Monday, December 23, 2019

Clothilde (1967) 7"

Elisabeth Beauvais

Clothilde was actually one Elisabeth Beauvais, who was discovered at the age of 19 by a French pop provocateur by the name of Germinal Tenas, also 19. After some goading from her actress mother, Beauvais reluctantly signed to French Vogue records and began life as Clothilde, complete with a repertoire and image carefully handcrafted by Tenas. In the liner notes to French label Born Bad Records’ new compilation Clothilde: Queen of the French Swinging Mademoiselle 1967, Beauvais, interviewed by Alexandre Hussenet, repeatedly stresses just how much she hated everything about being Clothilde, from the songs penned for her by Tenas and arranger Jean-marie Di Maria to the mod outfits Tenas selected for her. For Tenas, however, this worked out splendidly, as it caused 


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