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SINGLES - At Seventeen ('His' & 'Hers') (COVERS Janis Ian) (2020)

by Marianne Dissard

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steveinsocal "…cleverly replacing the lilting Bossa-Nova rhythm of the original and refocusing the song squarely on its lyrics with a traditional French chanson-styled vocal interpretation, Marianne's voice helps conveys two versions of the same song… one is world weary, weighed down by a lifetime's torment; the other fresh and irrelevant, pain replaced by wry reminiscences of times gone by…."

Favorite track: At Seventeen ('Hers').


Tucson chanteuse Marianne Dissard covers folk singer Janis Ian's masterpiece 'At Seventeen' from Ian's 1975 album 'Between The Lines'.

Dissard and English producer Raphael Mann produced A VERSION EACH ('his', world-weary and 'hers', fresh and irreverent) of Janis Ian's teenage confessional.

Watch 'His' VIDEO : www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBVf0O2_KOA
Watch 'Hers' VIDEO : www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATpJr45W0_U

The two MUSIC VIDEOS by Mann from an idea by Dissard juxtapose 1950s Technicolor-hued teenage girls with their TikTok-era counterparts in a heartbreaking commentary on the ongoing pressure of being 'seventeen'.

RECORDED WITH Tucson bassist Thøger Lund (Howe Gelb) and guitarist Gabriel Naïm Amor, Mexico City cellist Belén Ruiz, and English saxophonist Terry Edwards (PJ Harvey), each from their respective lockdown homes, these two versions replace the lilting Bossa-Nova rhythm of the original, taking the song back thirty years before its release date and focusing the song squarely on its lyrics with traditional French chanson-styled vocal interpretation. Joe Mabbott from Minneapolis' Hideway Studios (Rhymesayers, Bones & Beeker) mixed Dissard's production (as he had her previous albums), while Mann mixed 'His' from Ramsgate, Kent.

The BONUS TRACK is Dissard's first ever cover recording. This version of folk singer Kath Bloom's 1982 'It's So Hard To Come Home' written with Loren Mazzacane was recorded in 2006 with Joey Burns who after spotting Dissard's husky voice enlisted her for Calexico's 1999 indie hit 'The Ballad of Cable Hogue' and subsequently composed and produced her first album, 'L'entredeux' (2008).

SINGERS of hearth and heart, Ian and Bloom on the East Coast, Dissard in France, the three WOMEN were born roughly a decade apart each (Ian 51, Bloom next, Dissard 69). Kath told Marianne recently: [when 'At Seventeen' came out], "I was really young and had not done more than "sing along" then (75) and I certainly remember Ian's music."

Dissard does not. Raised on Jacques BREL and the more folk-like Georges Brassens, Dissard moved from France to Mesa, AZ at the difficult age of 16, a turn of events which certainly paved the way for a connection to Ian's tale of teenage woos over a new, baffling ALL-AMERICAN background of beauty queens and basketball games. But which teenager, no matter the decade, hasn't "desperately remained at home, inventing lovers on the phone" and which grown-up the world over has not ever been caught "repenting other lives unknown".


released June 5, 2020

At Seventeen ('Hers') - Produced by Marianne Dissard
Lyrics/Music : Janis Ian
Vocals : Marianne Dissard
Upright bass, cello, SK1 : Thøger Tetens Lund
Guitars : Gabriel Naïm Amor
Flute : Terry Edwards
Mixing : Joe Mabbott, The Hideaway Studios, Minneapolis
Mastering : Steve Kitch, AudioMaster, UK

At Seventeen ('His') - Produced by Raphael Mann and Marianne Dissard
Lyrics/Music : Janis Ian
Bass guitar, clavinet, mixing : Raphael Mann
Vocals : Marianne Dissard
Guitars : Gabriel Naïm Amor
Cello : Belén Ruiz
Flute : Terry Edwards
Mastering : Steve Kitch, AudioMaster, UK

Music Videos ('His' and 'Hers') :
By Raphael Mann, from an idea by Marianne Dissard.

Cover Art : Raphael Mann

It's So Hard To Come Home - Produced by Marianne Dissard and Joey Burns
Lyrics/Music : Kath Bloom, Loren Connors
Vocals : Marianne Dissard
Instruments : Joey Burns
Recording : Naïm Amor

THANKS to all involved, plus Sergio Mendoza, Arthur Vint, Tom Hagerman, Robin French, Maree Choie, Lubna Dissard, Jean-Michel Dissard, Ami Garmon, Shaun Hendry, Steve Jillings, and Hannah Levin. Special thanks to Joe Mabbott, Carl Hanni and Raphael Mann.


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Marianne Dissard

Baroque noir Sonoran art rock from Tucson and beyond by French chanteuse, street photographer, filmmaker, performer, brutally honest author.

Left her home in Tucson, Arizona for a dream boat in England. Drifted to Scotland.

“An eccentric character who releases very fine and wonderful records, in fact so eccentric she once toured the French Pyrénées on foot with a donkey” says Marc Riley, BBC6
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