I WANT YOU TO WANT ME


I want you to want me is a second cover from the Interstellaires album – the first one is a Stolen Car.

Programming, keyboards and production: Jérôme Devoise
String arrangements: Graham Preskett
Mixing: Jérôme Devoise .

I don’t know which associations it brings to you, but I picture a perfect voice mail with this song.
I imagine, I dial in to listen to the message my girlfriend (boyfriend) just left.  Ta-da-da! The music to your ears, no? The perfect make-up is in the air. With this type of message, you would forgive and forget any discords, disagreements of fights you might have had before. You want to run right back to her and never ever leave, right?

It feels so personal and intimate to me that just can’t to see it any other way. Although as typical for Mylene it has such a global meaning.

Her sweet voice sounds super disarming and even her slight accent especially in the “R” just melts my heart like a wax,
Of course for my own very selfish reasons, I love that it is in fact in English. Very few songs we have from her without any “English sprinkles” over the French lyrics. Have you noticed the trend over the past few decades with more and more English words sneaking in. Perhaps, California left the long-lasting impression?

Should we mention that the song is of course a remake of a well-known song by Cheap Trick from 1977?



It is originally from their second album In Color, released in September 1977. It was the first single released from that album, but it did not chart in the United States.

However, “I Want You to Want Me” was a number-one single in Japan. Its success in Japan, as well as the success of its preceding single “Clock Strikes Ten”, paved the way for Cheap Trick’s concerts at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo in April 1978.

The concerts then were recorded for the group’s most popular album: Cheap Trick at Budokan. A live version of “I Want You to Want Me” from the album Cheap Trick at Budokan was released in 1979 and became their biggest selling single, reaching #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, representing sales of one million records.

I have no idea why she was drawn to the song and what personal value it holds for her; we can only contemplate.

Maybe, 16 years old them Mylene was listening the vinyl in her room dreaming her teenage dreams of her crush? Those songs usually have very special place in our hearts, don’t they? Maybe she even danced around the mirror with the hairbrush in her hand imaging herself on the stage? Well, at least I did 😊 listening Blondie’s Heart of Glass, or Abba’s Dancing Queen, or even Mr Freddy Mercury himself (Mylene always dreamed to do a duet with him, did you know?) – Or maybe it was much much simpler:

“I had heard Gary Jules’s version. He had slowed down the tempo of this song and I found it very pretty and I said to myself:” Why not add a different color to this song? ” ” (Mylène Farmer – ” Gael Magazine “- January 2016). Bingo! 🙂

But as far as the “I want you” song, the original of course is a classic rock: dynamic and loud with the awesome guitar sound and everything 70ts. This crazy decade welcomed me to the World, so the 70s music is my cradle.  

Mylene took a different spin on it all together. This is the case where You either love it or not. Case closed 😊

Gary Jules (whom Mylène had invited on the 2013 Timeless tour to sing two songs with her on stage: Mad World and Les Mots) proposed in 2011 a cover of this song in the form of a ballad. It is from this version that Mylène will be inspired and in the fall of 2014 she will start working on it with Gary Jules even if the version for the album will finally be produced without him.


Speaking of another spin, I like the one by KSM



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lyrics


I want you to want me.
I need you to need me.
I’d love you to love me.
I’m beggin’ you to beg me.
I want you to want me.
I need you to need me.
I’d love you to love me.
I’ll shine up my old brown shoes.
I’ll put on a brand new shirt
I’ll get home early from work
if you say that you love me.
Didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I,
see you cryin’ (cryin, cryin’).
Oh, Didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I,
see you cryin’ (cryin, cryin’)
Feelin’ all alone without a friend
you know you feel like dyin’ (dyin’, dyin’).
Oh, didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I,
see you cryin’ (cryin’, cryin’).
I want you to want me.
I need you to need me.
I’d love you to love me.
I’m beggin’ you to beg me.
I’ll shine up my old brown shoes.
I’ll put on a brand new shirt
I’ll get home early from work
if you say that you love me.
Didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I,
see you cryin’ (cryin, cryin’).
Oh, Didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I,
see you cryin’ (cryin, cryin’)
Feelin’ all alone without a friend
you know you feel like dyin’ (dyin’, dyin’).
Oh, didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I,
see you cryin’ (cryin’, cryin’).
Feelin’ all alone without a friend
you know you feel like dyin’ (dyin’, dyin’).
Oh, didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I,
see you cryin’ (cryin’, cryin’).
Feelin’ all alone without a friend
you know you feel like dyin’ (dyin’, dyin’).
Oh, didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I,
see you cryin’ (cryin’, cryin’).
I want you to want me.
I need you to need me.
I’d love you to love me.
I’m beggin’ you to beg me.


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