Serge Week, Day Three: Manon 70 OST – “New Delire”

Now-Again | Apr. 16, 2010 | Picks |

Listen: “New Delire.”

Serge Gainsbourg with Michel Colombier: “New Delire.”

From the 7” OST to Manon 70, a Catherine Denueve vehicle. I wonder how many record collectors first bought this record because they were attracted to the goddess in her prime? Those that did were in for a treat. This exploito-Indian sitar-psych fest dances with kitsch but goes home alone, ending with a mournful tap on the tabla to cap a frenzied, Paris-by-way-of-Delhi experience. Gainsbourg, always a fan of the double-entendre, cooked up a good one: New Delire, as in “New Delirum,” or a playful nickname for the Indian capital.