Love on the Beat

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Love on the Beat
Love on the Beat (Front Cover).jpg
Studio album by Serge Gainsbourg
Released October 2, 1984
Recorded June 1984
Studio Studio House of Music, New Jersey
Genre New wave, electronic
Length 37:10
Label Mercury/Universal Records
Producer Billy Rush, Philippe Lerichomme
Serge Gainsbourg chronology
Mauvaises nouvelles des étoiles
(1981)Mauvaises nouvelles des étoiles1981
Love on the Beat
Gainsbourg Live
(1986)Gainsbourg Live1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars [1]

Love on the Beat is a 1984 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. 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 composed by Serge Gainsbourg; except where indicated

  1. "Love On The Beat"
  2. "Sorry Angel"
  3. "Hmm Hmm Hmm"
  4. "Kiss Me Hardy"
  5. "No Comment"
  6. "I'm The Boy"
  7. "Harley David Son of a Bitch"
  8. "Lemon Incest" (Gainsbourg, Frédéric Chopin)


  • Serge Gainsbourg - vocals, synthesizer, arranger
  • Billy Rush - bass, guitar, producer, drum programming
  • Larry Fast - synthesizer, synthesizer programming
  • Stan Harrison - saxophone
  • George Simms, Steve Simms - background vocals
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg - arranger, vocals on "Lemon Incest"
  • Larry Alexander - mixing
  • John Rollo - engineer
  • Nelson Ayres - assistant engineer
  • Jean Ber - photography
  • Jean-Pierre Haie - remastering
  • William Klein - photography
  • Claude Delorme - photography
  • Jacques Aubert - photography
  • Philippe Lerichomme - producer
  • Jean Marie Guérin - mastering


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