Song In My Head #26: “Laisse Tomber Les Filles” by France Gall

I first heard this 1964 classic on a mix tape sent to me by Lost In The Grooves co-editor David Smay when I was in college. I read fellow contributor Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe’s definitive Ye-Ye Girls of ’60s French Pop over the weekend, and became obsessed with the song all over again. The sassy vocals of seventeen-year-old Isabelle “France” Gall meld brilliantly with Serge Gainsbourg’s clever lyrics. If that foreboding yet smartalecky backing track sounds familiar, it may be because April March reworked the song into the English-language “Chick Habit” in 1994. (“Chick Habit” later appeared on the soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino’s 2007 movie Death Proof.) Enjoy!


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