The intervening years have, of course, been full of activity and dozens of releases including 4 solo albums and several albums as a member of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and in collaboration with PJ Harvey.
‘Delirium Tremens’ brings us another wide cross-section of Gainsbourg material. From 1976’s ‘The Man With the Cabbage Head’ (L'homme à tête de chou) all the way back to early songs such as ‘Deadly Tedium’ (Ce Mortel Ennui) and ‘Coffee Colour’ (Couleur Café) from the late 50s and early 60s. as well as a selection of 5 songs from the TV special ‘Anna’ which starred Anna Karina with the female parts here executed with enormous charm by Xanthe Waite who has been joining Harvey on his recent shows. The album is rounded out by a beautiful rendering of the late period Jane Birkin duet ‘The Decadance’ (La Decadanse) where Harvey is joined on vocals by his wife Katy Beale.
“Many of the songs I have recorded are ones I had hoped to translate the first time I approached this material but I just thought they would be ones that were too hard to translate. But once I sunk my teeth into the task I found they were no more problematic than most of the songs from the first 2 albums.”
“The whole project has just been enormous fun to be honest.” Mick Harvey