Serge Gainsbourg was the master of sensual French contemporary and pop music. The late artist has left behind a treasure trove of songs to choose from — and, in a delightfully sentimental move, Gainsbourg’s son, Lulu is compiling a tribute album.
Titled “From Gainsbourg to Lulu,” the album will contain remakes of some of Gainsbourg’s hits. The first number to be released, interestingly enough, is a duet with Lulu and Oscar-nominated actress, Scarlett Johansson.
The actress sings “Bonnie and Clyde,” a song which was originally a duet with Serge and actress Brigitte Bardot.
Although the song was entirely in French, Johansson sings Bardot’s part in English, in her best low and sultry voice. The release is mainly due to the fact that the song is being used in the latest commercial for Moet champagne, Johansson’s latest high-end endorsement.
The commercial features a dolled up and super blonde Johansson posing and cradling various bottles of champagne in a beautifully gilded house.
The actress is obviously no Bardot, but she does her best, and for that she gets some credit.
The song doesn’t really hold a candle to the original, but Lulu definitely inherited his father’s gift for crooning. It’s slower and softer than the original, but it’s obvious that both the singers tried to keep the original mood of the song intact.