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Bastille Day: your French party playlist!

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Are you all enjoying work this Monday morning? Here in France today’s a public holiday – the national holiday, known to the English-speaking world as Bastille Day. (French people just call it “the fourteenth of July”.)
 
In Paris, celebrations begin with the morning’s military parade down the Champs-Elysées and conclude tonight with a giant free concert on the Champ de Mars, the park at the feet of the Eiffel Tower. That concert features the worst of French MOR blandness; bloodless singer-songers like Christophe Mae, Raphael and Rose who we’re not even going to link to here. The pièce de résistance is none other than James Blunt. Surely there’s a ceremonial guillotine available for the day that’s in it?
 
A concert to miss by miles, then. That said, it’s still a good idea to celebrate France’s national holiday with music. So, to help you party like it’s le quatorze juillet, we’ve made a Bastille Day playlist of French classics old and modern.
 
You’ll find the crème de la crème of great Gallic tunes that should have you dancing like young Parisians, i.e. very clumsily while leering sleazily and swearing in a faux-American accent. We’ve even planned for the way parties usually sub-divide into different groups for different rooms of your place. (If you live in a bedsit in Rathmines, then you’ll probably just be listening to Damien Rice. Alone.)
 
So, here’s what you’re doing tonight:
 
Dancing around the living room:
Hanging out in the kitchen:
 
Speaking softly in the bedroom:

Here's one of our favourites from that list. Serge Gainsbourg crooning like a tragic hero, Jane Birkin spinning like a groovy chick and pop's greatest bass intro... it's the fantastic video for 'Ballade De Melody Nelson'. Bonne fête!

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Re: Bastille Day: your French party playlist!

hello!! thanks for visiting my French Music blog!! It's really nice that I have some readers out there!! I really like your blog - I will definately be linking to it! :) I hope we can become alliances to each site soon!
regards, lia

By Lia on   Friday, August 15, 2008
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Re: Bastille Day: your French party playlist!

Thanks Lia, glad you like my blog too! I've just given you a link.

By aidan on   Monday, August 18, 2008

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