Sunday, May 13, 2012


Ready to break out singing
This prickly pear in the Corsican fishing village of Cargèse would remind many French people over fifty of yéyé singer Jacques Dutronc's 1967 hit, Les Cactus. Dutronc, incidentally, resides in Corsica where there is indeed cactus.

yéyé:  deformation of  "yeah, yeah" (as in the Beatles song, She Loves You); a French musical current and social phenomenom of the mid-1960's
les yéyés:  designation for French composers, singers and musicians, as well as their fans, inspired by American twist and English rock
une tube:  a hit song
une figue de barbarie:  a prickly pear cactus

Photo courtesy of Marianne Lecron
©2012 P.B. Lecron

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