Tuesday, April 10, 2012
AN UNUSUAL CHOICE OF COVER
"Non, je ne regrette rien" , meaning "No, I have no regrets", is a French song composed by Charles Dumont, with lyrics by Michel Vaucaire. It was written in 1956, and is best known through its 1960 recording by Édith Piaf.
Piaf dedicated her recording of the song to the French Foreign Legion.At the time of the recording, France was engaged in a military conflict, the Algerian War (1954–1962), and the 1st REP (1st Foreign Parachute Regiment) — which backed a temporary putsch of 1961 by the French military against the civilian leadership of Algeria — adopted the song when their resistance was broken. The leadership of the Regiment was arrested and tried but the non-commissioned officers, corporals and Legionnaires were assigned to other Foreign Legion formations. They left the barracks singing the song, which has now become part of the French Foreign Legion heritage and is sung when they are on parade.
Half Man Half Biscuit recorded a 1991 version with additional lyrics entitled No Regrets. It was a collaboration with the actress Margi Clarke. And here's what you can find on the 12" version of the single:-
mp3 : Half Man Half Biscuit - No Regrets (long version)
mp3 : Half Man Half Biscuit - No Regrets
mp3 : Half Man Half Biscuit - 1966 And All That (live)