Mylène Farmer: the hidden underside of her tube “Provided they are sweet”

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Mylène Farmer knows how to surprise her audience. After several months of waiting, the singer returns to the forefront of the musical scene with L’Emprise, her twelfth album published this Friday, November 25, 2022. Carried by the titles Forever and Rayon vert, this opus composed with Wookid, Moby and AaRon signs a futuristic new impetus to his career.

A musical return eagerly awaited by her fans who have followed her since her debut in 1984. After almost 40 years of career, Mylène Farmer has released hits in French variety. Among the secrets of such success: catchy melodies with lyrics hiding more or less explicit messages. Love, sexuality, religion, melancholy or death… The flamboyant artist delivers herself without filter to each of her songs.

Like her tube Provided that they are sweet, appeared on the album So be I, in September 1988. From subversive text to sulphurous 17-minute clip (or short film), singer Mylène Farmer plays on the provocation card. One of the keys to his success with fans, according to Gwendal Fossois. “There is a first key which aims to move the lines a little to make fans and listeners who watch the clips think, and to convey a more in-depth message”, explains the author of The philosophy without counterfeiting by Mylène Farmer, published last October at Éditions de l’Opportun.

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Fan of the artist since his youth, the pop-culture specialist journalist highlights in his book the philosophical aspect through his songs. Taking as an example Provided they are soft, Gwendal Fossois gives us an anecdote. “There are still a lot of people today who don’t know it’s about sodomy,” adding. “I had discussed with a friend who danced like crazy on this song, without knowing what it was about”.

Explicit references to the Kamasutra and suggestive allusions to buttocks men and intimate practices against a background of pop music, that was the recipe for the cult hit of the 1980s. is much stronger,” he told Planet. “Opening up to sexual freedom and one’s own orientation is much more than just a song about sex.” If the song caused a scandal at the time of its release, it remained 23 weeks in the Top 50, including 5 weeks in first place. Re(listen) and enjoy the masterpiece below (by activating the settings to follow the lyrics in the caption).