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#bientôt - DALIDA - Remix Winner Revealed!! DO NOT USE THREAD for VETO PURPOSES!!

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by berserkboi, Apr 7, 2019.

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    Avec Le Temps
    Average Score: 7.832
    Highest Score: 11 x 1 (Le Berserky)
    (@Ironheade if he had voted I am guessing, and @londonrain if anything was gonna snatch his 11 from REDACTED)
    10 x 3 (@pop3blow2 @Disco Blister @Sprockrooster)
    Lowest Score: 3 x 1 (@Empty Shoebox)​


    And we are up to the most cruel cut yet, just shy of the Top 20 for my 11 - Avec Le Temps! I’ll begin by saying things are incredibly tight at this point in the race. With just an extra 1 point or so – there is a chance we would be looking at a #18 finish for Avec Le Temps. The 5 songs from here on out provide the tightest race if my memory of the scoreboard is not failing me, so prepare to potentially regret how you’ve voted as we go through your favourites #bientôt!

    Avec Le Temps is a track we are rating here completely by accident. I had no real recollections of actively seeking it out either as a child or an adult (despite being very familiar with this French standard); instead it came into my consciousness a few months ago when I was listening to Mourir Sur Scène on repeat after it did really well on PJOPS. Avec Le Temps happened to be a track that was to AutoPlay afterwards, and I missed changing that setting one time while it was loading the next track.

    From that initial listen I was taken aback by the atmosphere created by the combination of those heart wrenching lyrics (Avec Le Temps Va, Tout S’En Va / With Time Goes, Everything Goes is one impactful way to start your song - the lyric video linked below is highly recommended if you want the full experience with the whole text!) and Dalida’s emotive yet ‘matter of fact’ delivery. I thought this would be a great inclusion here, so the playlist it made! What I found fascinating after some research was the fact that Dalida’s version of Avec Le Temps predates her take on Je Suis Malade! I had always assumed the latter was where Dalida’s inclination towards self-reflective ballads started, yet Avec Le Temps is its true beginning if looking at timelines!

    Avec Le Temps is a French classic with an amazing story behind it too. Written by Léo Ferré in 1970, the tragic lyrics speak of a deep depression he experienced around the breakup of his second marriage following the death of an adored pet monkey (a substitute of sorts for a child), which tore the couple apart. Once written, Léo presented the song to his record label, but at that point they dismissed it as the track did not fit the mood of his Amour Anarchie album. Believing in the song too much to be discarded however, Léo fights to see an eventual release on 45 for Avec Le Temps. This release flops reaching a high of #68 and staying on the French chart only for 3 weeks. Still not deterred then either, Léo proposes the song to Dalida, to record her own version when they run into each other backstage of an Italian TV show in which they were due to perform.

    The timeframe worked perfectly for Dalida as she wanted to explore songs with more meaning behind them, becoming more reflective in her song choices following the tragedy of Luigi’s death a few years earlier. Giving it her all, Dalida’s take on Avec Le Temps is incredibly haunting, and I would go as far as to say it is as chilling as Johnny Cash’s take on Hurt. The lyrics in both songs cut deep as both artists deliver their respective text with poignant resignation of their fate, causing the listener to face a very dark side of the human psyche when dealing with depression.

    What finally led me to give Avec Le Temps my 11 (I started with a potential 15 songs that could receive it after all) was the palpable and engrossing visual this immense yet intimate lyric depicts. Léo Ferré’s bravery in telling his personal story so candidly and truthfully with no artifice makes Avec Le Temps impossibly affecting, and I dare say every version out there has something to offer due to the strength of that text. Avec Le Temps is also one of the most covered songs ever in the French language, with 269 versions existing as of 2012 according to Wikipedia!

