Album Info: This album "SERGE GAINSBOURG - Histoire de Melody Nelson" is a 1971 concept album by French songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. The Lolita-esque pseudo-autobiographical plot involves the middle-aged Gainsbourg unintentionally colliding his Rolls Royce Silver Ghost into teenage nymphet Melody Nelson's bicycle, and the subsequent seduction and romance that ensues.


large album front cover photo of: ERGE GAINSBOURG Histoire De Melody Nelson

Collectors information & Description:


Gatefold (FOC) cover design with artwork / photos on the inside cover pages

Histoire de Melody Nelson is considered by many critics and fans to be Gainsbourg's most influential and accomplished album. At just under twenty-eight minutes, the short running time and the stylistic consistency and similarity throughout the album gives it qualities more in line with an EP or an extended musical piece with a number of movements. Histoire de Melody Nelson's mix of freewheeling guitar, funk style bass guitar, near spoken word vocal delivery, and lush, deep orchestrated string and choral arrangements by Jean-Claude Vannier who composed almost the entire music in collaboration with Gainsbourg for the album, have proven to be highly influential amongst later francophone and anglophone musical performers including the French band Air, David Holmes, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, Portishead, and Beck, whose 2002 track "Paper Tiger" from Sea Change is extremely close to the distinctive Histoire de Melody Nelson sound.

Music Genre:

Chanson Francaise, French Alternative Pop 

Album Production Information:


The album: "SERGE GAINSBOURG - Histoire de Melody Nelson" was produced by: Jean-Claude Desmarty

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Jean-Claude Charvier

Album cover photography: Tony Frank

Label Information:

Philips 6325 071

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 280 gram  

Year & Country:

1971 Made in France

Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: SERGE GAINSBOURG - Histoire de Melody Nelson

    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Alan Parker - guitar
  • Dave Richmond - bass
  • Dougie Wright - drums
  • Jean-Claude Vannier - arrangements, Orchestra Director
  • Jane Birkin - vocal parts

Complete Track-listing of the album "SERGE GAINSBOURG - Histoire de Melody Nelson"

The detailed tracklist of this record "SERGE GAINSBOURG - Histoire de Melody Nelson" is:

  1. "Melody" 7:32 (Music by Serge Gainsbourg)
  2. "Ballade de Melody Nelson" 2:00 (Music by Jean-Claude Vannier)
  3. "Valse de Melody" 1:31 (Music by Serge Gainsbourg)
  4. "Ah! Melody" 1:47 (Music by Jean-Claude Vannier)
  5. "L'h├┤tel particulier" 4:05 (Music by Serge Gainsbourg)
  6. "En Melody" 3:25 (Music by Jean-Claude Vannier/Serge Gainsbourg)
  7. "Cargo culte" 7:37 (Music by Serge Gainsbourg)

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