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April 4, 2011 / Nick

Voyage Voyage – Desireless


What can I say? I’m a slave to a heavy synth and lyrics I don’t understand (as well as songs with a horn section, close vocal harmonies, or slap bass).

Now, this song came out in 1987, I was born in 1989 and I don’t think I ever heard it until early 2010. So that’s 20 years of my life where not one of you thought to share this with me. Not the radio, not the telly, not the internet.

Frankly I feel let down by you all. Because it’s incredible.

Desireless, I’ve discovered, is the stage name of the Parisian prot0-Jedward styled singer Claudie Fritsch-Mentrop who scored a top-ten with ‘Voyage Voyage’ in 15 countries. The internationally successful track has an accompanying music video so inexplicable that it’s enough to give even the most abstract thinkers a headache.

Old ladies playing snap

Woman eating petals

Man ignoring daughter

Your guess is as good as mine

The funny thing I’ve learned since doing this blog is that sometimes the things impress you the most artistically aren’t the same as the things that are your favourites. I touched upon this with the post about a-ha. ‘Take On Me’ is one of my favourite ever songs, but I don’t think it’s in the top 3 best songs by a-ha (i.e. The most well made songs by the band).

Long before Jedward

How can that be so? Well, ‘Take On Me’ reminds me of good times with my friends and parties and embarrassing but unforgettable karaoke performances. ‘Hunting High And Low’ doesn’t have that same emotional link so it’s not really a ‘favourite’ even though it’s clearly the most accomplished song.
This is exactly the thing with ‘Voyage Voyage’. In terms of pure pop songs, there are probably few better, but it lacks the connection with my life to make it a true favourite. So I’ve decided to share it with you, dear readers. It can be ‘our song’. But only if you promise that you aren’t withholding any more bizarrely enjoyable European pop songs from the 1980s. Good.

Review: Definitely in with a shout at being the most amazing pop song of all time.
10/10

‘Voyage Voyage’ by Desireless on Spotify.

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