My neighbour says oh la! View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1998 CD release of "Oh La La La" on Discogs. What are your favorite French expressions? McCartney again featured the song in his set list for his 2013–15 Out There! My husband and I just returned from visiting Paris. I hear that quite often.  The discarded version of the song, known as "Take 5" and featuring Scott on congas, was released on the Anthology 3 compilation in 1996.. Following its release, Scott attempted, unsuccessfully, to receive a composing credit. Hahha, yes Americans love anything French! She talks to Jan Moir about love, marriage and destiny . View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1977 Vinyl release of "Ooh-La-La" on Discogs. , In his contemporary review of the White Album, for Rolling Stone, Jann Wenner called "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" "fun music for a fun song about fun", adding, "Who needs answers? I just found your blog recently and have really enjoyed reading through it.  According to researchers Doug Sulpy and Ray Schweighardt, in their study of the tapes from the Beatles' filmed rehearsals at Twickenham Film Studios in January 1969, McCartney complained bitterly to his bandmates about Scott's claim that he "stole" the phrase. Maybe you’ll see it answered in a future post. I just don't know any better how to help you. That ooooooh la la means, “OH, that’s so fancy!” That stereotype is alive and well. It has a risqué connotation. Plus get my FREE GUIDE with 24 DOs & DON'Ts to keep in mind when visiting France!  In 2012, the NME's website editor, Luke Lewis, argued that the Beatles had recorded "a surprising amount of ropy old toss", and singled out "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" as "the least convincing cod-reggae skanking this side of the QI theme tune". , Marmalade's recording sold around half a million in the UK, and a million copies globally by April 1969. , The lyrics of Harrison's White Album track "Savoy Truffle" include the lines "We all know Ob-la-di-bla-da / But can you show me where you are? " The following day, Emerick quit working for the group; he later cited this exchange between McCartney and Martin as one of the reasons, as well as the unpleasant atmosphere that had typified the White Album sessions up to that point.  The character of Desmond in the lyrics, from the opening line "Desmond has a barrow in the market-place", was a reference to reggae singer Desmond Dekker, who had recently toured the UK.  The DVD release has a replacement theme song at the beginning of each episode, with the exception of the show's pilot. Do you have a question for Tom? [nb 2].  He also performed it in front of Buckingham Palace for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, then at San Francisco's Outside Lands concert on 9 August 2013. Paul McCartney began writing "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" during the Beatles' stay in Rishikesh, India, in early 1968. That was the only time I heard the expression while we were in France and it was used just as you stated, to express her surprise as she tried to get out of the way.  According to music journalist Robert Fontenot, the reference in "Savoy Truffle" was Harrison's way of conveying his opinion of McCartney's song. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1997 Vinyl release of "Oh La La La" on Discogs. It was written by Paul McCartney and credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership. great way to explain it! From 2009, McCartney has regularly performed the song in concert. I believe in… not rushing through the week just to get to the weekend. I think the French words that are appropriated into the U.S. are ones that we think mean something high class. " and was voted the worst song of all time in an online poll organised by Mars. What does it mean and do the French really say ooh la la? ================================= Collaboration : email@example.com  Harrison and Lennon yell "arm" and "leg" between the lines "Desmond lets the children lend a hand" and "Molly stays at home". (Diane’s note: I’ve heard my father-in-law say oh la la when he opened the microwave and realized he burned the chocolate he was trying to melt. Tom’s here today with his latest installment of his series on my blog called Ask Tom Tuesdays.  McCartney had wanted the single released in these two countries also, but his bandmates vetoed the idea. Living in athleisure. Film and television "Ooh La La" (Odd Man Out episode), the final episode of the British sitcom Odd Man OutOoh La La La, a 2012 Tamil film; Ooh! hhaha yes the MATER-D and let’s not forget or-derves. I loved having that “french moment.”. I happen to be writing this post while watching a show on TV in the background, in which there’s a French lady discovering a nice house on a real estate program, and of course saying « oh la la » in a positive way!  He also double-tracked his vocal, which was not perfectly synchronised, creating an echoing effect. If I could think about an interjection in French that has that meaning (when seeing something really nice) I guess the closest would be « wa-oh » like the English WOW (or just even pronounced « waaa »).  McCartney was angry that the British press sided with Scott over the issue. I give up. McCartney agreed to pay the amount on the condition that Scott abandon his attempt to receive a co-writer's credit.. You’re saying that the French say oh la la and not the Americanized oooooh la la, right? As always, thank you Tom for taking the time to write here about the meaning of oh la la in French.  McCartney performed this demo solo, with only an acoustic guitar. You can totally use blindé as a colloquial way to say “paked”. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1993 CD release of "Oh La La" on Discogs.  