A Field Guide to 1960s French Yé-Yé Pop

France Gall

Perhaps the most famous yé-yé singer, France Gall embodied many of the era’s contradictions — she sang ingenuous songs for children and pop tunes for innocent teens, but she was also a sex symbol, albeit often an unwitting one. Much of the latter, it has to be said, was due to her work with the perma-lecherous Serge Gainsbourg, of whom more shortly. In the meanwhile, enjoy “Laisser tomber les filles” — you may also be familiar with April March’s English-language cover, which figured prominently in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof.