Boris Vian's humorous satirical song "J'suis snob" (1954)
Boris Vian plays a character in one of his faux introspective, self-deprecating, acerbic and facetious satirical moments. There are so many directions you can go in with Boris Vian -- whether the focus is jazz or social commentary -- but this is really cool because it seems to be Vian's critique on shallowness and also a distancing of himself from people who "go to the cinema and watch Swedish films," indulge in "camembert which we eat with a teaspoon," and "spend August in the sack." It's a funny attack on vacuousness, materialistic people, and upper class living. A French take on "malaise and ennui." A number of people have covered the song over the years, including Serge Gainsbourg, Les Charlots, Mouloudji, Monique Tarbès (woman's version), and Les Colocs, a Québécois group which made a good rendition.
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