Boomkat Product Review:
This EL Records release reissues Serge Gainsbourg's 1958 debut album, augmenting it with a live track from the same period, as aired on Radio France. Adding further value, you'll find songs from the album as covered by Gainsbourg's contemporaries Michele Arnaud and Jean Claude Pascal. Very different from Gainsbourg's more renowned later work, Songs On Page One is full of short, disarmingly cheeky big band numbers like 'Douze Belles Dan Le Peau' (I'm not especially fluent in French although it's probably got something to do with 'twelve naked beauties') and the bittersweet bossa-jazz of 'L'Alcool. "There are many standard-issue personae to which an aspiring rock star might be drawn, but one has always been cooler, darker and sexier than all the rest. It is that of the artist who single-mindedly pursues his creative muse while embracing the full panoply of self-destructive, decadent, badboy behaviour: heavy drinking, frequent drug use, committed womanising, a general fuck-you attitude to both public and media, a casual disregard for society's sacred cows and taboos, and a self-belief bordering on the messianic. For three turbulent decades Serge Gainsbourg heroically exemplified all of the above - and much more."