For non-anglophones, the English names of worldwide brands, music bands and other cultural items are both ubiquitous and slightly mysterious.
Here what the English (plus some German, Spanish and Japanese) names of 52 brands/logotypes
and 30 musicians/records
look like when very loosely and somewhat lazily translated in French. Some extras can be found in the comments (note: annoying pop-up at the start)
posted by elgilito
on Jan 22, 2013 -
To say that Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur L'Enfant-Jesus (Twenty Contemplations on the Infant Jesus) is a masterpiece is a gross understatement. Over sixty years after its composition, it has rightfully earned the recognition of being one of the most important piano works of the 20th century. ... [It] is one of the most personal and intimate pieces Messiaen ever wrote, and it gives the listener a close look at Messiaen the person. Messiaen was a deeply religious person, and although his faith influenced every single piece he wrote, the Vingt Regards is almost like his own personal spiritual diary.
- Keith Kerchoff [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen
on Dec 13, 2012 -
While Quebec’s status as the only primarily French-speaking province in Canada has resulted in a distinct cultural industry—particularly with regard to film and music—the province still enjoys many cultural products from English Canada. While movies and TV shows are often subtitled or dubbed into French, it is rare that the same is true of music. A notable exception is the music of Toronto-based Big Sugar
. [more inside]
posted by asnider
on Aug 30, 2012 -
Birdy Nam Nam is four f*cking guys
, named for a reference from the 1968 movie The Party
. They are a quartet of French turntablists, consisting of Crazy B
, DJ Pone
, DJ Need
, and Little Mike
. They've spun solo
at the 2002 DMC competitions
, where they took the team championship title. In 2005, they released an album made from turntable-manipulated samples
, but they weren't studio-only tracks. They were also performed live
, though some tracks featured additional live musicians
. A 2007 live album followed
, keeping the same over-all turntablism sound as their first album. Their second album
was largely produced by French produceder/DJ Yunksek
, and the sound changed accordingly
into an album of delightful French dance music
, but they kept (generally) to the turntables
to create their songs. The band has released their third album
, now working with Para One
, another French producer/DJ. Their sound has gone on a slightly new path
, with another bizzare music video
to accompany their sound. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Sep 23, 2011 -
After Kad & Olivier sign off and the Satisfaction production logo fades, viewing audiences are oftentimes treated to a cold open of an empty talk show set... one that quickly becomes the impromptu dance floor for a shameless Frenchman making an absolute giddy fool of himself while lip-syncing pop songs alongside a menagerie of... wait, *what*?!
That's right. The Late Late Show
's Craig Ferguson appears to have a not-so-secret French admirer
-- one who's not above ripping off both his opening titles and his signature dance sequences
(including the iconic animal puppets
by The Jackson 5, "Flashdance"
by Irene Cara, "On the Floor"
by Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull, "Waka Waka"
by Shakira, "Men in Black"
by Will Smith, "Let's All Chant"
by the Michael Zager Band, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
by Wham!, "It's Raining Men"
by The Weather Girls, and "Vive Le Vent (Jingle Bells)"
by Tino Rossi.
Luckily, Ferguson's sense of showmanship is more prodigious than litigious
-- he responded to Arthur's "homáge
" by booking a pair of translatlantic crossover shows, with Arthur visiting LA that week and Ferguson flying out to Paris just last month. Video of both shows (plus lots more) inside! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Jul 11, 2011 -
Unlike many cinematic exports, the Disney canon of films
distinguishes itself with an impressive dedication to dubbing
Through an in-house service called Disney Character Voices International
, not just dialogue but songs, too, are skillfully
re-recorded, echoing the voice acting, rhythm, and rhyme scheme of the original work to an uncanny degree
(while still leaving plenty of room for lyrical reinvention
The breadth of the effort is surprising, as well -- everything from Arabic
gets its own dub, and their latest project, The Princess and the Frog
, debuted in more than forty tongues
Luckily for polyglots everywhere, the exhaustiveness of Disney's translations is thoroughly documented online in multilanguage mixes
and one-line comparisons
, linguistic kaleidoscopes that cast new light on old standards. Highlights:
"One Jump Ahead," "Prince Ali,"
and "A Whole New World"
) - "Circle of Life," "Hakuna Matata,"
(The Lion King
) - "Under the Sea"
and "Poor Unfortunate Souls"
(The Little Mermaid
) - "Belle"
and "Be Our Guest"
(Beauty and the Beast
) - "Just Around the Riverbend"
) - "One Song"
) - "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo"
) - Medley
) - "When She Loved Me"
(Toy Story 2
) - Intro
posted by Rhaomi
on Nov 12, 2010 -
version of "My Way"
("Comme d'Habitude", Frank Sinatra's version was a cover) was written by Claude Francois
, AKA "CloClo"
. Somewhere between a French Wayne Newton and Elvis, he died when he was taking a bath, saw a lightbulb had gone out, and tried to replace it while standing in water, completing the circuit. Some of his hit songs include: Belinda
Belles Belles Belles (cover of
"Girls Girls Girls")
, Si J'avais un
Marteau (if I had a Hammer)
Bonhomme (French country, cover of Johnny Cash's "Dirty Dan")
, Le Disco est Francais
His scantily clad female backup dancers, called the
"Claudettes" or Clodettes
, were the inspiration for the Solid Gold dancers and had
their own short-lived solo spinoff career where they tried to cash in on the
kung-fu + disco
posted by destro
on Aug 1, 2010 -
, amid the grey serge of wartime France, a tribe of youngsters with all the colourful decadence of punks or teddy boys. Wearing zoot suits cut off at the knee (the better to show off their brightly coloured socks), with hair sculpted into grand quiffs, and shoes with triple-height soles - looking like glam-rock footwear 30 years early - these were the kids who would lay the foundations of nightclubbing. Ladies and gentlemen, les Zazous.
