Jacques Duvall was there in 1977 when the punk movement took Europe by storm. Belgium being only a few sea miles from England, Brussels was one of the first cities outside of London to be infected by the new virus. Jacques managed somehow to write a song for The Runaways, the now mythical all girl glam rock band from L.A. and started working with parisian muse Marie France, a artist from L'Alcazar who was befriended with The New York Dolls. In his home town Brussels Duvall spotted a 16 young portuguese cutie called Lio and wrote for her the million seller "Banana Split". Of course then his life changed. He began to write songs for french stars all acquainted with the infamous Serge Gainsbourg. Jane Birkin, Alain Chamfort, Etienne Daho, Dani... Duvall became the stand-in for the master and he was enjoying this status, having always been a fan of B movies and often prefering the so called copy to the original. Mansfield over Monroe, Collins over Taylor, Iggy over Jagger, Prine over Dylan. Now he is nearly 60 year old and it is his turn to be copied and followed. He likes that too. No copyright court process to be feared if you try to rip off his I don't give a damn attitude and his provocative but ironical laid back style. But behind the dark Townes Van Zandt influence you will sense a sweet sense of humour. Belgians never take themselves too seriously. Enjoy Duvall great french pop Music and forget for once in your lifetime to buy the same Top Ten records as everybody else in the world!
ELISA POINT et JACQUES DUVALL se sont donné rendez-vous sur cet album, que sort, avec une belle inconscience, le label belgo-déjanté Freaksville. ELISA POINT a écrit et composé la majorité des chansons dans son style insolite et insolent qui fait d'elle une exception culturelle et ce, depuis L'assassine, son album devenu culte. JACQUES DUVALL adapte Leonard Cohen et renvoie la balle à sa camarade sur quelques morceaux qui semblent échappés d'un roman-photo italien. Un disque pour les vieilles dames indignes, les amoureux indécis, les anciennes stars du X et les adolescents perdus.
Ranging from Velvet-like garage rock to louche cabaret, and including the occasional belgian country lament, Duvall's work
manages to cross Townes Van Zandt's sense of desperation with Serge Gainsbourg's spicy humor. Duvall penned the 1980 electro pop millions seller "Banana Split" for Lio, also providing various nasty material for J.Birkin, Sparks, The Runaways, Chrissie Hynde, Laetitia Sadier....more