Love on the Beat

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Love on the Beat
Love on the Beat (Front Cover).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 2, 1984 (1984-10-02)
RecordedJune 1984
StudioStudio House of Music, New Jersey
GenreNew wave, electronic
LabelMercury, Universal Records
ProducerBilly Rush, Philippe Lerichomme
Serge Gainsbourg chronology
Mauvaises nouvelles des étoiles
Love on the Beat
Gainsbourg Live
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Love on the Beat is a 1984 studio album by French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. On this album, Gainsbourg used American musicians to achieve a funk-heavy rock sound. The album was controversial due to its very sexual lyrical content, with homosexuality and prostitution as the subject matters on many of the tracks. Perhaps the most controversial was "Lemon Incest", which was set to Frédéric Chopin's Étude No. 3 and sung as a duet with his then-13-year-old daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Critical reception[edit]

The French edition of Rolling Stone magazine named this album the 63rd greatest French rock album (out of 100).[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Serge Gainsbourg, except where noted.

1."Love on the Beat"8:04
2."Sorry Angel"3:57
3."Hmm Hmm Hmm"2:50
4."Kiss Me Hardy"4:25
5."No Comment"5:08
6."I'm the Boy"4:28
7."Harley David Son of a Bitch"3:01
8."Lemon Incest" (Serge Gainsbourg, Frédéric Chopin)5:12


Credits adapted from liner notes.



  • John Rollo – engineering
  • Nelson Ayres – engineering assistance
  • Larry Alexander – mixing
  • Jean Marie Guérin – mastering
  • Jean-Pierre Haie – remastering
  • Jean Ber – photography
  • William Klein – photography
  • Claude Delorme – photography
  • Jacques Aubert – photography
  • Philippe Lerichomme – production


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. Love on the Beat at AllMusic
  2. ^ Magazine Rolling Stone, n°18 of February 2010, ISSN 1764-1071

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