Une autre histoire

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"Une autre histoire"
Single by Gérard Blanc
from the album Ailleurs pour un ailleurs
B-side "Dans quelle vie"
Released May 1987
Format 7" single, 12" maxi
Genre Pop
Length 4:30
Label EMI Music
Writer(s) Marc Strawzynski
Gérard Blanc
Producer(s) Jean-Jacques Souplet
Gérard Blanc singles chronology
"Une autre histoire"
"Du soleil dans la nuit"

"Une autre histoire" is a 1987 pop song recorded by French singer Gérard Blanc. It was the first single from his debut album Ailleurs pour un ailleurs and was released in May 1987. It became a smash hit in France and was covered by several artists throughout the years, thus achieving cult status. It can be deemed as the singer's signature song.

Song information[edit]

In 1987, after being a member of Martin Circus band, Blanc tried to start a solo career as singer. He released his first single, "Une autre histoire", written and composed by Marc Strawzynski and himself.[1] A music video was shot in the Moroccan desert and shows Blanc's fiancée at the time, French host Annie Pujol. A maxi vinyl containing remixes versions was produced for the discothèques.

In 2004, the song was covered by Les Enfoirés on their album Les Enfoirés dans l'espace[2] and also available on their compilation La compil' (vol. 3). Houcine and Aurélie Konaté, two contestants of the second edition of Star Academy France, covered the song in 2002 on the album Fait sa boum.[3] In 2006, the contestants of French TV show Nouvelle Star made their own version of the song.

In France, the single debuted at #43 on the singles chart, climbed quickly and eventually reached number two for two non consecutive weeks, being blocked behind Madonna's "La Isla Bonita", then behind Vanessa Paradis's "Joe le Taxi". The single totaled 15 weeks in the top 10 and 25 weeks on the chart (top 50).[4] It earned a Gold disc and remains to date the 416th best-selling single of all time in France[5] and Blanc's most successful song.

In December 2012, Eve Angeli covered "Une autre histoire" and made a music video for the song.[6]

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Une autre histoire" – 4:30
  2. "Dans quelle vie" – 4:40
12" maxi
  1. "Une autre histoire" (special remix club) – 8:52
  2. "Une autre histoire" (special remix radio) – 4:27
12" maxi
  1. "Une autre histoire" – 4:30
  2. "Dans quelle vie" – 5:25


Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France[7] Gold 1987 500,000 588,000


Chart (1987) Peak
French SNEP Singles Chart[4] 2


  1. ^ Habib, Elia (2002). Muz hit.tubes (in French). Alinea Bis. p. 108. 
  2. ^ Les Enfoirés dans l'espace, track listings and charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 26, 2009)
  3. ^ Fais sa boum, track listings and charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 26, 2009)
  4. ^ a b "Une autre histoire", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 26, 2009)
  5. ^ Best-selling singles of all time in France Infodisc.fr (Retrieved April 26, 2009)
  6. ^ "Clip : Eve Angeli reprend "Une autre histoire" de Gérard Blanc" (in French). Ozap. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  7. ^ French certifications + sales See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "BLANC Gérard" Infodisc.fr (Retrieved April 26, 2009)