Gemme – Sweet Harmony

Some songs have been covered more often than youโ€™d think. Sweet Harmony by The Beloved, for instance. One of the most recent versions of that 1992 classic was recorded a year and a half ago by She Drew The Gun, and now, a new cover has come out. But let me start at the beginningโ€ฆ

During the 1980s, Xavier Jamauxย was drummerย in French indie-rock band Orange. Two of his fellow-members, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoรฎt Dunckel, famously went on to form Air and scored hits like Sexy Boy, All I Need and Kelly Watch The Stars. After Orange, Jamaux composed music for numerous films and commercials, and made many remixes.

His most recent project is called Gemme. Appropriately, Gemme is a female name, but also means ‘jewel’. As a project, Gemme is a jewel as well, consisting of five French and Belgian female singers: Nubia Esteban (the daughter of Lio, whose 1980 hit Amoureux Solitaires you may remember), Loane, Alka Balbir, Barbara Carlotti and Elodie Frรฉgรฉ. Their debut single is a cover of โ€“ as you might have guessed โ€“ Sweet Harmony by The Beloved. Next to the English choruses, however, the verses have been translated in French, making this a real Frenglish affair. In the sensual black and white video, Helena Noguerra (Lioโ€™s half-sister) also plays a role.

The French word โ€˜gemmeโ€™ is pronounced as โ€˜jโ€™aimeโ€™, and itโ€™s true: I love it!

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