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California, United States (1995 – present)

April March (real name Elinor Blake) is an singer from California. She was born on April 20, 1965 and sings in English and French. Her best known composition is an English language remake of Serge Gainsbourg’s “Laisse tomber les filles” released in 1998 as “Chick Habit”. The song appears during the opening credits of the 1999 film “But I’m A Cheerleader” and the end credits of Quentin Tarantino’s 2007 film “Death Proof”, the latter alongside her cover of the original song.

She has had one of the more interesting dual careers, as a cartoon animator (including a stint as a principal animator for the Ren & Stimpy show) and as an indie pop singer/songwriter, more popular in France than in Brooklyn, where she was raised, or in her current home of California.

As a child, Elinor became fascinated with France, and jumped at the opportunity to participate in an exchange program in France in junior high. Today, her albums tend to contain songs in both English and French, which draw heavily on themes and styles from French 1960s pop music.

Beginning in the early 1980s, she worked as an animator for Archie Comics and Pee Wee’s Playhouse; in 1986 we see her working on the Madonna feature Who’s That Girl, animating the star in the title sequence and the contemporaneous music video. Her first band, The Pussywillows, was formed in 1987, although their existence was interrupted for a year while April March attended the one-year Disney Character Animation program in California.

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  • Beat_C

    @Haddonfield69: the link doesn't work.

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • KuriousBanana

    Great stuff. She sounds so much like Holly Golightly/Thee Headcoatees. Should be tagged as garage rock.

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Lobocyfer

    death proof !!!

    25 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Yahoo18

    What the hell is wrong with you people?! Chick Habit is like thousand times worse than original Laisse tomber les filles by her majesty France Gall. Probably the only time english language spoil anything so dramatic..

    17 Jan 2013 Reply
  • withoutme91

    muah!

    23 Oct 2012 Reply
  • daile

    love her to the moon & back ♥

    10 Oct 2012 Reply
  • jojofasho

    >watching bad movies >2012.

    7 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    Chick Habit... what a song... wow

    5 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Retinend

    Listened to "Triggers" again yesterday. Really lovely sounds and melodies. it's a real shame she never followed it up with anything.

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • xNamine

    it's impossible to listen to chick habit without remembering, "But I'm A Cheerleader" ;) [5]

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • PurplePostRock

    HANG UP THE CHICK HABIT, lol

    4 May 2012 Reply
  • AThoS93

    it's impossible to listen to chick habit without remembering tarantino's death proof [14]

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • spunge666

    it's impossible to listen to chick habit without remembering, "But I'm A Cheerleader" ;) [4]

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • catsinspace

    partysanctg: you should listen to april march sings along with the makers :)

    25 Mar 2012 Reply
  • yapooos

    She's fucking awesome.

    18 Mar 2012 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    Indie pop? Dang, and based on the cover of Chick Habit I thought her thing was recording Ramonesy, fast power pop covers of 1960s French songs. :(

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
  • hecatesm

    it's impossible to listen to chick habit without remembering tarantino's death proof [12]

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Muidnoyw

    it's impossible to listen to chick habit without remembering, "But I'm A Cheerleader" ;) [2]

    26 Dec 2011 Reply
  • BearsandLions

    it's impossible to listen to chick habit without remembering, "But I'm A Cheerleader" ;)

    16 Dec 2011 Reply
  • FabioMckagan

    it's impossible to listen to chick habit without remembering tarantino's death proof [11]

    22 Nov 2011 Reply
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