01 La Prise De Nankin Par L’Armée Populaire De Liberation (2:59)
02 Chanson (2:47)
Pascal Comelade: all instruments ; vocals on 01
Laurent Leguen: violin on 01
Cathy Claret: vocals on 02
7” released on Monsieur Vynil Records, Montpellier 1984
Not the soundtrack to the René Viénet [+] 1973 detourned film of the same name (poster pictured on top), this Pascal Comelade 7” single is nonetheless the closest Comelade got to situationist détournement technique. It is also probably self released by the man himself, who was living in Montpellier at the time. The A side is the reading of a Mao Zedong poem in french translation where the reader (Comelade himself) is trying to over-emphasize the bathos of the short poem with melodramatic accent. The music is pure Comelade with melodica, toy xylophone, guitar and organ playing the bass. The B side features the irresistible voice of young Cathy Claret, 10 or 12 years old in this recording, singing a child song in english, to which Comelade adds intoxicating toy guitar and xylophone over an insistent organ drone. Utterly cute melody and voice to which this blogger cannot resist.