Chansons Realistes - Le Siecle Dâ€™or. Boris
Label: Chant du Monde
Boris Vian did not have the time to enjoy his moment in the sun. No sooner was he dead and buried than his songs began their inexorable rise to immortality. "Le DÃ©serteur" was sung by all the pacifists on earth (Joan Baez and Peter Paul & Mary, among others). In France, he inspired various artists such as Jacques Higelin, and above all, Serge Gainsbourg, who always claimed Vian was his main source of inspiration. The small selection of songs presented here, whether they are sung by Vian himself or other performers, demonstrates his incredible modernity, as if their author (and perhaps therein lies the rub) was very much ahead of his time.