Posted February 15, 2005
Attention tragically hip: turn off the Interpol and listen up. Your latest iPod soundtrack has arrived, and it blends your two favorite thingsindie rock and retro coolall together. It's the re-release of Great Jewish Music: Serge Gainsbourg, a tribute album to the French singer who fell for Jane Birkin (yes, like the bag) while climbing the pop charts. Serge's old school hits like "Comic Strip" and "Bonnie and Clyde" are all here, but with a twistthey're covered by current rockers Blonde Redhead, The Elysian Fields, and Cibo Matto. But the best track may be by Japanese musician Ikue Mori, who brings poppy electro-rock to the sweet ditty "Pauvre Lola." If you care about looking cool, add the CD to your makeout playlist. If you care about the music, make sure you have a good dictionnaireall the songs are in the original French.
$14.99 at Other Music, 15 E. 4th St., near Lafayette St., 212-477-8950., othermusic.com.