Une fête pour tous les garçons et les filles—this Tuesday, the Film Society goes Gallic
Meaning “young, innocent and cute,” yé-yé music took France by storm in the swinging, psychedelic 60s. Led by a beguiling cadre of barely post-adolescent young women, this infectious pop style took the rock influences that were reshaping the U.S. and Britain and turned them into one supremely danceable package. Think driving beats, super-chic vintage fashion, and new wave cool, et voila: yé-yé.
And come next Tuesday, we here at the Film Society are pulling on our Chelsea boots, sneaking a couple of Gitanes, and getting ready for a one-of-a-kind event: a yé-yé dance party to follow our U.S. premiere of Les Idoles, a rollicking send-up of the music world from 1968.
Wikipedia notes that a 1964 Life article entitled “Hooray For the Yé-Yé Girls” mistakenly attributes the term “yé-yé” to the syllables shouted at singers. So there will be no such faux pas on our dance floor when the Viva Radio DJs are spinning the vintage classics, we invite you to brush up on the genre via “the online source for all things yé-yé.”
Sample some yé-yé tracks before the event courtesy of our own Gabriele Caroti, host of a show on Viva Radio.