Sometimes called ref.  A festive hymn, a song that seems to be without a head or tail, or with deliberately simplistic lyrics, but with a catchy rhythm and a certain unexpected infatuation with the public. These are often songs that can be easily sung in chorus without preparation during family or associative festivities.

History

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The old drinking songs ( Gaudeamus igitur ) as well as the student songs are part of this folklore . Also included are the replica songs, such as The Cure of Pomponne or The Vespers of the Falgoux , which can be sung by an audience that does not yet know the lyrics, since it essentially takes in chorus those of the soloist with a minimal variation 1 .

Preamble

Even before the arrival of the disc in homes, Nini Dog Skin (1889) and At the Bamboo Hut (1899) are very popular hits. they will be recorded a few decades later and will once again be popular.

Epoch of the 78th

The era of the 78 rpm spreads the genre with songs like Viens poupoule (Maillol, composed in 1902), Have a good friend (Garat, 1931), The guys of the navy (which will be taken even by the Comedian harmonists ).
On the other side of the Rhine, the song Ein Heller und ein Batzen (“A penny and a shield”) is a great success (it is also known as Heidi, Heido, Heida ), but will remain associated by the French with the German troops. occupation, causing this simple song to be drunk for a Nazi hymn and thus eliminating ipso facto banquets.

Epoch of the vinyl

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The genre continues to exist, with Jacques Hélian’s Tcha tcha tcha tuna (1958) , And v’lan pass me the sponge (Popoff Baïtzouroff – Jacques Martin), sung by Jacques Martin in a skit and taken over by Fernand Raynaud (1963), So go get a tan (Distel, 1968),, The Duck Dance (1980) by JJ Lionel, Come and drink a little shot at home (in 1984 by License IV ).

The Yellow Submarine of Beatles is not without evoking a remake of the Navy Guys ; a French version will be interpreted by Les Compagnons de la chanson , but without success comparable to its two originals.

Time of the CD

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In line with the previous songs is Falling Shirt (1999), great success of the band Zebda .

Internal Links

  • Herbert Pagani
  • Hymn to St. Martin

Notes and references

Versions of the songs cited, or at least excerpts, can be found on sites like YouTube , Dailymotion or Bide and Music , a site specializing in marginal songs.

  1. ↑ Source: International choral repertoire At their heart