    Dalida’s take has a special place in my heart above the other versions I know due to our star’s ability to emote subtly but expertly without once hitting a huge note - the restrain of a soul telling you their despair so poignantly without artifice is jaw dropping. To think this masterful turn was only the start of what she'd go on to deliver! Add to that Avec Le Temps being the starting point for Dalida giving us more heartfelt and deep songs for much of the rest of her career – the absolute need for this crown jewel of French music to receive at least one 11 became a no brainer!

    I could go on for quite a while singing the praises of Avec Le Temps, instead let’s go to PopJustice and what the song meant to them:

    @Sprockrooster (10) would be joining me in a few months too it would seem from the feedback here! Dalida, providing people with favourite discoveries of the year 47 years after her take on a song, that’s a legacy! - This was a complete discovery to me. I rarely hand out 10's for songs I just discovered, but this moved me deeply instantly. Chills on my spine and tears in my eyes for the third time listening to this thanks to this rate and I still have chills and tears in my eyes. Dalida is selling the vocals, like I never heard her do before. But a fantastic haunting production to go alongside with it matching the dramatic mood Dalida is setting vocally. I am calling it now, but this will be my favourite rate discovery of 2019. I mean who is a song going to match this bar, let alone exceed it. I am pretty sure if it wasn't a discovery it would have been my 11 cause time will make this grow more.

    @Disco Blister (10) is also on our ‘Queen of Perfect Emoting’ corner here - For me Dalida is the queen of sad ballads, and this is clearly one of the very best. Love the lyrics, you can actually feel them when she sings. Just flawless in every way. She’s got a lot of fluff in her catalogue, and no wonder as she was probably living in the studio churning those albums out from late 50’s til the 80’s. But whenever she got it right, she REALLY got it right. @WowWowWowWow (7) isn’t quite there yet, though I can’t say I wish for him to ever get in a state where he wants to listen to this on a loop as that despair is too palpable for anyone – very emotional, very well performed. I guess it’s just not the kind of song that I would seek out to listen to on a regular basis. Well to be fair, depending on what kind of emotional state I was in, this would probably be the only song I listened to on a loop.

    @pop3blow2 (10) has this as one of his favourite discoveries here, I believe (more French classics in your future, I am hoping? :-) ) - This is very pretty. I don’t know much about Dalida, but am seeing her discog is pretty diverse. I’d probably prefer more like this. @Maki (9.65) isn’t quite up to a 10 yet, though I suspect this might change sooner rather than later - Really dark, sad and devastating song, beautifully sung. Melancholy is something that very often appeals to me, and this song has the perfect amount of it. It isn't a 10, simply because there are slightly better songs in the rate. I later found out that this is a cover, but that doesn't make it less special. I'm afraid it will get underrated, due to it being a very slow ballad, so hopefully the voters saw the beauty in it.





    The delivery, WOW!


    The text, translated in English



     
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  2. What the fuck.

    When Dalida brings you nothing but a fantastic captivating emotional chanson and some of you still are heartless. Wow.
     
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  3. I’m shocked Avec le temps is out. It should’ve made the top 10 easily, in my opinion the top 5. What in the world.
     
  4. Great 11 pick, @berserkboi!
    "Avec le temps" indeed deserved much better. It's a beautiful ballad with an amazing and emotional delivery, but it still isn't a perfection for me and it's not the best this rate can bring, therefore I didn't give it a 10.

    Hopefully we won't see any of my higher scores leave next.
     
  5. I cannot promise that, but here is Popjustice's


    Dalida Rate Top 20

    * Gondolier (1957) / Lyric Video
    - Il Venait D’Avoir Dix-Huit Ans (1974) / Lyric Video
    * Pour Ne Pas Vivre Seul (1972) / Lyric Video

    * Je Suis Malade (1973) / Lyric Video
    - Laissez Moi Danser (1979)
    * Mourir Sur Scene (1983)
    - Paroles Paroles (1973) / Lyric Video

    - Gigi A Paradisco (1980)

    - Bambino (1956)
    * Le Temps Des Fleurs (1968)
    - Bang Bang (Italian) (1966)
    * Salma Ya Salama (Arabic) (1977) / Sueno Flamenco Mix

    * Pour En Arriver La (1987) / Lyric Video

    * Parle Plus Bas (1972)
    - Kalimba De Luna (1984)
    * A Ma Maniere (1980)
    - Ciao Amore Ciao (1967)
    * Fini La Comedie (1981) / Lyric Video

    * Captain Sky (1977)

    * Soleil (1984)

    - Quite a Top 20, hey? I may have lost my 11 but I still have fifteen 10s left!
    - The bad news? I am losing 4 of them in a row!! Yikes!!
    - As we get towards the Top 10, more 11s will fall also!

