April March Chick Habit Vs. France Gall Laisse Tomber Les Filles

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I have a Tarantino addiction so I decided to throw him this Friday Break (plus we did mentioned Rosario Dawson lately so she reminded me of this)! The last Tarantino released until present days is Grindhouse. Made in 2007, it consists in two independent movies called Planet Terror and Death Proof.

While both were written by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, directing the movies was a one-man job: Robert Rodriguez did Planet Terror and Quentin Tarantino was in charge of Death Proof.

There’s also something worth mentioning regarding the movies soundtracks: Planet Terror’s soundtrack was composed by Robert Rodriguez himself. Death Proof’s soundtrack is a perfect example of Tarantino-movie-sound: eclectic yet very true to his style. (more information and another video right after the jump!)

Watching (and listening) Grindhouse was alright until the end. It’s where I had the April March revelation! I listened and listened their song Chick Habit both in English and French. I ended my April March follie when I found out that Chick Habit was a cover after a song composed by none the other but Serge Gainsbourg, performed by France Gall back in 1964, called Laisse Tomber Les Filles. (there was no official video released for April March’s Chick Habit so all I could find more suited was this mix’n’match with images from Grindhouse)

Even if it was covered also by Fabienne Delsol (in 2004), April March had a fresh, modern interpretation of the original version. Recorded in 1995 in two versions: the original French one and the English one (with lyrics translated by March), Chick Habit was chosen for the soundtrack (end credits) of Tarantino’s Death Proof and it really was the perfect choice (for me).

Do you prefer the original? Or the 1995 version? (you can read more about Tarantino’s Grindhouse here and here, more about Planet Terror’s soundtrack here, more about Chick Habit here, more about April March here, more about France Gall here, you can listen to Fabienne Delsol’s cover here)


#1 Ellington on 02.27.09 at 6:23 pm

I like both versions, they are both have a cool vibe to them. Quinton Tarrintino has a good ear for music for his films. I like how he often uses music that one might not hear very often if at all.

#2 anis on 02.28.09 at 12:50 am

that was the perfect choice for me too! I like 1995 version more…

#3 Adriana on 02.28.09 at 6:58 am

Quintin Tarantino has an excellent taste in music. His choices are always surprising. I like the orginal the best because I love that 60’s sound and the innocence of the video.
God and his (or their) choices of actors…!!
Kpriss, great Friday Break.

#4 Russell on 03.14.09 at 3:27 pm

Ellington and Adriana have both hit the spot! Its a great track, and it got me looking into its origin; now I’m a great fan of France Gall, moreso the music written for her by her husband Michel Berger (which dates from ’73 to ’92 when he died) than the 60’s stuff which isn’t all quite as good; She has sung songs written by her father, Robert, from the mid-60’s some of the jazzy numbers are amongst my favourites. Just following that story alone has been a great experience for me so thanks for that Quintin…Death Proof is also a great film! For fans of Laissez Tomber… , April March also covered another France Gall track, ‘Cet Air La’, both of which you can see on You Tube. Its hard to choose between the singing but the original version definitely edges it for me cos of the originality.

#5 mdm on 08.24.10 at 12:30 pm

my favourite by The Hillbilly Moon Explosion

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