Monkey Me (song)

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"Monkey Me"
Single by Mylène Farmer
from the album Monkey Me
B-side Remix
Released 30 August 2013
(radio release)
Format CD maxi, 12" vinyl,
digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre pop rock
Length 4:13 (album version)
3:46 (radio edit)
Label Polydor, Universal Music
Writer(s) Lyrics: Mylène Farmer
Music: Laurent Boutonnat
Producer(s) Laurent Boutonnat
Mylène Farmer singles chronology
"Je te dis tout"
(2011)
"Monkey Me"
(2012)
Monkey Me track listing
"À l'ombre"
(2)
"Monkey Me"
(3)
"Tu ne le dis pas"
(4)

"Monkey Me" is a 2012 song by French singer-songwriter Mylène Farmer with music by Laurent Boutonnat. It was the third single from her ninth studio album, Monkey Me, and was released on radio on 30 August 2013, then physically on 7 October of the same year. A music video composed of graphics was available on the web four days earlier. The song was generally well received by critics and the singer's fans who considered it one of the best tracks of the album. In France, it peaked at number three on the week of the release of the physical formats.

Background and release[edit]

Farmer hadn't released anything since the single "Je te dis tout" in March 2013 and was being completely silent ever since. During that time, filmmaker and frequent collaborator François Hanss posted online many photos he had taken in a jungle on a recent trip to Congo, which led the singer's fans to presume that the forthcoming single would be "Monkey Me", but there was no official statement.[1]

On 19 July, while her fans were wondering whether she would release a third single from the album, Farmer announced that the eponymous song of the album would be released as a single.[2] For the first time in her career, Farmer proposed to her fans to create the official cover of the single "Monkey Me" and to post their creations on Twitter or Instagram so that she can choose her favorite one.[3] The contest was won by Richard Vanloot.[4]

On 30 August 2013, two versions of the song were sent to radio: a shorter version and a remix named "The ET's Radio Mix".[5]

Music video[edit]

On 28 August 2013, it was publicly confirmed that the single would not be promoted by an official music video.[4] However, on 3 October, a video in black and white was launched on the web. Directed by Eric Delmotte and Luc Froehlicher, it consists of computer graphics, and shows buildings collapsing, vegetation that appears and disappears, and crying monkeys, recalling King Kong. As Farmer does not appear in the video, many fans were disappointed.[6] Metro News deemed it "surprising", displying "an experimental rendering and a rather cryptic global concept".[7] According to Kevin Boucher of Ozap, "the video is not really related with the lyrics but is nevertheless aesthetic".[8] More critical, the SFR Live Concerts site stated after seeing the video: "We remain circumspect. [...] This series of images of destroyed buildings, unsightly and very repetitive, quickly tired. Only expressions of the "monkey" bring a little interest to this video."[9] A survey on the web gathering 722 votes showed that 34,8% of the voters dislike the video while 33,5% of them considered it very well made.[10]

Reception[edit]

"Monkey Me" generally received praise from both critics and fans. Jonathan Hamard of Chartsinfrance.net wrote that the song is "the most efficient" one from the album.[2] According to Julien Chadeyron of Le Nouvel Observateur, "Monkey me" is "absolutely fascinating" and "original", noting that it "has everything to become a hit".[11] The website evous.fr wrote that "Monkey Me" is a "very pop-rock" song similar to "L'Instant X" with lyrics about dual identity, pursuing by noting that it's "neither unpleasant nor a hit"; on the same website, a fan compared the song's introduction to Farmer's 2006 song "Devant soi".[12] In a survey asking Farmer's fans which of the "new" songs they would most like to hear during her forthcoming Timeless 2013 tour, "Monkey Me" ranked at number one with 7.3% of the votes.[13]

Chart performances[edit]

On the week the album was released, "Monkey Me" entered the French Singles Chart at number 131 due to the album's massive first-week sales, then immediately fell off the top 200. On the chart edition of 7 September 2013, when Farmer began her Timeless tour, the song reentered at number 45, through digital sales only, then immediately dropped. When released under physical formats, it reentered the chart at a peak of number three,[14] selling 7,300 units that week, 3% of them digitally.[15] The next week, it dropped to number 61.

Similarly, on 7 September 2013, "Monkey Me" debuted at number 43 on the Belgian Ultratip chart of Wallonia, and peaked at number 13 in the sixth week. Then it entered the Ultratop chart at number 43, on the chart edition of 19 October 2013.[16]

Live performances[edit]

Farmer performed the song during her Timeless tour, debuted on 7 September 2013.

