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French First Lady Carla Bruni Butchers David Bowie Song

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France is up in arms over First Lady Carla Bruni’s cover of David Bowie’s classic song Absolute Beginner.

Some are calling this is the end of her attempt at a pop singing career. Paris Match, a magazine that has long stood behind the 42-year-old former supermodel, says that “France suffers while Madame sings.”

We couldn’t agree more. This cover blows. Listen if you dare…

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40 comments to “French First Lady Carla Bruni Butchers David Bowie Song”

  1. 1

    It's "Absolute Beginners". And yikes! Very bad indeed.

  2. 2

    omg…someone should keep her away from the Star Mans music. Just ugh!

  3. 3

    It Sounds Horrible!!!

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  4. Merab says – reply to this


    I´ve not heard her before…
    I expected smth hoooorrible as u described it…I didn´t "suffer",moron …and I wanted.. or at least ,to have a good laugh.. it didn´t happen either…
    Perez! Don´t mislead me next time…

    it´s just a kinda boring version ..or "artistic" as they call it sometimes…
    but it ain´t bad.There are fans to that style and that "slow melancholic" feelings in music…

  5. 5

    'I've nothing much to offer' … That's true! No voice. So stop singing.
    What? I said singing? No, you can't sing.
    Here in France, we already suffer from your husband's worthlessness.
    The whole planet is mocking us.

  6. 6

    Horrible! She should not quit her day job!

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  7. 7

    Horrible! She should not quit her day job!

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  8. 8

    When you're a first lady and have all means at your disposal, you should be able to deliver better than this. Yikes indeed.

  9. 9

    not bad…she really knows how to acknowledge the written notes…tender..sweet…beautiful…an innocence…there is something perfect and admirable in it's imperfection…

  10. 10

    Its not that bad. to be honest kinda sounds like Lady gaga. So im suprised you dont like this since you have such "amazing" taste in music.

  11. 11

    Oh God… I'm ashamed to be french…

  12. 12

    She sounds like shit from the beginning of her "musical carreer" !
    I'm so fed up of her and her tiny husband.

  13. 13

    Sure hope she didn't release that. It sounds llke a home practice tape.

  14. 14

    Well she is a beautiful woman with a lovely voice… perhaps choosing to cover this song wasn't the BEST career decision she's made

  15. 15

    Just because you sleep with Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger etc etc etc doesn't make you a singer. As soon as her husband isn't the president I am sure she will go back to musicians.

  16. 16

    it wasn't that bad. definitely not as good as some of her other songs, her all french album was actually pretty good and i listen to it on a regular basis. i hate your bias opinions, perez, and i hate how all the commenters follow you into it like a herd of sheep.

  17. 17

    She is not "attempting" a singing career. She has one & it has been extremely successful.

  18. 18

    she's so talented with her own material, i don't know why she'd do covers
    tout le monde is one of my all-time favorite songs

  19. 19

    She is one of the greatest singers and composers of France, she is the symbol of musical sophistication, iF u Perez listen to the Britneys and Lady Gagas,it doesn't allow you to make fun of the true art!!!! she doesn't have voice, but she has a lot more-feeling,sexy voice, taste, sophistication, melancholy!!!!

  20. 20

    To be a singer you have to have a voice, which Carla Bruni doesn't have. She seems to think her "voice" is sexy, well it is not. She 'sings" off-key most of the time. I know some men who think she has a sexy voice and she seems to believe them. Go back to posing nude Carla while your body still looks not too bad.

  21. 21

    Re: fleur-de-LIs – I don't know how you can tell that Carla Bruni is one of France's best singers and composers. Gainsbourg, Barbara, those are great singers and composers. Carla Bruni released 3 albums, the first one was very good but the last two bombed and weren't good at all… The only reason she still sings is that she's married to Sarkozy despite all her political stands…
    She's just a vein woman and a poor singer!

  22. 22

    Re: fleur-de-LIs – Excuse me???? "one of the greatest singers and composers of France" Are u insane? I think you don't know that much about french music, and if you're french well, SHAME ON YOU! Carla Bruni is NOTHING FOR THE FRENCH MUSIC, NOTHING! If you want to listen GOOD FRENCH MUSIC then listen "Ta main"(your hand) by Grégoire

  23. @v@ says – reply to this


    It's not even Cohen-esque. It's just painfully off key and devoid of emotion, saying nothing of the half-asleep mediocre subpar scratchy vocal tone. Not to imply anything of Carla here, but as far as vocal representation goes, I'd call it the valium version.

  24. 24

    It wasn't that bad.

    Her own music is better (referring to her debut album).

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  27. 27

    Oh good lord, there went 40 seconds of my life I'll never get back. That's all I could handle.

  28. 28

    The correct title is "Absolute BeginnerS" - I'm guessing you never actually heard of it until today.

  29. 29

    thought it was actually lovely.

  30. 30

    'Absolutely hell' alright.

  31. 31

    You are aware that she is indeed a singer and has had a pretty successful career singing, right? I admit this cover isn't the best, but some of her other stuff is actually pretty good.

  32. 32

    I really liked and played it for my husband who loved it. It's different and people are getting pretension about it because they can (gotta love the courage it takes to speak badly of others on the internet) and because of who the performer is. I really like it — a lot.

  33. 33

    "not bad…she really knows how to acknowledge the written notes…tender..sweet…beautiful…an innocence…there is something perfect and admirable in it's imperfection…" Re: posturing – Very well put. Here Here!

  34. 34

    In French, there is a sentence which says "Sois belle et tais toi!" which means "just stand still and be pretty (Do not talk please!…).

  35. Bevi says – reply to this


    She sings like me, poor thing… but saying that, I find this song really relaxing. A good song to listen to if you are feeling stressed. So she did good. At least she isn't screaming like a lot of the women singers do. I hate listening to the screaming women, and the runs they love so much, and that horrible dog yodeling they do.

  36. 36

    I think it's cute but she's definitly no singer…

  37. 37

    Go back to being the first lady of France and leave us alone.

  38. 38

    ok, i've never said anything bad about u, but u'r just being an ass…its not that bad and NO ONE is talking about it (i should know i am french and live in Paris); it's LIVE and with NO arrangment, get over urself!

  39. 39

    This was lovely. Simple, direct and true to the lyrics. Too bad that people today seem to want nothing but overproduced crap.

  40. 40

    Awful, my husband's farts sound better.