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Yé-Yé Yeah! An Interview With Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe

By Jason Michel

00-Salut-les-Copains--March-1966There was once a time, ladies and gentlemen, when French girls wore tight-fitting motorcycle outfits and flew around the cities on dreams of the perfect POP sound.

Those times have sadly flown us by, but self-proclaimed French “Pop Activist” JEAN-EMMANUEL DELUXE is determined to never let us forget such candied aural delights. He has a new book out -

~- Girls of ’60s French Pop~

- at the always surprising Feral House to remind us of the halcyon days of the vibrant French POP miracle that was Yé-Yé.

I was lucky enough to chat with him:

JM: Bonjour Jean-Emmanuel! Could you encapsulate the Yé-Yé phenomenon in one immaculate saccharine phrase?

JED: ”My records are a mirror in which everyone can see me” – (France Gall /Gainsbourg : Poupée de Cire , Poupée de son)

JM: What was it about the early Sixties in France that caused young French female singers to produce these ditties of pop perfection?

JED: It was time for a change after the grey 50′s – It was the beginning of female empowerment – the teenagers were targeted as a consumer force - But the fact that French Yé-Yé is unique probably goes back to France’s cultural history! Love of jazz, risqué chanson lyrics, literacy legacy & surrealism …

JM: How much of an influence on the genre was the late great Serge Gainsbourg?

114989980JED: At first, Serge Gainsbourg thought that Yé-Yé was just a flash in the pan. After all, Gainsbourg came from a left banke chanson & Jazz background – But as he says when he saw that the inside of his coat was ”covered in fur”, he was prompted to turn his jacket inside out!!!  Serge Gainsbourg was talented, that’s a fact but never forget he was also a big opportunist and not very nice towards women!

JM: Why has Yé-Yé often been neglected to a certain extent in favour of the nostalgia of psychedelia or punk? Is it purely the fact that they sung in a language other than English, or was it a form of pop journalistic snobbery involved?

JED: It’s probably because of cultural imperialism . Remember chantalkellypinkwhen John Lennon was saying that French rock was as good as English wine? I’d say the cultural landscape changed around 1993 and April March for me is the main pop activist who made that evolution possible. People like Sheila Burgel (Cha Cha charming) and Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne) were important in this Yé-Yé mania!!!

And nowadays with the net – I think the new generation of music writers are more open minded. They have realised there’s people doing music outside the UK and the USA in different languages!!!

JM: Why, do you think, has there been a recent resurgence in interest in Yé Yé with, for example, songs popping up in both Tarantino and Wes Anderson movies?

JED: Denver listening to a French Yé-Yé girl song is like me discovering a long lost Turkish pop  musician- It’s exotic!!! and mesmerizing too!!! Le charme de l’inconnu!!! I think Wes Anderson is probably like many others creators tired of standardized products. Starbucks, McDonalds, generic pop & corporate shit everywhere in every cities – so I’m pleased but not surprised!! Vive la résistance!!

JM: Where do you see the sugar coated influence of Yé Yé on the digital future pop cultural landscape?

anniephilippe3JED: Lio is a very important artist you should discover if you do not know her

- she was very important in using Yé-Yé perkiness in a post punk way -

She is really an icon and I’m really honored to have her writing my book foreword – I can die happy –  Then there’s April March but let’s not forget the brilliant Helena Noguerra a true genius and the spiritual daughter of Raquel Welch and Magueritte Duras! And last, but not least I’ll mention Fabienne Delsol, Mademoiselle NineteenStereo Total and the great Liminadas!!!!!

So, as you say like with reggae, psychédelia, punk  or blues, Yé-Yé is now a source where new artists can get what they want-

Not as revival acts but as a way to find unique inspiration!

JM: And finally, which are your Top Five Yé-Yé favourites that you would like to share?


Annie Philippe : C’est la mode

Delphine : La fermeture éclair

France Gall : Teenie Weenie Boppy

Lio : Amoureux solitaire

Victoire Scott : Quatrième dimension



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Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe is a pop culture specialist writing for French, American, English and Australian publications. He is a pop activist also working in TV & music. “Yé-Yé Girls of ’60s French Pop” is available at Feral House. It is also available at Amazon.com & Amazon.co.uk

“Writers forget that the short story is a gift” -Writer’s Interviews – Craig Wallwork by Jason Michel

Craig Wallwork is relevant and irreverent.

