C'est la Vie (B*Witched song)
|"C'est la Vie"|
|Single by B*Witched|
|from the album B*Witched|
|B-side||"We Four Girls" "Get Happy" "B*Witched Quiz Show" "Snippets"|
|Released||25 May 1998 (UK)|
January 1999 (US)
|Format||CD single, maxi single|
|Label||Epic, Glow Worm|
|Songwriter(s)||B*Witched, Ray "Madman" Hedges, Martin Brannigan, Tracy Ackerman|
|Producer(s)||Ray "Madman" Hedges|
|B*Witched singles chronology|
"C'est la Vie" is a song by Irish girl group B*Witched. It served as their debut single and the lead single from their self-titled debut studio album (1998). Written by band members Edele Lynch, Keavy Lynch, Lindsay Armaou, and Sinéad O'Carroll, Ray "Madman" Hedges, Martin Brannigan and Tracey Ackerman, it was released by Epic Records on 25 May 1998.
Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the song was a huge success for the band after it reached number one on the charts in various countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand. In the process, B*Witched became the youngest girl group ever to have a UK number one. In the United States, "C'est la Vie" reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1999, it was nominated for "Best Song Musically and Lyrically" in the Ivor Novello Awards. The accompanying music video for the song features the four girls dancing around a lush green field full of bright flowers with a puppy as they playfully tease a teenage boy.
- 1 Background and release
- 2 Critical reception
- 3 Chart performance
- 4 Music video
- 5 Cover versions
- 6 In popular culture
- 7 Credits and personnel
- 8 Formats and track listings
- 9 Charts and certifications
- 10 Release history
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Background and release
"C'est la Vie" was written by B*Witched members Edele Lynch, Keavy Lynch, Lindsay Armaou, and Sinead O'Carroll, Ray "Madman" Hedges, Martin Brannigan, and Tracy Ackerman. The song features many cheeky double entendres, the band commenting in 2013 "it went over children's heads, but the parents got the innuendos. It was perfect for everyone."
"C'est la Vie" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 31 May 1998 and remained at the top the following week. It also went to number one in the group's home country of Ireland, as well as in New Zealand. The song went to number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100 in the week of 17 April 1999 and number six on the Australian ARIA Charts. It went Platinum in Australia for sales of over 70,000 copies. By September 2017, over 927,000 copies of the single had been sold in the UK.
The music video for the song was directed by Alison Murray, who later also directed the UK video for "Rollercoaster". It begins with the four girls lying on the ground in a field of daisies on a sunny day. A dog is introduced into the clip next to one of the girls and the quartet then begin dancing and singing to a teenage boy in a treehouse. The girls then tie the boy to a tree and the dog chases toward him before he is magically bombarded with lipstick kiss marks all over his face. The boy is freed from the tree and the girls hose him with water and begin performing an Irish reel before lying back down in the field where they began.
In 2013, the group revealed that the song was really about sex. Keavy Lynch also revealed that Murray initially wanted Sinéad O'Carroll to look down her own jeans as she sang the line "I'll show you mine if you show me yours", but that this request was stopped rather quickly by the group's management.
In popular culture
- Welsh professional wrestler Nixon Newell uses "C'est la Vie" as her entrance theme in promotions such as Progress Wrestling and Attack! Pro Wrestling.
- Comedian Peter Kay uses "C'est la Vie" as part of 'Geraldine's' Melody for the final of Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice.
Credits and personnel
- Tracy Ackerman – writing
- Lindsay Armaou – writing, backing vocals
- Martin Brannigan – writing
- Ray "Madman" Hedges – writing, production, arrangement
- Edele Lynch – writing, lead vocals
- Keavy Lynch – writing, backing vocals
- Sinéad O'Carroll – writing, backing vocals
Formats and track listings
Charts and certifications
|Ireland||22 May 1998||CD, vinyl, cassette||Epic Records|
|United Kingdom||25 May 1998|
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