Desireless – “Voyage Voyage”

Desireless (Claudie Fritsch-Mentrop), "Voyage Voyage"

Desireless is French singer Claudie Fritsch-Mentrop who’s voice is one of the most beautiful in the world. Her track Voyage Voyage was released in 1986 and hit number-one in many European and Asian music single charts, selling more than 5 million copies. It still remains to be one of the most sought-after tracks on the playlist of countless radio stations (on the airwaves and internet) around the world. Every year, it seems, Voyage Voyage is still being discovered by new listeners who hear it for the first time. The track is a perfect blend of emotional French singing/song-writing and Italo-disco that drives and carries the song to a whole new level of synth-pop, becoming essentially a romantic and electronic dance. Personally, I prefer the Britmix version over the 12″ Mix of Voyage Voyage. The lead/front vocals are dryer and not as drenched in reverb, thus adding more warmth and depth with closer presence of emotions to the overall delivery and feel of the tune. The same goes for the background vocals, hearing more clearly all the “aah” and “voyaaah voyaaah” vocal layers. The tight, melodic bassline and its underlying syncopated synth chord chops/stabs also have more presence than the 12″ Mix … not only fitting perfectly around and under the vocals & drums but also driving the entire Britmix with more oomph … making the track more serious and groovy. Voyage Voyage is one of those rare successful synth-pop tracks that is true through and through. It always makes me close my eyes and sing passionately along with Claudie.

Desireless – “Voyage Voyage” (Britmix)…

Artist: Desireless
Title: Voyage Voyage (Britmix)
Year: 1988
Label: CBC Records

Desireless – “Voyage Voyage” (Britmix) (mp3)

 

Desireless – “Voyage Voyage” (12″ Mix)…

Artist: Desireless
Title: Voyage Voyage (12″ Mix)
Year: 1986
Label: CBC Records

Desireless – “Voyage Voyage” (12″ Mix) (mp3)

 

Desireless – “Voyage Voyage” Lyrics (French)…

Au dessus des vieux volcans,
Glisse des ailes
Sous les tapis du vent,
Voyage, voyage,
Éternellement.
De nuages en marécages,
De vent d’Espagne en pluie d’équateur,
Voyage, voyage,
Vole dans les hauteurs
Au dessus des capitales,
Des idées fatales,
Regarde l’océan…

Voyage, voyage
Plus loin que la nuit et le jour,
(Voyage, voyage)
Voyage (voyage)
Dans l’espace inouï de l’amour.
Voyage, voyage
Sur l’eau sacrée d’un fleuve indien,
(Voyage, voyage)
Voyage (voyage)
Et jamais ne revient.

Sur le Gange ou l’Amazone,
Chez les blacks, chez les sikhs,
Chez les jaunes,
Voyage, voyage
Dans tout le royaume.
Sur les dunes du Sahara,
Des îles Fidji au Fujiyama,
Voyage, voyage,
Ne t’arrêtes pas.
Au dessus des barbelés,
Des coeurs bombardés,
Regarde l’océan.

Voyage, voyage
Plus loin que la nuit et le jour,
(Voyage, voyage)
Voyage (voyage)
Dans l’espace inouï de l’amour.
Voyage, voyage
Sur l’eau sacrée d’un fleuve indien,
(Voyage, voyage)
Voyage (voyage)
Et jamais ne revient.

Voyage, voyage
Plus loin que la nuit et le jour,
(Voyage, voyage)
Voyage (voyage)
Dans l’espace inouî de l’amour.
Voyage, voyage
Sur l’eau sacrée d’un fleuve indien,
(Voyage, voyage)
Voyage (voyage)
Et jamais ne revient.

Plus loin que la nuit et le jour
(Voyage, voyage)

Desireless – “Voyage Voyage” Lyrics (English translation)…

On top of the old volcanos,
Slip of the wings
Under the carpets of the wind,
Journey, journey,
Eternally.
Clouds in marshes,
Of wind of Spain in rain of equator,
Journey, journey,
Fly in the heights
On top of the capitals,
Fatal ideas,
Look at the ocean…

Journey, journey
Further that the night and the day,
(Journey, journey)
Journey (journey)
In the space of the love.
Journey, journey
On the crowned water of an Indian river,
(Journey, journey)
Journey (journey)
And never does not return.

