During the recording sessions for her first solo album Paris in April in 1994, Elinor Blake finally transformed into her second self: April March. Though the title of the album and the choice of songs - from Hardy's Temps de l'Amour to Gall's Laisse Tomber - tell everything about the hommage concept, the sound, produced in Glendale, Tarzana, and Hollywood, is unmistakably more KROQ rock station than Radio France, and still deeply rooted in Elinor’s retro garage affections. Brainwash Part II, a cover of Gainsbourg’s Chez les yé-yé, redefines Serge’s light proto-funk francais with droning fuzz guitar, while Moto Shagg, the English language version of Dani’s innocent La fille à la moto, is fueled-up with hotrod spirit, drive-in doll attitude, and sharp 60s psychedelia, and immediately brings that old Russ Meyer tagline to mind: Don’t race the fastest pussycats. Vrrrooooom!
April March – Brainwash Part II
Serge Gainsbourg – Chez les yé-yés
April March – Moto Shagg
Dani – La fille à la moto
Juliette et Ces Baguettes – La fille à la moto (video)
Girl Grunge & Indie Bonus: Miss April on backing vocals for primordial garage gals The Haves, as well as on Yo La Tengo’s Emulsified, a grand cover version of the original by pre-badass supergroovsters Rex Garvin & The Mighty Cravers.
The Haves – Coal Black
Yo La Tengo - Emulsified
For more Elinor, see here.