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Air — La Femme D'Argent
Album: Moon Safari
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7.8

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Total ratings: 5548









Released: 1998
Length: 7:00
Plays (last 30 days): 3
(Instrumental)
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 Mannick wrote:


Could it be the fact that Air composed the soundtrack for the movie Virgin Suicides? Some particular tracks make me pretty uncomfortable because they bring me back to this! 
 
Same here. Sophia Coppola ruined Air for me.
 Hogar wrote:
I keep wondering what's with this particular song that pushes me to react negatively every time I hear it, and to give it a bad rating...

 

Could it be the fact that Air composed the soundtrack for the movie Virgin Suicides? Some particular tracks make me pretty uncomfortable because they bring me back to this! 
I keep wondering what's with this particular song that pushes me to react negatively every time I hear it, and to give it a bad rating...

Usually I don't bother giving low ratings at all, if I don't consider a song "very good" and upwards (say, above 6), I don't have a need to "exercise my right as a registered RP listener to rate a song low". 

I especially don't care for people who need to share their negativity / bad ratings in this forum. There's always PSD and other radio stations. I almost never use PSD, because I totally appreciate Bill's & Rebecca's artistic approach to playlist creation and music choice. For me, using PSD would almost be like skipping an act from a theatre play (that I don't like) by leaving the seat - and coming back afterwards. Radio Paradise program is a creation on its own that has authors behind it, and I fully respect that. 

So I am not trying to "share my negativity", just my emotions about this song. I don't even think it's a "bad song" - I just don't like it (totally subjective, of course) because it stirs something negative inside me that (as evidenced by this post) needs to get out. 

Sorry about that.  :-/
 Misterfixit wrote:
This is a beautiful tribute to Dave Brubeck (RIP) ... think about it for a while and you will figure it out.

Sorry, I can't think of any Brubeck connection whatsoever. 
Could you please explain? Did you  perhaps post this on the wrong song by mistake? 
French touch .... 
 MeanUncleJake wrote:
Another new song and artist that I now own thanks to Bill and Rebecca!  Go RP and thank you.  New to me at least!
 it is not really  new per se (1998).   I remember this from the soundtrack of CSI (the original series). Got quite a bunch of ideas from that. Great show.

if it would be that easy, but thank
thats very kind of thou u
Pardon me but my switch V server System is incomplete..{#Chillpill} Make copy cheers
with this song i feel 20 years younger :) Thank u
 Zeito wrote:

I was just picturing that same video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mkX8ecvtqU

 

Mesmerizing together. This absolutely should be one of those videos played in lounges to accompany chill music. 
Groovy, baby!  
Sail on silver girl! Cool tune. This is the music that should be playing while you're waiting in line for Space Mountain at Disneyland.
 Catalytic wrote:
I keep thinking "it's time for bed" but then RP throws on another excellent track and I end up thinking "maybe after this tune."

It's been two hours now.  
 

It's been two years now!   How time flies...  
never sounds anything but pure summer and windows open in my little flat in Cheltenham heaven.
a nice one - but played way to often...
Just one of the best album of all time.

Discovered it in 1999
I like this more after a few listens... very cool.
 unclehud wrote:
 Proclivities wrote:
I'm pretty sure that's a four-string, electric bass, but he is using a pick though, and playing high up the neck.

**edit:   In this promo video he is using a bass (Hofner?), and he uses a bass in live performances.

If it's a Hofner, it has a custom paint job.  Hofner made (maybe still does make) a bass with a body that looks like the Gibson ES guitar, but they had sunburst finishes.

Very different than the Hofner bass that Sir Paul made famous:


 
Hmm, more nerdy info: Hofner has made that "Club Bass"
in solid colors and clear-coated, without a pick-guard as well.  Nicholas Godin talks about the Hofner bass in this interview.
FINALLY it's nice to see comments I agree with and also learn from (which is nothing new-- thanks Proclivities!) 
Indeed, this never gets old and was an early "10" from me!!!
 Proclivities wrote:
I'm pretty sure that's a four-string, electric bass, but he is using a pick though, and playing high up the neck.

**edit:   In this promo video he is using a bass (Hofner?), and he uses a bass in live performances.

If it's a Hofner, it has a custom paint job.  Hofner made (maybe still does make) a bass with a body that looks like the Gibson ES guitar, but they had sunburst finishes.

Very different than the Hofner Violin bass that Sir Paul made famous.
The bassline is fantastic!
I bought this CD thru RP and it's awesome!!! Thanks RP.
 chinaski wrote:
Not usually one to complain but I'm sure we regulars here can attest this track is played five to six times a week as it has been for years and years. This and Jesse Sykes. That's all I'm sayin'. On the flip side I wouldn't know anything about Porcupine Tree if it wasn't for RP.
 
It's had 3 plays in the last 30 days.  
Another new song and artist that I now own thanks to Bill and Rebecca!  Go RP and thank you.  New to me at least!
another one that I first heard on RP!{#Music}
So grooooooovy.....
 Proclivities wrote:

I'm pretty sure that's a four-string, electric bass, but he is using a pick though, and playing high up the neck.

