“Alison Moyet – La Chanson des Vieux Amants” 

10 Mar

Voice is the sixth solo music recording/album of singer/songwriter Alison Moyet. It is a covers album, though not a typical one for a singer such as Moyet; the tracks chosen are slow-tempo, classic songs from a number of different genres, designed to showcase the singer’s voice.

Geneviève Alison Jane Moyet (/ˈmɒjeɪ/; born 18 June 1961) is an English singer, songwriter and performer noted for her bluesy contralto voice.[1] She came to prominence as half of the duo Yazoo, but has since mainly worked as a solo artist.

Her UK album sales have reached a certified 23 million, with over a million singles sold. All seven of her studio albums and three compilation albums have charted in the Top 30 UK Album Chart, with two of the albums reaching number one. She has also achieved nine Top 30 singles and five Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart.[2] Her most recent album The Minutes was released in the UK on 6 May 2013.

Early life
Moyet was born in the Essex town of Billericay to a French father and English mother.[3] She grew up in the nearby town of Basildon, where she attended Markhams Chase Junior School and then Nicholas Comprehensive at secondary level.[4] After leaving school at 16, she worked as a shop assistant and trained as a piano tuner. She also worked for the cosmetic company Yardley. She was involved in a number of punk rock, pub rock and blues bands in the South East Essex area during the late 1970s and early 1980s, including the Vandals,[3] the Screamin’ Ab Dabs, the Vicars and the Little Roosters[3] (the latter featuring Garrie Lammin, formerly of Cock Sparrer).

Music Career
1980s: Yazoo and solo beginnings 

At the age of 21, Moyet’s mainstream pop career began in 1982 with the formation of the synthpop duo Yazoo with former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke. In the United States, the band operated under the name Yaz, due to trademark issues with the Yazoo Records record label already operating in the region. Yazoo had several hits, including “Only You”, “Don’t Go”, “Situation” and “Nobody’s Diary”, and recorded two albums, Upstairs at Eric’s and You and Me Both.

In 1983, Clarke decided to disband Yazoo. While Clarke went on to form The Assembly (another duo, this time with Eric Radcliffe) and then Erasure (a duo again, with Andy Bell), Moyet signed to CBS, and began her solo career. In 1984, Moyet released her debut solo album Alf (titled after her punk-era nickname).[5] Alf was produced by the record producing and songwriting team of Jolley & Swain.[5] The album was co-written by the duo and Moyet, with the exception of “Invisible”, which was written for Moyet by Lamont Dozier.[5]

The record was a hit in Britain, reaching No. 1 in the album chart. Alf spawned three international hit singles, “Love Resurrection” (UK No. 10), “Invisible” (UK No. 21) and “All Cried Out” (UK No. 8). In the US, “Invisible” was a Top 40 hit. In some European territories, a fourth single, “For You Only”, was also released.

In 1985, Moyet performed at Live Aid alongside Paul Young and later returned unscheduled to the stage (alongside Bob Geldof, David Bowie and Pete Townshend) to provide vocals on “Let It Be” when Paul McCartney’s vocal microphone at his piano failed, leaving him unable to be heard for the first stanza of the song. (Twenty years later, he overdubbed his vocal for the Live Aid DVD release.) Moyet also released a single not featured on Alf, a cover of the standard “That Ole Devil Called Love”, which climbed to No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart (it remains Moyet’s highest-charting UK single).

Moyet had another big UK hit the following year with “Is This Love?” (co-written by the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, under the pseudonym Jean Guiot),[6] followed in 1987 by her second LP, Raindancing. Raindancing spawned further hit singles, including a cover of Floy Joy’s “Weak in the Presence of Beauty” and “Ordinary Girl”. In 1987, she scored another cover hit with “Love Letters”, which peaked at UK No. 4. The video for the song featured comedy duo French & Saunders.

La Chanson des Vieux Amants

English translation:”Song of Old Lovers”

Of course we had thunderstorms twenty years of love it’s crazy love A thousand times you took your luggage a thousand

times I took off And every piece of 

furniture remembers in this room 

without a cradle Shards of old storms 

were nothing like nothing You had lost 

the taste for water and I had lost the 

taste for conquest. But my love, my 

sweet my tender my wonderful love 

From clear dawn until the end of the day,

 I still love you, you know I love you. I 

know all your spells, you know all my 

spells You kept me from trap in trap, I 

lost you from time to time Of course you 

took some lovers it was necessary to pass

 the time Finally, the body ultimately 

exults It took us a lot of talent to be old 

without being adults O my love, my 

sweet my tender my wonderful love 

From clear dawn until the end of the day,

 I still love you, you know I love you. And 

the more time makes us procession and 

the more time makes us torment But is 

not this the worst trap that living in 

peace for lovers Of course you cry a little 

earlier I tear a little later We protect less 

our mysteries we let less chance We are 

wary of the thread of the water but it is 

always tender war. O my love, my sweet 

my tender my wonderful love From clear 

dawn until the end of the day, I still love 

you, you know I love you?


Posted by on March 10, 2017 in FRENCH FRIDAYS, music



6 responses to “ “Alison Moyet – La Chanson des Vieux Amants” 

  1. Light Ministry Blog

    March 10, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Interesting story…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. America On Coffee

    March 10, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    I certainly agree with you here! :-)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. chevvy8

    March 10, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    What a love drama and love story in this song. I didn’t know that Allison sang in French. Thanks for telling us all about her.
    This is my favourite song of hers:

    Liked by 1 person

  4. America On Coffee

    March 11, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Wow!!! Thanks for sharing!! You know the tunes!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. chevvy8

    March 11, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    My pleasure. I love Allison Moyet and it was great to learn more about her on your blog😊

    Liked by 1 person

  6. America On Coffee

    March 11, 2017 at 9:10 pm


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