'''Serge Gainsbourg''' (born Lucien Ginsburg, 2 April 1928 – 2 March 1991) was a French singer, pianist, writer, actor, and film director.

He experienced with many genres of music, from the {{Chanson}} and jazz to pop music, electro and reggae. He was a controversial character, who wrote many erotic and polemical songs and until his death was surrounded by a lot of controversy, but was also considered as a poet and a genius, the last of the tradition of the ''Poètes Maudits'' (doomed poets) and adapted many famous poems in songs.

Had somewhat of a BrokenBase during his lifetime, but since his death he is [[DeadArtistsAreBetter pretty much universally celebrated]].

In 2010, a biopic was released: ''Film/{{Gainsbourg}}''.

You may know his daughter Charlotte for her acting work with LarsVonTrier, in ''{{Film/Melancholia}}'' or ''{{Film/Antichrist}}''.

!!Serge Gainsbourg and his work provide examples of:

* TheAlcoholic: Since he was nicknamed "Gainsbarre".
* AnatomicallyImpossibleSex: In "Je t'aime... moi non plus", there's this lyric that goes "I come and go, between your kidneys". That... just doesn't happen, unless you're impaling the poor woman.
** That's a case of LostInTranslation; the French ''reins'' literally means kidneys, but can also be used in the general sense of "loins", and all of a sudden, the anatomy makes sense.
* BecomingTheMask: With his alter-ego Gainsbarre.
* {{Chanson}}
* CoolCar: The Rolls-Royce silver ghost from ''Histoire de Melody Nelson''. He himself later bought a Rolls-Royce Phantom.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: "Variation Sur Marilou".
* DarkAndTroubledPast: His past as a Jew during the Nazi Occupation. Possibly parodied/satirized in the album ''Rock Around The Bunker''.
* DramaticIrony: [[UnreliableNarrator He liked to tell]] the story of how he fought to be the first in line to receive the yellow star, thinking it was a sheriff star.
* DirtyOldMan: "Gainsbarre" especially.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench
* {{Expy}}: ''Histoire de Melody Nelson'' is a ConceptAlbum which is heavily based around ''{{Literature/Lolita}}''.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: He famously wrote a song for then 18-years-old France Gall called "Les Sucettes" ("The Lollipops") about a girl named Annie who loved sucking lollipops (the double entendre meaning fellatio). France Gall claimed she sung it [[InnocentInnuendo completely innocently]], without understanding the sexual meaning of the lyrics.
* IkeaErotica: "I come and go, between your kidneys"[[note]]meaning the small of the back[[/note]] in Je t'aime moi non plus.
* IncrediblyLamePun: It happens in some songs in the album ''Vu De L'Extérieur''.
* IntercourseWithYou: ''Many''. For example, "Je t'aime... moi non plus".
* KavorkaMan: Despite being notoriously ugly and an alcoholic, he had relationships with some of the most beautiful women of his time. He even wrote a song about this: "Des Laids Des Laids".
* MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: Caused a stir among French military veterans when he released a reggae version of the French national anthem called "Aux Armes" ("To Arms").
* OutlawCouple: "Bonnie and Clyde" (with Brigitte Bardot).
* ParentalIncest: "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemon_Incest Lemon Incest]]" makes ambiguous reference to this. Furthermore, the song is a duet with his [[RealLifeRelative daughter]], Charlotte, who was [[{{Squick}} twelve years old]] at the time.
* RefugeInAudacity: The album ''Rock Around The Bunker'' (particularly the opening song "[[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi Rock]]"). Also, "Lemon Incest" was made with this intention.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: In the song "Comic Strip" typical comic strip onomatopeia are imitated.
* SelfDeprecation
* SmokingIsCool: It's hard to find a picture of him where he isn't smoking.
* SpokenWordInMusic: A lot, in the ''Histoire de Melody Nelson'' album.
* YouMakeMeSic: "En Relisant Ta Lettre".