Bastille Day Song

July 15, 2013 | By FRENCH CULTURE LOS ANGELES

Bastille Day is France's national day, it commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789.To celebrate Bastille Day, let's listen to Serge Gainsbourg's version of the french national anthem, La Marseillaise.

Serge Gainsbourg's adaptation, Aux Armes et cætera, was released in 1979 on the eponymous album.It is one of the first appearances of reggae in French music.
The song's title is a reference to the original version of La Marseillaise. Indeed, on the manuscript, author Rouget de l'Isle wrote "Aux armes et cætera..." as an abrevation not to write the full chorus each threee times. When the song came out, it was highly controversial since some perceived it as a provocation to the French Republic, but at the end, it turned out to be a big success.Today, it is considered the most famous adaptation of the French national anthem.

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