There's nothing like a late night radio discovery. On the brink of sleep Monday, I was jolted wide awake by the witty, sexy, upbeat chansons of The Lovers' lovemaking session on the Rob Da Bank show on Radio 1.
A little bit saucy, a little bit kitsch, a little bit tongue-in-cheek and oh so very very French, they make Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin seem chaste! An on-air cover of The Cure's "Lovecats" was suitably smooth with a Bossa Nova beat and puuuuurrrrring lyrics from Marion Benoist, whose previous incarnation was as a bunny girl. Her partner in crime is Fred de Fred, who has been described as a rock n' roll gypsy.
Based in Sheffield, U.K., their overt Frenchness has an interesting twist. In fact, several of their songs were co-written by none other than Sheffield native Jarvis Cocker, who, by the way, now lives in Paris. Quelle Franglais!