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"Sadeness (Part I)" is a song by German musical project Enigma. The song was released in November 1990 as the first of four singles from the its first album, MCMXC a.D. (1990). It became an international hit, reaching number one in 24 countries.[citation needed] In the United States, the song peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on its dance chart. A sequel to the song, "Sadeness (Part II)" featuring Anggun, was released on Enigma's eighth studio album, The Fall of a Rebel Angel (2016).[1]

"Sadeness (Part I)"
Single by Enigma
from the album MCMXC a.D.
Released November 1990
Recorded 1990
Length 4:16
Producer(s) Michael Cretu
Enigma singles chronology
"Sadeness (Part I)"
"Mea Culpa (Part II)"
"Sadeness (Part I)"
"Mea Culpa (Part II)"
Music video
"Sadeness (Part I)" on YouTube
A Gregorian medieval antiphon Cum angelis with a fragment of the Psalm 24 (23) for Palm Sunday used in "Sadeness"



"Sadeness" was written by Michael Cretu (under the pseudonym Curly M.C.), Frank Peterson (under the pseudonym F. Gregorian), and Fabrice Cuitad (under the pseudonym David Fairstein). The lyrics are in Latin and French; the Latin text includes a quotation from Psalm 24:7-8. The Extended Trance Mix from the CD single contains some additional male French lyrics. The female French lyrics in both this version and the regular one are whispered by Cretu's then-wife, Sandra, who at the time of Enigma's formation had already had hit singles as a solo artist.

The Gregorian vocals were mostly taken from the 1976 album Paschale Mysterium by the German choir Capella Antiqua München with conductor Konrad Ruhland, specifically from their track "Procedamus in pace! (Antiphon)". The vocals were at first used without permission; a lawsuit followed in 1994 and was settled by compensation.

The song was named "Sadeness (Part I)" on its single release in Germany, and "Sadness Part I" on its single release in the United Kingdom and Japan. It is a sensual track with an insistent beat based around "questioning" the sexual desires of Marquis de Sade; hence the German release name of "Sadeness", as opposed to the English word of "Sadness" used in the UK release.

It was followed by a pseudo-sequel named "Mea Culpa (Part II)", which was a moderate commercial success compared with "Sadeness (Part I)".

The 1991 opening theme for the video game Streets of Rage, released on Sega Megadrive, shares an identical drum beat to "Sadeness (Part I)", which is believed to be a major influence on the music heard in the game.

The song was featured in the first episode of the second season of Chappelle's Show .

Track listingsEdit

  • 4-track CD single for the UK
  1. "Sadeness Part I" (Radio Edit) – 4:16
  2. "Sadeness Part I" (Extended Trance Mix) – 5:04
  3. "Sadeness Part I" (Meditation Mix) – 3:01
  4. "Sadeness Part I" (Violent US Remix) – 5:03
  • 5-track CD single for the US
  1. "Sadeness Part I" (Violent US Remix) – 5:03
  2. "Sadeness Part I" (Meditation Mix) – 3:01
  3. "Sadeness Part I" (Extended Trance Mix) – 5:04
  4. "Sadeness Part I" (Radio Edit) – 4:17
  5. "Introit: Benedicta sit sancta Trinitas" – 3:04
  • 2-track promotional CD single for Japan
  1. "Sadeness Part I" (Ebi-Kuma Mix) – 4:40
  2. "Sadeness Part I" (Meditation Mix)
  • 2-track 7-inch single for France
  1. "Sadeness Part I" (Radio Edit) – 4:17
  2. "Sadeness Part I" (Meditation Mix) – 2:57

Music videoEdit

The video, directed by Michel Guimbard,[2] shows a scholar, possibly a reference to Marquis de Sade, who falls asleep at a desk in his room while writing ... and has a fantastic, seductive, and enlightening dream. The scholar finds himself wandering among cathedral ruins. He comes up to Auguste Rodin's The Gates of Hell, which is probably the "Forbidden Door", according to the album concept. As the young man looks on, he sees a beautiful, succubus-like young woman (played by French model Cathy Tastet[3][4]) beyond it. She whispers the main lyrics to him in a seductive tone "Sade, dis-moi; Sade, donne-moi" or translated, "Sade, tell me; Sade, give me". The man turns and tries to flee, but relents to his desires and is "sucked" back through the door. At this point, the young man wakes from the dream and looks around anxiously, but finds only a light from his window shining down on him. The video was featured in The Brothers Grunt pilot episode "The Ceremony".


The single reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in January 1991, as well as in over 20 other countries around that period.[5] It remained at number one on the Eurochart for nine weeks. In the United States, it peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in April 1991. The record sold over 500,000 copies in the US and was certified Gold there.[6] The single has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.[7]

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "Who's that girl?? Behind The Scenes of "ENIGMA - Sadeness Part I." video". Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Kati Tastet at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ "". 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
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  12. ^ "Top 10 Denmark" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 2018-03-22. 
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  16. ^ "Top 10 Greece" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 2018-03-20. 
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  22. ^ " – Enigma – Sadeness Part I". VG-lista.
  23. ^ "Top 10 Portugal" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 2018-03-20. 
  24. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
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  35. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Archived from the original on 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  36. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  37. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Enigma – Sadeness" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved June 29, 2012.  Enter Enigma in the field Interpret. Enter Sadeness in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
  38. ^ "French single certifications – Enigma – Sadeness" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select ENIGMA and click OK
  39. ^ "Les Singles en Or :" (in French). Archived from the original on September 27, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  40. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Enigma; 'Sadeness Part One')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  41. ^ "Dutch single certifications – Enigma – Sadeness" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  42. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  43. ^ "British single certifications – Enigma – Sadness Part I". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 29, 2012.  Enter Sadness Part I in the search field and then press Enter.
  44. ^ "American single certifications – Enigma – Sadeness Part I". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 29, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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Preceded by
"Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter"
by Iron Maiden
UK number one single
13 January 1991 - 19 January 1991
Succeeded by
by Queen