Monday, July 5, 2010
Wholly fuck: Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin's Coitus Maximus
In 1969, French songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and his British actress girlfriend Jane Birkin recorded "Je T'aime ... Moi Non Plus" (translation: "I Love You ... Me Neither"), a song he'd written a year before for his then-girlfriend, international sexpot Brigitte Bardot. At the end of "Je T'aime"'s undulating three minutes, Birkin appears to have an orgasm. The duet, unsurprisingly, was censored and banned across Europe and publicly denounced by the Vatican. It also sold seven million copies. Thus began the fruitful and scandalous life, both artistic and romantic, of the 36-year-old Gainsbourg and 19-year-old Birkin. Thus also began Gainsbourg's career as cult hero to generations of young men who seek to make art as a means to seduce young women.