Saturday, September 29, 2012

Therion - Poupée de cire, poupée de son

Here's something completely and utterly awesome. Swedish Symphonic metal band Therion, formerly known as Megatherion, are releasing their 15th(!) album and it's a collection of French 60's and 70's songs including some well known classics (and quite a few obscure gems). The classiest of classics is of course Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son*.
The album will be out in October and is titled Les Fleurs Du Mal (The flowers of evil).
Provisional tracklists indicate that there will be two versions of the Eurovision classic on the CD along with unforgettables like La Maritza (Sylvie Vartan), Polichinelle (Another France Gall hit), Initials B.B. (Serge Gainsbourg) and Les Sucettes (One of the biggest hits for the Gall/Gainsbourg Tandem)**.
See below for the full tracklist and details on the singers who originally recorded the songs.

You can pre-order the album through the Therion website here. Therium founder Christofer Johnsson is taking a massive risk with this unusual clash of Metal, Opera and YèYe album by financing the project himself, so please support them and Buy It.
The album will be out in the U.S and Canada on November 13

* You know by know: Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son is the 1965 Eurovision winner for Luxembourg performed by France Gall and written by Serge Gainsbourg
** Only the version of the album sold the live shows has bonus track Les Sucettes. - Thank you Gabriel, see comments

Special thanks to Olaf. 
Please see comments

Therion have uploaded three clips from the Fleurs album to their Youtube channel. Next to Poupée there is a video of Je N'ai Besoin Que De Tendresse and one of J'ai Le Mal De Toi.

Therion website.
Also check out Lori Lewis (Therion singer) website.
And ABBA fans: here's a video of Therions take on Summer Night City from their 2001 album Secret Of The Runes.

Les Tracks
Here’s the full tracklist of the Les Fleurs Du Mal album. I did some digging on the net and found most of the original singers.
1. Poupée De Cire, Poupée The Son (France Gall, 1965)
2. Une Fleur Dans Le Coeur (Victoire Scott, 1968)
3. Initials B.B (Serge Gainsborg, 1968)
- Of course the B.B. initials stand for Brigitte Bardot
4. Mon Amour, Mon Ami (Marie Laforet, 1967)
- Written by legendary Eurovision winning songsmiths André Popp and Claude Marnay.  
5. Polichinelle (France Gall, 1967)
6. La Maritza (Sylvie Vartan, 1968)
7. Soeur Angelique (Annie Philippe, 1966)
8. Dis-Moi Poupée (Isabelle, 1967)
9. Lilith (Léonie, 1972) - see comments, thank you Fabio
10. En Alabama (Léonie, 1971)
11. Wahala Manitou (Léonie, 1971)
- Both Leonie tracks originally appeared on the same single. Source : discogs
12. Je N'ai Besoin Que De Tendresse (Claire Dixon, 1967)
13. La Licorne D'or (Victoire Scott, 1968)
14. J'ai Le Mal De Toi (Betty Mars, 1974)
- Betty Mars is the French 1972 Eurovision singer.
- This  J'ai Le Mal De Toi is not the 1964 Colette Dereal song. 
15. Poupée De Cire, Poupée The Son
16.Les Sucettes (France Gall, 1966)
Sources : Fab Discogs, Youtube and record collection of yours truly.


Fabio said...

Lilith was recorded also by Léonie, according to this link on Youtube:

It is also featured on

So I guess it's quite accurate ^^

Gabriel said...

I'm not sure that the album on their website includes the bonus track "Les Sucettes". The "normal" album was delayed and replaced with the tour edition for the people who pre-ordered.

Fabio said...

Discogs lists Léonie as the singer of Lilith:

Also, there's this video on Youtube:

They seem to be accurate enough ^^

I was also digging all the information with a friend of mine and we came across really interesting facts.

Eurocovers said...

Thanks for the updates guys, much appreciated.

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