Grand Corps Malade – Des Gens Beaux

Two of my favourite French artists nowadays are Grand Corps Malade and Hoshi. This story starts with the latter. Or rather, this is a story that stars the latter. Hoshi is a very gifted singer-songwriter. Also, sheโ€™s a proud member of the LHBTIQ+ community. For open-minded people like you and me, thatโ€™s as normal as anything. But you must know that since Hoshi kissed onstage with one of her (female) band members, she received the most appalling threats.

Thatโ€™s not all, alas. Last April, French โ€˜music expertโ€™ Fabien Lecoeuvre gave his (sexist) contribution in a radio show. He argued (allow me to paraphrase) that modern popstars are hideous to look at. โ€œTake Hoshi for instanceโ€, he said. โ€œSheโ€™s a huge talent without a doubt, but would you hang her poster in your room? Sheโ€™s scary. She should give her songs to pretty singers.โ€

(Iโ€™ll give you a few seconds to catch your breath…)

Obviously, Hoshi responded to this statement (โ€œYou make me pukeโ€), and many French artists denounced Lecoeuvreโ€™s judgments. The most powerful support now comes from Grand Corps Malade. He wrote a song about the affair. Des Gens Beaux is a danceable pop tune, that includes the journalistโ€™s original remarks, combined with cynical lyrics in support of his colleague singer. Even if you donโ€™t speak French, youโ€™ll be able to feel the emotions.

Having said that, at first listen, I thought I heard GCM sing โ€˜Il faut des jambonsโ€™ (we need hams), but the lyrics go โ€˜Il faut des gens beauxโ€™ (we need beautiful people), which is much more on topicโ€ฆ Don’t forget to watch the great video as well!

Recommended as well:
Grand Corps Malade – Pas Essentiel
Grand Corps Malade – Effets Secondaires

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