Monday, November 2, 2009
Prisencolinensinainciusol... Oll Raight!!
This may just be the strangest music ever posted on this site, but damn if doesn't groove!
Adriano Celentano - Prisencolinensinainciusol
If you wondering what it is you're hearing, you're not alone. It's gibberish. Gibberish posing as English, set to a funky 70's disco beat. Adriano Celentano is an Italian entertainment renaissance man who wrote the tune in 1972 as a bit of commentary on the lack of communication in the world. Prisencolinensinainciusol is said to mean Universal Love.
I found the video and although I had no clue what I was watching... I couldn't stop watching. It's dangerously infectious with an old-school, Dylan-esque vibe that pulls from just about every genre of music. If you check out some of the comments on the various versions posted on YouTube, you'll see that a lot of folks felt the same. The song is also said to be one of the earliest precursors of rap music. Just more proof of the overwhelming power of music to transcend all language and culture barriers.