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'Zou Bisou Bisou': 'Mad Men' attempts to boost a '60s French pop hit

March 26, 2012 |  2:14 pm

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It's the scene from Sunday night's "Mad Men" season premiere that has people talking: Jessica Pare as Megan, the current Mrs. Don Draper, serenades her husband at his birthday party with the sexy, slinky number "Zou Bisou Bisou" while wearing a barely there miniskirt.

Overnight, the French song was being passed around social media, mostly as a black-and-white YouTube video of the original version recorded by Gillian Hills. But Pare's 2012 cover version was available on iTunes, released at midnight. Lionsgate Television Music also released a vinyl single of the song, available for sale through AMC's website.  It will eventually be available on Amazon and in stores.

However, despite heavy presence on Twitter and discussion on every major media website, neither version of the song had managed to crack iTunes' Top 100 singles by midday on Monday. (The Pare version was down at 155.)

The song, whose title translates roughly to "Oh! Kiss Kiss" was also featured in the 1960 film "The Millionairess," in which a slightly altered version of the tune was performed by Sophia Loren.

But to gauge by fan discussion, interest is high: Just because fans aren't shelling out hard-earned pennies to Apple doesn't necessarily mean they aren't digging the sexy French tune.

"Mad Men" fan Casey Sullivan tweeted, "i love that zou bisou bisou turned out to be a huge takeaway from last night's @MadMen_AMC  premiere. Listening to it on @Spotify  all day."

Brooklyn resident Dave Gonzales, however, signaled what could be a speedy "Zou Bisou Bisou" backlash when he wrote, "Why am I whistling the Andy Griffith theme even though it was before my time? Because I CAN'T TAKE ZOU BISOU BISOU AGAIN TODAY!"

Will "Zou Bisou Bisou" become the next "Someone Like You" or "Mambo Number 5?"


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— Patrick Kevin Day

Photo: Jessica Pare as Megan in "Mad Men." Credit: AMC.