Sea, Sex and Sun is a song by Serge Gainsbourg , released only in single with Mister Iceberg opposite B in1 . It is notable for being the first real commercial success of Gainsbourg solo.

Genesis

In 1978, Serge Gainsbourg, who has just turned fifty, is struggling to achieve success as a singer, despite the international triumph of Je t’aime … moi non plus , which he played duet with nine-year-old Jane Birkin. previously, only managed to be recognized as a songwriter for singers such as France Gall , Brigitte Bardot and Birkin 2 , 3 . Indeed, his “ambitious” albums, Melody Nelson’s Story and The Man with the Headache , are commercial failures during their releases in 1971 and 1976 4 .

At this time, Jane Birkin, his companion for ten years, is successful as an actress in the cinema and as a singer . Gainsbourg lives hurt the growing reputation of the young woman, while he was struggling to make a name as a singer because of a rejection of the public and media censorship 2 . He explains to the media that “I’m okay, but gigolo, I’m old enough,”accepting Birkin’s success as long as his arrives, but says he would not hesitate to say, in front of her, in an interview that he “cowardly” 2 .

While he was going to record another song, Gainsbourg wrote Sea, Sex and Sun on a corner of the table in ten minutes, a catchy rhythm and a melody that we remember easily, but which is not unanimous with his surrounding 2 , 3 . This does not prevent the artist from recording, fear in the stomach, for two days fromin a London studio 2 .

Technical sheet

The musicians

  • Serge Gainsbourg – singing
  • Brian Odgers – low N 1
  • Dougie Wright – N Battery 1
  • Alan Parker – guitar N 1
  • Jim Lawless – percussion N 1

Realization

  • Philippe Lerichomme – production
  • Alan Hawkshaw – arrangement, art direction

List of titles

Single 45 rpm Philips 6172 147 ( France ) 1 , N 2
  1. Sea Sex and Sun (3:38)
  2. Mister Iceberg (3:32)
Single 45 rpm Philips 6172 187 ( France ) 5 , N 3
  1. Sea Sex and Sun (3:38)
  2. Mister Iceberg (3:32)
Single maxi 45 rpm Philips 9199 777 ( France ) 6
  1. Sea Sex and Sun (4:17) N 4
  2. Mister Iceberg (3:32)
Single maxi 45 rpm Philips 9199 914 ( France ) 7
  1. Sea Sex and Sun (4:17) N 5
  2. Mister Iceberg (3:32) N 6
Single 45 turns Philips 6042 412 ( United Kingdom ) 8
  1. Sea Sex and Sun (3:35) N 6
  2. Mister Iceberg (3:32) N 6
Single 45 turns Philips 6042 412 ( Italy ) 9
  1. Sea Sex and Sun (3:38)
  2. Mister Iceberg (3:32)

Out and Home

Ranking (1978) Best
place
 France ( FIFG ) 10 18

Sea, Sex and Sun released as a single in June 1978 , Gainsbourg presents the title on television in order to promote it around this title 2 . The title meets success with 400,000 copies of the single sold in France 2 . According INFODISC, the single has sold 318,000 copies 11 . Other than I love you, me too , Gainsbourg had only one single commercial success with L’Eau à la bouche (100,000 sold copies of the single) 12 and a relatively modest success with L’Ami Caouette in 1975, which is still asummer tube 13 . Jacky Jakubowicz , at the time Gainsbourg press secretary, said that “finally, for the first time, people buy a song of Gainsbourg, sung by Gainsbourg” 2 .

However, Gainsbourg will tell Libération that he did “a disco thing to make wheat but that success [has] depressed him” , adding that maybe because it did not surprise him, because “c ‘ was too much for ” 4 . The success of the song is confirmed when the producer of the movie Les Bronzés suggests to director Patrice Leconte , who is looking for a generic music, to use Sea, Sex and Sun 2 . Although, according to Jakubowicz, it is not his world and his humor, Gainsbourg, amused, let him do 2 . But unsure of himself, Gainsbourg discreetly goes to the premiere of the film in the fall of 1978. Leconte remembers that the singer has”Watched the credits with his song,” adding that “he looked a bit at the beginning of the film, then he must have something to do, he left” 2 . This first personal success of Gainsbourg will be confirmed the following year with the album Aux armes et cætera , which will allow him to go back on scene after fifteen years of absence, under the effervescence of the crowd 2 .

The 45s Sea sex and sun , according top France, ranked 18 th in the French hit parade, in September 1978 , where he stayed for one week in the top 20 hebdomdaire 10 .

Notes and references

Notes and details
  1. ↑ a , b , c and d It is uncredited on the cover of single 45 rpm.
  2. ↑ First edition of the single.
  3. ↑ This is a reissue of the single for the release of the movie The Bronzed , in which Sea, Sex and Sun appears as a beginning credits, with a new cover.
  4. ↑ This is the long version of the title.
  5. ↑ This is the long version in the English language of the title.
  6. ↑ a , b and c The version of the British single is sung in the English language.
References
  1. ↑ a and b in ) ” Serge Gainsbourg – Sea Sex And Sun ”  [ archive ] , on discogs.com (accessed on 7 March 2016 )
  2. ↑ a , b , c , d , e , f , g , h , i , j , k and l Barbara Azais, ” 25 years of the death of Serge Gainsbourg: Sea, Sex and Sun his first big hit in France at 50 years [ archive ] , on MYTF1 News , (accessed March 6, 2016 ) .
  3. ↑ a and b Julie Rigal, ” Serge Gainsbourg: Rants and slips, discover his cult moments ”  [ archive ] , on MYTF1 News , (accessedMarch 6, 2016 ) .
  4. ↑ a and b Rebecca Manzoni, ” Gainsbourg point bar # 5: shells and crustaceans ”  [ archive ] , on France Inter , (accessedMarch 6, 2016 ) .
  5. ↑ ” Serge Gainsbourg – Sea Sex and Sun (reissue 45s – soundtrack Bronzed ) ”  [ archive ] , on discogs.com (accessed 4 November 2017 )
  6. ↑ ” Serge Gainsbourg – Sea Sex and Sun (max 45 laps) ”  [ archive ] , on discogs.com (accessed 4 November 2017 )
  7. ↑ ” Serge Gainsbourg – Sea Sex and Sun (max 45 laps) ”  [ archive ] , on discogs.com (accessed 4 November 2017 )
  8. ↑ ( in ) ” Serge Gainsbourg – Sea Sex and Sun (British edition of 45 laps) [ archive ] , on discogs.com (accessed 4 November 2017 )
  9. ↑ ( in ) ” Serge Gainsbourg – Sea Sex and Sun (Italian edition of 45 laps) [ archive ] , on discogs.com (accessed 4 November 2017 )
  10. ↑ a and b Top France – click on the tabs “1978” and the date “September 2, 1978”  [ archive ]
  11. ↑ Singles sales in France  [ archive ]
  12. ↑ ” Biography of Serge Gainsbourg ”  [ archive ] , on mistergainsbarre.com (accessed 27 June 2017 )
  13. ↑ Stéphane Jarno, ” ” Small “arrangements with Gainsbourg’s shadow men [ archive ] , on Télérama , October 18, 2008 (m j to October 21, 2008) (accessed 4 August 2017 )