Music / Mylene Farmer

"The first time that I heard her, I was shocked. I bear her great admiration. I love her voice, her pain, her way of moving. She's so French!"-Elton John

Des tropes de Myléne Farmer:

  • 8.8: Her more recent albums have gotten mixed reviews, which of Broken Base over her work, from claims she's trying too hard by reinventing herself to appeal to younger audiences, or the other end of the spectrum claiming she isn't reinventing herself enough.
  • Adult Fear
  • Animated Music Video: "C'est une belle journée" and "Peut-être toi".
  • Animesque: The video for "Peut-être toi".
  • Anime Hair: During her tours in 1996 she at one point wore her hair up in a very spiked bun which would later be illustrated in the video "Peut-être toi".
  • Anyone Can Die: A very common theme in her music.
  • Author Avatar: The character Lonely Lisa.
  • Axe Crazy: Her rival, played by dancer Sofie Teller, often featured in her various videos in the 80's is usually this.
    • Mylene herself in "Fuck them all".
  • Bad Girl Song: Literally has a song titled that.
  • Badass Normal: The character she usually plays in her early videos.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Bi the Way: She has never confirmed or denied if she is bisexual or not, but she had participated in photo shoots involving her kissing other women.
  • Bittersweet Ending: In many of her songs and videos, if it isn't a Downer Ending.
  • Body Horror: She has some...graphic videos, to put it bluntly. "Beyond my Control" is a perfect example.
  • Breakup Song: "Puisque".
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: Not only does her music over the years constantly switch between Darker and Edgier and Lighter and Softer, but songs in a single album can be this. Nothing like singing about your deep admiration of Greta Garbo and and the next track being about a child getting raped.
  • Charity Motivation Song: "Dernier Sourire", which is about the death of a loved one due to AIDS.
    • "Que mon coeur lâche" was originally supposed to be the single, but the ambiguous lyrics that seemed too insensitive and made light of sexuality changed plans.
  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: Kate Ryan covered Mylene's signature song, "Desenchantee", but the cover seems to be more about being dissatisfied with a relationship rather than with society and the government.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: "Fuck Them All" and "Peut-être toi"
  • Concept Album: Most are generally about sex and death.
    • L'Autre has a recurring theme regarding the human mind and psychology and sociology.
    • Anamorphesee seems to be about her life in America during the 1990's, as well as common references to one's reflection, mirrors, the distortion of an image and transformation.
    • The main message in Innamoramento is love and the heart, but also incorporates themes and beliefs of various cultures and religions around the world.
    • Religion, specifically Christianity, is a major theme in Avant Que L'Ombre.
    • Medical terms, stitches, scars, dolls and the human body for Point de Suture.
  • Concept Video
  • Creepy Child: "Chloe".
  • Darker and Edgier: When compared to most pop music
  • A Date With Rosy Palms: ", "Appelle mon numero" and "Sextonik".
  • Denser and Wackier: see Lighter and Softer.
  • Double Standard
  • Downer Ending: In many of her videos and songs.
  • Driven to Suicide: "Au bout de la nuit". A women is contemplating suicide while sleeping with a man she finished having intercourse with due to her feeling used and wanted only for sex.
  • Epic Rocking: The entire album concept of Anamorphesee.
  • Ethical Slut: The primary message in "Libertine", "Pourvu Quelles Soient Douces", "Porno-Graphique" and "Sextonik".
  • Everything's Sexier in French
  • Fading into the Next Song
  • Fiery Redhead: She's specifically stated it helped her stick out compared to other pop stars.
  • Gender Confusion: She dressed like a boy and had her hair short growing up. Specifically what "Sans contrefacon" is about.
    • The character she plays, Libertine in the titular video and it sequel, "Pourvu quelles soient douces". Two characters even have an argument over that in the latter video
  • Genre Shift: From the synth pop in the her earlier albums to alternative rock starting with Anamorphesee.
    • And again in Innamoramento towards an Asian and electronic sound.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: see Bi the Way.
  • Gratuitous English: Appears here and there in many of her works, but most common in Anamorphesee, as it was inspired by her stay in America.
  • Grief Song: Half of her musical library.
  • Growing Up Sucks: "Plus grandir".
  • Heartbeat Soundtrack: "Dernier sourire" and her cover of "Ave Maria".
  • Heroic Mime: usually plays as one in her videos.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Began as more of a tomboy to eventually adopting a more "mature women" look.
  • Iconic Outfit: Her boyish sense of fashion in The '80s.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted in "Plus Grandir", "Chole" and "Jardin de Vienne"
  • Intercourse with You
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: "Chloe". It's about a little girl drowning in a river while her sister watches, doing nothing.
    • "Maman à tort" has elements of this with Mylène numbering each line of the verses.

