all the boys and the girls
Pitchfork's latest feature, The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s, should offer plenty of material for everyone to debate and argue. I actually thought the first 50 songs (posted today) were well-chosen, and represented a decently broad cross-section of genres. Sure, "A Minha Menina" (#160) and "She's Not There" (#161) should've both cracked the top 100, but overall, there was quite a bit of stuff I love, and even more I need to check out.
I was especially happy to see some French pop on the list, as I've been listening to a lot of Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Dutronc, Brigitte Bardot, and the like lately. Francoise Hardy, who contributed vocals to Air's "Jeanne," was considered "the first French 'girl' singer to write and record her own songs, rather than music given to her by a producer." (source)
I only recently discovered Ms. Hardy, and I immediately found her warm voice disarming and quite beautiful. Plus, she was totally hot. This song, from the wonderful album The Yeh-Yeh Girl from Paris, came in at #170 on Pitchfork's list:
Francoise Hardy Tous Les Garcons et Les Filles mp3
Go download some great songs from Hardy's husband, Jacques Dutronc, at Aquarium Drunkard
Bonus (aka an excuse to post another photo of Ms. Hardy):
Air Jeanne (feat. Francoise Hardy) mp3