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Adriano Celentano - Prisencólinensináinciúsol
Adriano Celentano
Prisencólinensináinciúsol
EPIC
EPC1886
1973
UK
Original Vinyl
Vinyl: NEAR MINT
Cover: NEW
7 INCH
£25.00

Prisencolinensinainciusol

Not only was this record one of the earliest disco hits to come out of Italy, it's also reputed to be the 1st ever full-on Rap record!
Celentano, Italy's most famous son (and still a major powerhouse in Italian music / T.V.) wrote this incredible tune as an insight into how Italians hear English spoken by Americans (in the movies, on records etc etc etc).
This song predates Pino Daniele / Tullio De Piscopo's legendary Balearic monster 'Stop Bajon' by more than 10 years!
"Ever since I started singing, I was very influenced by American music and everything Americans did," he tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, through interpreter Sim Smiley.
"So at a certain point, because I like American slang — which, for a singer, is much easier to sing than Italian — I thought that I would write a song which would only have as its theme the inability to communicate," he says. "And to do this, I had to write a song where the lyrics didn't mean anything."
"Prisencolinensinainciusol" is so nonsensical that Celentano didn't even write down the lyrics, but instead improvised them over a looped beat. When it was first released in 1972, Celentano says no one noticed it. But that didn't stop him from performing it several years later on Italian television. The second time was the charm: it immediately became No. 1 in Italy, as well as France, Germany and Belgium.
The song has been characterized as everything from Euro-pop, funk, house and even the world's first Rap song — none of which were Celentano's intention.
"From what I know, 10 years later, rap music exploded in the States," he says. "I sang it with an angry tone because the theme was important. It was an anger born out of resignation. I brought to light the fact that people don't communicate."
But is that really what American English sounds like?
"Yes," he says. "Exactly like that."

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