À nos actes manqués

"À nos actes manqués" is a 1991 song recorded by the French trio Jean-Jacques Goldman, Carole Fredericks and Michael Jones (the song was credited to Fredericks Goldman Jones). Released as the second single from their eponymous album, the song was one of the summer hits in France and was the trio's most successful single in terms of ranks on the chart.

Music and lyrics

Written and produced by Jean-Jacques Goldman, the song has "a lively melody with African accents, and celebrates in its lyrics the small failures of the everyday life with a lot of tenderness and humor". The refrain is performed by Carole Fredericks, while the verses are sung in turn by Jean-Jacques Goldman and Michael Jones.

In interviews, Goldman explained that the music was inspired by his travel in the Antilles, where it had discovered the zouk. According to him, the song had "a sad text with a bright music".

The song is the eighth track on the album Fredericks Goldman Jones. It also features on the trio's compilations Pluriel 90-96, (as second track), and Intégrale 1990-2000, on the live albums Sur scène, Du New Morning au Zénith and En passant Tournée 1998 (only performed as a duet Goldman / Jones on this album). It is also included on several French compilations of the 1990s, such as the 2003 album Absolument 90: tubes français.

Chart performance and cover versions

The single entered the Franch Singles Chart on March 16, 1991, at #24, reached the top ten three weeks later, then peaked at #2 for four consecutive weeks, from May 11 to June 1, but was unable to disloge Mylène Farmer's "Désenchantée" which topped the chart then. The single totaled 13 weeks in the top ten dropped quickly after falling off it and remained on the chart until its 19th week. As the previous single, "Nuit", it was certified Silver disc by the SNEP, the French certificator. According to Infodisc website, about 171,000 copies of the song were sold.

The song was covered by Exotic Girls in 1998, by the Collège de l'Esterel, by La Compagnie Créole and by Jacky Rapon in 2002, and by 3nity in 2004.

Track listings

CD single

  1. "À nos actes manqués" — 4:22
  2. "Chanson d'amour" — 4:08 7" single
  3. "À nos actes manqués" — 4:22
  4. "Chanson d'amour" — 4:08 7" maxi
  5. "À nos actes manqués" (maxi version)
  6. "Chanson d'amour"

Charts and certifications

Chart (1991) Peak
French SNEP Singles Chart 2

Country Certification Date Sales certified
France Silver 1991 125,000


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