#430: 1961, Gillian Hills, Zou Bisou Bisou

by Ray_North on March 29, 2012


I’ve flirted with Sophia Loren, I’ve thought long and hard about the very wonderful Jessica Pare (Megan Draper in Mad Men), but, in the end, I’ve gone back to the original version of this song and that means Gillian Hills.

I have to confess that one of my many crimes is hypocrisy, and that particularises itself in the fact that I pay the Murdoch shilling and have a subscription to Sky (in mitigation, I only took it out for the British Lions tour of New Zealand a few years back, and, well, it’s proved tougher to kick than I thought), anyhow, as a paid subscriber to Sky Atlantic, I was able to enjoy the return of Mad Men this week. I love this show, and the season’s opener featured the aforementioned wonderful Jessica Pare who sings this song at her husband Don Draper’s 40th birthday (I love Don Draper, if there has ever been a more fantastically morally ambiguous a character on TV I’m yet to meet him) – and does it with such turbo-charged, yet shy sexuality that the song (and her performance) has stayed with me.

But, I’ve rejected Jessica, because this is a song that is far too subtle for today, it belongs in the real 1960s, and probably 1960s Paris, together with Roger Vadim and Brigitte Bardot and Alain Delon and the like. I’ve also rejected Sophia Loren because her version doesn’t quite have the innocence of this one. Gillian Hills, absolutely nails this song – Oh Kiss, Kiss. Marvellous. (er, thanks Rupert!)

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