God, I love the Intertubes.
Reason I mention it is -- the other day, I flashed on something I seemed to vaguely recall from the dim dark past: An article in the New York Times, circa 1965 or '66, about French pop/rock which mentioned that there was some Frog protest singer who was kind of like a French Bob Dylan. And that he had an acolyte -- a Gallic Donovan? -- that had taken the whole thing into another dimension.
What I mostly recalled was that the latter guy -- and there was a photo in the article -- looked almost exactly like Cousin Itt from The Addams Family.
Anyway, thanks to the miracle of the Google, I just discovered I wasn't hallucinating any of this. At least not exactly.
Ladies and germs -- I give you the majesty that was and is Édouard!
Édouard was the alter ego of Jean-Michel Rivat, a pop songwriter who wrote French hits for the gorgeous Sylvie Vartan among others. Rivat took his parody of long-haired singers way over the top, as you can see from the above album cover, but the music was actually not terrible, as you'll hear downstairs.
What I also learned in the course of researching this was that the main butt of Rivat's joke was a French pop star named Antoine, who remains world famous in France. Édouard's hit "Les Hallucinations D'Édouard" is a straight-up cover of Antoine's signature song "Les Élucubrations D'Antoine" (which was itself a semi-rewrite of Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues").
Anyway, here's the original Antoine song. Pretty good video, actually.
And here's Édouard's response.
In any case, one thing is certain -- Édouard...
...and Cousin Itt before him...
...were clearly the major fashion influence on one of the most iconic rockers and guitar heros of the late 80s.
Come to think of it -- have any of these people ever been in the same room together?
In any case, I am pleased to note that you can get a CD of that Antoine song (plus his other blows against the empire) at Amazon France over here.
Of the longer-tressed Édouard, alas, I can find no disc anywhere. Anybody know any French torrent sites?