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Ooh La L.A. Fest: Great Moments in Franco-American Relations

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Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 11:30 AM

With the United Nations General Assembly meeting today in New York City, it's easy to lose track of the real landmark event of international import occurring beneath our very noses. We're talking the Ooh la L.A. Fest, which premieres tonight at the Henry Fonda Theater. In honor of the momentous occasion, West Coast Sound would like to honor the French with a few clips highlighting great moments in Franco-American relations.

Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin: "Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus." (Gainsbourg's daughter, Charlotte, has been recording in Los Angeles with Beck for some of this year. Her new album comes out in the fall.)

Plastic Betrand crosses over with a quirky new wave hit in 1977 called "Ça Plane Pour Moi." Sonic Youth later covers it.

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Daft Punk, at Coachella 2006, single-handedly changes American perception of the French.

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Jacque Brel addresses the moribund, i.e. most Los Angelenos.

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More Serge: "The Initials B.B.," about Brigitte Bardot

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Taxi, "Paris." No one does detached grooviness like the French.

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Sebastian Tellier performs at the Henry Fonda Theater tonight as part of the first annual Ooh la L.A. Festival.

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