It reached number 1 on the Record Retailer chart (subsequently the UK Singles Chart) in January 1969, making Marmalade the first Scottish group to top that chart. In French, we also use ‘chef’ for the head cook, I guess it’ an abbreviation from chef-cuisinier. And sure, sometimes it’s fancy (just like the US) but day-to-day life is pretty normal and not ooooh la la worthy.  Having left the studio at one point, Lennon then returned under the influence of marijuana. You’re spot on with the “fancy” thing. It reminds me of our river cruise last year — let me tell you about it. No, you can say ‘blindé’, it’s just more familiar than ‘bondé’.  During the afternoon session on 9 July, the Beatles recorded a new basic track, which Lewisohn says possibly featured McCartney playing the drums instead of Ringo Starr. Hope you had a great trip! Stay up to date with everything Oui In France! The song was especially disliked by John Lennon, and a heated argument during one of the sessions led to Geoff Emerick quitting his job as the Beatles' recording engineer. (Crash Test Dummies album), 2010 Treating yourself often. I’m glad to have a resource to back me up, so thanks! In general, French people don’t say oooh la la!  Lennon claimed that this was how the song should be played, and it became the version that the Beatles ended up using. Submit questions in the comments below, via email here or on Facebook or Twitter.  Reflecting the song's popularity in the UK, according to author Alan Clayson, comedian Benny Hill included the band's name with Cream and Grapefruit in a sketch where a hungover radio disc jockey is continually confronted by phone-in requests that exacerbate his nausea. . It should help me remember that we can never generalize things! , "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" is often the subject of ridicule. beathausbeatsLofi Vibes℗ beathausbeatsReleased on: 2021-04-01Auto-generated by YouTube. I obviously didn’t repeat what sounded just so wrong to my French native speaker’s ears! I didn’t see it mentioned, but I think many Americans learn this phrase at a young age from the song Wake Up, Little Suzie (written by Boudleaux & Felice Bryant) by The Everly Brothers. Never heard a French person say oooooh la la though, good or bad. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I totally agree with Tom about oh la la vs oooh la la. How do you spell ooh la la?  In 1968, a recording by the Bedrocks, a West Indian band from Leeds, peaked at number 20 on the Record Retailer chart.  McCartney included "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" in his set list for the 2009 tour and in the set list for tours he made through to 2012. You’re spot on with the “fancy” thing. Hi Diane, my Facebook newsfeed was dominated by you today with French Gril in Seattle sharing this post and a guest post on hugging (that caught my eye as it was what you linked up to #AAF) on the Good Life France. Curious minds want to know what French guys think about all kinds of things, so today, my husband, Tom, is answering your question about one of the most popular French expressions: OOOH LA LA. It is the title song of the band's last studio album, Ooh La La.  The sleeves were white and individually numbered, as copies of the White Album had been. Oh la la, c’est génial!”, Very nicely put!  When belatedly issued as a single in the US, in 1976, "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" peaked at number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100. McCartney wrote "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" in a cod Jamaican ska style and appropriated a phrase popularised by Jimmy Scott, a London-based Nigerian musician, for the song's title and chorus. Hi Annie! tour and his 2016–17 One on One tour, as well as his 7 September 2018 Grand Central Terminal concert. Thank you for stopping by! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSCDIUh_eyA. La-la!, a BBC series by Caryl Brahms based on the plays of Georges Feydeau Music Albums. "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" topped singles charts in West Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia and Japan over 1968–69. Awww, haha. Your email address will not be published. , McCartney's perfectionism annoyed his bandmates, and when their producer, George Martin, offered him suggestions for his vocal part, McCartney rebuked him, saying, "Well you come down and sing it. When belatedly issued as a single in the United States in 1976, it peaked at number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100. On a side trip to the town of Versaille I was taking a photo of him in a little out of the way spot. Сейчас слушают: Alex valenso - sky (radio edit ) ♥ insh allax - gozumun nuru♥ Dj squaro feat.  According to Scott's widow, as part of his stage act with his band Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, Scott would call out "Ob la di", to which the audience would respond "Ob la da", and he would then conclude: "Life goes on.  Ian Fortnam of Classic Rock magazine groups it with "Martha My Dear", "Rocky Raccoon" and "Honey Pie" as examples of the "awful lot of sugar" McCartney contributed to the White Album, in an attempt to make it more "palatable" in response to Lennon's determination to include his eight-minute avant-garde piece "Revolution 9". I’d say “oh la la” indicates shock. Let’s keep moving forward. Morandi - Oh la la [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]www.morandi-music.com  At McCartney's insistence, the band remade the song in an effort to capture the performance for which he was aiming. