Today, we are proud to bring you the new music video by former The Hold Steady member and World/Inferno Friendship Society accordionist Franz Nicolay. The song is a cover of “I Drink,” originally performed by the French-Armenian performer Charles Aznavour. Nicolay provides some insight to his homage:
“It’s a perfect evocation of how easily drinking for fun can turn into something more toxic and focussed. I still get chills at the end. I’d filed it away to cover immediately (and more than one person has told me I sing a little like Aznavour already); and I’d been looking for an excuse to sing in front of Guignol too.
Aznavour, if you don’t know, is a French-Armenian crooner who may have one of the highest ratios of best-loved entertainer to least-known in the US. Sometimes called “the French Sinatra,” he was discovered by Edith Piaf in the 1940s and became her protegee (he was the passenger in the 1951 car crash, the injuries from which led to her morphine addiction). He’s written over a thousand songs, and is still recording and touring at 88. If you like this, you should also check out ‘What Makes A Man,’ his majestic character sketch of a lonely drag queen.”
You can check out the video right here. The song appears on the recent “Under The Table” split 7-inch with folk punk outfit Mischief Brew, who recorded a cover of “The Mary Ellen Carter” by Stan Rogers. The split was released on June 4th via Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club. Grab your own copy on blue or gold vinyl over here.
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