Friday, July 15, 2011

Falco - "Rock Me Amadeus" (1985)

Johann (Hans) Hölzel, better known by his stage name Falco, was an Austrian pop and rock musician and rapper. He is the first and only artist to date whose principal language was German to score a number-one hit in the United States with "Rock Me Amadeus".  Despite his popularity in Germany, his native Austria, and much of Europe, Falco is erroneously often considered a one-hit wonder for this song in the United States. However, Falco had already had a minor U.S. hit in 1982 with "Der Kommissar," and his follow-up single "Vienna Calling" reached No. 18 on the Hot 100. 

A huge international success, "Rock Me Amadeus" reached #1 on the music charts in Germany, Austria, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Soviet Union, Sweden, Finland, Spain, New Zealand, and South Africa.  Falco recorded "Rock Me Amadeus" inspired in part by the Oscar-winning film Amadeus.

Lyrics (for educational purposes only):
Ooo rock me Amadeus
Rock me Amadeus...
Rock rock rock rock me Amadeus
Rock me all the time to the top

Er war ein Punker
Und er lebte in der großen Stadt
Es war Wien, war Vienna
Wo er alles tat
Er hatte Schulden denn er trank
Doch ihn liebten alle Frauen
Und jede rief:
Come on and rock me Amadeus

Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, oh oh oh Amadeus

Er war Superstar
Er war populär
Er war so exaltiert
Because er hatte Flair
Er war ein Virtuose
War ein Rockidol
Und alles rief:
Come on and rock me Amadeus

Es war um 1780
Und es war in Wien
No plastic money anymore
Die Banken gegen ihn
Woher die Schulden kamen
War wohl jedermann bekannt
Er war ein Mann der Frauen
Frauen liebten seinen Punk

Baby baby do it to me rock me

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