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'''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's Depression Trilogy, consisting of ''{{Film/Antichrist}},'' ''{{Film/Melancholia}},'' and ''{{Film/Nymphomaniac}}''.

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!!Serge Gainsbourg and his work provide examples of:

* TheAlcoholic: Since he was nicknamed ''"Gainsbarre"''. He also made a lot of public appearances where he was visibly drunk.
* 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.
* BlackComedy: Many of his songs have a grim sense of humor.
* BecomingTheMask: With his alter-ego Gainsbarre.
* ButNowIMustGo: ''Je suis venue te dire que je m' en vais''.
* {{Chanson}}: He is still seen as a ''chansonnier'', despite his music being closer to rock 'n' roll and pop.
* 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.
* EurovisionSongContest: He wrote France Gall's entry ''Poupée de cire, poupée de son'' which brought a victory for Luxembourg in 1965. It is also notable for being the first winning song in the contest not to be a ballad.
** He also wrote Monaco's entry in 1967, though not as popular as ''Poupée''.
* 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.
** The song ''69 année érotique'' ("69, erotic year", being a pun on ''soixante-neuf'', the sexual position where both partners can give themselves oral pleasure)
* IkeaErotica: "I come and go, between your kidneys"[[note]]meaning the small of the back[[/note]] in ''Je t'aime moi non plus''.
* ImmediateSelfContradiction: ''Je t' aime... moi non plus'' (''I love you... me neither'')
* 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"''.
* LikeaSontoMe: While he may not be biologically related to them, Serge adored Jane Birkin's other daughters Kate Barry and Lou Doillon as much as his other biological children.
* {{Lolicon}}: Recorded and wrote a lot of songs with and for female singers several years younger than him.
* MayDecemberRomance: Jane Birkin was twenty-one when she fell for the thirty-one year old Serge. His last partner, Caroline "Bambou" Paulus, was thirty years his junior.
* MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: Caused a stir among French military veterans when he released a reggae version of the French national anthem called ''"Aux Armes" ("To Arms")'', with as only repeated phrase ''Aux Armes et caetera" ("To arms and so-on!")''.
* 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.
* PunBasedTitle: He adored this trope:
** ''69 Année Érotique''
** ''La Décadanse'' (pun on ''decadence'' and ''dance'')
** ''Les Sucettes'' (French for ''lollys'', but also slang for fellatio)
* RefugeInAudacity: The album ''Rock Around The Bunker'' (particularly the opening song "[[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi Rock]]"). ''"Lemon Incest"'' was also made with this intention. ''Aux Armes Etc'', a reggae arrangement of the French national anthem, enfuriated French nationalists and ''Je T' Aime... Moi Non Plus'' prudent listeners. Apart from that he caused many scandals by appearing drunk on TV and insulting other guests.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: In the song ''"Comic Strip"'' typical comic strip onomatopeia are imitated: ''Clip! Crap! Bang! Vlop! Zip! Shebam! Pow! Blop! Wizz!''
* SelfDeprecation
* ShoutOut:
** ''Je suis te dire que je m' en vais'' has a shout-out to poet Creator/PaulVerlaine: ''Comm' dit si bien Verlaine au vent mauvais'' (''As Verlaine mentioned so well in the bad wind"").
** ''Le chanson de Prévert'' is a reference to Jacques Prévert.
** ''Docteur Jekyll et Monsieur Hyde'' references ''Literature/DrJekyllAndMrHyde''.
** ''Bonnie & Clyde'' was recorded after Gainsbourg saw ''Film/BonnieAndClyde''.
* SmokingIsCool: It's hard to find a picture of him where he isn't smoking.
** The song ''Dieu fumeur de havanes'' even has God smoking havana cigars.
* SpokenWordInMusic: A lot, in the ''Histoire de Melody Nelson'' album.
* StockSoundEffects: A woman mimicking orgasm in ''Je t' aime... moi non plus''.
* SuicideAsComedy: ''Le Poinçonneur des Lilas'' sings about a ticket salesman who cuts holes in tickets for first and second class, then eventually gets fed up with this tedious profession and decides to buy a gun to make the "final hole", so that they can put him in his own "big hole in the ground".
* TaxmanTakesTheWinnings: Gainsbourg once protested during a TV interview against taxes by burning a money bill live on the air. He felt he would rather burn this high amount of money than give it away to the tax institute.
* {{Troll}}: His infamous output of sexual songs, especially the France Gall incident and the orgasms in ''Je t' aime... moi non plus''. It's like he was only in the business to make fun of MoralGuardians.
** Crowning Moment was probably his ksong on incest called ''Lemon Incest'' [[{{Squick}} with his daughter Charlotte]].
* WrittenSoundEffect: ''Comic Strip'' uses onomatopeia in the refrain.
* YouMakeMeSic: ''"En Relisant Ta Lettre"''.
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