Pan-European Supermodel Song (Oh! Gina)

Album: Borrell 1 (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the lead single from Borrell 1, the debut solo album by former Razorlight frontman, Johnny Borrell. The record was originally recorded on a four track recorder by Borrell and a group of musicians including Razorlight bass player Freddie Stitz, Brazilian saxophonist Joao Mello and Darren Berry. After debuting the songs live, Borrell decided to re-record them in London with the legendary producer Trevor Horn.
  • Borrell's band goes under the name 'Zazou,' which was a radical French movement during the German occupation of France in World War II. The followers expressed their individuality by wearing big or garish clothing and dancing wildly to Swing Jazz and Bebop.
  • The titular Gina is a friend of Johnny Borrell. He told NME: "The song is about driving eight hours from the south of France to Barcelona to see her sing."
  • The Borrell 1 album flopped upon its release, selling just 594 copies during its first week. The former Razorlight frontman's label, Stiff Records, turned the less than pretty sales figures into a LOL in a press release: "First week sales of 594 makes Borrell 1 the 15,678th best-selling album of the year to date," commented the record company's spokesperson. "So far we've achieved 0.00015% sales of Adele's 21 – and 0.03% sales of this week's #1 album from Jahmene Douglas – so we feel like it's all to play for as we move into the all-important week two. We might even break the Top 100."

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