Day 89: Rock Me Amadeus

Song: “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco
Reached #1: March 29, 1986 (his first, 3 weeks)

Rock Me? Sure.

Other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, this is probably Austria’s most famous export… a guy who is believed to be a one-hit wonder (but wasn’t) and whose only big American hit was heavily re-edited for the US audience.

Falco was inspired, of course, by the movie Amadeus.  In fact, one of the several versions of this song you’ll find on the Web is a movie version, intercut with scenes from the film.  You can also find the original German version, the American single version (with the historical voice-over in mid-song), and a live symphonic version that sounds nothing like any of the others.

He was more than a one-hit wonder.  You may have heard his “Vienna Calling” or, in the early days of MTV, seen the original “Der Kommissar” (before After The Fire remade it into a bigger hit).  And, of course, he was bigger than big in German-speaking Europe.

Unfortunately, he didn’t get a chance for an ‘80s-nostalgia career.  He was killed in an accident with a bus in the Dominican Republic in 1998.

So you can compare, here’s the original video version:

Rock me? Ja.

Tomorrow, one of Colorado’s favorite sons.

Other songs that reached #1 on March 29:
1975 –
“Lady Marmalade” by LaBelle (their first, 1 week)


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