Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Divine Comedy @ Cité de la Musique Paris Sept 22nd 2008

2 special shows SOLD-OUT @ La Cité de la Musique in Paris France for Divine Comedy.
Yeah Baby , only in Paris as Neil will play some french tunes only for these gigs ( tonight and tomorrow ).
No need to tell you that we reaallly love Neil Hannon and his band.

He started with Jacques Brel 's "Amsterdam" ( in fact he's from Belgium ) on guitar and then we were treated to a -best of- of his carreer with some french songs thrown in .

Here they are " Poupée de cire " ( written by Gainsbourg and sung by France Gall , eurovision winner in 196? ), "Songs that we sing" ( written by Neil for Charlotte Gainsbourg's record , music by Air ) "Les playboys " by Jacques Dutronc ( he was a good friend of Gainsbourg ) ," Anita Petterson" by Vincent Delerm ( shitty french singer of the new Nouvelle Vague ) ,"home" by Jane Birkin ( she was Gainsbourg's wife , written for her by Neil ? ) "Les copains d' abord " by provocateur & chansonnier Georges Brassens . "L' amour est bleu" by Vicky Leandros ??? ( eurovision song contest for Luxembourg in 1967 ), " Initials BB " ( written by Serge Gainsbourg for Brigitte Bardot with portions of "sexy boy" by Air ) "Je changerai" by Francoise Hardy ( wife of Jacques dutronc ) & "Joe le taxi " by Vanessa Paradis ( wife of Johnny Depp ) .

Complete setlist of Divine Comedy's gig @ Cité de la Musique below.

As usual with Neil , he has the english sens of humour and that british touch of class, Divine Comedy songs are just great and even when he's messing up lyrics completely or even when he's forgetting the lyrics to his own songs ( and has to ask the girls in the front row ) he always takes it with a laugh .
Some of the french songs were clearly not rehearsed perfectly, but it was ok

A couple of guests were here tonight first was Vincent delerm for a duet on a DC song and then was Daphné who did a great duet on " Initials BB" this song is absolutely fantastic and is one of my favourite ever, this long version with portions of Air's "sexy boy" was the highlight of the concert.

"National express" closed the concert .
GREAT GIG i'm coming back for more tomorrow .

with Vincent delerm ( right)

Goodbye and see you tomorrow night !

I will upload more French songs here :

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His fantastic duet with Daphné on " Initials BB " here :