Thursday, December 15, 2005

"Sur une plage il y avait une belle fille
Qui avait peur d'aller prendre son bain
Elle craignait de quitter sa cabine
Elle tremblait de montrer au voisin

Un deux trois elle tremblait de montrer quoi?

Son petit itsi bitsi tennie weenie tout petit petit bikini!
Qu'elle mettait pour la première fois
Un itsi bitsi teenie weenie tout petit petit bikini
Un bikini rouge et jaune à p'tits pois!"

Johnny Hallyday also was one of about four million French pop singers to try his hand at covering Brian Hyland's immortal Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini. (Dalida and Richard Anthony appear to have had the hits with the French version of the song.)

But, Hallyday's producers seem to have recordedhis version with tongues planted firmly in cheeks. The backup chorus in the Hallyday version of the song (which in the Hyland original is sung by a breathy female with a come-hither voice) is crooned by a man in a nasal monotone!

Did he even stop smoking his Gauloise while he was in the studio?