April March

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For the American exotic dancer, see April March (dancer).
April March
Birth name Elinor Blake
Born (1965-04-20) April 20, 1965 (age 49)
New York City, United States
Genres indie pop
Occupation(s) singer/songwriter
Instruments vocals
Years active 1994–present

April March (born Elinor Blake on April 20, 1965) is an American singer-songwriter who sings in English and French. She is widely known for the song "Chick Habit", which was featured in the films But I'm a Cheerleader and Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof.[1]

She is also a cartoon animator, including a stint as a principal animator for the Ren and Stimpy show. She went to Parsons The New School for Design and California Institute Of The Arts for Character Animation.

As a child, Blake became fascinated with France, and in junior high participated in an exchange program in France. She graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts in 1983, after which she moved back to New York City to become a cartoon animator. March worked as an animator for Archie Comics and Pee Wee's Playhouse; in 1986 she worked on the Madonna feature Who's That Girl, animating the star in the title sequence and the contemporaneous music video. Her first band, The Pussywillows, was formed in 1987; March took a year off to attend the Disney-founded Character Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. In 1991 the Pussywillows broke up and March formed The Shitbirds, which lasted until 1995. Since then, March has recorded as a solo artist, and has appeared on some motion picture soundtracks, as well as performing the theme song for the Cartoon Network series I Am Weasel.

Her albums contain songs sung in both English and French, and her style is heavily influenced by French 1960s pop music.

Her best known work is the English translation of the Serge Gainsbourg song, "Laisse tomber les filles", renamed as "Chick Habit." The song has since been featured in the 1999 campy teen comedy But I'm a Cheerleader, and was brought to wider audiences in Quentin Tarantino's 2007 film Death Proof; it was also used as the backing music to television advertisements for the Renault Twingo in the UK and in France in 2008. It currently part of the soundtrack of immersive theatre production by Punch Drunk 'The Drowned Man' in London (until March 2014).

Her song, Garcon Glacon, is also featured in the American show, The O.C.

March has collaborated in the U.S. with the Dust Brothers, and in France with Bertrand Burgalat. She has collaborated also with the garage rock band Bassholes. Her collaboration album with Steve Hanft is titled Magic Monsters. It became available via iTunes, Amazon.com, and other digital music distributors on 22 April 2008. The album is available on vinyl format on the label Martyrs of Pop.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Gainsbourgsion ! (1993) - France only
  • Paris In April (1995)
  • Superbanyair (1997) - Japan only
  • April March Sings Along With The Makers (1997) - Collaboration with The Makers
  • Lessons Of April March (1998) - Compilation
  • April March and Los Cincos (1998)
  • Chrominance Decoder (1999)
  • Triggers (2002)
  • Magic Monsters (2008) - Collaboration with Steve Hanft
  • "April March and Aquasege" (2012)

EPs[edit]

  • Voodoo Doll (1993)
  • April March (1994)
  • Chick Habit (1995)
  • April March and Los Cincos Featuring The Choir (1997) - Japan only limited edition. Features Petra Haden and Bennett.
  • Dans les yeux d'April March (1999) - France only. Limited edition Tricatel Club Release. Pressed on 10" translucent white vinyl.

Singles[edit]

  • "Mignonette" (1996)
  • "Sometimes When I Stretch" (2003)
  • "Jesus And I Love You" (1998) - Orgazmo Soundtrack

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swihart, Stanton. "Biography: April March". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 

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