11 January 2015



Show 218

Maman a Tort by Mylene Farmer.  Request.  Her 1984 debut. (My mum is wrong)

Mechant Petard by Plastic Bertrand.  born in Brussels of a French father and Ukrainian mother – bit of a scandal recently with a court deciding that he did not sing his own material – a Francophone Milli Vanilli!  But still good fun.

Ella, elle l’a by France Gall. After a 2-decade music career that had her recording first in her native France and then in West Germany, this track came out in 1987 as a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and was a bit of a surprise hit.

Don’t let Me be Misunderstood by Santa Esmeralda. A U.S./French Disco group formed in the 1970s; perhaps best known for their 1977 hit disco remake of the 1960s hit “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” It was also the title track of their debut album.

Song for Europe by Roxy Music.  Request.

7 Seconds by Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry.  Request.

Voyage Voyage by Desireless.  The first single from her debut album François released at the end of 1986. Despite being sung entirely in French, it was a huge worldwide hit between 1986 and 1988…even in the UK and Ireland, usually closed to French language pop music.  She’s a lovely woman, too, looking a tad like Annie Lennox at the time, with the blonde cropped hair and men’s suit.

I Don’t Know by Phyllis Nelson and Alain Delon.  It was included in the original soundtrack of the 1985 French film, Parole De Flic (Cop’s Honor). She is American but based in France.

Heroes by David Bowie.  In French!  Request.

I have a Dream (in French) by Nana Mouskouri and Frida. Request. This was a request back in year 3 of TripleX during my Abba birthday show…had to whip it out again for this French extravaganza.


*Je ne sais pas pourquoi by Kylie Minogue.  Kylie herself isn’t French, that I know of, but she’s lived there and this track’s chorus is obviously in French…It’s a 1988 single from her debut album, Kylie, also from 1988.

*Bound for Glory by Angry Anderson. 1990 track by this Franco-Mauritian Australian…who knew?!

*Sorrento Moon (I Remember) by Tina Arena.  1995 single for Arena’s second album Don’t Ask (1994). The song is about Arena’s childhood memories of summers past with her family at Sorrento beach. She’s neither French nor singing in French here…but she’s lived there!  And does sing in French…just didn’t record anything prior to 1995. And apparently the most popular Australian singer in France…

*Mincalor (dance mix) by Manu Dibango, including Aussie trumpeter David Lewis. Lewis relocated to France in 1982 and joined Dibango’s band in 1991, for the album from which this single was taken, Polysonik.  Oh, I know it’s a stretch!  But they all have been today, I’m afraid…

*Confide in Me by Kylie Minogue (French version). 1994 single.

*Change of Heart by Jimmy Barnes. 1995 single from his 1995 solo album, Psyclone, recorded while he and his family were living primarily in Aix-en-Provence in France.

Boule de Flipper by Corynne Charby. French hit from 1986, her first, though she’d released a number of tracks prior. She was also a model and actress.

Belle by Daniel Balavoine & Frida.  Request. The French version of Arrival recorded in 1983.  à l’occasion de la sortie du conte musical consacré à Abba : Abbacadabra.  For Gavan.

Joy by Francois Feldman.  1992 song recorded by French singer-songwriter François Feldman. It was the third single from his third album Magic Boul’vard, and was released in the first days of February 1992.  It was the best selling single in France that year.

C’es comme ca by Les Rita Mitsouko. French pop rock group The Rita Mitsoukos formed by the guitarist Fred Chichin and the singer Catherine Ringer. The duo first performed as Rita Mitsouko at Gibus Club in Paris in 1980. They went on to become one of the most acclaimed musical acts in France.  He died in 2007 and she retired the name. This is a 1986 single from their second album, The No Comprendo.

Pour que Tu M’aimes Encore by Celine Dion. (So That You’ll Love me Again)  First single from Deux, her 17th French language album, both single and album from 1995.