Vous êtes fous!

Infobox Single
Name = Vous êtes fous

Cover size =
Border =
Caption =
Artist = Benny B
Album = L'Album
A-side =
B-side =
Released = May 1990
Format = 7" single
12" maxi
CD maxi
Recorded = Belgium
Genre = Hip-hop
Length = 3:12
Label = Vie Privée
On the Beach
Writer = Vito Lucente
Alain Deproost
Amid Gharbaoui
R. Quyssens
Producer =
Audio sample? =
Certification = Gold France, 1990
Last single =
This single = "Vous êtes fous!"
Next single = "Qu'est qu'on fait maintenant?"
Misc =

"Vous êtes fous!" is a 1990 song recorded by the Belgian hip-hop act Benny B. The song also credited DJ Daddy K as featuring on the single's cover. Released in May 1990, this song was the debut single from Benny B's first album, "L'Album". It achieved a smash success in France, reaching #3 on the chart.

Background and writing

No producer thought that Benny B could released a hit, except Olivier Verhaeghe, the director of the studio Vie Privée, which had "the audacity to believe in Benny B... He convinced them to change their "too aggressive rhythm, "hip hop" as we call in the United States" for a techno sound easier to be aired on radio and in discothèques. At the time, they believed that they would be not able to sell more than 6 or 5,000 discs. ["Le Soir", "Bruxelles rappe gentiment", Daniel Couvreur, August 28, 1990]

The song was written and the music composed by Vito Lucente, Alain Deproost, Amid Gharbaoui and R. Quyssens.

Several words ('Et qui l'accompagne ?', 'Mais vous êtes fous!', 'Oh oui!') are sampled from an episode of "Captain Future", "The Adventures of Captain Future", released as a single in 1981. The introduction uses a guitar riff from the 1972 song, "Son of Shaft", recorded by The Bar-Kays. ["Benny B, Mais vous êtes fous!" [http://www.samples.fr/blog/index.php/2006/07/27/2-test Samples.fr] (Retrieved April 6, 2008)]

"Vous êtes fous!" was the first hip-hop hit in France, succeeded by the following singles of Benny B and those of MC Solaar, from 1991. [Elia Habib, "Muz hit. tubes", p. 194 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)] It was also recorded in Spanish-language, under the title "Estáis locos!". This version features as tenth track on "L'Album". Several remixes, produced by R. Cue, Vito Lucente and DJ Daddy K, were available on the various formats.

There were also a cover version by Suzy D (Suzy Naguy), a female alter ego of Benny B. This version was released under the title "Mais vous êtes sottes! (zot)" with New Belgian Sound label and has different lyrics ; however, it remains much more confidential than Benny B's version. ["Mais vous êtes sottes! (zot)", "Bide-et-musique" [http://www.bide-et-musique.com/song/3348.html Bide-et-musique.com] (Retrieved July 2, 2008)]

Chart performances and awards

In France, the song debuted at the bottom of the chart (#42) on May 26, 1990. However, it gained a few positions every week and reached the top ten in its sixth week on the chart. Even if the song failed to reach #1 (the two summer hits, "Maldòn (la musique dans la peau) by Zouk Machine and "Soca Dance" by Charles D. Lewis topped the chart then) and peaked only at #3, it remained for 18 consecutive weeks in the top ten and dropped very slowly, totaling 29 weeks on the chart (Top 50)."Vous êtes fous!", French Singles Chart [http://lescharts.com/showitem.asp?key=266160&cat=s Lescharts.com] (Retrieved April 6, 2008)]

The same year, the single was certified Gold disc by he SNEP for at least 500,000 sales. According to Infodisc website, about 439,000 copies of the single were sold.Benny B's certifications, by the SNEP [http://www.infodisc.fr/S_Certif.php Infodisc.fr] (Retrieved April 6, 2008)] The song is the 725th best-selling single of all time in France. [Best-selling singles of all time in France [http://www.infodisc.fr/S_ToutTemps.php?debut=700 Infodisc.fr] (Retrieved May 1, 2008)]

In Belgium, on September 22, 1990, the group received a gold disc in the basement of the Galeries Louise for having sold more than 50,000 discs. ["Le Soir", "Le Rap rapporte de l'or", N.C., September 25, 1990]

Track listings

; 7" single
# "Vous êtes fous!" (techno version) (3:12)
# "Vous êtes fous!" (hip hop mix) (3:08)

; 12" maxi
# "Vous êtes fous!" (techno version) (4:48)
# "Vous êtes fous!" (hip hop mix) (3:08)
# "Vous êtes fous!" (radio edit) (3:00)
# "Vous êtes fous!" (acapella) (1:24)
# "Vous êtes fous!" (wild mix) (4:48)

; CD maxi
# "Vous êtes fous!" (techno version) (4:48)
# "Vous êtes fous!" (hip hop mix) (3:08)
# "Vous êtes fous!" (radio edit) (3:00)
# "Vous êtes fous!" (acapella) (1:24)
# "Vous êtes fous!" (wild mix) (4:48)

; 12" maxi - Remixes
# "Vous êtes fous!" (dance remix) (5:03)
# "Vous êtes fous!" (acappella) (1:24)
# "Vous êtes fous!" (vito mix) (4:41)
# "Vous êtes fous!" (Daddy K hip hop remix) (3:59)

; CD maxi - Remixes
# "Vous êtes fous!" (vito mix) (4:41)
# "Vous êtes fous!" (Daddy K hip hop remix) (3:59)
# "Vous êtes fous!" (dance remix) (5:03)
# "Vous êtes fous!" (acappella) (1:24)

Certifications and sales


External links

* [http://www.bide-et-musique.com/song/833.html "Vous êtes fous!", sur bide-et-musique]


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