' is - and that last line just makes it

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

walk this way

the much anticipated album from lia is just about to drop. so far, her appreciation and understanding of all the music we love (claudine, france, nancy, twinkle, jeanette) has shone through so brilliantly on the songs she's released or made available on youtube. so her album has a lot to live up to...!
the first song released 'walking away' was understated and heartfelt, the second song 'sycamore tree' sees lia channelling her inner claudine longet - it's cute, genuine and most of all not a pastiche. i can't wait for the album (pleased to see 'party in the night' will be on it too)

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

good and bad news

GOOD - i've been waiting for this to surface for a few years..and finally, here it is!!! the feature length documentary on vashti bunyan. just discovered it just now so not watched it yet :)
BAD - i've also just read that her last album "heartleap"  will definitely be her last - OH NO :(

UPDATE - after having watched it i was blown away by some of the clips of vashti when she was travelling in her gypsy caravan - this is such a good film. i highly recommend it


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

cute france gall

ahhhhh - i love this little tune. very cute. alka balbir does a nice version on her album too

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

she stole my moves!

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twiggy twiggy twiggy oi oi oi !

this was an answer to a quiz that was just on tv (i got the answer correct of course- would you expect any less?!) and it made me wonder if a video existed- and there are a few performances :) enjoy

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Saturday, June 04, 2016

best group ever

it has to be said, the orchids are the best girl group ever. 
i have 3 of their 7" singles but never managed to find oo-chang-a-lang (alhtough it's available on cd) and i know there's a few other songs they recorded that so far have not seen the light of day. surely some record company needs to remaster and reissue all of them?

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Saturday, May 07, 2016

let the sun shine in

i had totally forgotten about this song! which is so ridiculous of me because - what a tune! 
must try to play it more :)

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sugar me

how wonderful to see this. where on earth does nonoserrie nonoserrie find these clips?!

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

kinky girl

a nice little bonus track from the excellent (and rereleased) loveinamist album, a cover of a kinks song.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016


i'm getting rid of some doubles and no longer needed vinyl. is anyone interested in buying some or all of these at a great price. as a whole it's worth about £60 (partly due to rita pavone being worth £20, sandie £7, nicolettea £7, martine £5) - but i won't charge you £60!!! i'm open to any decent (or even a cheeky!) offer - i'd just be happy to get rid of them in one lot to someone who'd enjoy them as much as i have. email address to the left. x

Sunday, March 27, 2016

facebook finds: france


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

love won't waite

it's such a shame that no footage exists of genevieve waite performing any of her songs.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

take me to the moon in a limousine

i have a great big soft spot for 80s french pop (as well as 60s of course) - and this is one of faves.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

livres: francoise

francoise par jean-marie perier
this gorgeous hardback features wonderful photos of francoise from the 60s to the present day. all taken the best and most creative photographer of that era: jean-marie perier. he couldn't take a bad photo of her- whether posed or candid - he manages to capture something that is just magical. 
not much to read but a lot to look at and enjoy.

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facebook finds: nico


Tuesday, March 08, 2016

queen of hearts

just because.....and the dance moves......!

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Saturday, March 05, 2016

livres: serge et jane

jane & serge: a family album by andrew birkin
this must be the most intimate book available about jane and serge. lots of black and white family photos, serge pulling faces, having fun, the children at play - charlotte a cute little tomboy, jane laughing, behind the scenes snapshots - it feels like a personal insight in to their lives.  also included is a short piece by jane to andrew and andrews memories of jane as a child and her life with serge - which i thought was just beautiful - and it's in english too!!! (which makes a nice change from having to slowly decipher a french text!). also included is an embroidered patch, stickers, a fold out poster full of candid photos and some contact sheets. wonderful

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Thursday, March 03, 2016

facebook finds: bardot