Bring Me Edelweiss

"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 hit in Europe and New Zealand, reaching the number-one position in six countries and peaking within the top five on several other music charts, going on to sell over five million copies worldwide. The song contains numerous samples from other artists and features constant yodeling.

"Bring Me Edelweiss"
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Single by Edelweiss
from the album Wonderful World of Edelweiss
B-side"Kitz-Stein-Horn"
Released1988
GenreEuropop
Length3:42
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Martin Gletschermayer
  • Walter Werzowa
Edelweiss singles chronology
"Bring Me Edelweiss"
(1988)
"I Can't Get No... Edelweiss"
(1989)
Music video
"Bring Me Edelweiss" on YouTube

Origin and contentEdit

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",[1][2] 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 (How to Have a Number One the Easy Way).[3] 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",[4] 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".[4] 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 Run-DMC's "Here We Go (Live at the Funhouse)".[5] Yodeling is also common throughout the song, and the female vocals are provided by Austrian singer Maria Mathis.

Track listingsEdit

ChartsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Germany (BVMI)[35] Gold 250,000^
Sweden (GLF)[36] Gold 25,000^
Summaries
Worldwide 5,000,000[4]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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  7. ^ Bring Me Edelweiss (US cassette single sleeve). Edelweiss. Atlantic Records. 1988. 7 4-88911.CS1 maint: others (link)
  8. ^ Bring Me Edelweiss (US 12-inch single vinyl disc). Edelweiss. Atlantic Records. 1989. 0-86423.CS1 maint: others (link)
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  35. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Edelweiß; 'Bring Me Edelweiß')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  36. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 27 October 2018.

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