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • CD single - Promo[17]
No. Title Length
1. "Monkey Me" (edit radio) 3:46
  • CD maxi - Promo[18]
No. Title Length
1. "Monkey Me" (The ET's club remix) 6:13
3. "Monkey Me" (The ET's radio mix) 3:03
4. "Monkey Me" (album version) 4:13
  • Digital download[19]
No. Title Length
1. "Monkey Me" (The ET's radio mix) 3:03
No. Title Length
1. "Monkey Me" (album version) 4:13
2. "Monkey Me" (The ET's club remix) 6:13
3. "Monkey Me" (The ET's radio mix) 3:04
4. "Monkey Me" (instrumental version) 4:11
No. Title Length
1. "Monkey Me" (The ET's club remix) 6:13
2. "Monkey Me" (album version) 4:13
3. "Monkey Me" (The ET's radio mix) 3:04
4. "Monkey Me" (instrumental version) 4:11

Official versions[edit]

Version Length Album Remixed by Year Comment
Album version 4:13 Monkey Me 2012
Radio edit 3:46 2013 The intro and the bridge are shorter.
The ET's radio mix 3:04 Amir Afargan 2013 This is a shorter and less rock version.[5]
The ET's club remix 6:13 Amir Afargan 2013
Instrumental 4:11 2013

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Belgian (Wallonia) Ultratop Chart[16] 43
French SNEP Singles Chart[14] 3

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Belgium, France 30 August 2013 Airplay, digital download (single)[19]
7 October 2013 CD maxi,[22] 12" maxi[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Royer, Hugues (5 June 2013). "Mylène au Congo : c’était trop beau…" (in French). huguesroyer.wordpress.com. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Hamard, Jonathan (19 July 2013). "Mylène Farmer choisit sans surprise "Monkey Me" comme nouveau single" (in French). Charts in France. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  3. ^ ""Monkey Me" covers" (in French). monkeymecover.com. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Hamard, Jonathan (28 August 2013). "Mylène Farmer lance le single "Monkey Me" : découvrez la pochette réalisée par un fan !" (in French). Charts in France. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Hamard, Jonathan (30 August 2013). "Mylène Farmer dévoile une version inédite de son nouveau single "Monkey Me"" (in French). Charts in France. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Hamard, Jonathan (3 October 2013). ""Monkey Me" : Mylène Farmer laisse place à un singe dans le clip étonnant" (in French). Charts in France. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "VIDEO - "Monkey Me", le nouveau clip cryptique de Mylène Farmer". Metro News (in French). 3 October 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Boucher, Kevin (3 October 2013). "Clip : Mylène Farmer fait appel à un singe en 3D pour "Monkey Me"" (in French). Ozap. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Surprise : Mylène Farmer dévoile un clip pour "Monkey Me"" (in French). live-concert.sfr.fr. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Résultats du sondage "Que pensez-vous du clip "Monkey Me" de Mylène Farmer ?"" (in French). Pixule.com. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Chadeyron, Julien (3 December 2012). "Mylène Farmer sur TF1 avec un nouvel album "Monkey me" : elle m'a étonné...". Le Nouvel Observateur (in French). Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Mylène Farmer : ’Monkey Me’, notre critique de l’album" (in French). evous. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Sondage - Bleu Noir & Monkey Me : les incontournables Live RESULTATS" (in French). Mylene.net. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Mylène Farmer - "Monkey Me", French Singles Chart" (in French). Lescharts.com. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  15. ^ Decant, Charles (18 October 2013). "Top Singles : Stromae talonné par Bakermat et Mylène Farmer, Detroit dégringole" (in French). Charts in France. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Mylène Farmer - "Monkey Me", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop.be. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  17. ^ Monkey Me (Promo CD single) (in French). Mylène Farmer. Polydor. 2013. 
  18. ^ Monkey Me (Promo maxi CD single) (in French). Mylène Farmer. Polydor. 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "Monkey Me (Remix) - Mylène Farmer - Format : Téléchargement MP3" (in French). Polydor. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  20. ^ Monkey Me (CD maxi single) (in French). Mylène Farmer. Polydor. 2013. 
  21. ^ Monkey Me (12' maxi vinyl) (in French). Mylène Farmer. Polydor. 2013. 
  22. ^ ""Monkey Me" (Single Maxi, Import) - Mylène Farmer - Format : CD" (in French). Amazon.fr. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  23. ^ ""Monkey Me" (EP, Single Maxi) - Mylène Farmer - Format : Album vinyle" (in French). Amazon.fr. Retrieved 28 October 2013.