Marcia Baila

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"Marcia Baïla"
Marcia baila.jpg
Single by Rita Mitsouko
from the album Rita Mitsouko
B-side "Jalousie"
Released April 1984
Format 7" single, 12" maxi
Recorded France, 1984
Genre Pop
Length 5:34
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Catherine Ringer
Frédéric Chichin
Producer(s) Conny Plank
Rita Mitsouko
Rita Mitsouko singles chronology
"Restez avec moi"
"Marcia Baïla"
"Restez avec moi"
"Marcia Baïla"

"Marcia Baïla" is a 1984 song recorded by the French duet Rita Mitsouko. It was the third single from their first album, Rita Mitsouko, and was released in April of that year. Dedicated to a dancer with the band who died in 1981, this song was a big hit both in France and abroad and can be considered as being one of the band's signature songs.

Background and writing[edit]

The song was composed by both members of the group, Catherine Ringer and Fred Chichin. It is a tribute to Argentine dancer and choreographer Marcia Moretto, who participated in the band's tours before her death from breast cancer in 1981 at the age of 32. With this song, the group enjoyed extensive media coverage; indeed, "the music video for the single [was] a success which result[ed] in repeated and enthusiastic broadcastings on the television, the extravagance of the group express[ing] itself as well in concerts as during its cathodic performances."[1] Philippe Gautier directed the vibrant and widely viewed music video that accompanies the song, and gathered in a global concept representative of the arts of its time, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler for the costumes and graffiti painters from the Figuration libre movement as well as Xavier Veilhan for the set design. Despite its Spanish title, the lyrics are in French.

Chart performance[edit]

In France, the song had a long chart trajectory, remaining on the Top 50 charts for 29 weeks. It debuted at #33 on April 27, 1985, and climbed regularly until it peaked at #2 for three consecutive weeks. In all, it spent 17 weeks in the Top Ten.[2]
"Marcia Baïla" is currently the 187th best-selling single of all time in France, with about 800,000 units sold.[3] The song was Rita Mitsouko's first big hit and propelled them to considerable fame.

In the media and cover versions[edit]

The song can be heard in several films, including The Witnesses (produced by André Téchiné, 2007), La Tête de maman (Carine Tardieu, 2007), Le Pornographe (Bertrand Bonello, 2001), Belle Maman (Gabriel Aghion, 1999) and Sans toit ni loi (Agnès Varda, 1985).

The song is also a PAL region exclusive for Just Dance 3.

In 1997, the song was covered in Spanish by Los Del Sol. Gloria Lasso covered the song under the title "Baïlando con Marcia". In 1998, Ricky Martin covered the song on his album Vuelve, on which it features as the 11th track.[4] Christer Björkman also made a version of the song, released as a single in 2002. The French band Nouvelle Vague covered this song for their fourth album Couleurs sur Paris, released in 2010.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Marcia Baïla" — 4:30
  2. "Jalousie" — 3:40
12" maxi
  1. "Marcia Baïla" — 5:34
  2. "Jalousie" — 3:40
  3. "Marcia Baïla" (instrumental) — 6:15
U.K. 12" single [5]
  1. "Marcia Baïla (Extended Version)"
  2. "Marcia Baïla (Extended French Version)"
  3. "Marcia Baïla (7" English Version)"
U.S. Sire Records 12" maxi [6]
  1. "Marcia Baïla (English Version)"
  2. "Marcia Baïla (French Version)"
  3. "Jalousie"
  4. "Marcia Baïla (Single Version)"
  5. "Marcia Baïla (Instrumental)"
Canada 12" maxi[7]
  1. "Marcia Baïla (Extended Version)" — 7:21
  2. "Andy (7" French Version)" — 4:15
  3. "Marcia Baïla (Extended French Version)" — 5:10
  4. "Andy (Extended French Version)" — 5:15

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France Gold 1985 500,000 799,000[8]


Chart (1985) Peak
Eurochart Hot 100 13
French SNEP Singles Chart[2] 2
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[9] 27


  1. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 45 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  2. ^ a b "Marcia Baïla", French Singles Chart (Retrieved November 14, 2008)
  3. ^ Best-selling singles of all time in France Archived 2008-12-02 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved November 14, 2008)
  4. ^ Vuelve, track listing and charts (Retrieved November 14, 2008)
  5. ^ Rita Mitsouko* - Marcia Baila (12") at Discogs (Retrieved January 24, 2009)
  6. ^ Rita Mitsouko* - Marcia Baila (12") at Discogs (Retrieved January 24, 2009)
  7. ^ Rita Mitsouko* - Marcia Baila (12") at Discogs (Retrieved January 24, 2009)
  8. ^ Rita Mistouko's certifications and sales in France See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "RITA MITSOUKO" Archived 2012-03-07 at WebCite (Retrieved November 14, 2008)
  9. ^ "Allmusic - Billboard singles – Les Rita Mitsouko". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 

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