Serge Gainsbourg's African-inspired "New York USA"

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 Albums 16845 Cover-Homepage Large Here's Serge Gainsbourg in a 1964 music video for "New York USA," a track from his excellent concept album "Gainsbourg Percussions." The album, recorded with French jazz star Alain Gouraguer, melded Gainsbourg's French lounge style with Latin and African drumming. (This number appropriates the African standard "Akiwowo.") "Gainsbourg Percussions" was recently remastered and reissued on CD and vinyl by the excellent 4 Men With Beards label.

"Gainsbourg Percussions"


  1. “Unfortunately, this UMG-music-content is not available in Germany because GEMA has not granted the respective music publishing rights.”

    I forget, when is filtering the selection of cultural artefacts based on my location scheduled to make sense?

  2. Every time I see someone doing something silly with their Mustang, I poorly mimic the French accented female voice sample from some Serge Gainsbourg song saying, “Ford Mustang”.

  3. I also recommend Alain Gouraguer’s truly amazing score for the animated film Fantastic Planet (aka La Planète Sauvage)  IMHO one of the greatest film scores.

  4. Sorry for my english, i’m also Gainsbourg’s great fan but I must say that he has copied many songs.
    And like we say in french “We must give at Caesar what is at Caesar”
    This song is a song of Babatunde Olatunji
    (and there is others songs but it’s not the best part of his carriére)

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