Les Démons de minuit

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"Les démons de minuit"
Single by Images
from the album Album d'Images
B-side Instrumental
Released June 1986
Format 7" single, 12" maxi
Recorded 1986
Genre Pop
Length 3:54 (album)
6:05 (extended)
Writer(s) Richard Seff
Stéphane Despres
Jean Louis Pujade
Phillipe Mimouni
Christophe Despres
Producer(s) Richard Seff
Certification Platinum France, 1986
Images singles chronology
"Les Démons de minuit"
(1986)
"Corps à corps"
(1997)

"Les Démons de minuit" is the debut single of the French band Images. Released in June 1986, it was the first single from their first album Album d'Images. Very popular, the song was a huge hit in France. It was the summer hit of 1986, peaking at number one for 13 weeks.[1]

Background and writing[edit]

"Les Démons de minuit" was also released as an English version (by the same group), titled "Love Emotion".[2]

It was very difficult for the group to find a record company agreeing to sign a contract with them, because at the beginning nobody believed in the potential of the song.

Christophe Desprès, who took part in the composition of the song, was also a member of the group Pacifique, which released two hits in the late 1980s.

At the time, the music video apparently was regarded scandalous in France as it featured a little particular priest, tortured by the temptation among seductive women.

Chart performances[edit]

In France, the single debuted at #30 on SNEP Chart on June 21, 1986. It reached very quickly the top 10 (two weeks after), and climbed to #1 on July 19. There it stayed for 13 weeks. After that, the single fell almost every week but managed to stay in the charts until its 30th week.[1]

For about seven years, "Les Démons de minuit" remained the song with "most weeks at number one" on French SNEP Singles Chart (this record was also performed in 1987 by Licence IV's "Viens boire un p'tit coup à la maison", and was beaten in 1993 by Jordy's "Dur dur d'être bébé!", which stayed at #1 for 15 weeks).[3]

It was one of the most successful singles of the 1980s in France.

Cover versions[edit]

"Les Démons de minuit" was re-recorded by the group Images in 1996 in a remixed version and features in this new version on their cover album Jusqu'au bout de la nuit, which was #1 on French Albums Chart for four weeks in France and #6 in Belgium (Wallonia).[4]

In 1999, the song was included in a successful medley entitled "Jusqu'au bout de la nuit", performed with Émile, the singer of French band Gold (#12 in France, #24 in Wallonia).[5]

The song was covered by DV8 feat. R. Fame in 2002. It was also covered by Soma Riba and DJ Fou in 2005, and this version achieved a minor success, failing the Top 50 (#54 in France).[6]

The playback of the song was used for a rap version in English-language under the title "Devil's Rap" (by "Ramsdy Jay and Gang").[2]

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Les Démons de minuit" — 3:54
  2. "Les Démons de minuit" (instrumental) — 3:58
12" maxi
  1. "Les Démons de minuit" — 6:05
  2. "Les Démons de minuit" (instrumental) — 4:25

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France3 Platinum[7] 1986 1,000,000 1,175,000[8]
France4 Silver[9] November 10, 1999 125,000 132,000[10]

3 Original version (1986)
4 Medley version (1999)

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"En Rouge et Noir" by Jeanne Mas
French SNEP number one single
July 19, 1986 - October 11, 1986 (13 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Holiday Rap"
by MC Miker G & DJ Sven
Preceded by
"Éthiopie" by Chanteurs sans Frontières
French SNEP single of the year
1986
Succeeded by
"Viens boire un p'tit coup à la maison"
by Licence IV

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Les Démons de minuit", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 22, 2008)
  2. ^ a b Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 80 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  3. ^ Alex P. King, Hit-parade, 20 ans de tubes, 2005, Pascal Ed., p. 9 (ISBN 978-2350190099) Vingt ans de tubes (Retrieved April 23, 2008)
  4. ^ Jusqu'au bout de la nuit, French and Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 22, 2008)
  5. ^ a b "Jusqu'au bout de la nuit", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 22, 2008)
  6. ^ a b "Les Démons de minuit" (Soma Riba and DJ Fou version), French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 22, 2008)
  7. ^ Images' certifications in France Chartsinfrance.net (Retrieved February 22, 2008)
  8. ^ Images' certifications and sales in France See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "EMILE & IMAGES" Infodisc.fr (Retrieved February 22, 2008)
  9. ^ 1999 certifications in France Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved February 22, 2008)
  10. ^ Émile and Images' certifications and sales in France See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "EMILE & IMAGES" Infodisc.fr (Retrieved February 22, 2008)
  11. ^ "Jusqu'au bout de la nuit", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 22, 2008)
  12. ^ 1999 French Singles Chart Ifop.com (Retrieved August 20, 2008)