What I discovered was a little stunning (and will be revealed when the article is published – keep ‘em peeled, folks), but it at least partially dispelled any fanciful ideas that our Northern Euro-cousins have a special Pop Hook gene.
But it’s so easy to make these generalisations, isn’t it? You know, like how French-language pop is oh-so suave, jaunty and sophisticated.
Well, here’s Le Couleur to – well, prove exactly that.
OK, L’Amour de Jour is so much more than vapid Franco-pop, but it certainly does have a certain sultry slink to it that you couldn’t imagine being present if the song was sung in, say, German.
If, unlike me, you can get past these vague sweeping pre-conceptions, there is a shiny nugget of a pop song in L’Amour de Jour - one with verve, style and – hell – sophistication.
Maybe those stereotypes are as they are for a reason. Good stuff.