Happy Valentine’s – going back in time to ’69 with what many regarded as a decidedly dirty little ditty back then. Taking the boudoir to the studio, Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg with the once scandalous, now somewhat quaint ‘Je T’aime… Moi Non Plus’:
The first banned number one single in the UKand the first single in a foreign language to top the charts.
Originally recorded (by Serge Gainsbourg) with Brigitte Bardot, it was released with future girlfriend (Jane) Birkin when Bardot backed out. While Gainsbourg declared it the “ultimate love song,” it was considered too “hot”; the song was censored or banned from public broadcast in numerous countries, and in France even the toned-down version was suppressed. The Vatican made a public statement citing the song as offensive. However, despite or perhaps because of all the controversy, it sold well and charted within the top ten in many European countries.
Bardot / Gainsbourg version:
Je T’aime…Moi Non Plus Wikipedia
Valentine’s Day Wikipedia: