À contre-courant

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"À contre-courant"
Single by Alizée
from the album Mes Courants Électriques
Released 7 October 2003
Genre French pop
Length 4:32
Label Polydor
Songwriter(s) Mylène Farmer
Laurent Boutonnat
Producer(s) Mylène Farmer
Laurent Boutonnat
Alizée singles chronology
"J'ai pas vingt ans"
"À contre-courant"
"Mademoiselle Juliette"

"J'ai pas vingt ans"
"À contre-courant"
"Mademoiselle Juliette"

"À contre-courant" (English: "against the current") was released on 7 October 2003. It is the seventh single by French singer Alizée. It featured the single version of the song as well as "I'm Not Twenty", the English version of "J'ai pas vingt ans". Maxi CD of the single, released on 12 November 2003, included 3 remixes and the radio edit of the single.

On the cover art, the title of the song is written partly backwards (as "courant-ertnoc A") to symbolize the meaning of the title. This caused some confusion outside France among non-francophones; for example, time to time the single was found on sale listed as "Courant-ertnoc a", which obviously means nothing.

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot in Triage-Lavoir de Péronnes, in Péronnes-lez-Binche, in Belgium. The video was directed by Pierre Stine, who also suggested the filming location.[1] The video features Alizée following a young man through an old coal washing plant, while he performs acrobatics. The video was produced by Belgian production company Blueberry[2][3] and AdnStudio.[4] The video was filmed on 35mm film and the length of the video is 3:54.

The video premiered on M6 channel on 1 October 2003.

Formats and track listings[edit]

French CD Single

  1. "À contre-courant" – 4:32
  2. "I'm Not Twenty" – 4:15

French CD maxi single

  1. "À contre-courant" - 4:25
  2. "À contre-courant" (Azzibo Da Bass Remix) – 7:15
  3. "À contre-courant" (Steve Helstrip Club Remix) – 6:55
  4. "À contre-courant" (Azzibo Da Bass Dub) – 6:05

French promotional CD

  1. "À contre-courant" (radio edit) - 3:47

French promotional vinyl

  1. "À contre-courant" (Azzibo Da Bass Remix) – 7:15
  2. "À contre-courant" (Steve Helstrip Club Remix) – 6:55

French promotional VHS

  1. "À contre-courant" - 3:54


Chart (2003)[5] Peak
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart 60
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 20
French Singles Chart 22
Swiss Singles Chart 64


  1. ^ Johanne Tinck (2003-11-04). "Alizée en tournage dans la cité du gille pour son dernier clip" (in French). La Dernière Heure. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  2. ^ "Alizée Art - À contre-courant". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  3. ^ "Références ADN Studio". Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  4. ^ "Références ADN Studio". Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  5. ^ "australian-charts.com - Alizée - À contre-courant". Retrieved 2017-03-04.