I’ve been in Paris for the last two weeks, and while bits have been lovely (new friends, cheap wine), others have been less inspiring (see my previous post on Paris). I am trying to get in the mood of being inspired by Paris so I asked some friends for their best songs about it – anywhere that inspires so much music must be alright. Right?
1. Aux Champs-Elysées
I know a more recent cover of this song, but I cannot for the life of me think who might sing it or where I know it from. This is a lovely song about a lovely street though.
2. Parlez-vous Français
Still on the theme of the Champs-Elysées but with rather more techno, Aussie outfit Art vs Science plays this song that never fails to get me pumped.
3. Paris is Burning
Another antipodean, Ladyhawke’s Paris is Burning is a song with a quiet intensity. I love the insistence of the harmonies and the fact that it’s actually quite a quick beat even though it feels a kind of medium tempo. Not sure the film clip is actually filmed in Paris, though.
4. Offenbach’s Galop Infernal (aka the Can-Can)
This one is my own little video of gay Paris that I made for my mum. The music was recorded by my friend Laurence, who is part of superFLORENCEjam and is the long thin one in techno duo Happy Music Radio Hour. Check ’em out.
There are many more but these are my favourites. Suggestions are most welcome.