Sunday, April 11, 2010 12:42:18 PM
Later that year, Gainsbourg met, and fell in love with, English actress Jane Birkin, on the set of their film Slogan. "Je t'aime... moi non plus" was re-recorded with Birkin replacing Bardot, and was released early in 1969.
The lyrics are written as an imaginary dialogue between two lovers during a sexual encounter. Phrases from the song include:
"Je vais et je viens, entre tes reins" ("I go and I come, in between your loins")
"Tu es la vague, moi l'île nue" ("You are the wave, I the naked island")
"L'amour physique est sans issue" ("Physical love has no issues (no strings attached)").
The explicit eroticism of the song was declared offensive at the time of its release. The lyrics are commonly thought to refer to the taboo theme of engaging in sex without love, and were delivered in a breathy, suggestive style.
The song culminates in simulated orgasm sounds by Birkin: mostly because of this, it was banned from radio play in Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and the UK, and denounced by the Vatican in a public statement.
This video, however, is not the original version, is a remake of Miss Kittin and Sven Vath.