Desireless

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Desireless

Anyone for a journey? Anyone want to travel? How about a “Voyage Voyage”?(!)

Claudie Fritsch-Mentrop (b.1952) adopted her stage name, ‘Desireless’, in 1986 and released her debut single, “Voyage Voyage”, sung entirely in French. It was hardly surprising then that the song was a huge success, topping the charts in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Norway, Spain and the former West Germany. Oddly, “Voyage Voyage” only peaked at No.2 in her home country. Nevertheless, “Voyage Voyage” sold more than half a million copies there alone, from 1986 and throughout 1987.

In fact over five million copies of the single have been sold, although not in the UK, where it faltered at No.53. That was until Pete Waterman’s engineer Pete Hammond gave the song a “PWL flavour” and it saw a re-release in 1988. This time, “Voyage Voyage” soared into the UK top five. Claudie or Desireless, released “John” in 1988, which peaked at No.5 in France but only No.92 in the UK. Desireless released ‘their’ debut album, “Francois”, in 1989, which also included the singles “Qui sommes-nous?” and “Elle est comme les étoiles”.

After sometime out of the way, Desireless returned in 1994 with a follow up, “I Love You”, from which the title track was released as a single. It seems the singles and the support dried up there, even though Claudie continued to released EP’s and albums during the 2000’s, her most recent being “Desireless chante Apollinaire” in 2017. Desireless also continue to make regular appearances on TV and at gigs all over France, performing, yes you’ve guessed it! “Voyage Voyage” has also undergone a number of remixes over the year, just to keep the song fresh and current. And why not? Who said there wasn’t anything wrong in milking your biggest, best known and oldest hit to death.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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