Saturday, February 04, 2012

Les Observations De Jalil: Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son

Ever since I found out about this Bob Jalil EP I've been trying to get hold of this mysterious version of Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son, the 1965 Eurovision winner. I wasn't able to find out much about it, but thanks to the alert system on the mighty bay, I was able to buy a scruffy copy of this elusive record.
After a thorough cleaning and polishing session it's finally here, and needless to say, c'est fab. There's some additional campfire crackling as a bonus, but all tracks are worth listening to.

All four tracks are wonderful vintage mid 60's beat with the groaning vocals, twangy guitars, messy beats and jangly organs. The a-side tracks are both in Moroccan Arabic, the tracks on the flip are in French.
Morocco singer Bob Jalil is also known as Abdel Jalil Bennis or just Jalil Bennis and has recorded with the Golden Hands and with the Star Orchestra.
I've read somewhere the title track translates as La Akdar Alik, but if anyone can help me with some more info that would be great. The title in Arabic is لا أقدر عليك, the other track in Arabic is بيني وبينك
All songs on this EP are recorded with L'Orchestre Star Melody.
There's a small Bob Jalil blog with some pictures here, but it hasn't been updated since 2007.

بوب الجليل
Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son, a popular Eurocovers readers favorite,  was the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 for Luxembourg. The song is written by Serge Gainsbourg and was performed by France Gall.

Special thanks to Rick

Updated list
I have updated the list of versions of Poupée... and uploaded it here. It is a word document listing all versions by France Gall and all the coverversions I know of. Currently 193 coverversions are listed.
You can find more posts about the song checking this keyword link.

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