Mylène Farmer’s Désenchantée : Still Enchanting

Underrated in the grand scene that is pop music, French singer and lyricist Mylène Farmer (September 12, 1961) is definitely one of my favorite pop music artists if only for one song: Désenchantée.

Back in March 1991 it topped the French charts for over 2 months. It was covered by Kate Ryan in 2002. Not a bad version for the average euro cheese pop cover but, as you’d expect, it lacks the emotion and intensity of the original.

Mylene Farmer

Mylene Farmer performing Desenchantee live at Bercy in 2006

I love the song because of its chord progressions combined with a fantastic melody and the poetically written serious lyrics. So even though the music is upbeat and euphoric, it’s underlying core is that of despair, sorrow, inward reflection and hopelessness. In fact, it was inspired by the 1934 book On The Heights Of Despair by Romanian philosopher Emil Corian. But I’d say it could be any existentialist. Even when I first heard the song – and I don’t really speak French – I knew I heard more than just an infectious piece of pop music anthem.

Admittedly I was late to the party when it comes to discovering her but despite the lack of understanding the French language, like most of us, I do speak the universal language of music and when I heard Moi… Lolita by Alizée , also written and produced by Farmer, I got sucked in once again and appreciated Mylène Farmer even more. I do think Moi… Lolita is on par with Désenchantée and one of the best pop songs ever.

Alizee

Alizee

Though my own music is (arguably) not Pop, I am a sucker for melodies. And I love the art of artists wrapping all that emotion in a 4 minute or less song. That’s why I like good Pop Music. The general thought is that Dance Music shouldn’t deal with anything serious. But I disagree to an extent. Until I’ve found the right formula or ideas I don’t think I could ever write and produce one…

Just watch the video and see all those smiling and happy faces singing along with the lines

Everything is chaos
By comparison
All of my ideals:
Damaged words…
I’m looking for a soul
Who will be able to help me
I am from
A disenchanted generation,
Disenchanted

It’s pretty awesome.

I originally intended to write about Mylène Farmer’s obscurity in the world of pop music but that’s not true at all; She has sold more than 30 million records in France and her popularity is immense in various parts of the world. Still, I wish she’d be even more known, but that’s just my ego talking here and in a microscopic version of the music world – like underground dance music – it’s been said about many, I’d even say the majority – including about myself – by music lovers all over the world in any genre.

Mylène Farmer

Mylène Farmer

Of course I don’t like all of her musical output but if someone can write and produce a song like Désenchantée that’s good enough for me to be a lifelong worshiper. The original clip is a work of art, as many of her other vids but my fave is the version she did in the Mylenium Tour. Here’s one with the English translation:

8-Track Mind June 05 2014

8TM June 2014

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8TM June 2014

00 – Lemon8 – 8TM Prologue
01 – Reig – Leave In Smoke
02 – Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic – Favela (Van Bellen Remix)
03 – Deep Reactor – Purple Shadow
04 – LoQuai – Helios
05 – Giovi & Gabux – Work That Sucks
06 – Airwave -Triangle (Inkfish Remix)
07 – Reflection Soul – Constellation
08 – Yuriy From Russia, Cream Sound – My Way Is Heaven
09 – Budakid – Back To Live (One Opinion Remix)
10 – Quivver – Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ on but the Rent (Quivver Dub Mix)
11 – Danny Tenaglia – Be Yourself (Jerome Robins Simple Edit)
12 – North Atlantic – Lights Out (Lemon8 rmx) Remaster 2011
13 – Deriwer – Lhasa (Original Mix)
14 – Tilt feat. Sam Mollison – The Hurt (Andre Sobota Dub Mix)
15 – Ewan Rill – Deep Sea (Original Mix)
16 – Hairdryer – One (Original Mix)
17 – !Reflekt feat. Delline Bass – Need To Feel Loved (Adam K. & Soha Vocal Mix)
18 – Melonum – Frankfurt Am Main (Original Mix)

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8-Track Mind May 2014

Brand new music in this episode to start your Summer, Winter (down unda), road trip, bike ride or pre party!

