Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What Else Is New-

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What Else Is New-

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Byline: RICHARD GODWIN

POP

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L'enfant Assassin des Mouches & Histoire de Melody Nelson Barbican Hall THE Barbican resembled La Rive Gauche as London's Francophiles assembled for the live recreation of two of the strangest moments in French music.

Jean Claude Vannier, a unique figure worthy of wider recognition, was the evening's charming host - and the guests happy to play second fiddle to him spoke of a very committed cult: out came Jarvis Cocker, Badly Drawn Boy, Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier, Mick Harvey of the Bad Seeds, Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals and French legend Brigitte Fontaine to lend vocals.

A self-taught studio maverick, Vannier is best known for producing Serge Gainsbourg's 1971 concept album Histoire de Melody Nelson. He came up with the louche orchestral funk that underpins Gainsbourg's-tale of lust, disgust and a small English redhead.

In the same sessions, Vannier recorded L'Enfant Assassin des Mouches, a wordless "psychedelic symphony" inspired by a hallucinatory piece of Gainsbourg prose about a child killing flies. …

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