Thursday, May 27, 2010

An Early, and Rather Ooh-La-La, Clue to the New Direction

From 1963, please enjoy the airplane scene from director Marcel Ophuls' charming New Wave comedy Banana Peel, featuring Jean-Paul Belmondo, one of the absolute icons of 60s cool.



And the great Jeanne Moreau. Also pretty cool.

In any case, a coveted PowerPop No-Prize will be awarded the first reader who gleans the clip's relevance to the theme of tomorrow's Weekend Listomania.

27 comments:

Edward said...

French, Kissing
Songs with French in them.
Planes
Flying
Vaction?

steve simels said...

Nope.
:-)

FD13NYC said...

People reading the newspapers or seeking out the news?

FD13NYC said...

People making out or having sex on airplanes?

Peter said...

Finally, a long-overdue tribute to Lowell Levinger!

Ken J Xenozar said...

Does it have to do with banana peel? Perhaps songs whose lyrics have been assumed to refer to illcit actions. E.g. Donovan's Mellow Yellow?

steve simels said...

Peter said...
Finally, a long-overdue tribute to Lowell Levinger!


I love him. That adorable electric piano jazz instrumental on...is it the third Younbloods album?

Anyway, great guitar player, great pianist, funny stage presence.

I think he's still active; doing bluegrass, if memory serves.

TMink said...

Simels, your hints are thick and mixed as gruel.

Best post Beatles rock song with French lyrics or a French singer.

Trey

steve simels said...

Nope!!!

TL said...

chapeaus in love?

steve simels said...

Nope.

Okay, I think a hint is in order.


It has something to do with the director.

racymind said...

Well, the director is named Marcel and went from making a comedy like Banana Peel to stuff like The Sorrow and the Pity and other movies about Nazis.

So... let's say best group who became (more) famous or better after changing their musical genre.

racymind said...

Which would almost be as interesting as a Listomania about musicians who changed their gendre

steve simels said...

Apart from Wendy Carlos (formerly Walter) and a guitarist named April Lawton (who rumor always had it had been a guy) there aren't that many that I can think of.

MBowen said...

David Palmer, Jethro Tull's keyboard player in the late '70s, became Dee Palmer, surgery and all.

As far as the clue goes, musicians who were more famous in a country other than the one they were born in? (Yeah, I got nothin')

racymind said...

Yeah, there are other musicians who are transgender, but it would make for slim pickings in a Listomania.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transgender_musicians

racymind said...

something to do with umlauts...

Musicians who are the offspring of musicians.

dave™© said...

Songs by the Banana Splits (who I once saw "live")?

dave™© said...

Songs about sorrow and pity?

Anonymous said...

Could it be you're going to refer to The Modern Lover's song I'm A Little Airplane, which many people think is awful, an adjective rhyming with Banana Peel's director's last name? - AP

geor3ge said...

Awful songs?

racymind said...

Marcel is the first name of a famous mime. So...

Musicians who would have been better off becoming mimes. What a long list that would be!

dSmith said...

New Wave songs?

steve simels said...

dave™© said...
Songs about sorrow and pity?


DING DING DING!!!

We have a winner folks!

And as always, your coveted PowerPop No-Prize is wending its way to you by stoat caravan as we speak!!!

dave™© said...

Woo hoo!

And you do know you've got a No-Prize of your own: mention in Salon's "10 Worst Reviewed Films of All Time"?

http://www.salon.com/entertainment/movies/film_salon/2010/05/27/worst_reviewed_movies_slide_show/07.jpg

dave™© said...

So you ARE going to include Bowie's version of "Sorrow," right???

dave™© said...

Stupid Salon... look for "Glitter":

http://www.salon.com/entertainment/movies/film_salon/2010/05/27/worst_reviewed_movies_slide_show/slideshow.html#