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Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Music "Rock Me Amadeus"

I have been working a lot of overtime and my blogging has slipped due to the work load.   I am working on another posting about .....AIRPLANES....or just one in particular.  I should have it up tomorrow(today) or whatever day it is...It is the bad thing about working at night and working all the time, I forget what day it is.   Anyway this is my most recent installment on my Monday Music( sometimes I do it on Tuesday....but it is still Monday to me....or something like that.)   This song I remember it hitting real big when I was at North Georgia College before  I joined the U.S. Army.   I liked the beat, and the way it mixed in history with a contemporary rock sound.   Sone people deride stuff like this as "Fluff".  Perhaps so, but I don't listen to music to get the deeper meaning of life .  I listen to music to help pass the time and keep me awake;).   Here is Falco in "Rock me Amadeus".  He had a minor hit earlier with "Der Kommisar" and back then the Russians were still the boogiemen to the United States, this was Reagans America and we knew who our enemy was and it wasn't sugarcoated by the media.....They just covered it up instead.   Somethings havn't changed.  I will post the duo "Der Kommisar's" at another time....perhaps NEXT monday Music:)

   
"Rock Me Amadeus" is a 1985 song by Austrian pop musician Falco from his album Falco 3. It topped the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic. It was Falco's only number one hit in both the United States and the United Kingdom, despite his popularity in Germany, his native Austria, and much of Europe. The song was written by Falco and Dutch music producers Bolland & Bolland.
  
 





Single by Falco
from the album Falco 3
ReleasedJune 16, 1985 (1985-06-16) (German) Originally recorded in German, the song is about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, his popularity and his debts. A longer version (eight minutes), named the "Salieri Mix", appeared on the initial US release of the album Falco 3. The song was inspired by the movie Amadeus. For the US release, the song was remixed with an English background overlay. There was never a full English version.
Voiceover facts
March 28, 1986 (Worldwide)
Format7"
Recorded1985
GenreNeue Deutsche Welle[1]
Length3:11
LabelA&M
Writer(s)Falco, Rob Bolland, Ferdi Bolland

1756: Salzburg, January 27, Wolfgang Amadeus is born.
1761: At the age of 5 Amadeus begins composing.
1773: He writes his first piano concerto.
1782: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart marries Constanze Weber.
1784: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart becomes a Freemason.
1791: Mozart composes The Magic Flute.
On December 5 that same year, Mozart dies.
1985: Austrian rock singer Falco records "Rock Me Amadeus"

  

With "Rock Me Amadeus", Falco became the first German-speaking artist to be credited with a No. 1 single in all mainstream US pop singles charts: the Billboard Hot 100 and Cashbox Top 100 Singles. The single hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on 29 March 1986. Falco had already had a minor US hit in 1982 with "Der Kommissar" (a hit the following year there for After the Fire), "Sound of Musik" which reached No. 13, and his follow-up single from Falco 3, "Vienna Calling", which reached No. 18 on the Hot 100.
In the United Kingdom, the song hit number one on 10 May 1986, becoming the first single by an Austrian act to achieve this distinction. In the UK, where his "Der Kommissar" failed to make the charts,
In Canada, the song reached No. 1 on 1 February 1986. (There, "Der Kommissar" had reached No. 11 in January 1983, and "Vienna Calling" would hit No. 8 in April 1986.)
"Rock Me Amadeus" would later be ranked No. 87 in VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s and No. 44 in VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders.
    
The song's music video mixes elements of Mozart's time with modern times. Falco is shown in a modern dinner jacket, walking past people in eighteenth-century formal wear. Later, he is shown dressed as Mozart, with wild colored hair, being held on the shoulders of men dressed in modern motorcycle-riding attire. At the end, the two crowds mix.
There is a minute longer much more sexualized version, starting with the refrain 'sugar sweet', with extra footage spliced throughout including of a similar black carriage riding at night with the driver covered in lights, escorted by police motorcycles, scantily clad girls; in black pleather riding outside it, and modernized bright neon fashions inside, resembling the earlier century formal wear. A different crowd in the more classic Mozart formal wear excessively fraternizing at a party. This version also contains red line art of Falco, guitar riff clips, and a long car scene driving away at the end, to a saxophone solo over the added refrain.
    

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the background, heard that a LOT on deployment to the Med in 85...

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  2. Loved Falco, back in the day.

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  3. Hey Old NFO;
    You are welcome. I really liked the music back in the 80's. The stuff today isn't as good. it was a unique decade.

    Hey Jon;
    Yep Falco was good, I read that he died in 1986 or 7. his jeep ws swiped by a bus in the dominican republic. THat explains why I didn't hear anything from him since the 80's.

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