**edit:   In this promo video he is using a bass (Hofner?), and he uses a bass in live performances.

 
Damn you're good... now that you say it, I can see it clearly in front of me. Before I didn't even realize there's anything with strings attached here.
Am I the only one that thinks the cover features Roger Daltrey dancing (in gold)?

Great jam.  The video is good too.  Somewhere on youtube

Hearing this song on RP made me get the album. And I like it, a lot.
Un petit peu de GAINSBOURG mais c'est bien !


Fluke sampled this for "Blue Skies", which is a great song too.
 Hannio wrote:
Never gets old.

 

Well, right up until that very last part that tries way too hard to be cool.  It would fit right in with Shatner singing Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. (Please ignore the fact that I am arguing with myself.)
 stunix wrote:
FYI this is not bass guitar, it is a baritone guitar.   as an instrumental jazz jam, it's not your usual hit record.
 
I'm pretty sure that's a four-string, electric bass, but he is using a pick though, and playing high up the neck.

**edit:   In this promo video he is using a bass (Hofner?), and he uses a bass in live performances.
So many albums in these last 20 years. So many "flying" songs.... Cannot wait for the next one
FYI this is not bass guitar, it is a baritone guitar.   as an instrumental jazz jam, it's not your usual hit record.
 Skydog wrote:
 justin4kick wrote:
La femme d'argent:

..
yes and maybe this too
.

 
{#Hearteyes}

 


An all-timer.  Thanks!
so smooooth...


This track always leaves me feeling more positive than I was before hearing it. Solid 9. pxd
This track is almost twenty years old, and it's still got the magic.  

I call this genre exactly what it is: Post-Midnight Funky Jazz.
I had one of the best mushroom trips ever to this song and remember it vividly and fondly every time I hear this, it's beautiful in every way.  
 ziggytrix wrote:
Something about this song calls to mind Bill Withers - Use Me.

 

That would be the bass line.
Something about this song calls to mind Bill Withers - Use Me.
Anti anxiety med substitute
There are some really great video shorts that use this song.  It has a very dreamy quality.  I feel like the musicians must have all felt they were in the groove and flow when they made this.
I keep thinking "it's time for bed" but then RP throws on another excellent track and I end up thinking "maybe after this tune."

It's been two hours now.  
Quite pleasant. I'm groovin'
Air playing LaFemme D'Argent,...a perfect song for today.  It's blowing about 25, gusting higher and the boat is dancing all over her slip.
I suppose at some point in the next several decades, I might get tired of hearing this song.
 snoozie wrote:
A trip down Market Street 1906 just days before the Earthquake
Air - La Femme D'Argent

You will not think of this song the same way... ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG9XXbKuYfA 

 
That was great.  Thanks for sharing.

7 to 8.
Yup yup YUP....  perfect song to usher in 2017 in Nebraska....{#Cheers}
They are playing together with KRAFTWERK in Düsseldorf on the 1st of July 2017 to start of the Tour de France 2017!!1{#Dancingbanana}{#Yell}{#Motor}
"There's too much music in the world to play any one one song 5 times a month, forever. With that said, I still like it." I used to like it well enough, but now I'm beginning to feel that Bill should hit the PSD himself more often. RP is on nearly 24/7 nevertheless, and thanks to Bill and Rebecca, my music horizon has expanded no end!
 dragon1952 wrote:

You mean you prefer the simple and repetitious backbeat vs the actual groove? Both are cool, but the groove is maybe too intellectual for some post-baby boomers :^ /

 
It has nothing to do with age, and I'm not so sure if appreciating a "groove" requires very much, if any, intellectual exertion - it's sort of the opposite, don't you think?.  Anyhow, cool tune.
Love this!{#Cowboy}
There's too much music in the world to play any one one song 5 times a month, forever. With that said, I still like it.
 chinaski wrote:
Not usually one to complain but I'm sure we regulars here can attest this track is played five to six times a week as it has been for years and years. This and Jesse Sykes. That's all I'm sayin'. On the flip side I wouldn't know anything about Porcupine Tree if it wasn't for RP.

 
The website says it has been played 5 times in the last 30 days. I find once a week perfectly acceptable for this track.
 ODAD wrote:
Sail on, silver girl !

 
yes, that's what there is about to establish also in my mind.
Nice! {#Cool}
Sail on, silver girl !
Not usually one to complain but I'm sure we regulars here can attest this track is played five to six times a week as it has been for years and years. This and Jesse Sykes. That's all I'm sayin'. On the flip side I wouldn't know anything about Porcupine Tree if it wasn't for RP.
{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Sunny}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}
 NeilBlanchard wrote:
This song is cool for the first 30 seconds.  Then it is a PSD ...

 
You mean you prefer the simple and repetitious backbeat vs the actual groove? Both are cool, but the groove is maybe too intellectual for some post-baby boomers :^ /
A trip down Market Street 1906 just days before the Earthquake
Air - La Femme D'Argent

You will not think of this song the same way... ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG9XXbKuYfA 
nice
This song is cool for the first 30 seconds.  Then it is a PSD ...