    Tell us your picks to go ASAP and what you'd like to see at the top!


    #bientot!
     
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    #20

    Gondolier
    Average Score: 7.857
    Highest Score: 10 x 4 (@Maki @vague @Sprockrooster Le Berserky)
    Lowest Score: 0 x 1 (@Empty Shoebox) <----- Our poor hearts have been murdered! *sobs*​


    The Top 20 opens with a track that was very nearly in the Top 10 until that 0 above dashed its hopes completely. If that’s not an indication of how tight the race is at this point, PopJustice – I don’t know how else to present it. Will that decisive ballot from Our Lady Of Shoeboxes have any other effect on the leaderboard, and potentially on the winning track? And what are her high scoring tracks? #bientôt!

    As many of you would know, breaking through in Music with a strong & commercially impactful song is very important for any artist to be noticed but to build a legacy - that duty rests solely on the strength of one's follow up track. Gondolier is a prime example of an artist getting this tough aspect of their career oh so perfectly! The history of Gondolier comes in two parts however, so let’s explore its long & fascinating story! First released by Dalida as a promo single when Bambino was still riding high, Gondolier was ignored by the public at large as they were still entranced with Bambino months and months after release (more on that soon!) The arrangement of Gondolier (as you recall from the opening post, this was the first track credited as Dalida experimenting with the Exotica genre) was just too special to sit around without success, and when the track initially didn’t receive much recognition (due to Bambino’s ongoing success) Gondolier’s composer Pete De Angelis worked with Bob Marucci on English lyrics to see whether a different adaptation/localisation would generate more buzz.

    Released in The US by Jodie Sands and in the UK by Petula Clark as With All My Heart, the 'new' song ended up being a huge hit for both ladies (in Jodie’s case, her only hit), so much so that months later, when Dalida heard Petula’s English version on the radio – she decided she would perform her (original) Gondolier during her Christmas Special Show in 1957. The rest as they say is history and from that point on, the success was instant! Following the incredible reception of the performance, Gondolier was issued on EP the next day and débuted at #1 in the first week of 1958. It stayed at #1 for 9 weeks in January and February before dropping into the lower regions of the Top 10, then climbed back to the top spot for 10 weeks during France’s summer period – eventually staying in the Top 20 for 53 weeks!!! J A W D R O P P I N G P E R F O R M A N C E – Dalida, Queen Of Charts!!!

    Once it became the most sold record of 1958, the promotions through TV and concert performances made Gondolier a French Music Standard, even one of Dalida’s many signature tracks. Gondolier also became a #1 hit in Belgium and Canada (paging rarely seen @ohnostalgia to celebrate!), and was a favourite on her international concerts. As I mentioned on a previous elimination post, I would have completely endorsed a win here by Gondolier as it presents a gorgeous sound for Dalida, which with the exotica spin makes it just unique enough to stand out amongst the more traditional pop sounds of the 50s. Dalida uses this singing register or key I am not always fond of here but boy, does it work perfectly within this song. Her delivery captures a longing despair for her love, while the instrumental has a waveform quality in its loop and sound effect that go with the lyric perfectly. The backing vocals also add enough drama to the proceedings so we are aware that Dalida is singing about her one true love. Add to that overall quality how successful Gondolier was for our star – it would have been a perfect storm in a teacup at the top spot! Now we’ve lost another biggie, what is safe and what isn’t as we work towards the Top Spot?

