“Ever since I was a child,” explains Pierre, “my father, who is now a French professor living in Los Angeles, was a fan of Brassens. I grew up hearing his music around the house constantly. Growing up in California with a French father and an American mother, I was always stuck between two cultures, and striving to understand what it meant to be French. To a large extent, the music and philosophy of Brassens defined ‘Frenchness’ for me. As I get older, I realize that these ideals have informed and guided me throughout life. The idea for this translation came to me when my father sent me a translation of one of Brassens’ texts and asked me to put it to music.”
With BAD REPUTATION, Pierre has undertaken a daunting task; to translate a collection of Brassens’ songs, strictly adhering to the rhyme scheme, meter, and meaning of the original texts, while preserving their musicality and lyricism in English. Moreover, he is attempting to convince legions of loyal, stubborn Brassens fans that his versions of the songs in English maintain the spirit and fire, and respect the sacred richness of the original French texts. No easy feat, yet more and more lovers of Brassens are being converted to the cause.
Brassens has been translated into many languages worldwide, yet attempts to do so into English have fallen short. This project is a chance for the English speaking world to discover the work of this amazing songwriter, poet, and individual.
Among the many gifted musicians involved in this project are David Spinley, clarinet, Christian Bongers, bass, Tony Jarvis, bass clarinet and guitar, Quentin Jennings, charango, flute, and xylophone, and Gerald Menke, lap steel and dobro.
(2) Bad Reputation is a rock band from Zagreb, Croatia. They were formed in 2008. and are largely influenced by hard rock bands such as Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake. Their current lineup consists of Luka Lončar on vocals, Marko Kostić and Jure Guić ond guitars and Igor Markić on drums. For more information visit their MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/badreputationzg
(3) Bad Reputation is a kick-ass “pervy SEXaBilly” group from Cologne, Germany.
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