Sunday, June 18, 2017

Punching Holes: 8½ Souvenirs and "Le Poinçonneur Des Lilas"

Today's random tune is by 8½ Souvenirs, an Austin band of the 1990s that disbanded about 2000. While called an American swing jazz band led by French-turned-American lead guitarist Olivier Giraud, it was clearly influenced by gypsy jazz and other European and Latin American styles. The band's name came from the Fellini movie and the Django Reinhardt song Souvenirs. This song, Le Poinçonneur Des Lilas, is from 8½ Souvenirs' 1995 album Happy Feet. It was originally written and performed by the famous French performer Serge Gainsbourg. Released in 1958, it was his first successful song.