His writing is a smorgasbord of cinematic imagery and a gleeful “Fuck You!” to the conventions and pomposity of literature.

I like him and this interview, like the collapse of the financial system, was only a matter of time coming …

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Writer’s Interviews – Jason Michel chats to Mr Glamour, Richard Godwin

Long-time followers of this here quality magazine for the finer afficinado of PULP will know the name Richard Godwin & know that his writing holds a special place in PMM’sblack little heart. So, when Richard told me that he was releasing yet another dangerous little gem, I offered him an interview & a chance to say his piece …


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Writers Interview: Julia Madeleine by Paul D. Brazill

On the west side of Toronto there’s a little town of about 600,000 called Mississauga. That’s where Julia Madeleine lives and works and writes nasty little tales of mayhem and suspense.  She’s also a tattoo artist and runs a shop with her husband. You can check out her artwork at www.malefictattoos.com


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Talking Smitty! – P D Brazill talks to B R Stateham

B.R. writes like a shadowy back alley. He nails his words to the page with a sledgehammer.
& as for Smitty, well, Smitty damn well smoulders in his stories. Dark eyes & an even darker heart. If your stairs creak at night just hope it ain’t Smitty.

P D B recently chewed the literary fat with him.

PDB: Your character Smitty has really captured people’s dark imagination. How did he come about?

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Apostles and Ponies : An Interview with Richard Godwin

With Jason Michel

For those of you who have been long time Pulp Metal & online crime/horror addicts, Richard Godwin will need absolutely no introduction. His short stories are filled with suspense, humour, grotesque violence &a superlative sense of eloquence. His series for PMM, Pony Trip & his Mustard Man one-offs, have drawn praise from all quarters.

& now he’s written a novel.

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Writer’s Interview: Allan Guthrie by Paul D Brazill

 Allan Guthrie’s  novel SLAMMER is one of my favourite books and he’s recently released a couple of cracking eBooks too.

Allan was decent enough to answer some of my daft questions recently so ‘Hey Ho, Lets Go!’ 

PDB: Congratulations on Bye Bye Baby getting into the Kindle Crime Top Ten and Killing Mum getting into the Kindle Thriller Top Twenty. Is this the end of ‘proper’ books for you?

AG: Thanks! Ebooks represent a terrific opportunity for us ‘mid-list’ writers, no question. But I think it’s a mistake to look at it as an either/or proposition. I’d like to be greedy and have both! I’ve been lucky enough to have managed that with both the books you’ve mentioned, KILLING MUM having come out in paperback in June ’09, and BYE BYE BABY due out in 2013.

PDB: Bye Bye Baby is an adaptation of a short story of the same name. How did that work out?

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The Complete History Of The Return Of The Living Dead – Interview/Review

Jason Michel talks to Author & Designer – Gary Smart

We, at PMM, love our zombies, those macabrely amusing shuffling undead hordes in shopping malls & behind the tills of supermarkets.

& it seems that Gary Smart & his co-producer, Christian Sellers do too. In fact, they’ve written a book about one of the most famous series of Z-films of all time!

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to ask Gary some questions ….

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“I don’t want to eat it” – An interview with Lynn Alexander

Lynn Alexander

by Jason Michel

Lynn Alexander is an indomitable force in the Underground Literature Scene. She is described by the Literary Underground Wiki as “an American writer, artist, poet, and independent producer of publications and web content” but she is so much more than this. She is a defiantly independent individual who, amazingly in this day & age of apathy, actually retains a spark of the Radical Press. She produces one of the best fiction & poetry ‘zines out there – the mighty FULL OF CROW , which was an inspiration for the ‘zine that you’re reading now, as well as being a regular contributor to the non-fiction political opinion ‘zine ON THE WING.

Ladies & gents, a bit of respect. Please.

Come & caw with us!

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Jodi MacArthur talks to Melanie Browne

Melanie Browne

There is a gypsy goddess from the dark side of the moon living in Texas under the guise of Melanie Browne. I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing her for Pulp Metal Magazine.  She is well known for her strong, quirky flash and abstract poetry, what you don’t know is she is a former sculptor, art teacher, and most recently chooses to express herself through dance. She is editor and creator of the nostalgic and bizarre The Literary Burlesque , and has authored a poetry book called Heaven Is a Giant Pawn Shop. Links to her works are provided below.

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