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Any Major Paris

Any Major Paris

Today I shall travel to Paris for a few days, so it seems right to make a mix of songs about the city. To give myself a bit of a challenge, I used only English-language songs, though a couple are recordings of French originals, such as those by Dassin and Legrand (Tony Joe White’s Paris Mood Tonight is a Dassin song as well).

Sensitive listeners are advised to skip Country Joe McDonald’s Quiet Days In Clichy due to sexual content and language.

So I shall leave you, Gitane in my mouth (unlit; I quit a few years ago) till next week. As ever, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R and includes covers. PW is the same as usual.

1. The Waterboys – Going To Paris (1982)
2. Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – Give Paris One More Chance (1983)
3. Tony Joe White – Paris Mood Tonight (1995)
4. Corinne Bailey Rae – Paris Nights, New York Mornings (2010)
5. The Style Council – The Paris Match (1984)
6. Julie London – Lonely Night In Paris (1960)
7. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Love Paris (1958)
8. Michel Legrand – Paris Was Made For Lovers (1969)
9. Trini Lopez – Made In Paris (1966)
10. Sandie Shaw – Monsieur Dupont (1969)
11. Lee Hazlewood & Suzi Jane Hokum – Girls In Paris (1967)
12. Joe Dassin – Champs Elysées (1969)
13. Joni Mitchell – Free Man In Paris (1974)
14. Al Stewart – The Palace Of Versailles (1978)
15. Gary Moore & Phil Lynott – Parisienne Walkways (1979)
16. Little River Band – Seine City (1979)
17. The Pogues – Paris St. Germain (1992)
18. The Housemartins – Paris In Flares (1987)
19. Elliott Smith – Place Pigalle (c.1998)
20. Country Joe McDonald – Quiet Days In Clichy (1970)
21. The Moody Blues – Boulevard De La Madelaine (1969)
22. Buffy Sainte-Marie – Guess Who I Saw In Paris (1970)
23. Marianne Faithfull – Paris Bells (1965)
24. Abba – Our Last Summer (1980)


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  1. lugworm
    May 22nd, 2014 at 09:58 | #1

    Great mix. Thank you.

  2. GarthJeff
    May 22nd, 2014 at 15:14 | #2

    Avoir un temps merveilleux à Paris, grâce à la musique.


  3. May 22nd, 2014 at 16:49 | #3

    Missing one ~ 10cc ~ One Night In Paris :)

  4. Peter
    May 23rd, 2014 at 15:57 | #4

    what about Paris 1919 John Cale : “As the crowds begin complaining/ How the beaujolais is raining/ Down on darkened meetings on champs elysee”

  5. Peter
    May 23rd, 2014 at 16:04 | #5

    and Roxy Music Song For Europe :”And here by the Seine/Notre-Dame casts/
    A long lonely shadow”

  6. Peter
    May 23rd, 2014 at 16:06 | #6

    reverting to a more burlesque mode Bow Wow Wow “Sexy Eiffel Tower”

  7. Peter
    May 23rd, 2014 at 16:09 | #7

    surely the Louvre is underrepresented now, so add Nat King Cole “Mona Lisa” and Television “Venus de Milo”

  8. Peter
    May 23rd, 2014 at 16:45 | #8

    and Boulevard Saint-Michel with Peter Sarstedt’s evergreen Where Do You Go To My Lovely:”You live in a fancy apartment/ Off the Boulevard Saint-Michel/ Where you keep your Rolling Stones records/ And a friend of Sacha Distel, yes you do”

  9. Hugh Candyside
    May 25th, 2014 at 18:33 | #9

    Very nice. May I suggest “Bédélia” by Bobby Short, “France” by Keb’ Mo’ and “Midnight in Paris” by Peter Stampfel on the “Have Moicy!” album for Vol II? And of course there’s always Van Morrison’s “You Say France and I Whistle.”

  10. Hugh Candyside
    May 25th, 2014 at 19:16 | #10

    Wait, what? I just got it that these should be Paris, not France. Well, Stampfel still works.

  11. O.B. Dan
    May 27th, 2014 at 23:08 | #11

    Anybody know what happened to TeenTown blog or if it will be back?

  12. dogbreath
    May 29th, 2014 at 11:35 | #12

    When I was playing round with songs with cities in the title I used “Paris By Air” by the Tygers of Pan Tang which is a heavier, rockier contribution than above. But, hey, this is all good so many thanks for the mix!

  13. June 4th, 2014 at 23:21 | #13

    Dear Mr. Dude,

    Track 15 doesn’t appear to be Parisienne Walkways. Can you confirm and give true title.

    Great compo. Regards, Bob

  14. Matt
    June 12th, 2014 at 16:36 | #14

    Even by your high standards, this was a remarkably fun collection. I’d never heard Joe Dassin’s Champs Elysées before, and now it’s already one of my favorite “happy” songs. Thanks, Major Dude.

  15. Paulie D
    November 23rd, 2015 at 16:56 | #15

    Love your compilations, dude! However, as someone else commented, track 15 seems to be incorrect in its title. Instead of “Parisienne walkways”, it’s “Still Got The Blues” by Gary Moore. Just thought I’d let you know. Still this is an amazing comp! no complaints at all! :) Can’t wait for another paris mix :) Thanks for all your hard work!

  16. halfhearteddude
    November 23rd, 2015 at 18:14 | #16

    Indeed, it’s a rather annoying error — but if one has to screw up, why not with a great song. I trust you have picked up the second Paris mix: http://www.halfhearteddude.com/2015/11/any-major-paris-in-black-white/

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