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"Une Femme avec une femme"
Single by Mecano
Released 1990
Format 7" vinyl
CD maxi
Genre Pop
Length 4:05
Writer(s) Pierre Grosz
Certification Gold SNEP, 1991
Mecano singles chronology
"Une Femme avec une femme"
(1990)
"Hijo de la luna"
(1991)
"Une Femme avec une femme"
Single by Saya
from the album À la Vie
Released 2003
Format CD single
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 3:40
Label Warner M.
Writer(s) Pierre Grosz
Certification Silver SNEP, 2003
Saya singles chronology
"Tourner des pages"
(2002
"Une Femme avec une femme"
(2003)
"De l'or entre les mains"
(2003)

"Une Femme avec une femme" is a 1990 single by Spanish pop band Mecano.

Contents

Background and writing

This song is on their seventh album, released in 1988, Descanso dominical (track 3).

To obtain a hit in France, Mecano decided to collaborate with Pierre Grosz, a lyric writer, who had already written several songs for Elsa ("Quelque chose dans mon cœur", "Jour de neige"). Grosz fit accurately their song "Mujer contra mujer" to produce the French single "Une Femme avec une femme" [1]. The music is composed by José Maria Cano. It was recorded in French ("Une Femme avec une femme"), English ("A Woman Against A Woman"), and Italian ("Per Lei contro di Lei"), giving Mecano their first truly global hit.

Chart performance

The single entered the French Top 50 Singles Chart at number thirty-four (#34) in the chart edition of September 9, 1990. It climbed quickly and peacked at #1 for seven weeks, from October 11 to December 22, 1990. After having been second during three weeks, the single kept on dropping in the chart and left it on February 16, 1991 (22 weeks in the chart).

After a prestigious Iberian career, Mecano became the first Spanish group to reach the first place in France Singles Chart. The song was certified Gold disc in 1991 by the French certificator SNEP, for a minimum of 250,000 copies sold [2]. According to the Infodisc Website, this single is the 601th best selling single of all times in France [3], with 493,000 sales [2].

Music and text

This song deals with lesbianism, seen through the eyes of a friend, who doesn't want to pass judgment on this relationship and prefers to be tolerant. Then, the subject was taboo in France and had been almost never tackled in a song [1].

Music video

The videoclip is especially in black and white and features Ana Torroja singing in front of a white fence. There are also two women in love who carry out an iron arm which represents their different point of view about the fact of hiding or not their homosexuality - one of them says it is not good, the other says it is better to be indifferent to that the others say.

Covers

In 2003, the song was recovered by French-born artist Saya who peacked at number 9 on French SNEP Singles Chart on March 29 and April 5, 2003 and remained on the chart for 17 weeks. It peaked at number 35 on Swiss Singles Chart. The song is the second track on her album À la Vie, released in 2003. On June 6, 2003, the song was certified Siver disc (meaning over 100,000 copies were sold) four months after its release by SNEP[4], becoming the greatest Saya's hit.

Track listings

Mecano version
7" Single Ariola
  1. "Une Femme avec une femme" (4:05)
  2. "Mujer contra mujer" (4:05)
CD-Maxi
  1. "Une Femme avec une femme" (4:05)
  2. "Mujer contra mujer" (4:05)
  3. "Hijo de la luna" (4:18)
Saya version
CD-Single WEA Music
  1. "Une Femme avec une femme" (3:40)
  2. "Ils coryaient" (3:31)

Charts, certifications, sales

Mecano version
Chart (1990) Peak
position
French Singles Chart[5] 1
Country Certification Sales/shipments
France Gold[6] 493,000 [2]
Saya version
Chart (2003) Peak
position
French Singles Chart[7] 9
Swiss Singles Chart[8] 35
Country Certification Sales/shipments
France Silver[9] 211,000 [2]
Preceded by
"Kington Town" by UB40
French (SNEP) number one single
November 10, 1990 - December 22, 1990
Succeeded by
"Petit Frank" by François Feldman

References

  1. ^ a b Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, 2002, p. 195 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  2. ^ a b c d Certifications and sales Infodisc.fr (Retrieved December 14, 2007)
  3. ^ Best selling singles of all time in France Infodisc.fr (Retrieved December 14, 2007)
  4. ^ 2003 certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved December 14, 2007)
  5. ^ "Une Femme avec une femme", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved December 13, 2007)
  6. ^ Mecano's certifications Chartsinfrance.net (Retrieved December 14, 2007)
  7. ^ "Une Femme avec une femme", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved December 14, 2007)
  8. ^ "Une Femme avec une femme", Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved December 14, 2007)
  9. ^ Saya's certifications Chartsinfrance.net (Retrieved December 14, 2007)
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