Sunday, September 03, 2006

Yé-yé boys: Jacques Dutronc (1)

Jacques Dutronc (born April 28, 1943 in Paris) is a French singer, composer, and actor. On March 30, 1981 he married the singer Françoise Hardy, with whom he had already had a son (Thomas Dutronc, born 1973).

Dutronc's early hits were written in collaboration with journalist Jacques Lanzmann. Songs like "Et moi, et moi, et moi," "Les gens sont fous, les temps sont flous" and "J'ai mis un tigre dans ma guitare" have a tight, dry, even tuneless intensity reminiscent of Bob Dylan circa Bringing It All Back Home, mixed with some of the humorous, deadpan affect of The Kinks. Later songs veer more toward jazz and variété française.

In the early 70s he began his screen career collaborating with such directors as Godard, Zulawski, Lelouch and Pialat. For his unusual portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh in Maurice Pialat's 'Van Gogh' he was awarded Cesar in 1992. He continues his musical career and in 1995 he recorded the new album called 'A part ca'.

Jacques Dutronc - Les gens sont fous, les temps sont flous

Jacques Dutronc - Et moi, et moi, et moi
Jacques Dutronc - J'ai mis un tigre dans ma guitare

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

his last album is not à part ça, but Madame L'existence, from 2003