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.
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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 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'.
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".
from SINGLES - At Seventeen ('His' & 'Hers') (COVERS Janis Ian) (2020)
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 : Naïm Amor
Flute : Terry Edwards
Mixing : Joe Mabbott, The Hideaway Studios, Minneapolis
Mastering : Steve Kitch, AudioMaster, UK
Music Video : Raphael Mann, from an idea by Marianne Dissard.
Cover Art : Raphael Mann
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.