"Vamos a la Playa", while seemingly a happy and carefree song, still managed to squeeze a then-current nuclear imagery into its lyrics! So much for dance rhythms and addictive choruses
Now, you guys really felt that coming - of course "Dalce Vita" just has to be on this list! A monster-sized hit of its season, only missing out in Northern America, and selling 5 million copies in all (Discogs claim
, though). Quite an achievement! And here's the story I was talking about: it's a product of a little hit factory of a composer Pierluigi Giombini. He started out in early 1980s and for several years just pumped out Europe- and worldwide hits with little effort! The first one was "You Are a Danger" by the already mentioned Gary Low, then came "Masterpiece" by Gazebo, then "Dolce Vita" and after that "I Like Chopin", "Lunatic" and, to lesser extent, "Telephone Mama" (the latter three by Gazebo again). All had this classical/symphonic flair to them - but he was also involved with things like, ahem, "Chì Chì Chì Cò Cò Cò", an early pop-rap track by Pippo Franco which was a big Italian hit of 1983. It seemed this guy could do no wrong but since mid 1980s his credits dry up. Not really sure what happened, but seem to remember reading somewhere that there were business and legal wrangles with his record company ot something like that. A pity really, he had quite a distinctive style to his projects which the public lapped up. Still, 12 million copies of his songs sold
during just two-three years is something to proud of, to say the least!
So, here's "Dolce Vita" and next - another of his songs and a concurrent superhit of the season