Happy Friday, Hoddlers!
Tomorrow is my birthday, and I don’t have anything special planned for it. It’s not every day that you turn 87, but in celebration I thought I’d give you all a gift — one of my favorite songs that I’ve discovered in the past year.
“Prisencolinensinainciusol” is a 1979 pop song by Italian singer Adriano Celentano. It was composed as a reaction to what Celentano thought was a distressing tendency by Italians to gravitate towards any song sung in English. Instead of capitalizing on that trend, Celentano instead composed and recorded a song that is entirely sung in nonsense syllables that was constructed to sound something like what English would sound to non-English speakers. The only recognizable words in this entire song is the phrase “All right.”
“Ever since I started singing, I was very influenced by American music and everything Americans did.”, he said. “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. And to do this, I had to write a song where the lyrics didn’t mean anything.”
It’s fucking slaps and was a hit. If you’ve never heard it before, you owe it to yourself to have a listen. The video below is from 2012, the 30 year anniversary of the song’s release. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
And now, the news...
The coaching carousel continues to churn. Fillippo Inzaghi is the likely next manager at Inter Milan, and Maximiliano Allegri looks set for a return to Juventus.
ESPN has a nice recap of Schalke’s remarkable decline and relegation.
La Liga’s president says the European Super League “isn’t dead.”
Reading’s Omar Richards is the latest English fullback to leave for the Bundesliga, signing a contract with Bayern Munich.