It seems that the first lady of France isn't content to only cover the American and British poetic tradition. With Yeats and Dickinson out of the way, Carla Bruni has turned her eye to something a little more culturally relevant, namely the Moldy Peaches' Juno theme song "Anyone Else But You."
While promoting her newest album, Comme si de Rien n'Était, Bruni appeared on the French television station Taratata and performed "Anyone Else But You" with Nouvelle Star (the French American Idol) heartthrob Julien Doré (one assumes that Bruni's affections were directed at this man.)
As is often the way in this series of tubes we call the interwebs, it didn't go unnoticed for long, and the Moldy Peaches' Kimya Dawson quickly gushed excitement on her livejournalover the first lady of France's treatment of her song. We recommend you stream Bruni's version of the track in the Paste Station pop-up player while you read Dawson's hilarious post:
"I actually squealed and doubled over laughing, and
maybe even thrust my clenched fist in the air upon hearing THE FIRST
LADY OF FRANCE sing the line... 'squinched up your face and did a dance, then you shook a little turd out of the bottom of your pants'!!!! SHE SANG THE LINE! For some reason, in my mind, that changes everything! When
I finished running around in circles, I shouted a big "HA! How you like
me now?" to the 9th grade French teacher who dropped me from the class
after 2 weeks and told me I was no good at French and would likely
never visit France or have anything to do with France. Well, it's true,
I still am lousy at the language, but the first lady of the country
sang MY turd lyric! That has got to count for something, right?!"
Like Kimya notes, the song has disturbing implications about the president of France's bowel control. But hey, a little transatlantic crooning by an iconic Gaullic chanteuse has a way of warming the cockles of our hearts, even when it's about turds. Listen to Bruni's rendition of the song here.
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