On Dean & Britta's "Back Numbers," their new album and first as a married couple, Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips are the epitome of classic boy-meets-girl pop: She's the lady to his tramp. We asked the duo, who play a sold-out show at the Museum of Fine Arts tonight, to comment on a few of the fabled boy-girl pairs who came before them.
JANE BIRKIN & SERGE GAINSBOURG
Dean:A big influence. They made so many great records, alone and together. My favorite album is Melody Nelson.
Britta: Love them. I prefer his version of Je Taime . . . Moi Non Plus with Brigitte Bardot, though. I wish someone would make a movie about him and cast Adrien Brody.
LEE HAZLEWOOD & NANCY SINATRA
Dean: Hazlewood is an American treasure a brilliant songwriter and pioneering record producer. I have spent many a night lying on the floor listening to their amazing version of Youve Lost That Loving Feeling.
Britta: They are the best. We covered Lees You Turned My Head Around on our new album and managed to get an MP3 to him. We are told that he smiled when he heard it.
TINA &IKE TURNER
Dean: I am partial to Nutbush City Limits.
Britta: Well, I liked her better with Ike, but I dont blame her for takin a hike. Check out Its Gonna Work Out Fine.
KENNY ROGERS & DOLLY PARTON
Dean: I like Dolly Parton and a few songs by Kenny Rogers but didnt know they recorded together. I get my country duets from Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell, a record that played a lot in my house as a kid.
Britta: Im not familiar with their duets, either, but I love her voice. No one else sounds like her. I like his old stuff like Ruby, Dont Take Your Love to Town. His voice reminds me of Bill Clinton.
Dean: Annie Lennox [below with Dave Stewart] frightens me.
Britta: The only song of theirs I ever loved was Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). I took voice lessons with her teacher when I first moved to NYC.