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Pardon My French (Singles 1996​-​1998) (Special Reissue)


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  • 10" Mini-LP (White Colour Vinyl - Numbered Limited Edition of 300 copies)
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F31 02:16
I rely on things like She’s coming over, coming over She’s coming over She’s coming over
Interlude 3 00:59
F1 02:24
It hurts every failure That wounds makes me sing By fact I won’t blame it As long as you make me sing So fine so selfish That’s what I suppose My words they sound childish They’re my only purpose
F30 02:45
I can write stories for I’m digging the worst I know I don’t know Taking the best by the hand Catching the butts with the hand
F4 (Coypou) 02:29
In the morning she sneezes As she makes her up in her digs Her coffee is cold, toasted bread is burned And jam is sticking in her hands She’s late She’s the pearl of the year She’s smooth and she’s precious Pearl of the year She waits for the hour Pearl of the year She hides while the kids are yelling Pear shaped Pearl Yes, tonight is the night She can’t find a dress that fits her She puts large trousers Dad is outside in the car He says she’s fine okay Now she’ll Be the pearl of the year Two drinks and she’s over Pearl of the year She rolls in a corner Pearl of the year She smiles as she falls She don’t care she is pearl
It gives me life when you’re alone I guess you’re sour I miss it all if I am staying Heart you want me away Wet beneath the pleas where I should live Time takes my breath instead of sheds I’ll take your mouth when you are sad When summer’s gone What haunts you dear for you I’m staying Heart you want me away Wet beneath the pleas where I should live Time takes my breath instead of sheds
Interlude 1 00:32
Interlude 2 01:15
You can turn me out At every glance you can see me I will be around Once I am yours You can’t leave me
Talking freely About the birds and the bees Breeze on the lake Can you make Two steps forward Then your cheeks in the shade And then backward I fall in the water I’ll take a picture Of you laying on a bark All of a sudden you fall apart I try my luck But in fact, you’re awake Beyond expectation You hit my face
Sentant délivrance Sans Qui résiste sent Paraissant Quatre cents ans


FORMATS: 10" Mini-LP [White Colour Vinyl] [Numbered Limited Edition of 300 copies] / Digital Mini Album



One of the most sought-after Singles from Elefant Records was that one that Mehdi Zannad released in 1998. Bob Stanley (SAINT ETIENNE) named it Single of the year, after a Split Single with STEREOLAB and before a Split with SAINT ETIENNE themselves. This release helped place FUGU among the names of reference for lovers of cult pop, and veteran collectors.

Because of all of this, and because of the recent appearance of his marvelous album as THE LAST DETAIL with Erin Moran of A GIRL CALLED EDDY, we wanted one of the last releases that we included in our collection of reissues in honor of Elefant Records’ 25th anniversary to be this Single, which we are releasing with all kinds of incredible extras. And, the Single has become a Mini-LP with 12 songs including, in addition to the ones that were originally on the famous Single (“F31”, “Interlude 3” and “F1”), we are adding the ones that were on the Split Single with STEREOLAB (“F30” and “F24 (Instrumental)”), named one of the 50 best Singles that year by Les Inrockuptibles, as well as the songs from the EP he released on Semantic in 1996: “F24 (Dipodomys)”, “F4 (Coypou)”, “F15 (Alactaga Sauteur)”, “Interlude 1”, “Interlude 2”, “F22 (Géorhyque De Zech)” and “F26 (Antéchinomys)”.

It’s a delicious journey through sixties sounds, psychedelic folk, precious arrangements, celestial harmonies, GORKY’S ZYGOTIC MYNCI, the most elegant strings, LEFT BANKE… It’s an absolute gem, and object of desire for the most serious collectors and lovers of camera pop. 10” white vinyl, limited and numbered, 300 copies.


released November 16, 2018



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