Optimistique-Moi (4:23)

Cover of Innamoramento

From Innamoramento and 6 other releases

“Optimistique-moi” is a 1999 song recorded by the French artist Mylène Farmer. The fourth single from her fifth studio album, Innamoramento, it was released on February 22, 2000. Dealing with parental relationships, the song enjoyed many remixes and formats and achieved success in France where it reached #7.

The song was one of the most anticipated singles by Farmer’s fans, mostly because it was the first one to be fully composed - lyrics and music - by the singer. Released in February 2000, the song was first performed on the French award show NRJ Music Awards.

A promotional envelope, limited to 150 copies, was sent to radio stations on January 11, but several of them were stolen within the recording company, generating a judicial inquiry.[2] Unlike her previous singles, “Optimistique-moi” was released under two different digipacks for the remixes, which certainly helped to increase the single’s sales. It should also be noted that for the first time in the singer’s career, the song was remixed in the U.S. where it was released in underground clubs, with only the words “MF”, which allowed the artist’s name to remain undisclosed.

With regard to the lyrics, two interpretations can be made. It is both a love and reproachful song towards the two parents : a version for the mother and one for the father. The words are ambiguous; it is unknown whether the song is blaming the parents or thanking them. However, some verses clearly refer to incest.[3][4]

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