Modjo – Lady (Hear Me Tonight) (2000)

“We really were not ready for such a success. We were just kids who composed music together,” recalled Romain. “I think we must have had an urgent need to put this success on hold in order to keep our sanity. And we did it..."

"Lady" is the story behind the 2000s dance hit by Modjo

It's entirely possible that you might not recognize this once-popular track by its name alone... But the uplifting bass line, the smooth chorus of "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)" and the melody that has become a dance classic have made this song one of the most iconic club anthems ever!

The composition of the young French house duo Modjo was in the lead in such popular charts as Dance Club Songs and Billboard Hot 100! To this day, the song has not lost its relevance: modern performers continue to record their cover versions of "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)"!

Modjo: Yann Destagnol and Romain Tranchart
Modjo: Yann Destagnol and Romain Tranchart

The revival of "Lady" brings ex-Modjo members Romain Tranchart (producer) and Yann Destagnol (vocals) into fond memories... Memories from when they were young 20 year olds signed to Universal!

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The song that Modjo sampled is a 1982 song by Chic called Soup For One...

So the history of the Modjo track dates back to 1982! "Soup For One" is the first track from the soundtrack of the 1982 film of the same name. Written and produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers of the funk and disco duo CHIC. The track was released simultaneously with the film in 1982. Soup For One is post-disco and funk about loving someone, but more about being on your own.

There is no official music video for "Soup For One", but the official YouTube audio uploaded in July 2019 has over 17k views and 417 likes. An interesting fact is that the 2000 song "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)" by the French house duo "Modjo" has over 120 million views!

History of the song "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)" (2000)

"Lady (Hear Me Tonight)" is the debut single from French house duo Modjo. The track was released on June 25, 2000 as the lead single from the duo's self-titled debut studio album. The song soon became a big worldwide hit topping at least 10 music charts (including national charts in Ireland, Spain, Switzerland and the UK)! In January 2001, "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)" became the leader of the US Hot Dance Club Songs.

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The Australian music channel Max later included the song on their list of the 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time! In 2019, Insider magazine placed this song on the list of songs that everyone should listen to at least once in their life!

“Such a stunning success was completely unexpected,” the Modjo members later confessed. “In our wildest dreams, we sold about 50,000 copies… But we reached two million!”


In 2001, the track was ranked #8 on Billboard's Top Dance Hits of the Year! Overseas "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)" performed even better! The single spent four weeks at the top of the official UK charts and reached the top 10 in over 15 countries, from Brazil to Germany, including the band's native France!

Music video

A music video featuring three teenagers indulging in a carefree one-day escapade was filmed in June 2000. Filming took place in various locations in Canada. The video was directed by François Nemeth.

The video has become almost as iconic as the song itself! To date, it has amassed 116 million views on YouTube.

Modjo's instant success also had a downside... The young duo struggled to grasp their sudden stardom.

“We really were not ready for such a success. We were just kids who composed music together,” recalled Romain. “I think we must have had an urgent need to put this success on hold in order to keep our sanity. And we did it…”

Modjo stopped making music in 2003, although Romain and Jan remained friends.

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