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1986 Vinyl release of "Oh La La" on Discogs. I will let Tom reply about blindé and bondé. Getting excited about life’s simple pleasures. " Like Lennon, Harrison had been vocal in his dislike of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da". I use “oh la” a lot too (and blindé not bondé!!) I worked at a French consulate and I did hear them say that the way you described, in a negative way. A version of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" by Patti LuPone and the cast of Life Goes On was the theme tune for the 1989–1993 drama of that name on ABC in the United States. Letting your hair down. I also think oh la la is used to express encouragement to young kids such as when they present you with a drawing you say “oh la la c’est magnifique, bravo!” Certainly that happens a lot in my bilingual world.  Despite this further work, McCartney conceded that the basic track from the previous day was adequate, and the band returned to the 8 July recording for overdubs during the evening session. Sometimes people ask where I live and I just say I’m originally from NJ to avoid saying I live in France because people automatically assume it’s SO FANCY like the stereotypes lead people to believe. What they say is oh la la and it’s not pronounced the way you think. Thanks for your comment and sorry for any confusion! I teach French to fifth graders here in the US and I always try to undo some of the stereotypes and misconceptions they have already formed. Stewart did not think the song was up to his standards although both he and Lane recorded lead vocals for it. , Aside from Marmalade, two other acts achieved hits in Europe with "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da". Please note: Tom’s mother tongue is French and I don’t edit his posts in an effort to keep them as authentic as possible. I use “oh la” a lot too (and blindé not bondé!!) Hi Annie, thanks for your comment. ***CLICK HERE TO READ FAQ*** Dismiss, Ask Tom Tuesdays: Differences between American and French women, Ask Tom Tuesdays: On American & French social differences, Ask Tom Tuesdays: 7 Quick questions & answers, Ask Tom Tuesdays: The best of both worlds in the USA & France – Part 1, Ask Tom Tuesdays: The best of both worlds – Part 2 – French healthcare, 5 Polite French phrases you need to fit in (AUDIO) ». I think they mean more or less the same thing although I only hear people say blindé to mean it was busy/crowded. !” whereas in French they use it like “oh shit look at that.” Tom described it very well, p.s. A discarded early version of the track, featuring Scott on congas, was included on the band's 1996 compilation Anthology 3.  He said that "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" was "mock-West Indies" and that like the album's other examples of "mock-[music]", "none of it works, it all loses out to the originals, it all sounds stale. I have to agree with you on the “bondé/blindé” thing, I mean you’re technically right, if we all spoke french according to the rules of the académie française we in fact shouldn’t use that term to mean a crowded place.  In 1969, Lennon and McCartney received an Ivor Novello Award for the song. Despite the song's popularity, "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" has been ridiculed by some commentators for its lightheartedness. We have come to the final post introducing the sewing patterns from my new book Make It Simple. It was written by Paul McCartney and credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership. follows the same design formula of many of the more budget-style hotels now in Paris: clean, contemporary, and functional. I enjoyed this article. Is ooh la la French? "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1968 double album The Beatles (also known as "the White Album"). Thank Tom for taking the time to answer questions! The recording sessions for the track were marked by disharmony as McCartney's perfectionism tested his bandmates and their recording staff. Last but not least is the gorgeous Olive pinafore, a Mary Quant-inspired design that's a great layering piece.  That same year, Tom Rowley of The Daily Telegraph said the track was a "reasonable choice" for derision, following the result of the Mars poll, and it subsequently came second (behind "Revolution 9") in the Telegraph's poll to determine the worst Beatles song. I then could say « oh la la c’est blindé (blindé de monde)!  Nik Cohn, writing in The New York Times, gave the double LP an unfavourable review in which he criticised the Beatles for resorting to musical pastiche. I’ve heard people say it in response to opening up a cabinet or closet and seeing a huge mess that falls out in front of them. Ooh La La (Faces album) or the title song (see below), 1973; Ooh La La (Suzi Lane album) or the title song, 1979; Oooh La La! At the end of his speech he even made us repeat that saying « so when you’re at a little market and you see something nice, what are you going to say » and everyone to repeated after him like a choir that « oooh la la ». Well, the actual expression the French use is spelled oh là là. He’s also not a blogger, so if you enjoy his series, please let us know in the comments and of course submit any questions you have for him here on my contact page! "Ooh La La" is a 1973 song by the band Faces, written by Ronnie Lane and Ronnie Wood.  