    The (til now) rarely spotted @əʊæ (9) commentary reminds me this is also my Grandmother’s favourite Dalida song! Twinning with greatness here – I am so proud! - Very majestic melody. it's like one of those old songs my grandma would learn at school and then sing for me when in good spirits. @Maki (10) is in agreement, a tune! - Wow, off to a strong start! Beautiful melody and her voice just adds to the song. The 'la, la, la...' parts are my favorite thing about the song, so beautifully sung. Initially, I wasn't going to give this one a 10, but there isn't a single tiny remark in sight, so here it is.

    @Disco Blister (7) gives you all an overview that is a lot more succinct than mine, enjoy away! - Her oldest songs are all quality tunes and all, but for me personally her career and music gets really interesting only after the mid-60’s. So yes, Gondolier is a classic, but I think the most interesting thing about it is that apparently it was first released on a promo in early 1957, but flopped, as Bambino was still riding so high. Meanwhile Petula Clark recorded it in English and had a big hit with it later on 1957, so Dalida decided to perform it in her Christmas special. This time it got considerably more attention. So much so that it debuted at #1 in January 1958 and stayed in the top 20 for 53 weeks, becoming the most sold record of the year in the process. This is how you turn a flop into gold!

    @nnnumb (8) doesn’t add too much, though I do wonder how high his ballot average would be with a do-over at this point with all the lovely discoveries! - Quite lovely. @WowWowWowWow (8) mentions another Queen from my childhood! Question – who else wanted a dress that would change colour from blue to pink? I need fairy godmothers in my life! – I was kinda getting Aurora from Sleeping Beauty riding around in the forest vibes from this one! @Sprockrooster (10), my trustee friend comes through with the beautiful mood and place the general Dalida track transports you to… Also, three for three on Grandmothers, we have a rate winner!!! - This just exudes the French chanson through and through in a way it is basically the complete embodiement of the genre. This is one of the fave tracks of my grandmother who lived most of my life in rural France (now they live in the Netherlands). This song instantly brings me back to enjoying a hot summer day in France being with family.





    Our star, being quite the actress too!



    That inspiring English version (Dalida's is stronger and much fuller if being honest)



     
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  7. Merryweather was always an inspiration to me.
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  8. I'm a big Petula fan, so I'm pretty fond of her version. I do like Dalida's quite a bit, though. Since I didn't know much about Dalida before stating this rate, it was good that was the first song in the rate... as it helped give a comfortable point of reference to start with.
     
  9. My darlings, in my cold-induced haze, I forgot to email myself the next elimination to post while I am at work. It will be posted once I get home from the gym, so in about 10-12 hours! Apologies! (We are losing a biggie!)
     
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  10. Not another 10!
    "Gondolier" is gorgeous and deserved to do much better. I had no idea it was such an enormous hit!
     
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    Bambino
    Average Score: 8.000
    Highest Score: 10 x 1 (Le Berserky) 9.75 x 1 (@Maki)
    Lowest Score: 3 x 1 (@Empty Shoebox)​


    Only one 10 for the breakthrough hit (I could NOT believe it!!) – the track that in no small way lead us to this rate today, and unsurprisingly that lonely 10 is from your host! Not exactly sure why Bambino could not muscle up more 10s from voters here on PopJustice, other than maybe it falls under the ‘acquired taste’ umbrella of Dalida's music. With your host knowing it since he was a little boy, it stands to reason it’s been long enough for him to appreciate and understand the excellence on display here over the years? Sadly, with Bambino gone, this also means we are left with no 50s representation for our Dalida - disappointing. PopJustice has decided the début era is not the one to be featured in the next Winners Rate representing Dalida! But what will be??

