This Italian singer released a gibberish song in the 1970s meant to sound like English. It was a success

In 1972, Italian singer Adriano Celentano created a hit song that made no sense.

On first listen, anyone might mistake Celentano’s vocalization of “Prisencolinensinainciusol” for the voice of an American rocker like James Brown. Ultimately though, the song wasn’t performed in Italian or even English, but entirely in gibberish, however, with the intention of sounding like it was 100% American.

In the decades since its release, the song has gone from vinyl players to the internet, popping up every few years to inspire interest on social media sites like Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.

According to Rolling Stone Italia, Celentano decided to test his country’s obsession with American music by donning an American English accent while singing nonsense lyrics (except for the phrase “all right!”)

By the time the song debuted, songs by American artists like Elvis Presley, Brenton Wood, and Georgie Fame had become number one hits on Italy’s best-selling song charts. That year, John Lennon’s “Imagine” appeared on Hit Parade Italia’s 1972 singles chart.

Decades later, in a 2012 interview with NPR about the song, Celentano said his own love for American rock music also inspired him.

“I like American slang – which for a singer is a lot easier to sing than Italian – I thought I’d write a song that was just about the inability to communicate,” he explained. “And to do that, I had to write a song where the lyrics meant nothing.”

Prior to the release of “Prisencolinensinainciusol”, Celentano had garnered a solid following, but his international recognition skyrocketed when he performed the song on TV programs for Italy’s public broadcaster RAI.

These days, the reputation of “Prisencolinensinainciusol” as a curiosity on the Internet continues to flourish. The more it circulates on social media pages and sites, the more people marvel at the song’s impact and relatability – despite it being gibberish that no one really understands.

Listen to “Prisencolinensinainciusol” and be sure to dance if the music moves you.

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