In the recollection of Geoff Emerick, the band's recording engineer, Lennon "openly and vocally detested" the song, calling it "more of Paul's 'granny music shit'", although at times he appeared enthusiastic, "acting the fool and doing his fake Jamaican patois". That also applies to British English and British users. - Oh La La - YouTube • 131 кБит/ с • 3.1mb. What annoys me, in the same area, is the unpronounceable ‘maître d’ ‘ and every American thinking it’s a perfect French word…. , Happy Mondays included "Desmond", which used part of the melody from "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", on their debut album Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out), released in 1987. … And I know it’s a widely spread misconception about French expressions. Lane and Stewart were at odds at the time. Making time for your pet. I’m just emphasizing Tom’s point that it’s usually a response to something negative. , According to Ian MacDonald and Mark Lewisohn:, The Beatles' decision not to issue "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" as a single in the UK or the US led to many acts rushing to record the song, in the hope of achieving a hit in those countries. Of course we say oh la la, but it is the tone employed which makes all the difference. That also applies to British English and British users.  McCartney nevertheless decided to remake the track once more. Suppose this person is passing through Charles de Gaulle Airport, which is near Paris.Imagine that the man is looking at souvenirs and knocks over a small Eiffel Tower made of glass, causing it to shatter. Love that one! I’m often asked what my husband thinks about American (and French) culture, food, the people and more. That’s the perfect way to explain the American usage, Marianne. sorry my computer does not put accents on the letters.  A recording by the Scottish pop band Marmalade, released in late 1968, became the most commercially successful of all the cover versions of songs from The Beatles. Please read my FAQ before placing an order for sizing help and my return policy. Oh la!’, My mother used to pronounce “hou la la!”, and even “hou la la la laaaa!”… but it was a sign of *extreme* annoyance. That’s the most important thing to remember here! " The NME's Alan Smith admired the "good-to-be-alive groove" and said the song was "a great personal favourite". There’s something about French guys… and you just want to hear what they have to say! For example, I need to go to the préfecture to get a document, I’m in a hurry so I’d like to be quick, I arrive there and it’s packed! Abonne toi juste à la chaîne youtube et à ma page Facebook Gilchrist Neftaly et suis moi sur Instagram , Snapchat et Twitter D'CHRISTALY. 03:16. To recap, I’d say that ooh la la isn’t used by French people, so if you want to be showy about your knowledge of French, better try to use something else.  According to author Steve Turner, it has been described as the first song in the "white ska" style. Other Ask Tom Tuesdays can be found here >>.  Conversely, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic includes it among McCartney's "stunning" compositions on the album.  In a discussion at Twickenham Studios in January 1969, McCartney and his girlfriend, Linda Eastman, said they both liked the Bedrocks' version best out of all the cover versions up to that point, including a recent single by Arthur Conley. Life is meant to be lived. The Beatles gathered at Harrison's Esher home in Surrey in May 1968, following their return from Rishikesh, to record demos for their upcoming project. Hi Diane!  McCartney wrote the song when reggae was becoming popular in Britain; author Ian MacDonald describes it as "McCartney's rather approximate tribute to the Jamaican ska idiom". " Record Mirror's reviewer said it was the album's "most pleasant and best recorded track" and praised the "chuck-chuck piano and drum sound". Hi Angie, so happy you’re enjoying the blog and glad I could help out!  In Australia, where the song was part of a doubled A-sided single (backed with the George Harrison composition While My Guitar Gently Weeps), the record achieved sales of over 50,000 copies, being eligible for the award of a Gold Disc. , In the final verse, McCartney made an error by singing, "Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face" (rather than Molly), and had Molly letting "the children lend a hand". Required fields are marked *. The way Americans say it can be best described by Marianne’s comment below, to mean “OH WOW that’s fancy!” But with either, the tone matters. In doing so, according to Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, "the Beatles were creating another first: the first time they had especially recruited session musicians and then rejected the recording. Being kind, always. » as « oh no it’s so packed » to express both my surprise and disappointment. Another example would be “chef.” In France, “chef” means “boss” rather than, the head cook, as it would mean in the U.S. We’re taking a closer look at ooh la la in French. Being comfortable but finding a way to push yourself. Tom had no clue what I was saying when I pronounced hors-d’oeuvre the American way. We alway thought as an expression that the speaker thought Sami was cute or when Sami was behaving in an affectionate way.  During the group's TV appearance on BBC One's Top of the Pops to promote the track, four of the five band members wore kilts; their English-born drummer instead dressed as a redcoat. I think it probably has something to do with the American stereotype of French people being fancy. Remember that we do use oh la la, but almost always with a negative connotation, although a few people (mostly older ones) can use it for positive meaning. Of these, Marmalade became the first Scottish group to have a number 1 hit in the UK when their version topped the Record Retailer chart in late 1968. No! The first time the song was performed live by any of the Beatles was on 2 December 2009, when McCartney played it in Hamburg, Germany, on the first night of a European tour. Tom has the answers and the ooh la la meaning. Drinking iced coffee when it’s cold out. Also, when people have dropped stuff and made a scene. The ‘oh la la’ vs ‘ooooooo la la’ thing is something that always comes up, usually early in the school year. Papa A.P. In a more familiar way, we could say « oh merde » or even « oh putain ».  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