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8TM May 2014

 

00 Lemon8 – 8TM Prologue
01 Corei – Sinestesia (Donatello Remix)
02 4H Community – Tribal Coma (Brutal Dub Mix)
03 Jelly For The Babies – Afterhours (Original Mix)
04 Cut Knob – Bandolero (Ewan Rill Remix)
05 Lautaro Varela – Gone (Antu Coimbra Remix)
06 Claes Rosen – If I Could Be U (Blood Groove & Kikis Remix)
07 Quantum Shift – Fountain (Original Mix)
08 4H Community – Depth Of Consciousness (Deeprog 4H Dub Mix)
09 East Cafe – Outback (Napalm Remix)
10 Danny Tenaglia – Be Yourself (Jerome Robins Simple Edit)
11 Nugen – Braaj (Lemon8 Remix)
12 Sailor & I – Tough Love (Juan Deminicis & Martin Etchegaray Remix)
13 Mindset – Yuu (V I F Remix)
14 Monojoke – Begone (D.X.Xavier Remix)
15 Derek Howell – Dark Horse (Dibby Dougherty Remix)
16 Dirty Cat -Space (Original Mix)
17 Tektonica – Type One (Gary Delaney Dreamix)
18 Moshic – Do It To Me Now (Manu Riga Progtrip Remix)

 

 

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8-Track Mind April 2014

LEMON8 Live! 2005

What was the Progressive House sound back in 2005?
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The track listed posted here is by approximation and taken from mixcloud.com

There is no official track list.

~Harry~

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* Broadcasted earlier as 8-Track Mind December 2009
**Remastered for optimum sound quality

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1.UNKNOWN
2.Blame (Luke Chable mix)
byPowerplant
3.UNKNOWN
4.Lochness (original mix)
byJose Zamora & C Nemmo
5.UNKNOWN
6.No Start For A Change (Piece Process remix)
byPsalt
7.UNKNOWN
8.Somewhere – Clear Blue (original mix edit)
byMarkus Schulz presents Elevation
9.UNKNOWN
10.Somewhere – Clear Blue (original mix edit)
byMarkus Schulz presents Elevation
11.Strange World (feat Lesley – Lemon 8 remix)
byGreed
12.Sanctuary (Ivan Gough remix)
byOrigene
13.UNKNOWN
14.Move Yo! (feat Norman Soares)
byMatthew Dekay
15.Nanga (Stereo Tribal mix)
byDe Loren & Colors
16.Senses (Sphere mix)
byLiam Shachar
17.UNKNOWN
18.Cages (Lemon8 mix)
byGirl Nobody
19.UNKNOWN

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8-Track Mind March 2014

An all new roller-coaster of an episode!
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* Tracks 21 and 22 are classics from Forensic Records, NYC, US

8TM MARCH 2014

00 Lemon8 – 8TM Prologue
01 Sound Quelle – About You
02 Karmine Rosciano – What Do You Believe
03 PROFF – Paradigm
04 PROFF – What It Feels Like
05 La Rose – Distance Between Us
06 Suspect 44 – The End
07 Lutzenkirchen – The Imp (Da Fresh Remix)
08 Vadim Soloviev – It’s A Funky Record
09 Alex Vidal – Stellarium
10 Evave – Feel Your sun
11 The Rogue Agents – Saphfire
12 Cloudive – I Wanna Know
13 1Touch – Be Strong (Yuriy From Russia Remix)
14 Sunn Jellie – Stargaze (Cosmonaut Remix)
15 Alexander B – Back To Home
16 Fon Leman – Constant Religion (Aerofeel 5 Remix)
17 Nico Parisi – Soulit (Sector 7 Remix)
18 Lonely Sun and Nicolas Agudelo – Aurora Storm
19 Biologik – Stories
20 Remo – Ivision
21 Little Green Men – These Are The Beats (Third Movement Mix)

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8-Track Mind January 2014

8-Track Mind January, 2014

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00 Lemon8 – 8TM Prologue
01 Bagagee Viphex13 – Sweven (Makotrax Remix)
02 Hoova & White Resonance – Disconnected (Matter Remix)
03 Gvozdini – The Space Boy Is Here (Giese & Mike Kelly feat. Dylan Naylor Remix)
04 Davi – Minor
05 Michael Levan and Steven Rivic – Topless (Dale Middleton Remix)
06 Jobb & Corco – Army Of Dreamers
07 Nico Parisi – Caress (Yuriy From Russia Dark Remix)
08 Joris Voorn – Ringo (Praveen Achary Carousel Rework)
09 Blue Amazon – No Other Love (Sillinder Remix)
10 JML – Seek Til You Find (Oliver Lieb Remix)
11 Stanley Progman – Dance
12 DJ Mendezismz – Baco
13 Ben Coda – Second Shower
14 NV & Noy – Ibiza
15 Noah – Keep On Movin
16 Jacob Singer – No Want (Joe Fisher & Diego Corbijn Remix)
17 Sheens – Hey You (COMON Paradise Mix)
18 Nico Ferrero – The Acrobats (Feri Remix)
19 C-Jay and Yoram – The Holstee Manifesto (Beat Syndrome Remix)
20 Gaulois – Living On The Music

 

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