  • "I Want" Song
  • I Will Wait for You
  • La Résistance: "Desenchantee". The video portrays Mylene as a rebelling prisoner in an all male concentration camp, with scenes reminiscent to the painting Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix
  • Last Note Nightmare
  • Laughing Mad: Back up singer Carole Fredricks in the live 1989 version of "Maman a tort"
    • one in "C'est dans l'air".
  • Le Film Artistique
  • Lighter and Softer: The video for "Que mon coeur lâche". After an era of dark and morbid pop songs, this video has a much more comedic tone to it, with it being much Denser and Wackier than the previous ones. The fact it was directed by Luc Besson, who went on to direct the Arthur and the Invisibles film trilogy over her normal director, Laurent Boutonnat, is probably one of the main reasons why.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Almost every album, studio, live or best of, has one.
  • Lonely Piano Piece: most of the live versions of her ballads. They are generally all preformed in one act as one long medley
  • Lyrical Dissonance: has made a career out of danceable songs with dark lyrics.
  • Lyrics/Video Mismatch
  • Mohs Scale of Lyrical Hardness
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: In her earlier works (84-94), things rarely got past a 2, but with 1995's album Anamorphesee and it's Nirvana-inspired lyrics, things want up to 3 or 4, and 2 tracks in particular, "Vertige" and "Tomber 7 fois", reaching almost 5.
  • Mood Whiplash: Albums can go from a light, cherry tune to something very dark by one track. Very common in her concerts too.
  • Moral Guardians: Several of her videos were banned from airing on MTV because of the recurring themes of sex, nudity, violence and alleged religious blasphemy.
  • Mrs. Robinson: let's just say her dancers look quite...young
  • Ms. Fanservice: The video for "L'Amour n'est Rien" is a perfect example. Surprisingly, it was not banned from airplay.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly
  • New Sound Album:
    • Anamorphesee had a strong alternative and rock base, which polarized her fanbase when it first was released
    • Innamoramento had a lot of Asain and African sonorities
    • Point de Suture was very electronic and had a much more danceable tracks, which gave it mixed reviews, especially among fans. 6 of the 11 tracks where singles, but 5 of them became number ones, something never before achieved by a French artist
    • Bleu Noir had a much more relaxed electronic sound to it, partly due to most of the album being composed and written by Moby
    • Monkey Me has elements from all of her albums
      • the synth pop and Lyrical Dissonance from Cendres du Lune, Ainsi Soit Je and L'Autre
      • the aggressive rock sounds from Anamorphesee
      • occasional Asain sonorities from Innamoramento
      • the electronic sound of Point de Suture and Bleu Noir
  • Nightmare Fetishist: for someone who was once terrified by the idea of death, she sure seems to sing a lot about it
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: an Expy of Michael Jackson appears in "Que mon coeur lâche"
  • Non-Appearing Title
  • Nothing Is Scarier
  • Not Quite Dead
  • Of Corsets Sexy
  • Older Than They Look: She's in her 50's!
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: "Agnus dei" and the live 2009 version of "Nous souviendrons nous".
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: The intro and outro of the music video for "Sans contrefaçon".
  • One Mario Limit
  • Parental Incest: Implied in "Optimistique Moi"
  • Platonic Life Partners: with Laurent Boutonnat.
  • Precision F-Strike: see Cluster F-Bomb.
  • Protest Song: many, including her signature song, "Desenchantee"
  • Psyco Strings
  • Raised Catholic
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Zig-Zagged to an extent in the video for "Plus Grandir". At one point in the video the singer is raped by a man who comes into her room. She resists at first but then consents and the two have sex. We are then shown being chased and eventually beaten by two little nuns which arguably is portrayed as more wrong than the rape earlier.
  • Record Producer: Owns Stuffed Monkey Inc.
  • Rearrange the Song: many of her classic songs become this in her concerts
  • Refuge in Audacity
  • Religion Rant Song: Many, though not always direct. "Plus Grandir" has the singer praying to a statue of the Virgin,only to be raped the next scene. "Vieux Bouc" is about a Satanic baptism.
    • Her song "Sans Logique" described the life of a person with an unamed mental illness (stating at one minute they are angelic and others satanic) but of course the song as goes to blame God for the protagonist's behavior/condition.
  • Rerelease the Song
  • The Rival:
    • In-universe to her videos, Sofie Teller, who plays as a rich woman in red in "Libertine", a leader of a gang of prostitutes in the sequel "Pourvu Qu'elles Soient Douces", and The Evil Queen in "Tristana", a retelling of the fairy tale Snow White. In real life Sofie and Mylene are good friends and she was once one of her backup dancers.
    • In real life, fellow French singer Jeanne Mas. Céline Dion, too.
  • Room Full of Crazy: a literal line in "Triatana"
  • Sampling
  • Scare Chord
  • Self-Deprecation: "Je t'aime melancholie"
    • Also "Alice" in which she describes herself as the "depressive artist".
  • Sexophone: in the English version of "Que mon coeur lâche"
  • She Cleans Up Nicely
  • Shout-Out
  • Singer Namedrop: "Mylene s'en fout". "Mylene is Calling" and "Mylenium" have the singer's name in the title, but her name isn't said in the song itself.
  • Snow Means Love: is this and also suffering and sadness in "Ainsi soi je"
  • Split Personality: what "Monkey Me" seems to be about
  • Spoken Word in Music
  • Stairway to Heaven: the finale of the 2006 concert
  • Stuffy Old Songs About the Buttocks: Inversion: "Pourvu qu'elles soient douces"
  • Surreal Music Video
  • Take That: "Je t'aime melancholie" to her critics, who felt her musical style was too depressing
  • There Are No Therapists: averted in "Maman a tort" and "L'âme stram-gram"
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Several times in "Fuck Them All"
  • Tick Tock Tune: The opening and closing of her 1989 tour.
  • Urban Legends: Due to her private lifestyle and her childhood often unspoken about, these tended to pop up often in the 80's and early 90's.
  • Vocal Evolution: Has gotten deeper over the years. Doesn't sing high notes as often anymore.
  • Voices Are Mental
  • World of Symbolism
  • Would Hurt a Child: the British captain, Swift and the French Army in "Pourvu Que'elles Soient Douces"
  • Wutai: "L'âme stram-gram"
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