The Spotify playlist
with only 3 more songs.
Bracket 4.3.5Jacques Brel - Les bourgeois
Zeb - Sufism (Italy/France??, 2001)
As nicolas and Stephan noticed, "Sufism" is wrongly attributed to Gotan Project but you only need to listen a few seconds to realize that this is NOT Gotan Project. It was released as the second song from the second CD of the French chill-out compilation Buddha Bar III
(named after a Parisian club). The mistake probably comes because the first song on this CD was "Tríptico" by Gotan Project and, typically of these Internet times, a mistake is amplified by many others that simply copy and paste. Given the fact that Zeb (his real name is Moreno Vinisi) was born in Italy this song does not belong here (anyway it was a quite odd choice to represent the sound of France but probably it could represent quite well the cosmopolitan sound of Paris).
So my vote goes to Brel (anyway if I prefer the new song nominated by Kingoftonga I can reconsider my vote). The Brel song is a funny but deep rumination about the adoption of bourgeois ways that comes with age, no matter how revolutionary (or punk or whatever) you were when you were young. Everyone became kinda bourgeois at the end, or at least that's my case. I'm not a notary but I'm afraid that sooner or later the day will come when a group of young people could show me their asses singing "Les bourgeois c'est comme les cochons..."
Vive la Fête - Jaloux (Belgium, 2003)Wim De Craene - Tim
The only Moonbeam nomination for this game contains all the ingredients for a tasty Moonbeamian recipe: female singer, gorgeous synths, 80s flavours and quasi-funk beat. But my vote goes to "Tim", a beautiful song with some delicious (and typically seventies) sounds, like the Fender Rhodes electric piano or the twin guitar harmonies.
Bracket 4.3.7Édith Piaf - L'accordéoniste
St Germain - Sure Thing (France, 2000)
Good song by St Germain that offers, like "Sufism" on the first bracket, a sound not very representative of France but probably very representative of Paris, of its cosmopolitan and elegant ambiance. But I'm going to vote for the quintessential French sound of the accordion and the roots of chanson, the awesome Édith Piaf and her "Accordionist" (also called "La fille de joie est triste" that I translated on the 1900-1949 poll as "The Joyful Girl Is Sad" until Romain made me see that "fille de joie" really means "prostitute", lol). Both 1940 and 1955 showcase great vocal performances from Piaf but I agree with nicolas about the greatness of the 1955 version, listen how she actually screams at the end "Arrêtez! Arrêtez la musique" ("Stop! Stop the music").
Boudewijn de Groot - Testament (Netherlands, 1966)Tocotronic - Hi Freaks
Delicate sounds coming from Netherlands with a beautiful clavichord part. But my vote goes to that "Fantastic song by Tocotronic" (I don't understand German but I think this could translate a comment on the YouTube link, "Fantastisches Lied von Tocotronic"). Indie-rock at its best.