Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)

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"Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)"
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Single by Celine Dion
from the album Dion chante Plamondon
Released5 July 1993 (1993-07-05)
Recorded8 September – 6 October 1991 Face B
  • Jannick Top
  • Serge Perathoner
Celine Dion singles chronology
"Water from the Moon"
"Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)"
"Did You Give Enough Love"
Music video
"Ziggy" on YouTube

"Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)" (meaning "A Boy Unlike the Others (Ziggy)") is a French-language song written by Luc Plamondon and Michel Berger for the 1978 cyberpunk rock opera, Starmania. In 1991, it was covered by Canadian singer Celine Dion for her album, Dion chante Plamondon. The song was released as the second commercial single in France in July 1993 and became a hit, reaching number two.[1] Later, it was also featured on Dion's greatest hits albums, The Collector's Series, Volume One (2000) and On ne change pas (2005).

Background and release[edit]

Telling the story of a woman's impassioned love for a gay man, "Ziggy" was performed originally by Éric Estève in the Starmania musical in 1978.

Dion recorded this song also in English. It was included on the Tycoon compilation in September 1992, which achieved platinum status in France.

There were two similar music videos made for the French and English version (1993). Both of them were directed by Lewis Furey (husband and producer of Quebec actress/singer Carole Laure). The first one can be found on Dion's DVD called On ne change pas (2005). The music video features Dion sitting in the bleachers of a stadium and longing for a soccer player who is preoccupied with teammates. At the end, he is walking up to what appears to be a guy in a pullover with a hood over his head. When the hood is removed as they kiss, it is revealed to be Dion. The model in the video is Rodney Weber.

Dion performed this song during Francophone concerts in her tours since 1994, including her concerts at the Stade de France in 1999 and the Taking Chances World Tour of 2008. Live versions of "Ziggy" became a part of Dion's albums: À l'Olympia, Live à Paris, Au cœur du stade, and Céline une seule fois / Live 2013.[2] Dion also performed "Ziggy" during her Summer Tour 2016 and her French concerts in 2017.[3]

"Ziggy" peaked at number 2 in France and was certified Gold for selling 365,000 copies. It was held from number one by Freddie Mercury's "Living on My Own" (1993 Remix). "Ziggy" spent almost a year on the chart, including 7 weeks at number 2 position and 18 weeks in the top 10. It was Dion's biggest hit in France since 1983 "D'amour ou d'amitié".

Formats and track listings[edit]

French CD single

  1. "Ziggy" (English version) – 2:58
  2. "Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)" – 2:58


Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[7] Gold 365,000[8]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
France[9] 5 July 1993
  • CD
  • cassette

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Glatzer, Jenna (2005). Céline Dion: For Keeps. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-5559-5.
  2. ^ Celine Dion: Céline une seule fois / Live 2013 (2CD+DVD/Blu-ray) Archived 20 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Céline Dion, bouleversée, lance sa tournée hommage à René (VIDÉOS)
  4. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. 30 October 1993. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Lescharts.com – Céline Dion – Ziggy (un garçon pas comme les autres)" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Les Chansons Classées par Points des Années 90" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Les Meilleures Ventes "Tout Temps" de 45 T. / Singles / Téléchargement" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Celine Dion – Ziggy". Discogs. Retrieved 22 February 2017.

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