We recently caught up with Francois Peglau, for a little bit of clarification about one Alain Delon. For a quick primer, stream “I’ll Never Be Alain Delon,” from The Imminent Failure of Francois Peglau, below. Here’s what Peglau had to say about the actor:
Well, Alain Delon is one of the biggest French film stars. His peak period was between 1950s and 1960s, and during that time he was considered the French James Dean. Initially, he made it because his looks but he became a very professional actor. Some of his films are really good (Plein Soleil, based on Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley), and some not that good.
He represents the golden era of French cinema (not the nouvelle vague), where everyone looked chic, everything was filmed in Cinerama and everyone drives a convertible in front of the Mediterranean. Not many people outside of France still remember him, but my mom loved his movies and made me watch many of them when I was a kid.
I used Alain Delon … as a metaphor of success and fame, and my impossibility of achieving any of those as he. The song title says it clearly; I will never be Alain Delon. There is only one Alain. But nobody can blame me for trying.
Not at all.
Catch Peglau’s “socio-Peruvian lo-fi pop” at the links below. And think about taking that drive through the Rivieria.