Here’s your weekly German media recommendation from Monoglot Anxiety. This time, it’s “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco.
You might know this one already—“Rock Me Amadeus” was the only of Falco’s songs to make it big in the US and UK, even though many of his others were hits in German-speaking Europe. The song is a fun, maybe irreverant retelling of Mozart’s life with the eponymous Amadeus portrayed as a womanizing rock star. It’s just incredibly fun to listen to, except maybe if you listen to Austrian radio stations. If that’s the case, you’ve probably heard it more than one too many times.
You can find “Rock Me Amadeus” in the usual places, including Spotify and iTunes.
Falco stands alongside Rammstein and Nena in the exclusive club of German-speaking (and singing) artists to make a big splash globally. He’s often called the first white rapper, and although that distinction is up for debate, he certainly had an innovative style that doesn’t sound quite like anything else. Sadly, Falco developed a dependence on alcohol and cocaine over the course of his career, and he ultimately died in a tragic car crash in the Dominican Republic. His last song, “Out of the Dark,” topped charts in Austria for more than 5 months after it was released posthumously, and Falco remains the top-selling Austrian singer to this day.
That’s all for this week. Until next Friday!
Elise from Monoglot Anxiety