Évidemment

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"Évidemment"
Evidemment.jpg
Single by France Gall
from the album Babacar
B-side "La Chanson d'Azima"
"Ella, elle l'a" (CD maxi)
Released 7 March 1988
Format 7" single, CD maxi
Recorded France, 1987
Genre Pop
Length 3:26
Label Apache, WEA
Writer(s) Michel Berger
France Gall singles chronology
"Ella, elle l'a"
(1987)
"Évidemment"
(1988)
"Papillon de nuit"
(1988)

"Évidemment" is a 1987 pop song recorded by French singer France Gall. It was the third single from her album Babacar and was released on 7 March 1988. In France, the song achieved success, becoming Gall's third top ten hit.

Song information[edit]

Written by Gall's husband Michel Berger, the song is a tribute to Daniel Balavoine who was a close friend of the couple and who died about two years earlier.[1] The B-side of the vinyl, "La Chanson d'Azima", became the fifth and last single from the album and was released on April 1989. "Évidemment" was included on the singer's albums Live, le tour de France (live released in 1988), Les Années Musique (best of, 1990), Live à Bercy (live, 1993) France in a 4:30 acoustic version (1996), Concert Privé M6 (live, 1997) and Évidemment (double best of, 2004).

"Évidemment" was a successful single in France: its started at number 19 on 2 April 1988, then climbed almost every week and eventually peaked at number six in its tenth week. It totalled 16 weeks in the top 50, seven of them in the top ten.[2] It became the second most successful single from the album in terms of chart positions and the third one in terms of sales.

The song was covered by many artists, including Maurane, Lara Fabian, Patrick Fiori and Pascal Obispo on the 2001 album L'Odyssée des Enfoirés,[3] Emma Daumas, Houcine, Aurélie Konaté, Nolwenn Leroy and Anne-Laure Sibon (five contestants of the French Star Academy 2) on the 2002 album Star Academy chante Michel Berger,[4] and Mimmy Mathy and Jean-Baptiste Maunier on the 2005 album Le Train des Enfoirés.[5] The song was also covered by Julie Pietri on her 2007 album Autour de minuit.

In a 2004 interview she said: ""Évidemment" is my saddest song, my song of absence. (...) 'Évidemment / on rit encore / mais pas comme avant' (...) [which can mean] 'I'm here (...) but it's not like before'. It's true."[6]

Track listings[edit]

  • 7" single
  1. "Évidemment" — 3:26
  2. "La Chanson d'Azima" — 2:45
  • CD maxi
  1. "Évidemment"
  2. "Ella, elle l'a"
  3. "La Chanson d'Azima"

Credits[edit]

  • Music: Michel Berger
  • Lyrics: Michel Berger
  • Vocals: France Gall
  • Recorded by Jean-Pierre Janiaud
  • Assisted by Olivier do Espirito Santo
  • Recorded at Studios Gang, in Paris.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
French SNEP Singles Chart[2] 6

Kate Ryan version[edit]

"Évidemment"
Kate ryan-evidemment.jpg
Single by Kate Ryan
from the album French Connection
B-side 2N Remix
Released 9 October 2009 (Belgium)
Format CD single
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop
Length 3:08
3:18
Label ARS/Universal
Writer(s) Michel Berger
Producer(s) Yves Gaillard
Niclas Kings, Niklas Bergwall (2N Remix)
Kate Ryan singles chronology
"Babacar"
(2009)
"Évidemment"
(2009)
"Lovelife"
(2011)

Some weeks before the release of French Connection, Kate Ryan's greatest hits album, it was announced that the next single to "Babacar" would be her cover version of the song. It was released on 9 October 2009. It has two versions: the main version, produced by Yves Gaillard, which is a pop ballad with piano and voice, and the 2N Remix, produced by Niclas Kings and Niklas Bergwall (2N), which is a dance version.

Track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Évidemment" — 3.10
  2. "Évidemment" (2N remix) — 3.18

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[7] 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ Habib, Elia (2002). Muz hit.tubes (in French). Alinéa Bis. p. 132. ISBN 2-9518832-0-X. 
  2. ^ a b "Évidemment", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved November 2, 2008)
  3. ^ L'Odyssée des Enfoirés, track listing and charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved November 2, 2008)
  4. ^ Star Academy chante Michel Berger, track listing and charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved November 2, 2008)
  5. ^ Le Train des Enfoirés, track listing and charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved November 2, 2008)
  6. ^ Paris Match, no. 2894, 2004
  7. ^ ""Évidemment", Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 17 January 2010.