Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Mind your language
So, Sebastien Tellier's got into trouble with his French Eurovision song today. This morning on Radio 4, I heard a French MP shouting about how terrible it was that the French entry is (partially) sung in English. What's the world coming to, eh?
We Brits like to point and laugh at the French and their language protectionism, as if they're a bit silly for doing so. But if we were in their position, faced by an encroaching behemoth of another language, threatening to engulf our own, we'd do exactly the same thing. If the tables were reversed, there would be tabloid articles every week about the decline of the Queen's English and how dangerous the French takeover is. I sometimes wonder why it is that the English dislike the French so much - but maybe it's because they're actually far more alike than they'd ever dare admit.
Anyway, here's a remix of the controversial tune which came my way last week.
Download: Sebastian Tellier - Divine (Midnight Juggernauts Remix)