Sunday, 23 November 2008

Versailles - White Soxx

White Soxx was a project by French musicians Frederic Mercier and David Fairstein. As far as I know, the single 'Versailles' was the only thing they released. It was recorded in 1980 for MCA Records, and barely missed the Dutch Top 40 in August 1981. Since 2002, the song appears in the Top 2000 chart of all times, which is compiled by listeners of Dutch Radio 2 at the end of each year.

According to the sleeve of the single, 'Versailles' is a musical interpretation of 'strange events in the grounds of Versailles Palace at the turn of the century'. What these events were, remains as mysterious as the group that made this single...

My collection: 7" single no. 159
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, 1982
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Versailles (edited version)' / 'Versailles (full length version)'


  1. "The strange events" are told in the song by a teacher to his class while they are visiting the palace of Versailles. It's the story of two ladies who found themselves suddenly back in time while visiting the palace. So it's a story-in-a-story-song.

    1. More accurately, it is also called the Moberly–Jourdain incident, or the Ghosts of Petit Trianon or Versailles (according to Wiki)


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