Sadeness (Part I)

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"Sadeness (Part I)"
Single by Enigma
from the album MCMXC a.D.
Released November 1990
Format CD, cassette, 12"
Recorded 1990
Genre New Age, downtempo
Length 4:16
Label Charisma / Virgin / EMI
Writer(s) Curly M.C.
F. Gregorian
David Fairstein
Producer(s) Michael Cretu
Enigma singles chronology
"Sadeness (Part I)"
(1990)
"Mea Culpa (Part II)"
(1991)
A Gregorian medieval antiphon Cum angelis with a fragment of the Psalm 24 (23) for Palm Sunday used in Sadeness

"Sadeness (Part I)" is a song by German musical project Enigma. The song was released in November 1990 as the first of four singles from the project's first album MCMXC a.D. and upon release became an international smash hit, reaching number one in 24 countries and the top ten in many others including the United States, where it made number five on the pop chart and number one on the dance chart.

History[edit]

"Sadeness" was written by Michael Cretu (under the pseudonym Curly M.C.), Frank Peterson (under the pseudonym F. Gregorian), and David Fairstein. The lyrics are in Latin and French; the Latin text includes a quotation from Psalm 24:7-8. The Extended Trance Mix from the CD single contains some additional French lyrics.

The Gregorian vocals were mostly taken from the 1976 album Paschale Mysterium by the German choir Capella Antiqua München with conductor Konrad Ruhland, specifically from their track "Procedamus in pace! (Antiphon)". The vocals were at first used without permission; a lawsuit followed in 1994 and was settled by compensation.

The song was named "Sadeness (Part I)" on its single release in Germany, and "Sadness Part I" on its single release in the United Kingdom and Japan. It is a sensual track with an insistent beat based around "questioning" the sexual desires of Marquis de Sade; hence the German release name of "Sadeness", as opposed to the English word of Sadness used in the UK release.

It was followed by a pseudo-sequel named "Mea Culpa (Part II)", which was a moderate commercial success compared to "Sadeness (Part I)".

The Theme of 1991 Sega Megadrive game Streets of Rage samples the Drums of the song.

Track listings[edit]

  • 4-track CD single for the UK
  1. "Sadeness Part I" (Radio Edit) – 4:16
  2. "Sadeness Part I" (Extended Trance Mix) – 5:04
  3. "Sadeness Part I" (Meditation Mix) – 3:01
  4. "Sadeness Part I" (Violent US Remix) – 5:03
  • 5-track CD single for the U.S.
  1. "Sadeness Part I" (Violent US Remix) – 5:03
  2. "Sadeness Part I" (Meditation Mix) – 3:01
  3. "Sadeness Part I" (Extended Trance Mix) – 5:04
  4. "Sadeness Part I" (Radio Edit) – 4:17
  5. "Introit: Benedicta sit sancta Trinitas" – 3:04
  • 2-track promotional CD single for Japan
  1. "Sadeness Part I" (Ebi-Kuma Mix)
  2. "Sadeness Part I" (Meditation Mix)
  • 2-track 7-Inch single for France
  1. "Sadeness Part I" (Radio Edit) – 4:17
  2. "Sadeness Part I" (Meditation Mix) – 2:57

Music video[edit]

The video shows a scholar, possibly a reference to Marquis de Sade, who falls asleep at a desk in his room while writing ... and has a fantastic, seductive, and enlightening dream. The scholar finds himself wandering among cathedral ruins. He comes up to Auguste Rodin's The Gates of Hell, which is probably the "Forbidden Door", according to the album concept. As the young man looks on, he sees a beautiful, succubus-like young woman (played by French model Cathy Tastet )[1][2] beyond it. She whispers the main lyric to him in a seductive tone - "Sade, dis-moi" "Sade, donne-moi" or translated- "Sade, tell me" "Sade, give me". The man turns and tries to flee, but relents to his desires and is "sucked" back through the door. At this point, the young man wakes from the dream and looks around anxiously, but finds only a light from his window shining down on him.

Charts[edit]

The single became a number-one hit in the UK in January, and soon followed in over 20 other countries.[3] It remained at number one on the Eurochart for nine weeks. In the United States, it peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in April 1991. The record sold over 500,000 copies in the U.S. and was certified Gold there.[4] The single has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Who's that girl?? Behind The Scenes of "ENIGMA - Sadeness Part I." video.". enigmamusic.com. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Kati Tastet at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ "crocodile-music.de". crocodile-music.de. 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  4. ^ "American single certifications – Enigma – Sadeness Part I". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-06-29.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  5. ^ Weinert, Ellie (1995-03-04). "Billboard Vol. 107, No. 9 – Casebook: Enigma". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media): 58. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Enigma – Sadeness Part I". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ "Enigma – Sadeness Part I – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Enigma – Sadeness Part I" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "Enigma: Sadeness Part I" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – Enigma – Sadeness Part I" (in French). Les classement single.
  11. ^ "Enigma - Sadeness Part I". Charts.de. Media Control.
  12. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: E". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Enigma search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Enigma – Sadeness Part I". Top 40 Singles.
  16. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Enigma – Sadeness Part I". VG-lista.
  17. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Enigma – Sadeness Part I". Singles Top 60.
  19. ^ "Enigma – Sadeness Part I – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com . Retrieved 14 April 2008.
  21. ^ a b c Billboard Allmusic.com . Retrieved 10 September 2008.
  22. ^ 1991 Australian Singles Chart aria.com . Retrieved 10 September 2008.
  23. ^ 1991 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at . Retrieved 10 September 2008.
  24. ^ "Single top 100 over 1991" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  25. ^ 1991 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch . Retrieved 10 September 2008.
  26. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  27. ^ "Accreditation Awards". Australian Fun Countdowns. 2011-04-07. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  28. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Enigma – Sadeness" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved June 29, 2012.  Enter Enigma in the field Interpret. Enter Sadeness in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
  29. ^ "French single certifications – Enigma – Sadeness" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select ENIGMA and click OK
  30. ^ "Les Singles en Or :" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Enigma; 'Sadeness Part One')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  32. ^ "Dutch single certifications – Enigma – Sadeness" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  33. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  34. ^ "British single certifications – Enigma – Sadness Part I". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 29, 2012.  Enter Sadness Part I in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  35. ^ "American single certifications – Enigma – Sadeness Part I". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 29, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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