Song of the Day: Rock Me Amadeus by Falco

Rock Me Amadeus by LittleMissBlacklight

Back to the ’80s with one piece of music history!

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.

Lyrics:

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

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

Come on and rock me Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, oh oh oh 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

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

Come and rock me Amadeus…

Baby baby do it to me rock me
Baby baby do it to me rock me
Baby baby do it to me rock me
Ja ja ja
Baby baby do it to me rock me
Baby baby do it to me rock me
Baby baby do it to me rock me

Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, oh oh oh Amadeus…

English Translation:

Ooo rock me Amadeus

Rock me Amadeus…
Rock rock rock rock me Amadeus
Rock me all the time to the top

He was a Punker
And he lived in the big city
It was Vienna, was Vienna
Where he did everything
He had debts, for he drank
But all the women loved him
And each one shouted:
Come on and rock me Amadeus

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

He was Superstar
He was popular
He was so exalted
Because he had flair
He was a virtuose
Was a rock idol
And everyone shouted:
Come on and rock me Amadeus

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

Come on and rock me Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, oh oh oh Amadeus

It was around 1780
And it was in Vienna
No plastic money anymore
The banks against him
From which his debts came
It was common knowledge
He was a women’s man
Women loved his punk

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

Come and rock me Amadeus…

Baby baby do it to me rock me
Baby baby do it to me rock me
Baby baby do it to me rock me
Yes yes yes
Baby baby do it to me rock me
Baby baby do it to me rock me
Baby baby do it to me rock me

Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus, oh oh oh Amadeus..

……

Falco’s real name was Johann Holzel. He was born in Vienna, Austria in 1957. He was a long time established artist in German speaking territories before this was released, but it was his first song to be a huge international hit. In most countries it was also his only hit, but he continued to have success in mainland Europe after this song.

The song is about the classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Mozart was a child prodigy who performed his first musical tour at the age of five. His last three years were his most successful and he had an extremely excessive lifestyle. The basic concept is the suggestion that Mozart was the rock’n’roll rebel of his day. Some of the lyrics in “Rock Me Amadeus” reflect this. The English translation of some of them include: “He was the first punk ever to set foot on this earth./He was a genius from the day of his birth./He could play the piano like a ring and a bell/And everybody screamed:/Come on, rock me Amadeus. “, “With a bottle of wine in one hand and a woman in the other”, “His mind was on rock and roll and having fun/Because he lived so fast he had to die so young./But he made his mark in history./Still everybody says:/Rock me Amadeus”

Like Falco, Mozart was also from Austria. He teamed up with brothers Rob and Ferdi Bolland to write a song about Mozart because they felt he was Austria’s son. The Bollands also wrote and recorded “In The Army Now,” later a #2 hit in the UK for Status Quo, and “Love House,” a Top 40 hit in the UK and Germany for Samantha Fox.

The video for the song features Falco dressed as Mozart and wearing a rainbow colored powdered wig. He passes through an 18th Century audience in a opera house and feels more at home among 20th century leather clad bikers.

  • The song was covered in 1998 by German industrial metal rock band Megaherz. They released “Rock Me Amadeus” in 1998 from their album Kopfschuss. Megaherz infused the song withheavy metal riffs and industrial-trip rock beats in their version.
  • German hard rock/gothic metal band Umbra et Imago released a cover of the song on their 2000 album Mea Culpa.
  • Mexican band Molotov covered the song on their 2004 single “Amateur”, included in the album Con Todo Respeto.
  • German rapper Fler sampled the song on his 2005 single “NDW 2005” from his debut album Neue Deutsche Welle.
  • Norwegian experimental black/thrash metal band Sturmgeist released a cover of the song on their 2006 album, Über.
  • German punk rock band Die Toten Hosen released a cover of the song on their 2012 bonus CD Die Geister, die wir riefen.

The song has been lampooned and paid tribute to by many:

  • “Weird Al” Yankovic included it in his medley “Polka Party!” on the album of that name.
  • Muppet Babies episode used a parody of the song called “Amadogus”, based on one of the character’s ancestors.
  • In 1986, an instrumental rendition of the song is heard in the 2nd act of the Ancient Rome stage of Konami’s Rock ‘N Rage released for arcades.
  • A parody version of this song titled “Amateur” was released in 2004 by Mexican hip-hop/rock band Molotov on their 2004 cover album, Con Todo Respeto. In their version the song starts with a melody of “Aber bitte mit Sahne” by Udo Jürgens, a famous Austrian singer.
  • The song is featured in the Simpsons episode, “A Fish Called Selma”: Troy McClure performs the part of the human in a musical adaptation of Planet of the Apes. “Amadeus” becomes “Dr. Zaius”.
  • Jewish parody band Shlock Rock parodied the song as “Achashverosh”.
  • The song is also featured in the movie Adventureland. The song is played frequently over the amusement park speakers, much to the annoyance of the characters.
  • In the Family Guy episode “Petarded”, Brian asks Lois if Peter’s stupidity bothers her, to which Lois responds that she just represses the thought. The camera then zooms into her brain and shows a tumor with the face of Peter singing, “I’m a tumor; I’m a tumor” to the tune of “Rock Me Amadeus”.
  • Momus’s 2001 album Folktronic contains a song entitled “Folk Me Amadeus”.
  • Adam Sandler sings along to this song in his truck in the feature film Bedtime Stories.
  • LaTour, under the name Bud Latour, along with Phoenix disc jockey Mike Elliot, did a parody called “Rock Me Jerry Lewis” in 1986.
  • Selina Griffiths performed a portion of the song in the comedy Benidorm at Neptune’s Bar on the karaoke stage. The character Pauline is an alcoholic, who treats the song very seriously and performs it very seriously.
  • Robbie Williams screams “Rock me, Amadeus!” during the instrumental of his 1999 hit “It’s Only Us”.

Falco

Birth name Johann (Hans) Hölzel
Born 19 February 1957
Vienna, Austria
Died 6 February 1998 (aged 40)
between Villa Montellano andPuerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Genres New Wave, rock, pop, hip pop
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano, bass guitar,guitar
Years active 1974–1998
Labels Sony, EMI, Warner
Associated acts Thomas Lang
Website http://www.officialfalco.comwww.falco.at (in German)

image by LittleMissBlacklight

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