C'est la Vie (B*Witched song)

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"C'est la Vie"
Image shows B*Witched dancing around a lush green field on a beautiful sunny day. The words "B*Witched" and "C'est La Vie" are written on the picture. There is also an orange and yellow gradient border around the photo with green, red, yellow and orange stars at the bottom of the image.
Single by B*Witched
from the album B*Witched
A-side "C'est la Vie"
B-side "We Four Girls"
Released 25 May 1998 (1998-05-25)
Format CD single, maxi single
Recorded 1997
Genre Pop
Length 2:52
Label Epic, Glow Worm
Writer(s) B*Witched, Ray "Madman" Hedges, Martin Brannigan, Tracy Ackerman
Producer(s) Ray "Madman" Hedges
B*Witched singles chronology
"C'est la Vie"
(1998)
"Rollercoaster"
(1998)
Music video
"C'est la Vie" on YouTube

"C'est la Vie" is a song by Irish girl group B*Witched. It served as their debut single and the lead single from their self-titled debut studio album (1998). Written by band members Edele Lynch, Keavy Lynch, Lindsay Armaou and Sinéad O'Carroll, Ray "Madman" Hedges, Martin Brannigan and Tracey Ackerman, it was released by Epic Records on 25 May 1998. Initially seen as a cheesy nonsensical pop song, the band finally revealed in 2013 that the song was really about sex, masturbation and fellatio.

Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the song was a huge success for the band after it reached number one on the charts in various countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand. In the process, B*Witched became the youngest girl group ever to have a UK number one. In the United States, "C'est la Vie" reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1999, it was nominated for "Best Song Musically and Lyrically" in the Ivor Novello Awards. The accompanying music video for the song features the four girls dancing around a lush green field full of bright flowers with a puppy as they playfully tease a teenage boy.

"C'est la Vie" has been featured in numerous films and television shows since its release in 1998, including Smart House (1999), Daria (1999), What Women Want (2000) and Life-Size (2000).

Background and release[edit]

"C'est la Vie" was written by B*Witched members Edele Lynch, Keavy Lynch, Lindsay Armaou and Sinead O'Carroll, Ray "Madman" Hedges, Martin Brannigan and Tracy Ackerman. Initially seen as a cheesy nonsensical pop song, the band finally revealed in 2013 that the song is actually about sex, hence lyrics such as "I'll show you mine if you show me yours" and "I'll huff, I'll puff, I'll blow you away".[1]

Critical reception[edit]

In 1999, the song was nominated for "Best Song Musically and Lyrically" at the Ivor Novello Awards.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"C'est la Vie" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 31 May 1998 and remained at the top the following week. It also went to number one in the group's home country of Ireland, as well as in New Zealand. The song went to number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the Australian ARIA Charts. It went Platinum in Australia for sales of over 35,000 copies.[3] The song has sold almost 900,000 copies in the UK as of 2013.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Alison Murray, who later also directed the UK video for "Rollercoaster". It begins with the four girls lying on the ground in the field on a sunny day. A dog is introduced into the clip next to one of the girls and the quartet then begin dancing and singing to a teenage boy in a treehouse. The girls then tie the guy up to a tree and the dog chases toward him before he is magically bombarded with lipstick kiss marks all over his face. After the boy becomes free from the tree, the girls then hose him with water and begin performing an Irish jig before lying back down in the field where they began.

In 2013, the group revealed that the song was really about sex. Keavy Lynch also revealed that Murray initially wanted Sinéad O'Carroll to look down her own jeans as she sang the line "I'll show you mine if you show me yours", but that this request was stopped rather quickly by the group's management.[1]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Ireland 22 May 1998 CD, vinyl, cassette Epic Records
United Kingdom 25 May 1998

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 2003, Brazilian pop group Rouge released a cover of "C'est la Vie" on their second studio album, also titled C'est la Vie.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Cher up for Novello prize". BBC. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 1998 Singles". ARIA. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Myers, Justin (7 June 2013). "Official Charts Flashback: 1998 – B*Witched's C'est La Vie". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  5. ^ C'est La Vie (UK CD 1 Single liner notes). B*Witched. Epic. 1998. 666053 2. 
  6. ^ C'est La Vie (UK CD 2 Single liner notes). B*Witched. Epic. 1998. 666053 5. 
  7. ^ C'est La Vie (Australia CD Single liner notes). B*Witched. Epic. 1998. 666078 2. 
  8. ^ C'est La Vie (UK CD Promo Single liner notes). B*Witched. Epic Records. 1998. XPCD2240. 
  9. ^ C'est La Vie (US CD Maxi-Single liner notes). B*Witched. Epic. 1998. 49K 79085. 
  10. ^ "Australian-charts.com – B*Witched – C'est la Vie". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  11. ^ "B*Witched – C'est la Vie – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
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  15. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
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  17. ^ "Italiancharts.com – B*Witched – C'est la Vie". Top Digital Download.
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  20. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – B*Witched – C'est la Vie". VG-lista.
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – B*Witched – C'est la Vie". Singles Top 60.
  22. ^ "Archive Chart: 1998-06-06" UK Singles Chart.
  23. ^ "B*Witched Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for B*Witched.
  24. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 1998". ARIA. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  25. ^ "Ultratop Belgian Charts". Ultratop. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  26. ^ "Ultratop Belgian Charts". Ultratop. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  27. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  28. ^ "Ultratop 50 Albums Wallonie 1998". Ultratop. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  29. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  30. ^ "British single certifications – B*Witched – C'est la Vie". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter C'est la Vie in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  31. ^ "American single certifications – B*Witched – C'est la Vie". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  32. ^ Jeffrey, Don (22 January 2000). Best-selling Records of 1999. Billboard. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Feel It" by The Tamperer featuring Maya
UK Singles Chart number-one single
6 June 1998 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Three Lions '98" by Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds