The song “Zou Bisou Bisou” has likely been stuck in the heads of many Mad Men fans today after hearing Megan Draper (Jessica ParÃ©) wow her workmates with her sexy rendition of the French tune last night on the season premiere of the show. So who sang the original 1960s version of the infectious tune, and what does the song mean?
According to The Daily Mail, singer/actress Gillian Hills recorded the tune when she was just 16 years old. Back then the British-born, French-raised beauty was being billed as the next Brigette Bardot, so it should come as no surprise that some of her later roles would be rather sexy onesÂ—she and actress Jane Birkin took part in one of the first full-frontal nude scenes in the 1966 movie Blow-Up. Mad Men star Jessica ParÃ© has also done nude scenes in movies like Stardom and Hot Tub Time Machine, so if only poor Harry had a time machine, he could console himself by watching the object of his “affection” in these movies after losing his office to Pete and humiliating himself in front of Megan.
Anyway, back to “Zou Bisou Bisou.” Gillian Hills’ version of the song was so addictive that it was quickly covered by Sophia Loren in the 1960 British romantic comedy The Millionairess, but it was Americanized with the lyrics changed to “Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo.” In Gillian’s music video for the song, she can be seen sweetly singing the tune while two blonde women relax in chairs and move in sync with one another when they shrug their shoulders and remove their sunglasses. Gillian is dressed much more conservatively than Megan DraperÂ—she wears a high-necked sweater, while Megan rocked a super-short mod-style dress (times are certainly a-changin’ on Mad Men). The odd ending of the video has Gillian wheeling away a baby carriage similar to the one that Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks) brings her little one to the office in. Joan was sad that she missed Megan’s burlesque show, saying of Don, “I can’t even imagine how? handsome that man would be blushing.”
The song’s lyrics are much more innocent than Megan made them sound; they roughly translate to “Oh! Kiss kiss,” with “bisou” being a kind of French greeting that’s often used at the end of a letter (kind of like XXX OOO).
You can check out both version of “Zou Bisou Bisou” below and sound off on which one you like best, the original or Megan’s sexed-up version.
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