France Gall performs "Baby Pop" in the official music video.
I just saw the film "Gainsbourg" (2010) finally, and while I don't know how it would be perceived to a Serge Gainsbourg super fan, I personally, as a more causal Serge fan, thought the film was fantastic and left the theatre planning to pick up a Serge bio soon to fill in the gaps of the many illustrious details the biopic left out. For less informed Serge fans, I think this biopic, while beautifully done, is less clear on the significance of certain events in his life and not so detailed that you get an in-depth understanding of his timeline. Its a super moving, glamourous, and inspiring film though. If you need a little classic rockstar glamour in your life, this would be a great biopic to view on a lazy Friday night.
One memorable moment of the film was Gainsbourg's interaction with teen pop sweetie France Gall and her performance of Baby Pop for him and her dollar-sign seeing daddy/ "Dad-ager". Gainsbourg subtly wanted to challenger her to break out of her squeeky-clean kiddie role and rebel a bit more. I never took the time to listen to "Baby Pop" when I had heard it before, and my French abilities are super basic so I have to really study to understand. On the surface it seems like a typical teen hit full of fluffy and soda fizz, but after seeing the film, I wondered what were the lyrics Gainsbourg had written for Gall. I was surprised they are so dark, and really encompass that sense of social change, youth movement, and distrust of authority in the context. Its actually a shockingly dark and powerful song slicked over with a joie-de-vivre, live for the moment happiness.
Here's a bit from wikipedia on "Baby Pop":
At the beginning of 1966 Gall released Baby pop, another song written by Gainsbourg, the lyrics of which Gall once described as "brutal", but whose dark undertones are not easily perceived when one hears the song as sung by the then 18 year-old girl. However, the undertones in her next hit song were not so easily missed, and caused a scandal when it was released. Gainsbourg deliberately filled the song Les Sucettes ("Lollipops") with double-meanings and strong sexual innuendo. On the surface, the lyrics tell the innocent tale of a girl named Annie who enjoys lollipops. However, it is clear that Gainsbourg intentionally created the theme as a metaphor for oral sex. Although a big hit, the song sat in stark contrast to genuinely innocent songs on the same album such as Je me marie en blanc ("White Wedding") and Ça me fait rire ("It makes me laugh").