Bring Me Edelweiss

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"Bring Me Edelweiss"
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Single by Edelweiss
from the album Wonderful World of Edelweiss
B-side "Kitz-Stein-Horn"
Released 1988
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD single, cassette single, maxi single
Genre Europop
Length 3:42
Label GiG Records (Europe)
Atlantic Records (US)
WEA (Canada, Greece)
Songwriter(s) Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus, Klaus Biedermann, Paul Pfab, Martin Gletschermayer, Markus Moser, Walter Werzowa
Producer(s) Martin Gletschermayer, Walter Weroza
Edelweiss singles chronology
"Bring Me Edelweiss"
(1988)
"I Can't Get No... Edelweiss"
(1989)

"Bring Me Edelweiss"
(1988)
"I Can't Get No... Edelweiss"
(1989)

"Bring Me Edelweiss" is a song by Austrian band Edelweiss, first released in late 1988 as a stand-alone single, then later included on their debut album Wonderful World of Edelweiss. The song was a smash hit in Europe, reaching the number-one position in four countries and peaking within the top five of virtually every national chart. Its international success spanned more than half a year, as it charted in Austria in November 1988 and did not become a hit in New Zealand until July 1989. The song contains numerous samples from other artists and features constant yodeling.

The song has sold five million copies worldwide.[1]

Origin and content[edit]

In 1988, British electronic band The Timelords (better known as The KLF) scored a number-one hit in the United Kingdom and New Zealand with the novelty song "Doctorin' the Tardis", which samples a number of songs, including Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll" and The Sweet's "Block Buster!". As a result of the song's success, the band published a book entitled The Manual.[2] Written by members Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty, the book instructed—as a joke—how to earn a number-one hit without much work. One instruction, "Compose your music with bits you've nicked from other songs",[1] was supposedly followed by Edelweiss, allowing them to compose "Bring Me Edelweiss."

The song features many samples. The primary sample, which the song's chorus is based on, is ABBA's 1975 song "SOS", which was one of the band's first international hits. ABBA usually do not allow other artists to sample their music, and they claimed Edelweiss never contacted them and never had permission to sample "SOS". Other samples in the song include the "Ow!"'s from "Rock Me Amadeus" by fellow Austrian musician Falco, sections of Indeep's 1983 song "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life", and the "Ah yeah" from a song by Timmy Mallett.[1] Yodeling is also common throughout the song, and the female vocals are provided by Austrian singer Maria Mathis.

Track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bring Me Edelweiss by Edelweiss". Songfacts. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  2. ^ Messker, David (3 September 2008). "White Label Wednesday: Edelweiss, "Bring Me Edelweiss"". Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Edelweiss – Bring Me Edelweiss" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Edelweiss – Bring Me Edelweiss" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Dance/Urban: Issue 6392." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Edelweiss – Bring Me Edelweiss". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Bring Me Edelweiss". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 4, 1989" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Edelweiss – Bring Me Edelweiss" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Charts.nz – Edelweiss – Bring Me Edelweiss". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Edelweiss – Bring Me Edelweiss". VG-lista. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Edelweiss – Bring Me Edelweiss". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Edelweiss – Bring Me Edelweiss". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Edelweiss Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Edelweiss Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  17. ^ "JAHRESHITPARADE 1988" (in German). Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  18. ^ "jaaroverzichten 1989" (in Dutch). Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  19. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts 1989" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  20. ^ "JAAROVERZICHTEN - Single 1989" (in Dutch). Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  21. ^ "End Of Year Charts 1989". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  22. ^ "SWISS YEAR-END CHARTS 1989". Retrieved 7 April 2018. 

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