On Ganges or the Amazon,
At the blacks, the sikhs,
At the yellows,
Journey, journey
In all the kingdom.
On the dunes of the Sahara,
Fiji islands in Fujiyama,
Journey, journey,
Do not stop you.
With the top of the barbed wires,
Bombarded hearts,
Look at the ocean.

Journey, journey
Further that the night and the day,
(Journey, journey)
Journey (journey)
In the space of the love.
Journey, journey
On the crowned water of an Indian river,
(Journey, journey)
Journey (journey)
And never does not return.

Journey, journey
Further that the night and the day,
(Journey, journey)
Journey (journey)
In the space of the love.
Journey, journey
On the crowned water of an Indian river,
(Journey, journey)
Journey (journey)
And never does not return.

Further that the night and the day
(Journey, journey)

Let’s get one fact straight… former Sex Pistols impresario Malcolm McLaren was the first to bring vogue-dancing (from the gay underground scene in New York) to the international mainstream music almost two years before Madonna.  McLaren and Bootsy Collins’ Bootzilla Orchestra collaborated together and came up with a track called Deep In Vogue — an ode to the ballroom scene started by young, gay African-Americans and Latinos in New York City featured in the documentary Paris Is Burning. Dedicating the song to all the houses of ballroom and vogueing, the track featured vocals from voguing pioneer and legend Willi Ninja. (Also, click here to view image-results of Willie Nina.) On the production side, additional remixing were done by Mark Moore (of S-Express, watch video of “Theme Of S-Express”) and William Orbit.

Macolm McLaren & The Bootzilla Orchestra
- “Deep In Vogue”…

Artist: Malcolm McLaren
Title: Deep In Vogue
Year: 1988
Label: CBS Records

Malcolm McLaren & The Bootzilla Orchestra
- “Deep In Vogue” (mp3)

 

Macolm McLaren & The Bootzilla Orchestra – “Deep In Vogue” (Banjie Realness)…

Artist: Malcolm McLaren
Title: Deep In Vogue (Banjie Realness)
Year: 1988
Label: CBS Records

Malcolm McLaren & The Bootzilla Orchestra – “Deep In Vogue” (Banjie Realness) (mp3)

 

Music Video: Macolm McLaren – “Deep In Vogue” (Banjie Realness)…

Documentary edit: Paris Is Burning (of Willie Ninja)…

R.I.P. Willie Ninja (Apr.12.1961 – Sep.02.2006)…

In loving memory of Willie Ninja who was a legend and one of the early pioneers of vogue-dancing and posing.

The first video in the playlist below made me very sad with a huge apple in my throat. Every time I’ve been watching it brings tears to my eyes.  Perhaps I should just release it and ball out crying. And I will.  Willi Ninja — he was so beautiful man.  Rest in beautiful peace, Willie, as I’ve learned about your passing.  You were sent away heroically instead of dying like some aging deadbeat in a nursing home.  You danced, you taught, you loved, you lived most truly, and that’s what life is all about.  What a beautiful man you were and still are… .

Willi Ninja (April 12, 1961  September 2, 2006) was an American dancer and choreographer best known for his appearance in the documentary film Paris is Burning. Ninja, who was gay, was a fixture of ball culture at Harlem’s drag balls who took inspiration from sources as far-flung as Fred Astaire and the world of haute couture to develop a unique style of dance and movement. He caught the attention of Paris is Burning director Jennie Livingston, who featured Ninja prominently in the film. The film, a critical and box office success, served as a springboard for Ninja. He parlayed his appearance into performances with a number of dance troupes and choreography gigs. His style served as an inspiration to Madonna, who immortalized it in her 1990 hit song and music video “Vogue.” He also starred in the earlier music video for Malcolm McLaren’s Deep In Vogue.

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