    Bambino, as a record, is a breakthrough track any artist in any field can only dream of when e look at its achievements! Released in 1956 after Barclay Records was impressed with Dalida’s talent & work ethic when she was on promotional tours of her first EPs – they decide to actively support her by finding her *THAT* hit that would make her connect with the public at large. An adaptation of a Neapolitan song called GuaglioneBambino, as expected becomes Dalida’s first hit. But it wasn’t just a passing hit, it was HUUUUUGE!!! Out in October 1956, it would go on to top the French chart, and then spend a total of 45 (!!!) weeks atop that Chart (39 of which consecutive). This incredible success results in Dalida becoming the first female recipient of a GOLD Disc, and with women left right and centre beginning to emulate her makeup style (resulting in a reported explosion in Rimmel sales) – Dalida becomes hailed as the First Sex Symbol of Song!

    This longevity on the charts for Bambino is a record Dalida still holds to this day, 63 years later!! So successful was it, Bambino stalled the impact and success of follow-up Gondolier for 9 months after its initial release, as we discussed in the previous elimination! Shockingly for a breakthrough hit in France, Bambino became so huge that Dalida started promoting it overseas too (usually the Record Label would hold off til the Artist is more established in the first market before pushing for overseas success) and as a result, Bambino goes on to top the chart in Canada (hello @iheartpoptarts) and Belgium (hello @New Flame). Bambino is also still regarded as a Pop Standard of the 50s in France, Belgium, Canada and Switzerland. Legends only!

    What is actually most impressive about this era is that Dalida breaks through with a very Mediterranean look and a strong Italian accent when she sings in French from the very beginning. There isn’t any attempt to hide that at all, or to try and appear more French to the Public. Those attributes, which would have been deemed a liability back then in the Music Industry just wouldn’t hold Dalida back. What she possessed in her undeniable magnetism and charisma could not be taught, she was breaking barriers and turning those differences into advantages to the dismay of many, bringing diversity to a very homogeneous industry back in the 50s! She seriously was special in the truest sense of the word!

    Fascinatingly, Bambino from the title, to the inspiration, to the instrumental - everything is unmistakably & proudly Italian – yet France could not get enough of it (Italy would be taken too, but France's adoration was something else!). Interestingly too, Naples (the region from which the original song is adapted) calls back to Dalida’s heritage from the get go of her music career. That region would continue to be referred to in many songs in her future repertoire, including the two Gigi songs we rated here (one of which we are yet to discuss)!

    Bambino is a fascinating record to modern ears. Although the song sounds traditional enough in many ways, there is an eclectic quality in the way the track progresses with Dalida’s songstress delivery at odds with the sharp instrumental in an entrancing way. Bring in the male vocals partway through and Dalida rotating between singing in Italian and French as we get further into the track, the whole thing starts to play like an offcut from a musical – yet it is so unique in its structure that no 50s musical would have a number quite like that on their setlist in those days. The experience and impact is truly a ‘one in a million’ affair!

    From this point on though – where can you take your sound? As discussed in Gondolier, one has to keep experimenting until you strike gold again – and that she does many more times! Not just at the start either, you’ll find Dalida continues to try new things long into her career, making her discography uncontestably the most diverse out there (countless genres in 10 different languages!) I should also mention, this is where intense fandom starts [yes, Bambino is credited as the defining moment in fandom history where fans start to pay attention to the artist and ‘follow’ them on the strength of their connection with the performer rather than just liking random songs] – in fact the first official Fanclub recorded in history (Wikipedia tells me) is for Dalida! Dalida invented Eminem & stanning! And here I am, stanning still 63 years after the fact! THE Legend!! A shame we get so focused and caught up in the UK and US Market when we discuss cultural impact that we forget the world outside those restrictive markets, hey?

    @Sprockrooster (7) gives me a slight betrayal here, I was genuinely expecting more for the début, though the many lovely scores elsewhere means I can forgive! - Most points go that outro. Such a cinematic experience. @WowWowWowWow (7.5) has the overall Dalida experience all in one song – I wish we had more of the call and response element. At first I thought hmmm not sure about this one, and then that part kicked in and it saved it for me.