Of money and men, they say.
 justin4kick wrote:
La femme d'argent:

..
yes and maybe this too
.

 
An aural sigh of contentment. {#Yes}
La femme d'argent:

 
{#Yell} More of this lot please.{#Yell}
Not thisone again... :-((( !
You guys really like this song - do you? has been played too many times lately.... 
{#Sunny}
:)
 pol66 wrote:
Air , something of Camel , Tangerine Dream .... but cool anyway

 
Camel? Tangerine Dream?? I suppose there must be albums of these two I've never heard of but the ones I know (pretty much all) have no obvious resemblance with Air, sorry.
10. too easy.
hope noone disturbes me now!!
Someone here said that's hypnotic. I agree 👍 
Bill, Why do I feel like your superb taste in music and your secret algorithms are playing my ultimate set list in the past hour.  It's as if you know I have the volume way up right now {#Smile}
I've always liked this.
Air , something of Camel , Tangerine Dream .... but cool anyway
 ElainaEast wrote:
RP if you're playing this... how about some Stereolab? 

 
YESSSSSSS {#Cheesygrin}
This song takes me back to Coachella a few years ago when they played at sunset. It was gorgeous and Air just rocked the whole place with their mellow vibes.  They are still the epitome of French cool.  (along with Serge Gainsbourg, Duchamp and Sartre)
Grown to a 10. Oh yeah. 
 coloradojohn wrote:
One of the smoothest hippest funkiest grooves with some of the spunkiest electric keyboard action ever! Hypnotic... Surreal... Encore! 

 
Amen
10
 asusinskas wrote:
Nice but too many plays.

 
No such thing.
Never gets old.
inhalieren {#Lol}
I hear tribbles.
What ColoradoJohn said.  

It also has the benefit of being 'easy listening' for non musicophiles. 

P.S.  Easy 10.   
Sometimes I get all lost in my head with ratings, like "wait, if this gets a 10, where's the head room for Nick Drake or etc etc..." and I forget the real purpose of ratings. Praise to Air, for getting me out of my head. This is a 10.
One of the smoothest hippest funkiest grooves with some of the spunkiest electric keyboard action ever! Hypnotic... Surreal... Encore! 
Most appreciated.

envoie-moi la dérive à travers l'espace et le temps.. {#Music}


Absolutely delicious 
Sail on, silver girl.
I picture crowds of people, across the globe, just spontaneously relaxing to this music...
really - i wish i could give this an 11
Their music was accompanying a very touching movie "Virgine suicides", directed Sophia Coppola.
Beautyful, very special.
Them damn women of money....
Great song added to a cool video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NINOxRxze9k 
I'm hearing bits of a Morcheeba song, but I can't remember which one... have they ever used a similar sample, maybe?
Part of this phenomenal Air song is my default phone ringtone. So I picked up my phone as soon as it came on. No answer. Great music! :)
Proper band, real instruments and a great groove.   If only all music released and charted had these credentials.

8   
i want to give this an 11
just love it.
this French group reminds me that today terrorists have killed dozen of people at "charlie hebdo" paper. JE SUIS CHARLIE {#Cry} 
Gold Dust Woman - Fleetwood Mac
Quicksilver Girl - Steve Miller Band

Just a couple of suggestions for platter stacking...
Coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllll
{#Good-vibes}  {#Good-vibes}  {#Good-vibes}  {#Good-vibes}  {#Good-vibes}  {#Good-vibes}  {#Good-vibes}  {#Good-vibes}  {#Good-vibes}  {#Good-vibes}  {#Good-vibes}  {#Good-vibes}  {#Good-vibes}  

Love it 
 I love this great tune  AND Lost in the woods by L Russell.  Thanks RP!
P roclivities wrote:

It's a different drum beat and at a different tempo, but there is a resemblance, however, this song does not have the sounds of jungle animals in the background that Leon's does.  This beat is sampled from "Runnin'" by Edwin Starr.

 


 JeriF wrote:
Something about the very beginning of this tune, that every time I hear it, I think its Leon Russell's Out in the Woods... but then it takes another direction.  This is a lovely tune too but, I'm always a little disappointed. 

 
It's a different drum beat and at a different tempo, but there is a resemblance, however, this song does not have the sounds of jungle animals in the background that Leon's does.  This beat is sampled from "Runnin'" by Edwin Starr.
Coming after Echoes, Oh! what Tunesmanship, Oh! What Tasty Waves of frequencies this RPthing hums along at & In Between! 
Brilliant    !
This album has been on in the car so many times this summer already.  Brilliant.
 JeriF wrote:
 think its Leon Russell's Out in the Woods... but then it takes another direction.
 
No truer words…
When Moon Safari came out I listened to it obsessively. I said at the time it was like someone went into the future and brought back what they were listening to. This track was one of my favorites. 
 11

AliGator wrote:
I will never not love this song. 

 


Something about the very beginning of this tune, that every time I hear it, I think its Leon Russell's Out in the Woods... but then it takes another direction.  This is a lovely tune too but, I'm always a little disappointed.