Pon ye ye

I’m fine!  There, that’s out of the way.

Our journey today takes us from In Grid to Sugar Blue.

From the ‘Be careful what you click on Department’

An Italian Pop-Soul Singer covers Dylan in Warsaw:

Okay, so that’s not too good, an enthusiastic, but possibly really, really drunk crowd…..but I got curious, she’s very popular in Poland


So then you see one that says:  I Was a Ye Ye Girl.

Move to the ‘What’s New is Old Department’

(In Related Videos , there’s also Dracula Ye Ye  and Egyptian Reggae, but I’m trying to stay focused here on the Ye Ye Phenomenon)

Yé-yé was a style of pop music that emerged out of France and Québec in the early 1960s. Yeye means young, innocent, and cute.

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The yeye movement had its origins in the radio programme “Salut les copains”, created by Lucien Morisse and hosted by Daniel Philippacci, which was first aired in December 1959. This program became an immediate success and one of its sections (“le chouchou de la semaine” / “this week’s sweetheart”) turned to be the starting point for most yeye singers. Any song that was presented as a chouchou went straight to the first places in the charts.

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Gainsbourg called France Gall the French Lolita, and, wanting to check to which extent her innocence was real, composed for her the song “Les sucettes” (“Lollipops”): “Annie loves lollipops, aniseed lollipops, when the sweet liquid runs down Annie’s throat, she is in paradise “. It is amazing to think that not even that video (with all those giant penis-like sucettes dancing around) rang a bell for poor France! She was finally told of the double meaning of the song and that is when her yeye period finished… Her innocence was gone and it took her some 5 years to sing again, now with a completely different style.

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As mentioned above, the yeye movement was led by female singers, but that does not mean that there were not any yeye guys.

Link to France Gall doing Les sucettes due to content.  


DO NOT REC THIS   Go re-read ucc and get really horny, then come back.

. . . Sometimes whole art forms become saturated with Camp. Classical ballet, opera, movies have seemed so for a long time. In the last two years, popular music (post rock-‘n’-roll, what the French call yé yé) has been annexed.

–Susan Sontag


Welcome to Ye Ye Land


It says Claudine Longet and Brigitte Bardot were considered Ye Ye.  

Yeah right.  But Claudine did marry Andy Williams

(linked due to explicit content)



later for being convicted for killing skiing star Spider Sabich.

it was only criminal negligence

The Aspen police made two enormous blunders which turned the tide for Longet.


The incident of criminal negligence in the death of Sabich was the subject of a song written by Mick Jagger, which was ultimately cut from the 1980 Rolling Stones album Emotional Rescue, although copies have surfaced due to piracy over the years. “

Lyrics in the wikipedia link, but there’s other forgetable songs from the album.

Though generally considered (by me) a sucky Stones effort, it does have Sugar Blue on it


w/ Phish


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    • nocatz on May 7, 2008 at 00:25

    Sugar Blue: Red Hot Mama   (the synch is off in this one, so don’t watch, just listen)

    • RiaD on May 7, 2008 at 00:54

    the feedburner number goes up almost daily??

    it was at 2 or 3 for a looooong time, then jumped to 30somthing, then 50somthing….now its 73

    • nocatz on May 7, 2008 at 03:06

    • RiaD on May 7, 2008 at 03:16

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