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Made in France: France Gall's Baby Pop

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Made in France: France Gall's Baby Pop is a collection of France Gall's recordings made between 1964 and 1967. During this time she was one of France's biggest musical stars -- working with national treasure Serge Gainsbourg, winning the Eurovison contest in 1965 (representing Luxembourg!), and scoring hit single after hit single. That she wasn't a technically great singer, and indeed came off a little screechy at times, didn't matter at all. Instead, her naïve charm, fresh-faced looks, sense of style, and the songs Serge wrote for her combined to make her an icon. Many of the songs here are French pop classics, and for good reason. "Poupée de Cire Poupée de Son" was the Eurovision winner and it's catchy as chicken pox. "Teenie Weenie Boppie" is deliriously catchy Continental pop (with an anti-LSD message), "Les Sucettes" is the cutest song you're likely to ever hear about oral sex, and "Baby Pop" is wonderfully weird psych-pop. These are the obvious highlights, but the disc is jammed with loads more songs that still sound fresh and fun four decades later. RPM's packaging is filled with album covers, photos, and liner notes that tell of how Gall became disillusioned with the kind of innocent-sounding but actually quite pervy songs Gainsbourg was writing for her, driving her to work with German producers and focus on the German market instead. Nevertheless, the tracks she recorded with him are classic French pop and this collection is vital to anyone who has even the remotest interest in it.

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