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2010 Event Media Release - He Drank Too Many Cigarettes

Media Release: Friday, June 25, 2010

Fiona Thorn celebrates the brilliance of Serge Gainsbourg in He Drank Too Many Cigarettes

“a fine singer whose passionate identification with the material sets every note on fire and can burn a hole in your heart.” The Advertiser

Celebrate the genius of Serge Gainsbourg with He Drank Too Many Cigarettes.

Songstress Fiona Thorn and a five-piece band will perform songs from Gainsbourg’s songbook to show how Bardot, Greco, Birken, an entire country and a good portion of the planet were totally transfixed by the power of his music.

Accompanied by Alon Ilsar (drums), Ross McFerrin (guitar/clarinet), Igor Oskolkov (violin/trombone/percussion), Mick Stuart (bass) and John Thorn (pinao/keyboards), she has dug into an eclectic repertoire that includes French chanson, electronica and pop music.

Gainsbourg was a man way ahead of his time – a provocateur who cast a spell on many and became an icon of 20th century France.

He Drank Too Many Cigarettes is not about the man but all about his music. By the time Thorn sings the Vatican-banned Je T Aime Moi Non Plus audiences will be already bewitched.

Fiona Thorn studied at Melbourne University, majoring in French and Linguistics, and the Sorbonne University, Paris. A lover of languages, she sings in eight.

She is the creator of character Pastel Vespa who has toured the world and released the CDs L’anarchie and Takin’ the Back Roads in Europe, America and Japan.

As Pastel Vespa she toured the UK, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and performed across Australia at the Sydney Opera House, the Famous Spiegeltent, Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Thorn has written many songs and shows including All Het Up with Guy Rundle and John Thorn (nominated for two Green Room Awards), Million Sellers with Bob Downe (nominated for three Green Room Awards), Max Gillies Live at the Club Republic and Silly Season.

She sings with the B# Big Band, and has sung with the Ted White Big Band and the Roger Clark Big Band. He Drank Too Many Cigarettes is also playing as part of the Melbourne Cabaret Festival on July 22 and 23. 

WHAT: He Drank Too Many Cigarettes
WHO: Fiona Thorn
WHEN: 16 &  17 July               
WHERE: The Studio
TIME: 7.30pm
DURATION: 75mins
PRICE: Table seats from $39 or $29 concession. Mezzanine seats from $29/$19.
BOOKINGS: 02 9250 7777 or

MEDIA CONTACT: Nathan McIlroy, Senior Publicist, Sydney Opera House
02 9250 7596 / 0434 121 146 /


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