Sliimy (pronounced to rhyme with Jimmy) is a French pop singer of Moroccan-Algerian descent, who records in English. This ode to his late mother is a track from his debut album, which was recorded in a small French home studio, mixed in New York and put out by Warner. Paint Your Face became a hit on the iTunes charts and French airwaves in the early part of 2009.
Sliimy's mother died when he was seven. The French press has referred to his mother committing suicide even though this was not the case. Sliimy told The Guardian August 25, 2009: "I don't know why the media say suicide – it wasn't that at all. I don't want to say too much about it; that's why the song isn't detailed. I don't want it to become a constant subject, with people knowing everything about my mum. I want her to still be my mum."
"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve samples an obscure orchestral arrangement of the 1965 Rolling Stones song "The Last Time." The Verve had to sign away most of the royalties before they could release the song.