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Radio 52, side B, track 5: “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco, #63 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

Falco - Rock Me AmadeusOh, Falco, I think I need to rent “Amadeus” again.  When I think of this song, it brings back memories of both this song and the movie, too.  I think I saw the video to this one and was hella confused.  And the song itself was this odd, alluring thing.  Even though I’m half-German, I know no German (besides the bits and pieces I’ve picked up over the years from reading X-Men comics whenever Nightcrawler exclaims something in his native tongue), and at the time, I didn’t even know most of this song was in German.  I just thought I wasn’t paying close enough attention to the lyrics.  Now I know that the lyrics are indeed in German, and even though there’s no German in my vocab, thanks to Google I do now know that this song is indeed about Amadeus and that your impression of him was that he was the world’s first punk rocker.

All I know about Amadeus is from the movie, but I can get behind that idea.  I remember my family rented it, back in the days when we also had to rent the VCR to go along with the VHS tape.  We weren’t the type to rent movies like “Amadeus”, we were more an “Ernest Saves Christmas” type of family, but the movie won all kinds of awards, so I guess we wanted to be fancy and check out an Oscar winner.  The only thing I distinctly remember was the line about shitting marble and Tom Hulce’s insane laugh.  Give me a break, Falco, I was like ten or something, and that was the only swear word in the whole movie, so I latched onto it.  The only other real image that stands out to me is that of Amadeus (spoiler alert) dying and being tossed into a mass grave.  That image of him all trussed up in white sheets and dumped with a bunch of other bodies was pretty disturbing to a young impressionable kid like myself.  It may have been my first exposure to the idea that death wasn’t always linear, i.e. you get old, you die, and there’s a tidy funeral to wrap it all up.  Sometimes death is shocking and messy and anonymous.

Good lord, Falco, what a depressing post this turned out to be.  Anyway, I love that I grew up in a time where a song like this could be the #1 song of the year and also end up on my beloved countdown.  And thanks for reminding me to go watch “Amadeus” again.

“Rock Me Amadeus”

Rock me, Amadeus

Rock me, Amadeus, rock rock rock me, Amadeus
Amadeus Amadeus Amadeus Amadeus Amadeus Amadeus Amadeus Amadeus Amadeus Amadeus Amadeus Amadeus Amadeus Amadeus Amadeus Amadeus

<awesome Falco jam>

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

Amadeus, Amadeus

Amadeus
Amadeus, Amadeus

Amadeus
Amadeus, Amadeus

Oh, oh, oh, Amadeus
Ey!

Es war um siebzehnhundertachtzig 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

Er war Superstar
Er war populär
Er war so exaltiert
Genau das war sein Flair
Er war ein Virtuose war ein Rockidol
Und alles ruft noch heute: Come 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

Come and rock me, Amadeus

Oh oh uh
Oh uh uh uh
Oh oh uh
Oh uh uh uh uh
Oh oh uh
Uh oh uh uh

Come on and rock me, Amadeus

<awesome Falco jam>

Baby, baby, do it to me, rock me
Baby, baby, do it to me, rock me
Baby, baby, do it to me, rock me yi yi yiiiiiaaah

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

Amadeus, Amadeus

Amadeus
Amadeus, Amadeus

Amadeus
Amadeus, Amadeus

Oh, oh, oh, Amadeus

<awesome Falco jam>

Amadeus

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