Mel Torme is to blame. The Velvet Fog. He always seemed like some old crooner that was on every telethon ever. I never knew what all the fuss was about. Then, I heard "Comin' Home Baby", Dude did have cool in him. Who knew? That particular song is so smooth that it sounds like a parody. So, I run into Sylvie Vartan's cover of it, in French, and I'm going fully Gomez. I ended up on the Wiki page for yé-yé, and read about the ye-ye girls thing ("The singers were also sexy in a deliberately naïve way.") That lead to France Gall and her song "Les sucettes" ("Lollipops"), written by bird dog Serge Gainsbourg. She was eighteen at the time and had already been a successful singer for a couple years. The lyrics to the song were pure Gainsbourg, "Annie loves lollipops, aniseed lollipops, when the sweet liquid runs down Annie's throat, she is in paradise." If that's not suggestive enough, witness the lollipops in the video, there's no mistaking. It's dancing dildos.
It turns out that Gall also recorded "Laisse tomber les filles" a year or two before Gainsbourg got a hold of her. You might know it from the April March cover, rettitled "Chick Habit".
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Mel Torme - Comin' Home Baby mp3 at A Gr8 Song
Sylvie Vartan - Ne t'en vas pas (Comin' home baby) mp3 at Discos y Mostrous
France Gall - Laisse tomber les filles mp3 at Damnish (?)
April March - Chick Habit mp3 at 10 Things I Hate About You
France Gall - Les sucettes at YouTube
Yé-yé entry at Wikipedia