Friday, April 4, 2008

Madeliene Chartrand

Just back from Montreal with a pile of records, so hopefully I will update a bit more often in the coming months... (my long threatened Dick Rivers post may at last come to fruition) but, for now yet another quick youtube post.

"Ani Kuni" by Madeleine Chartrand is probably best known for being on the ridiculously excellent "Freak Out Total" compilation, assembled by Satan Belanger. As far as I know, it's the exception to the rule on that compilation; a genuine pop hit (in Quebec) amongst a pile of super rare orchestrated psych gems.

The song itself is based on a Native American (or First Nation as they say up north) song, adapted and given a heavy rock treatment by Tony Roman. The arrangement features electric sitar prominently, a riff on the nature of "Indian" perhaps? HOW META! It's from 1973 and features heavy, plodding glam rock drums in the vein of Gary Glitter, et all. Check it...

I am guessing that is the back of Tony Roman's head at the begining. The video itself is bare bones, Madeleine looking pretty foxy in a vaguely offensive "Indian" get up... Oddly enough, I can't find much background information about her. I know she was a Tony Roman discovery and I have one duet 45 she recorded with Georges Thurston after he left 25eme Regiment, but before he started Boule Noir. One side is sort of twee pop, but the other is nice sort of country rock hybrid called "Prenons Notre Temps." The song is an adaption of a song written by Roger Greenway and Roger Cook, but I am not sure what the original is. Again, the song itself is nothing special,and basically only of any interest whatsoever if you either know of Georges Thurston and Madeleine Chartrand's other work. So, "Ani Kuni" for the dabblers and this one for the nerds...

Prenons Notre Temps-Madeleine Chartrand and Georges Thurston


Anonymous Tom Brown said...

Just found this blog entry while googling for Madeleine Chartrand - The electro/pop group Ladytron put Ani Kuni on when they come onstage at the start of their gigs. After seeing them 3 times and wondering what it was I finally found out. What a weird, great song :D

January 4, 2009 at 1:04:00 PM PST  
Blogger Damien said...

Probably not offensive... she's probably First Nations 'cos Chartrand is a common name here in MB.

September 7, 2011 at 5:34:00 PM PDT  

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