Monday, November 8, 2010

Mononymic Artists: Falco


Falco: Rock Me Amadeus


I thought I'd give you something non-Japanese today as a bit of a palate cleanser. It's still foreign, though, so there's that.

Falco, an Austrian New Wave singer, gave the world this funky ode to the awesomeness of his fellow countryman, Mozart. (He was a virtuose, was a rock idol, and everyone shouted: Come on and rock me, Amadeus…) It became a worldwide hit in 1986, even reaching #1 in the US, a country notoriously tough on songs without English lyrics. In fact, Falco's first hit, Der Kommissar, only made it to the US charts as an Anglicized cover by the one-hit band, After the Fire.

I now feel properly rocked!

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