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Members of The KLF released a book entitled The Manual
which (as a joke) told its readers how to have a #1 hit the easy way. Apparently Edelweiss' only real hit "Bring me Edelweiss" was made following the guidelines in the book.
One of the instructions of The Manual
was to "Compose your music with bits you've nicked from other songs" - Hence "Bring Me Edelweiss" is full of samples. The line "Ah Yeah" is off a Timmy Mallet hit, versions of "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" by Indeep can be heard from about 02:57 to 03:09, and the "Ow!" that appears occasionally, is from "Rock Me Amadeus
" by Falco.
The song's most obvious sample takes place on the chorus, which is blatantly based on ABBA's "S.O.S.
" It later emerged that ABBA had not be told about this sample and Edelweiss had absolutely no copyright whatsoever. (thanks, Mjn Seifer - England, for above 2)
This sold five million copies worldwide.
Edelweiss were an Austrian group comprising of Walter Werzowa, Martin Gletschermayer and Matthias Schweger. They claimed to be the first group to combine authentic Austrian folk music with rap, hip hop and house. Werzowa's other claim to fame was composing the famous "Intel bong" jingle that accompanies the advertising for Intel's products. It is broadcast somewhere in the world every five minutes but the Austrian is unfortunately not entitled to repeat fees. Instead, Werzowa was paid a set fee, which according to him, wasn't that much, but the jingle's success has opened plenty of doors.
Terry Jacks ("Seasons in the Sun")
Inspired by his dear friend, "Seasons in the Sun" paid for Terry's boat, which led him away from music and into a battle with Canadian paper mills.
When Judd Apatow needed under-appreciated rockers for his Knocked Up
sequel, he immediately thought of Parker, who just happened to be getting his band The Rumour back together.
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
Tyler talks about his true love: songwriting. How he identifies the beauty in a melody and turns sorrow into art.