    @Maki (9.75) does not lose a 10, but this is very close... - This is surprisingly good. It sounds so modern compared to the other songs from the 50's - I find the song structure really innovative and interesting. It's like it has many layers to it, which instantly makes is more interesting. No wonder this is the song that brought her the fame. I was tempted to give it a 10, but objectively, there are stronger songs here. @Disco Blister (9) is appreciative of where it all started! - Even if I’m not big on her early stuff, I can’t deny what a great song Bambino is. @pop3blow2 (9.5) would officially be a fan from the beginning, so you'll find me stanning him too! - I like this era of production, so I’d probably dig some more of her early stuff. (edit: I’m reading about her on Wikipedia while doing the rate. Was this her first single? wow.)






    The talent! WOW!!!




     
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  12. BambiNo! Not another one of my hoghest scores leaving.

    "Bambino" is such a unique song and deserved to do much better here. I'm still amazed by the song structure - so skilfully done!

    Sad that we're already saying goodbye to Dalida's songs from the 50's. Still, I agree that "L'Histoire D'un Amour", "Gondolier" and "Bambino" are much better than the other three songs from that decade, although all of them deserved a top 10 placement.

    And the fact that we're past the average score of 8 not even half through the eliminations is so impressive.
    Oh, and that is a wonderful writeup, @berserkboi!
     
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    Il Venait D’Avoir Dix-Huit Ans
    Average Score: 8.121
    Highest Score: 10 x 3 (Le Berserky @Disco Blister @andymc35)
    Lowest Score: 6 x 1 (@Empty Shoebox)​


    I am still gobsmacked that in the last three eliminations we have lost Gondolier, Bambino, and Il Venait D’Avoir Dix-Huit Ans – three treasures of the Dalida experience and discography; and songs that should easily be in the Top 5 on impact and merit here. These great songs leaving while 5 songs I haven’t given a 10 to still ride high (grrrrrr)

    Il Venait D’Avoir Dix-Huit Ans, as a song, was my first conscious experience of how absolutely heartbreaking a Dalida ballad truly could be. One of her few slow songs I have adored since childhood (when the bops were on the regular in my repertoire), Il Venait D’Avoir Dix-Huit Ans could have easily been my 11 here (and if I had been voting on @ohnostalgia – it would have been). With the track being atmospheric, the softness and gentleness of the song wash over you in their pure beauty, and there is truly nothing one can dislike in the overall experience. I mean, even Lady Of Shoeboxes has this track well above her ballot average – if that isn’t proof, what is?!

    Written by Pascal Sovran, Serge Lebrail and Pascal Auriat, Il Venait D’Avoir Dix-Huit Ans tells a simple story of a sexual encounter between Dalida and a younger man. What appealed to Dalida and led to her decision to tackle Il Venait D’Avoir Dix-Huit Ans was that it eerily depicts a relationship from her past. When Dalida was 34 she had a brief affair with an 18 year old Italian student which lasted a few months. During this affair, Dalida becomes pregnant and decides to have an abortion since she does not believe the relationship will last. Tragically the procedure does not go as planned and leaves Dalida unable to ever have children. She references this ordeal being one of the darkest moments of her life in a few interviews, and the whole situation is admittedly compounded with her Catholic upbringing mixing severe regret with absolute guilt.

    Il Venait D’Avoir Dix-Huit Ans (the song) does not recall this whole story in its short runtime however. It briefly details the initial meeting between Dalida and the young man, how their eyes met and the instant intense attraction they felt for each other. Dalida recounts how she makes herself more alluring by gently running her fingers through her hair and reapplying her mascara and the man’s smile at seeing her do this. They eventually get together after a short conversation and have the encounter, after which the young man leaves complimenting Dalida, who in a beautiful spin of the lyric reveals the return of her solitude once he deserts her. What the encounter meant to Dalida in the lyric is that for a brief moment she forgets the agony and torment of her everyday life, she forgets she is ‘twice 18 years old’.

