Bring Me Edelweiss Edelweiss
Song Title: Bring Me Edelweiss
Date of release: 1988
Description: ” Bring Me Edelweiss ” is by Edelweiss, who were an electronica/dance band from Austria. The band were made up of remixers Martin Gletschermayer ( Martin Neumayer ), Matthias Schweger and Walter Werzowa.
Martin Neumayer co-wrote the United Kingdom number 2 hit ” Fast Food Song ” for the British band the Fast Food Rockers. He has also co-wrote ” Ten More Minutes “, ” Sugardaddy ” and ” No Communication ” for the Bingoboys.
Matthias Schweger is an Austrian director, writer and producer for television. He played a part in launching Viva Television, Germany’s first music video channel. Matthias also co-founded and managed music projects Edelweiss and Bingoboys, who enjoyed success internationally.
Walter Werzowa is an Austrian composer and producer. Best known for composing the ” Intel Bing ” jingle for Intel, he went on to set up Los Angeles based music production studio, Musikvergnuegen.
” Bring Me Edelweiss ” was released in 1988 by record label GiG Records ( an independent US record label ) and features on the Album Edelweiss.
The song heavily uses the melody from ” SOS ” by ABBA and Indeep’s ” Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life “. Full songwriting credits for the melodies used are Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the American musical theatre writing team behind Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music.
Michael Cleveland, the American singer-songwriter behind ” Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life “. The song was recorded by Indeep, who were a New York-based disco group, often cited as an 80s one hit wonder.
Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson, the songwriting team behind some of ABBA’s biggest hits. Also featured on the song is ” That’s The Way I Like It “, written by Harry W. Casey and Richard Finch. The song became a Billboard Hot 100 Chart Number One for KC and the Sunshine Band in 1975.
Edelweiss were said to have followed the instructions from The KLF’s book The Manual. In the book, The KLF give a step by step guide on how to make a Number One record without money or musical skills. The book contains a case study of the duo’s UK Singles Chart Number One novelty pop song ” Doctorin’ the Tardis “.
” Bring Me Edelweiss ” features Maria Mathis, the Austrian folk music vocalist. Maria also performed the live performances. Additional credits for the song are Backing vocals by Mercedes Hall, sctratching by Danube Jay and the rap by Cooly C and Raf.
Originally the song was based on the Edelweiss flower ( Leontopodium alpinum ), a mountain flower, belonging to the daisy or sunflower family. The flower is non-toxic and has been administered in folk medicine.
Edelweiss was used in an quest for Asterix the Gaul and Obelix. In the quest, Asterix in Switzerland, they set off to find the flower in the mountains of Switzerland and bring it back to Gaul to cure Quaestor Vexatius Sinusitus, who had been poisoned by Condatum’s Roman governor Varius Flavus.
The popular comic books were written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo, they are some of the most popular Franco-Belgian comics in the world and have been translated into over 100 languages.
” Bring Me Edelweiss ” was a commercial success for Edelweiss. The song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 29th of April 1988 and reached a peak of number 5. It spent 4 weeks in the top ten and a total of 10 weeks on the UK chart.
The song also charted in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway and New Zealand.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 5
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Switzerland 1, Germany 2, Austria 1, Netherlands 2, Belgium 2, Sweden 1, Norway 2, New Zealand 1
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Edelweiss