I decided to create a blog about the popular European Genre of music known as Yé-yé. Mainly because of it's ever growing obscurity as time has moved forward. A large majority of people have never even heard of the genre nonetheless listened to it. Especially in the United States. Yé-yé music has had a very influential part in the history of what popular music is today and what it will some day evolve into eventually. Also Yé-yé has not only been influential in the evolution of popular music but also has had just as much, if not more, influence on music that has strayed away from the mainstream.




Yé-yé was a popular style of pop music that had emerged from France, Québec and Spain in the early 1960s. The term "yé-yé" derived from teenagers shouting "yeah! yeah!" at concert venues and while listening to the music genre to show enthusiasm. Yé-yé music was unique in a number of ways: first, it was the only musical movement so far to be spearheaded by females; second, it was a mostly European phenomenon, although it grew very popular in Japan in 1965. Yé-yé girls were always young (age 15 through 17 usually) and maintained an innocent public image which was perpetuated through the music.

Yé-yé girls were also sexy, in a deliberately naive way. Often Yé-yé lyrics and music were written by older male songwriters and sometimes would contain sexually suggestive themes and lyrics hidden in metaphors that were meant to sound innocent. A good example of this is featured in a song preformed by France Gall and written my famous Yé-yé singer/ songwriter Serge Gainsbourg called "Les sucettes" ("Lollipops") which include the lyrics "Annie loves lollipops, aniseed lollipops, when the sweet liquid runs down Annie's throat, she is in paradise." Due to France Gall's naivety as a young women she preformed the song never recognizing the hidden reference to fellatio until becoming a little older.



While the yé-yé movement was led by female singers, it was not an exclusively a movement for young women. The yé-yé masterminds (such as Serge Gainsbourg, who wrote several hits for France Gall, Petula Clark, and Brigitte Bardot, but was considerably older and came from a jazz background) were distinct from the actual yé-yé singers. These were harmless, romantic boys singing mostly ballads and love songs.

In this blog I will also touch on more topics than just Yé-yé artists and music exclusively. I will also write about some of the influences the music and culture has had on art, fashion and what the genre has contributed to music that would come to proceed Yé-yé. If you are interested please follow my blog and participate by adding comments and I will do my best to post music and related topics almost everyday.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Chantal Kelly



Many French girl singers of the 1960s contented themselves with cover versions of UK and US hits. However, Chantal Kelly had a seemingly endless supply of original catchy tunes at her disposal. Unfortunately, she failed to rise into the French premier league of pop princesses. Even a new wave-styled comeback as Chantal Bassi in the early 1980s failed to secure her rightful place in the history of French pop.

Chantal Kelly was born Chantal Bassignani in Marseilles, in south France, on April 8th in 1950. She had an interest in music from an early age, and as a teenager she took singing lessons. Her vocal coach was the mother of Cris Carol, a singer who had issued a number of records herself. Chantal’s teacher was so impressed by her protégée that, in 1965, she sent a recording of her performances to the Philips label. The record label powers that be were keen to sign up the young singer – with Cris Carol as her chief songwriter.



I am sure the influence of her vocal coach had helped her to jump start her musical career. I am also sure her vocal coach was more than happy to live vicariously through her young protégé, as vocal coaches often do. I can see why Chantal didn't quite set the French Pop music world on fire but one thing she had going for her was that she was astonishingly cute. Just look at her signature hair bow that just seems to wrap her up in a perfect little package. her cuteness and petite figure is a powerful force to be reckoned with. Apparently this is enough to find your way onto the official Yé-yé music blog.

She disappeared from the music scene after a short lived music career, and opened a fashion boutique in Corsica. However, in 1980, she won a new contract with CBS in 1980 under the name Chantal Bassi, and issued an album and a single, A peine inhumaine, though without success. It just goes to show that looks can only take you so far in this world. It just goes to show how some girls got it, and some girls never will. Whatever "it" might happen to be.



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