    The palpable and extreme intimacy of the lyric here makes this one of the most beautifully written songs of all time. Il Venait D’Avoir Dix-Huit Ans has even been rewarded as such, winning the Prize of the Academy of the French Record in 1975. What sets it apart from your more standard numbers about an illicit attraction is the depth and intimacy of the lyric. Il Venait D’Avoir Dix-Huit Ans does not glorify the youth of the conquest or the fact that Dalida still has ‘game’ – instead it depicts the scene so casually one is not even aware of how old Dalida is supposed to be until the last verse. This scrutinous attention to detail allows the listener to experience a mesmerising visual of how the scene plays out vividly and naturally in one’s mind. Truly a crown jewel of French music and the Dalida repertoire, you’d be hard pressed to find a Dalida stan who doesn’t think highly of Il Venait D’Avoir Dix-Huit Ans.

    The crazy thing about this wonderful song? It was originally only released as a B-Side to Gigi L’Amoroso! Obviously, the track was so special it stood out beyond just that B-Side fate! Radio picked it up and since it was so well received by the public, the track was eventually released in its own right and made #3 in Canada and #4 in Belgium. The trick sadly didn’t work so well in France where everyone and their neighbour already had a copy of Gigi, causing Il Venait D’Avoir Dix-Huit Ans to only reach a peak of #127 there upon its official release.

    @Sprockrooster (7) betrays me again, I could NOT believe it! - With a rate that is packed in all these excellent songs a simply good song suddenly feels like mediocre or good filler. @WowWowWowWow (7) is also trying a villain spin this time around – who’d’ve thought??? (and how could he *sobs*) – Pleasant, but in my head it kept turning into Dream On by Aerosmith though, am I the only one who hears that? More so the backing music than the vocals or lyrics of course.

    @Maki (9) can appreciate the beauty here from the beginning, though I must ask – had you known this one already or is it a discovery? - An interesting story told in a very charming way. Certain parts are better than the other, but it's a great song as a whole. @nnnumb (7.5) is potentially himself having flashbacks to his ‘Dix-hit ans’ the way Mourir Sur Scène reminds me of my many hours missing the 80s in my adolescence - Shades of 1970s Eurovision, although obviously of a higher quality. That said, she does rather look like a Christmas tree fairy in the YouTube clip. God! I miss the '70s!

    @Disco Blister (10) once again gives you all a quality abridged version of my rant above, enjoy very much!! - I love this song to bits. So autobiographical, honest and sad in a bittersweet way. Dalida, the Original Queen of Cougars! She was quite brave to release it at the time, I must say, as a slightly more mature woman dating a guy half her age was quite controversial back then. Hell, it still is, even though it certainly shouldn’t. In the end the song always makes me sad, as it reminds me of what an impact the relationship had on her later life. The story goes that she became pregnant from that relationship and even though a child was all she had ever wanted, she decided to terminate the pregnancy as she knew her relationship with the young father couldn’t last. Tragically something went wrong during the abortion and she could never become pregnant again. I can’t help but wonder how different it all could’ve been had she kept the baby. Who knows, she could still be with us.





    Mesmerising!


    With English subtitles, mes amis!


     
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  14. I can’t even. Yet we have songs like Paradisco, Kalimba de luna and Soleil still left? What the actual.
     
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  15. At some point I'm going to re-rate these tracks. Some have really grown on me and deserve higher scores than those I originally gave.
     
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  16. Another underrated song leaves (at this point I could say this about almost every song).

    The courage that Dalida had to write and release this at the time is desirous.

    And no, @berserkboi, I haven't heard this song prior to the rate, so it counts as a discovery!
     
  17. What a wonderful song to discover! So simple yet so complex...
     
  18. I think we could have a fast remix of this rate at the end of it to see how much the scores have changed during it. Would be very interesting.
     
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  19. Something like everyone selects 5 songs they'd change their score for and do a new leaderboard? I can do that! :)
     
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  20. Something like that, yes! Would be awesome!
     
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