Flash (Stéphanie song)
|Single by Princess Stéphanie of Monaco|
|from the album Besoin|
|B-side||"Le Sega mauricien"|
|Released||October 1986 (French version)
December 1986 (English version)
|Format||7" single, 12" maxi|
Studio Marcadet, Paris
|Writer(s)||Michel Jouveaux (lyrics)
Roberto Zaneli (music)
Carol Welsman (One Love To Give)
|Certification||Silver France, 1986|
|Princess Stéphanie of Monaco singles chronology|
"Flash", also recorded in an English-language version under the title "One Love to Give", is a 1986 song recorded by Princess Stéphanie of Monaco. It was the second single of her first album, Besoin. Released at the end of 1986, it was a hit in several countries, including Sweden where it reached number one on the chart.
Background, release and music video
After the success of her debut single "Ouragan" in 1986 spring (number one in France), Stéphanie decided to continue her musical career releasing an album, Besoin, which achieved a great success on the French Albums Chart (number six, certified Gold disc),. She then followed up "Ouragan" with a second single, "Flash", whose single version was shorter than that of the album. The new single was eagerly anticipated by the public who wanted to see if the princess would be able to reproduce the same success in terms of sales and charting.
As for "Ouragan", Romano Musumarra, a famous composer in the 1980s, participated in the writing and the production of the song, helped by Roberto Zanelli and Michel Jouveaux who also composed the music, which is very melodious.
The song was also recorded in English-language in order to be released, about two months after the original version, in the anglophone countries, being re-entitled "One Love to Give". It was not just a translation : indeed, lyrics are different. Carol Welsman replaced Michel Jouveaux in the composition of the text and the music. The French and English versions are included on the album Besoin as the 9th and 14th tracks ("One Love to Give" features in an extended version which lasts 7:30 with a long musical introduction).
The music video begins with the mention : "Les fantômes existent encore, Stéphanie n'y croyait pas, et pourtant..." In it, Stéphanie has an androginous look, performing the song in a castle, along with her friend Gérard Blanc - a French singer who had a great success in 1987 with "Une autre histoire" (number two in France) -, who also appears playing the guitar.
As with the video for "Ouragan," the video alternates English and French lyrics.
The song was a hit in France, but achieved a moderate success in comparison of "Ouragan". It went straight to number six on 18 October 1986, and reached a peak of number four in its fourth and fifth weeks on the chart. The single stayed for nine weeks in the top ten and 15 weeks in the top 50. It was certified Silver disc by the SNEP, the Franch certifier, for at least 200,000 sales. According to Infodisc website, "Flash" is the 721st best-selling single of all time in France.
- 7" single
- "Flash" — 4:20
- "Le Sega mauricien" — 4:30
- 12" maxi
- "Flash" (remix) — 7:50
- "Le Sega mauricien" (remix) — 4:25
- 7" single (English version)
- "One Love to Give" — 4:20
- "Le Sega mauricien" — 4:20
- 12" maxi (English version)
- "One Love to Give" (remix) — 7:29
- "Flash — 4:18
- "Le Sega mauricien" — 4:22
- Guy Battarel - remix ("Flash" & "One Love to Give")
- Gérard Blanc - arranger ("Le Sega mauricien"), remix ("Flash")
- Jean-Philippe Bonichon - engineer, mixing, remix
- Thierry Durbet - arranger ("Le Sega mauricien")
- Frédéric Meylan - photography
- Romano Musumarra - arranger ("Flash" & "One Love to Give")
- Yves Roze - producer for Julisa
- Franck Segarra - assistant engineer, remix ("One Love to Give")
Charts and sales
1 "One Love to Give" (English version)
"The Way You Are" by Agnetha Fältskog and Ola Håkansson
|Swedish number-one single
January 14, 1987 - January 28, 1987 (4 weeks)
"Caravan of Love" by The Housemartins
- French certifications Chartsinfrance.net (Retrieved April 23, 2008)
- Habib, Elia (2002). Muz hit.tubes (in French). Alinéa Bis. pp. 87, 88. ISBN 2-9518832-0-X.
- Besoin, track listing Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 23, 2008)
- "Flash", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 23, 2008)
- Best-selling singles of all time in France Infodisc.fr (Retrieved April 23, 2008)
- "Flash", Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved April 23, 2008)
- "One Love to Give", Swedish and German singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved June 25, 2009)
- Les certifications depuis 1973 Infodic.fr (Retrieved April 23, 2008)