‘Initials B.B.’ is a 1968 song about international sex symbol Brigitte Bardot, sung by legendary French musician Serge Gainsbourg who had dated her. Bardot was so famous at the time that she was known simply by her initials. It’s a single from Gainsbourg’s album Initals B.B.
The song’s opening lines quote The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe (which Iggy Pop has also recited). Musically it refers to Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony. Iggy Pop did a great cover of this song on the album Lulu Gainsbourg – From Lulu to Gainsbourg. There is also a wonderful version by the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra.
Listen to all versions below:
Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra:
AND for more fun with Brigitte….
Serge Gainsbourg and his muse Brigitte Bardot perform ‘Comic Strip’ in 1968. Shabam! Pow! Whizz!
Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot
Bonnie and Clyde