SACRÉ FRANÇAIS! by DIMITRI from PARIS

I became aware of “Sacré Français!” quite some time after Dimitri from Paris had sampled my voice from ”Cha cha stop” and slipped it into his fun track. I liked it. “Cha cha stop” was a surprise present. My first in the studio as a professional, recorded in a hurry before Eddie Barclay left for his summer vacation. With Henri Salvador, his arm round my shoulder, the text on my knees, his large unmistakable laugh punctuating each take - he was this great cuddly person who kept whispering Formidable… two tracks were finished in half an hour. The second track “Près de la Cascade”, is a simple, cute, flirtatious ‘amourette’ that seems to belong with “Je t’aime, moi non plus”. Like the reverse side of embroidered lace, it is clear but not quite. Serge Gainsbourg had a genius for connecting, re-using, channelling. He would make an orchid out of a buttercup. For “Une petite tasse d’anxiété”, Serge used the same words— Je ne suis pas celle que vous croyez, that Dimitri from Paris sampled for his “Sacré Français!.“ This DJ, Dimitris, made me curious. We met for lunch on one of my visits to Paris. Whenever a friend came by he would introduce the ‘voice’ in “Sacré Français!” It was like discovering the voice behind a cartoon. The leitmotif that runs through “Sacré Français!” is relevant in my case. I had been fished out of school by the film director Vadim, who was known at that time for “And God Created Woman“. And I had made a film in England where they referred to me as ‘sex kitten’. But my behaviour was that of a strictly brought up girl who had boarded in various English convents before settling in France. The longest I stayed in a convent was for18 months when I was two years old, the rest were for short stays, and all were out of necessity. I was actually good as gold… Je ne suis pas celle que vous croyez…