Alain Kan/Gazoline - Sally / Electric injection (single) - 1977

Since rs has deleted my account (3 years after mf did the same) and treated as illegal all my dl, I had the choice to give up or to go on for the 3rd time. Since I'm in a fighting mood, I decided to (try to) go on. So, this time I'll use M, the new sharing partner derived from MU, closed with the judiciary agitation that everyone remembers. I don't know whether it's a good choice or not but time will tell (if I still have time, at my age, it's an uncertain friend). So, I begin the 3rd life of Forgotten Songs with the real first post, the one about Alain Kan's punk band called Gazoline. This was actually more a AK with a backing band that a real band but after all, everything was written in August 2009 almost 5 years ago (God!!! 5 years...) below. Try the new link at the end of the post and tell me if it works. If it's OK, I'll try to re-up all the material posted in the last 5 years again but it will take some time so be patient or ask for the ones you are the most impatient to get.

Alain Kan is one of the greatest French singer, performer and lyricist of the XXth century. An hybrid between Oscar Wilde, Antonin Artaud, David Bowie (but not faking) and Marlene Dietrich. He went so far in the verbal crudity for describing the perverse nature of human relation in our mercantile societies where everything is in sale, asses included, that it seems quite impossible to imagine any English or American singer be courageous enough to sing them. Two of these LPs (he released 4 between 1975 and 1986) were withdrawn because of the scandalous content of these texts. When punk exploded, and although he was 33 years old, he jumped in what he considered the only issue for rock. He formed Gazoline but this band was short-lived. They released 2 singles. Both are very different. Here is the first one. Not the best known since it is not the punk style per se of the second one that most of writers talk about when they refer to Gazoline. For me this is the best and maybe some of the best songs Alain Kan created. The atmospher is quite difficult to describe but honestly if you feel some difficulty to breathe in listening to "Sally", you'll probably stop on "Electric Injection" since this piece of music is like an electric fog in which you dissolve. And if you understand the words, impossible not to feel physically oppressed. Of course this single flopped and 2 years later, on this What ever happened to Alain Z Kan, he took again the riff of "Sally" to compose the fabulous "Devine qui vient dîner" ("Guess who comes for dinner") in which he invites Adolph Hitler for dinner and the reason why the album had problems with censure. It is quite a shitty attitude that the 3-CD box released 2 years ago did not included these 2 singles. Maybe some legal rights problem but I would like to be sure. It is said that one album was recorded with Fred Chichin (who later will form the Rita Mitsouko) but this information, found in wikipedia, is apocryphe. The marvellous Marie France is the gorgeous lady on the recto and verso of the cover. She also performed on stage with Alain Kan. Some pictures are in the file. I won't say enjoy here, but finally aural pain can be enjoyed.

More Alain Kan in the near future on this blog cause you're here in a fan's blog.

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