" is a song by French electronic
. Written by Anthony Gonzalez with his brother Yann, it was released in April 2008 as the second single
from M83's fifth studio album, Saturdays = Youth
Background and composition
Anthony Gonzalez cited English
band Tears for Fears
band Cocteau Twins
, as well as John Hughes teen film
s The Breakfast Club
and Sixteen Candles
, as inspirations for Saturdays = Youth
A girl resembling Molly Ringwald
appears on the album cover, and the lyrics and music video
for "Graveyard Girl" further highlight these influences.
"I wanted to have the feeling of a teenager mixed with this period of the Eighties," Gonzalez said. The song tells the story of a goth
girl Gonzalez once knew who "worships Satan" but "dreams of a sister like Molly Ringwald."
's Mosi Reeves called "Graveyard Girl" one of the album's "few compelling songs."
Dave Hughes of Slant Magazine
said the song is "certainly the most typically, successfully pop moment this difficult, often transcendent act has ever produced."
's Amy Phillips wrote that "Anthony Gonzalez makes the teen years seem idyllic, a time in life when all emotion is pure and beautiful," and that the song is "melodramatic, overblown, and even a little bit silly. But then again, so is high school."
Jer Fairall of PopMatters
suggested that on "Graveyard Girl", M83 found "pure pop perfection by dipping into the pool of mid-'80s synth-pop
Treble's Tyler Parks noted: "It is quite possible that no one has ever sung quite so sweetly of someone worshipping Satan."
Other versions and appearances
by French DJ
serves as the single's B-side
. ParkerLab's Dusted remix appears on M83's We Own the Sky EP
, released in 2009. "Graveyard Girl" is used in the 2010 film The Last Song