Fantaisie militaire

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Fantaisie militaire
Alain Bashung Fantaisie militaire.jpg
Studio album by
Released6 January 1998
RecordedStudio Miraval
Studio Davout (strings)
Studio Pierce Entertainment (mixing)[1]
GenreFrench rock, alternative rock
LabelBarclay Records, Universal Music Group
ProducerIan Caple
Alain Bashung chronology
Confessions publiques
Fantaisie militaire

Fantaisie militaire (Military fantasy) is the tenth studio album by French rock musician Alain Bashung, released in January 1998 on Barclay Records.


For this album, Bashung worked with English record producer & engineer Ian Caple & with artists such as the Valentins, Rodolphe Burger, Joseph Racaille or Adrian Utley of Portishead. Most of the songs were written by Jean Fauque.

The song "Samuel Hall" is a drum and bass reworking of the folk song "Sam Hall".


Commercial performance[edit]

The album hit #1 on the French charts. It was one of the artist's greatest successes, helped by the successful single "La nuit je mens".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]

Fantaisie militaire marked a turn in Bashung's career. He was awarded three Victoires de la musique awards in 1999: Male Artist of the Year, Best Album of the Year, and Video of the Year for the single "La nuit je mens". In 2005, the Victoires ranked it the best French album since 1985. Belgian rock historian Gilles Verlant also included the album in his book La discothèque parfaite de l'odyssée du rock,[3] lauding it as a "chef d'œuvre" and the "shining diamond of the winter of 1998." He added that the album showed "Bashung mix the sounds and his inspiration with a perfect mastery of studio incidents" and that "its precision is that of a goldsmith, a jeweler, a maniac watchmaker".[3] In 2010, the French edition of Rolling Stone magazine named Fantaisie militaire the 9th greatest French rock album ever made.[4]

Track listing[edit]

1."Malaxe"Alain Bashung / Jean Fauque – Alain Bashung / Les Valentins4:33
2."La nuit je mens"Alain Bashung / Jean Fauque – Alain Bashung / Les Valentins4:25
3."Fantaisie militaire"Alain Bashung / Jean Fauque – Alain Bashung4:48
4."2043"Alain Bashung / Jean Fauque – Alain Bashung3:45
5."Mes prisons"Alain Bashung / Jean Fauque – Alain Bashung4:07
6."Ode à la vie"Alain Bashung / Jean Fauque – Alain Bashung / Jean-Marc Lederman4:16
7."Dehors"Alain Bashung / Jean Fauque – Alain Bashung / Les Valentins3:29
8."Samuel Hall"Olivier Cadiot / Rodolphe Burger5:05
9."Aucun express"Alain Bashung / Jean Fauque – Alain Bashung4:05
10."Au pavillon des lauriers"Alain Bashung / Jean Fauque – Alain Bashung4:43
11."Sommes-nous"Alain Bashung / Jean Fauque – Alain Bashung3:56
12."Angora"Alain Bashung / Jean Fauque – Alain Bashung2:07




  • Ian Caple: Producer, Engineer, Programmation & Mix[1]
  • Jean Lamoot: assistant sound engineer, assistant Pro Tools, realisation preproduction, programmation, recording[1]
  • Anne Lamy: executive production
  • Pascale Jaupard: management


Chart Top
Number of weeks
in the Top 50
France[5] 1 36 Platinum
Belgium[6] 15 15


Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[7] Platinum 300,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b c d Fantaisie militaire (album booklet). Alain Bashung. Barclay Records. 1998. 539 488-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Fantaisie militaire". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  3. ^ a b Verlant, Gilles (2006). La discothèque parfaite de l'odyssée du rock (in French). Hors Collection. ISBN 978-2-258-08007-2.
  4. ^ Magazine Rolling Stone, n°18 of February 2010, ISSN 1764-1071
  5. ^ Fantaisie militaire sur
  6. ^ Fantaisie militaire sur
  7. ^ "French album certifications – Bashung – Fantaisie Militaire" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 1 February 2019.