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Serge Gainsbourg (born Lucien GinsburgFrench pronunciation: ​[sɛʁʒ ɡɛ̃sbuʁ]; 2 April 1928 – 2 March 1991)[2] was a French singer, songwriter, poet, composer, artist, actor and director.[3]Regarded as one of the most important figures in French popular music, he was renowned for his often provocative and scandalous releases,[4][5] as well as his diverse artistic output, which embodied genres ranging from jazzchansonpop and yé-yé, to reggaefunkrockelectronic and disco music.[5] Gainsbourg's varied musical style and individuality make him difficult to categorize although his legacy has been firmly established and he is often regarded as one of the world's most influential popular musicians.[6]

His lyrical work incorporated a vast amount of clever word play to hoodwink the listener, often for humorous, provocative, satirical or subversive reasons. Common types of word play in his songs include mondegreenonomatopoeiarhymespoonerismdysphemismparaprosdokian and pun. A well known example is the song Les sucettes written for France Gall in which a teenage Gall was under the impression she was singing about lollipops, unaware for many years that the song had a double-meaning; the enjoyment of giving someone fellatio.

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