Serge Gainsbourg, the bad boy of French pop, was a sexual plague and “the Weinstein of French music”, according to Lio, a Belgian-Portuguese singer who recorded several hits with him.
Lio this week blurted out the singer-songwriter who made drunken advances to a young Whitney Houston on live television and recorded a song called Lemon Incest with his 13-year-old daughter.
Famous during his lifetime for his appetite for alcohol, cigarettes and women, Lio has now described him as “a stalker, quite simply, someone who is not at all cool with girls and who was a Weinstein of music, in a way “.
Speaking on an Arte Radio podcast, she said: “Gainsbourg has become an aristocrat of French music, but I’m not necessarily going to pay him homage. I have experienced closely his more than specious behavior towards young women.
Lio criticized Gainsbourg for a song he wrote for young singer France Gall in 1966 titled Lollipops (Les Sucettes). Gall, who was 18 when she recorded it, said she didn’t understand the song’s sexual innuendos.
Lio said: “France Gall has clearly been abused by disrespectful adults. It was rape, she saw it that way, and it’s legitimate. And that his colleagues laugh about it, it is unacceptable to me.
In 2015, three years before his death, France Gall described Gainsbourg as a “big pig”. After releasing the song, she said she felt humiliated and that the song had “changed her relationship with the boys”.
Gainsbourg, who died of a heart attack in 1991 at the age of 62, is best known in the English-speaking world for his song “Je t’aime… moi non plus”.
A duet with his British girlfriend Jane Birkin, it featured sexually explicit lyrics and simulated female orgasm sounds.