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->''Je t'aime, je t'aime\\
Oh oui je t'aime!\\
Moi non plus\\
Oh mon amour''
-->"Je t'aime... moi non plus"

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 {{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, particularly during the 1980s, but since his death he is [[DeadArtistsAreBetter pretty much universally celebrated]].

He fathered two daughters, Creator/{{Charlotte|Gainsbourg}} and Natacha, and two sons, Lucien and Paul.

See also ''Film/{{Gainsbourg}}'', a 2010 biopic about him.
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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.
* ArgentinaIsNaziland: "SS in Uruguay" is a first-person song about a former Nazi now living in Uruguay.
* 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: When he became "Gainsbarre" in the 1980s.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Oh ''Hell'' yes.
* {{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''. It's French slang for "loins" and thus explains the apparent error.
* 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''.
* IncrediblyLongNote: "Cargo culte," the last song of ''Melody Nelson'', ends with a choir chord edited to stretch out for over a minute. It seems to stretch to infinity.
* 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".
* LastNoteNightmare: "Les Sambassadeurs" is a loud, wild song, which ends with what sounds like a large crowd of people screaming in panic, while gunshots resonate over them.
* 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.
* 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.
* MoneyToBurn: He famously burnt a 500 francs bill on TV in 1984 to make a point about how much he had to pay in taxes (74 per cent of his incomes).
* 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 Creator/BrigitteBardot).
* 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]], [[Creator/CharlotteGainsbourg Charlotte]], who was [[{{Squick}} twelve years old]] at the time. In the music video, they're laying on a bed, Serge is shirtless and Charlotte only wears a shirt and panties. In an interview in 2010 Charlotte defended her decision to record the track, though acknowledging it was a [[RefugeInAudacity "provocation".]]
* 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 Et Caetera", a reggae arrangement of the French national anthem, infuriated French nationalists and military veterans and "Je t'aime... Moi Non Plus" prudish 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 Paul Verlaine: "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.
* 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.
* WrittenSoundEffect: "Comic Strip" uses onomatopeia in the refrain.
* YouMakeMeSic: "En Relisant Ta Lettre".
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