Poulnareff is comparatively obscure in this country, never having enjoyed even the limited international success of contemporaries such as Serge Gainsbourg. Polnareff‘s music acknowlegded garage rock and post-‘Smile’ Brian Wilson while he cultivated an almost Bowiesque constantly changing public image. He retired from music and lived as a virtual recluse before releasing new material fairly recently.
For the tribute album, Pulp cover ‘Le Roi De Fourmis’ while Nick Cave does a Tom Waits-like version of ‘Goodbye Marylou’.
Other contributors include Pizzicato Five, Saint Etienne, ex Van Der Graaf Generator singer/songwriter Peter Hammill (himself deserving of a tribute album), The Gentle People, Simon Warner and Bill Pritchard ex of The Legendary Pink Dots.
‘A Tribute To Polnareff’ is released by Tora Records on November 1.