Tuesday, December 9

Dragostea Din Tei, times infinity?

Dragostea Din Tei by the Moldavian pop group O-zone is one of those songs that seems to have a life of it's own. The song is in Romanian and the title means something like "Love in the linden trees" according to wikipedia. The original was released in 2004.

So far I've heard versions sung by a Japanese guy in drag, three Indonesian guys, a group of Chinese schoolgirls, a Korean Britney Spears and even an opera version.
The song has also been covered by a former Miss Bucharest who goes by the stage name Haiducii. And for some reason the Hebrew version takes place in a pink hair salon.

American alternative rock band The Bloodhound Gang have played the song live, and it is sampled in Live Your Life by T.I. and Rhianna.

Whoever is doing the cover seems to rewrite the words completely and just re-use the catchy music. Bizarre and yet utterly fascinating.

My favourite is the Vietnamese version, sung by Vu Ha who looks like he's trying to channel Elvis Presley but got stuck somewhere between a 90's eurodisco video and Austin Powers.
At least he got a nice car and some splendid flashing lights.

2 comments:

Comedy Goddess said...

Is it hard to become a hit pop group in Moldavia?

That video - I laughed, I cried!

punk in writing said...

I don't know how hard it is, but they seem ti be at least ten years behind Europe when it comes to musical trends.

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