Last night at the Hollywood Bowl, an assortment of indie and alternative stars and upstarts paid tribute to Serge Gainsbourg. Beck and his band curated the event, which found artists like Ed Droste (Grizzly Bear), Victoria Legrand (Beach House), Mike Patton (Faith No More), Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl (The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger), and Zola Jesus playing an assortment of Gainsbourg tunes before an orchestra performed the entirety of Gainsbourg’s 1971 magnum opus Histoire De Melody Nelson.
Some videos of the event have begun trickling out and you can watch ‘em below. The selling point is Beck’s performance of a trio of covers including “Teenie Weenie Boppie” and “Les Sucettes” (anyone know what the first song is?).
The video is terrible, but the audio’s solid. Updated. Then we have better videos of The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger performing three Gainsbourg tunes and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who has decided he’s a musician) reciting in French. Watch ‘em all below.
Update: Better Beck videos substituted; Zola Jesus video added.
Beck – ?? (Serge Gainsbourg cover)
Beck – Teenie Weebie Boppie (Serge Gainsbourg cover)
Beck – Les Sucettes (Serge Gainsbourg cover)
The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger – Bonnie and Clyde (Serge Gainsbourg cover)
The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger – ?? (Serge Gainsbourg cover)
The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger – Comic Strip (Serge Gainsbourg cover)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt I
Joseph Gordon-Levitt II
Zola Jesus – Harley Davidson (Serge Gainsbourg cover)
Image via LA Weekly.