Dan Kois has a great piece in Slate on iTunes celebrity playlists. The only playlist the article said nice things about was Thievery Corporation’s; having never heard of them, and knowing that I was never going to like anything recommended by Beyoncé Knowles, I had a look at it. That led me, in turn, to a great 1969 song by Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin, “Je T’Aime … Moi Non Plus,” which was so controversial it got a record executive excommunicated. Boy, those were the days. (Birkin, who apparently was a waifish ingenue type in the late 1960s, basically breathes heavily throughout. It’s one of those things that you wouldn’t think was much of a much, but manages to be far more explicit than anything by NWA– and infinitely more revealing. She’s the Teresa Kerry of Europop. She survived a more famous husband, has carved out her own career, and you hope you look that good at her age.)

[To the tune of The Blue Nile, “Headlights On The Parade,” from the album Hats.]