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The time: August 4, 1973
The place: Wedding reception hall, downtown Toronto
First, a little background:
Click HERE for an English translation of the lyrics.
From Wikipedia: The eroticism was declared offensive. It was banned from radio in Spain, Sweden, Brazil, the UK, Italy and Portugal, before 11 pm in France, by many stations in the United States and denounced by the Vatican and the L’Osservatore Romano. One report even claimed the Vatican excommunicated the record executive who released it in Italy. Birkin says Gainsbourg called the Pope “our greatest PR man”.
I purchased the single as a curiosity (no restrictions on it in Germany, where I was living at the time), but found myself attracted to the melody. A couple of years later, when I played it for my boyfriend, he started dancing with me. It became sort of a ritual with us. Ain’t love grand? 😀
When we were planning our wedding reception in 1973 and selecting a first song, Future Hubby suggested “Je T’Aime”. I was reluctant, given that most of our guests were Catholic and some over 40. It was personally significant, though. Obvious solution? Go with an instrumental version. That’s what we did and it sounded something like this:
Are you familiar with this song? Do you like the melody?
Do you think it was right to ban it?
Looking forward to your comments!
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