Melody Nelson

Serge Gainsbourg

Melody Nelson

  • Label: Moder
  • Catalogue number: MN406
  • Format: 7 inch
  • Genres: Beats Downtempo, Funk, Funk Rock, Instrumental, Mod, Psychedelia, Soul Jazz
  • Origin: Europe



Side 1 "Melody Nelson" (unreleased instrumental edit) (3:50)

Side 2 "Cargo Culte" (unreleased instrumental edit) (3:58)

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This rather tidy, limited-edition "45" offers up two previously unheard instrumental edits of stone cold classics from the bulging back catalogue of Chanson hero and sleazy but chic singer Serge Gainsbourg. Side A boasts a superb revision of "Melody Nelson", a sweeping, string-drenched affair underpinned by sweaty drumming that arguably benefits from the removal of Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin's vocals. Over on side B you'll find an equally evocative version of Beck favourite "Cargo Culte". Stripped of the original lead vocals, the track sounds like a lo-fi art-rock instrumental smothered in ghostly choral vocals and creepy, foreboding musical flourishes.

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