Music: Ferre Grignard

Ferre Grignard (fair-RAY grin-YAR) was a Belgian skiffle/blues musician of the 60s and 70s. He's known for his depressing lyrics and unique style of blues/psychedelia.

Albums:

  • Ring, Ring, I've Got to Sing
  • Captain Disaster
  • Ferre Grignard
  • I Warned You

Tropes

  • A Hero to His Hometown: Ferre is this to Antwerp. His cafe, De Muze, still operates. The townspeople have a phrase; "Drunk as a Grignard"; Ferre used to walk around pissed and barefoot.
  • Darker and Edgier: Side 2 of I Warned You. Side 1 is mainly Ferre's . When you flip the album over the 1st song is a Negro folk cover, the 2nd is an eccentric acoustic piece about snorting cocaine. Dying Bed is VERY dark. The 4th track is a cover of a song about a slave train. Smoozy Punky Baby has a very dark groove. It's about a musician who grew up in a single parent family. He meets a woman but we don't find out what happens to them. I warned you in general is pretty dark compared to the 1st three.
  • Emo: On My Dying Bed has some pretty dark lyrics. It's about someone who grew up in a slum and is dying. It also has the recognition of the most 'Dies' said in succession for the time. Six!! Most of his lyrics are this.
  • Foreshadowing: On My Dying Bed. No one saw Ferre on his dying bed. He died in an attic. Alone. Like in the song.
  • Growing the Beard: While Ferre's first three albums are pretty good. I Warned You is one of the most well played and written/arranged albums of the late 70s. It also fetches the highest prices on eBay.
  • John Lennon: Is he the Lennon of Belgium? Is Lennon the Ferre of England? It doesn't matter! They were both born around 1940 and died at the beginning of the 80s, wrote anti-war + rock 'n' roll music and dressed in a similar fashion.
  • Lighter and Softer: Side 2 of Captain Disaster.
  • I Warned You. Open to interpretation.
  • New Sound Album. Then there's the singles, the "Lost Tracks" compilation and the gigs
    • Ring, Ring is skiffle, rock 'n roll and folk
    • Captain Disaster is psychedelic and ballads
    • Ferre Grignard is highly produced and minimal blues
    • I Warned You is unproduced, heavy blues
  • Older Is Better: Fans of Ring, Ring and Captain Disaster think Nos 3+4 are weaker albums. More particularly, fans of Captain Disaster think No3 is lacking in the quality Ferre developed for their favourite.
  • Self-Titled Album: No 3. Also the less popular of the 4.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Captain Disaster, although a psychedelic romp wasn't actually written or recorded on drugs. Although Ferre drank copious amounts of alcohol, he never touched drugs. He was just naturally brilliant at writing and recording.
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