" [more inside]
posted by Paragon
on Feb 8, 2010 -
Nouvelle Vague covers New Wave and Punk (MLYT)
Nouvelle Vague (no, not this one
) does Bossa Nova covers of New Wave and Punk songs, including: Dance with me
(Lords of the New Church
), Master and Servant
), Love will tear us apart
), Making plans for Nigel
), Blue Monday
), This is not a love song
), The guns of Brixton
), and one NSFW title [more inside]
posted by zippy
on Aug 19, 2009 -
was one of France's most successful popstars, a complete song-and-dance act who remained at the top of the charts for almost ten years before his career was tragically cut short when he tried to change a lightbulb while in the bath (youtube ahead). [more inside]
posted by jacalata
on Nov 11, 2007 -
This post isn't about the great Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine
- too many guitar posts recently - it isn't about the Belgian singer Katerine
(nothing to say). It is about the French singer Philippe Katerine, who has been changing the way lyrics are written, as well as giving a whole range of new topics to French song. With Je vous emmerde
(F*** you) he explains what's on a loser's mind. Excuse-moi
is about the things a man focuses on during sexual intercourse in order to avoid early ejaculation. The individual struggling with an meaningless society is always present : Borderline
with English subtitles). His lists and his humor clearly link his work with the texts of Poets like Raymond Queneau, Boris Vian (and Serge Gainsbourg), or the prose of Georges Perec. He can be Elegiac
, he's always twofold.
posted by nicolin
on Oct 25, 2007 -
First she was a dancer
but after an injury she had to sing to make a living. She still dances a little during her songs (a rare feat among flamenco cantaoras). I first heard about her when she made a whole record (cd) of Edith Piaf's songs in spanish. You can get a taste here
. She talks about it here
(spanish + french, excerpts). She sang les feuilles mortes
too. But nothing equals seeing her, I think : so here she is with two covers from a recent documentary : a song by Edith Piaf
, a song by Lola Flores
. Btw, If you get into french songs in the flamenco idiom, try this
posted by nicolin
on Oct 11, 2007 -
Some more great french guitar players
. Nelson Veras
first came to France to meet Pat Metheny (he was 14 then, it has been documented on video by Frank Cassenti) but upon meeting some other jazzmen
, he decided to stay in France and to experiment in various settings
Robert Crumb isn't exactly a "great french guitar player", but his decision to move to France (his or his wife's decision) and later his responsability in the creation of Les Primitifs du Futur
has played a part in the rebirth of ancient french styles ("musette") and the renewed interest in old jazz and blues forms. [more inside]
posted by nicolin
on Sep 10, 2007 -
clearly belongs to spain. But so many immigrants came to France to find work or escape from the civil war that there is a small community of guitarists in southern France who are playing it with original voices. Bernardo Sandoval
was the subject of a post in mefi music
some time ago. Antonio "kiko" ruiz
is about to come to the United States with Renaud-Garcia-Fons : their work can be seen here
. Serge Lopez
is another great guitarist who puts some guitar parts
on his website. Salvador Paterna
adds to the traditional sound of flamenco both the 'oud and the violin.
They are all from or nearby Toulouse
posted by nicolin
on Sep 4, 2007 -
I don't read French, so I can't tell you too much Musicovery,
except that it is very pretty, very good and I am in love. (flash and obviously, music)
posted by BrodieShadeTree
on Jun 11, 2006 -
- Panorama, histoire des musiques electroniques.
Great French language site on the history of electronic music.
posted by thatwhichfalls
on Nov 12, 2004 -