Rock Me Amadeus
We started the week singing the praises of 1984’s Best Picture Amadeus. Well, just over a year after its release, we got a bit of pop music magic courtesy of Austrian singer Falco, when he gave us a dance-floor favorite that went by the rather incongruous name “Rock Me Amadeus”.
OK, so let’s get this straight… it’s an Austrian guy singing in German about a classical composer who had been dead for almost 200 years? Not exactly Madonna singing about living in a material world now, is it?
But, hey–– sometimes you get big hits from weird places, and “Rock Me Amadeus” was, in fact, a huge hit, not only in Bavaria but across the entire world. In all, it spent 17 weeks on the U.S. Billboard charts, including three weeks as the number one song in all the land in the spring of 1986.
The best thing about the song? Well, it had to be the fact that there were so many effing remixes. You had the original version, the American version, the Salieri remix, and (our favorite) the extended American remix that featured the spoken-word biographical info about Mr. Mozart. Remember? “1791, Mozart composes The Magic Flute. On December 5th of that same year, Mozart dies…”
Not since Chuck Berry’s 1956 hit “Roll Over Beethoven” has a classical composer and pop music come together so perfectly.
We ♥ Rock Me Amadeus.