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 8½ 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.