Song Of The Day 2/20/2014: Frankie Howerd & June Whitfield - "Up Je T'aime"


Oh, the lubricated, smoldering, amber-tinted tumbleweed of refined sensuality that is Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin's "Je T'aime Moi Non Plus." Everybody in the '70s had to take a turn with this landmark French song of gentle, clinically responsible deflowering. Donna Summer, Cat Power, Pet Shop Boys, Paul Maurait and still others have taken turns at this fondue pot of melty erotica. I suspect Miley Cyrus will give this a shot sooner or later, maybe sliding down a giant tiger-skin Eiffel Tower.

This 1971 parody was recorded by legendary British comedian Frankie Howerd -- best known in the States for appearing in the ill-fated-doesn't-begin-to-describe-it film version of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band -- and June Whitfield, a veteran actress who played the mother in Absolutely Fabulous. It goes pretty much where you'd expect it to go. And fairly quickly, at that. If you get my meaning. I think you do. We're adults here and this is a very sophisticated blog.

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