Thursday, June 14, 2012

Danger in Deling City

I’m going through a Serge Gainsbourg phase. That’s something awful people say to indirectly tell you that they’re classy, worldly, cultural, hip and other adjectives that, when combined, usually equal awful. Nonetheless, it’s true. I have been listening to him lately, because in spite of the pretentious people who may count him among their most recent obsessions, he’s actually quite phenomenal. In fact, he’s so good that you can be a non-French-speaking person who’s missing out on his expert worldplay and still enjoy his songs, and that’s saying quite a bit, seeing as how his lyrical prowess is one of his best qualities.

The song I’m posting today, however, is instrumental, so you monoglots and francophobes needn’t worry any.

Gainsbourg scored the 1970 Anna Karina film Cannabis, and one of the tracks happens to be one of my all-time favorites of his compositions. It’s titled “Danger.” Here it is:


But the thing about this track is this: It’s good on its own, but every time I hear it, I think of a track from a video game soundtrack I played years ago: “Under Her Control” from Final Fantasy VII. Here’s that one:


Can I explain why one makes me think of the other? No, not really. There’s not one specific detail about the former that I could say reminds me of the later. However, the whole gestalt of the Gainsbourg track nonetheless makes me think of the one my Uematsu. It’s certainly not the first time I’ve heard something “legitimate” in something from a video game, but somehow this one seems to linger more heavily than the others.

Anyone?

3 comments:

  1. When I first heard Serge Gainsbourg's name, I pretty much immediately thought of Serge from Chrono Trigger and Aeris from Final Fantasy VII. The latter's last name is actually Gainsborough, but that's pretty similar.

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    1. This is a point I hadn't considered. When Chrono Cross came out, I wasn't familiar with the given name Serge. I wondered why his parents had named him after a soda.

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    2. "Serge" is apparently the French version of the old Roman name Sergius. It actually isn't Serge Gainsbourg's given name (he was born Lucien Ginsburg), but it is A given name.

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