Da Da Da
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|"Da Da Da"|
Original German cover art
|Single by Trio|
|from the album Trio|
|A-side||Da Da Da I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me Aha Aha Aha|
|B-side||Sabine Sabine Sabine|
|Format||7" & 12" Vinyl|
|Genre||Neue Deutsche Welle|
|Writer(s)||Stephan Remmler, Gert 'Kralle' Krawinkel|
|Trio singles chronology|
"Da Da Da I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me Aha Aha Aha" (usually shortened to just "Da Da Da") was an international hit record for German band Trio (sometimes written TRIO) formed in 1980 by Stephan Remmler, Gert 'Kralle' Krawinkel, and Peter Behrens. Released as a single in 1982 and featured on their 1981 eponymous debut album, "Da Da Da" became a hit in Germany and about 30 other countries, selling 13 million copies worldwide. The lyrics were written by Stephan Remmler, the music by Gert 'Kralle' Krawinkel. "Da Da Da" remains the band's biggest German hit and their only hit outside Germany.
- 1 The song
- 2 Chart success
- 3 In popular culture
- 4 References
- 5 External links
It is known in many language versions:
- German version as "Da da da, ich lieb' dich nicht du liebst mich nicht aha aha aha" (or simply "Da Da Da")
- English version as "Da Da Da I don't love you you don't love me"
- French version as "Da Da Da je t'aime pas tu m'aimes pas"
- Dutch version as "Bla Bla Bla ik hou niet van je je houdt niet van me"
The song "Da Da Da" is a song that has become popular while being extremely repetitive. It was a product of the Neue Deutsche Welle (or NDW). However, Trio preferred the name Neue Deutsche Fröhlichkeit, which means "New German Cheerfulness", to describe their music. At that time, popular songs were based on extremely simple structures that were ornately produced. Trio's main principle was to remove almost all the ornamentation and polish from their songs, and to use the simplest practical structures (most of their songs were three-chord songs). For this reason, many of their songs are restricted to drums, guitar, vocals, and just one or maybe two other instruments, if any at all. Bass was used very infrequently until their later songs, and live shows often saw Remmler playing some simple preprogrammed rhythms and melodies on his small Casio VL-1 keyboard while Behrens played his drums single-handedly while eating an apple.
Trio was made up of:
It had another three top ten hits in Germany until the end of 1983, then disbanded the following year.
- The song was a chart success in more than 30 countries.
- The German version of "Da Da Da" was No. 2 on the charts (April 1982). There were three versions: the single version for 3:23, a longer version for 6:36. The live version came in the album Trio live im Frühjahr 82 and goes on for 1:32. On the B-side of the 7" single release was "Sabine Sabine Sabine", whereas the B-Side of the maxi-single carried two more songs: "Halt mich fest ich werd verrückt" and "Lady-O-Lady".
- In the UK, "Da Da Da" hit No. 2 in July 1982. The single version goes on for 3:23 and the longer version for 6:36.
- In Canada, it peaked at No. 3 in December 1982.
- In France, the song was made more popular in 1982 with Zam making a French version titled "Da Da Da je t'aime pas tu m'aimes pas".
- In the US, the song peaked at No. 33 on the dance charts. In 1997, the song gained further chart success when the CD of TRIO and Error was released as Da Da Da I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me Aha Aha Aha in the United States and was a US-only promo CD-single in response to the 1997 US Volkswagen commercial that featured the song "Da Da Da I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me Aha Aha Aha", often contracted to simply "Da Da Da". The re-release had some changes: two songs were added to the CD and the album was digitally remastered. The shorter version known as a radio edit version goes on for 2:49.
Sales and certifications
"Ein bißchen Frieden" by Nicole
|Austrian number-one single
15 June 1982 – 1 July 1982 (3 weeks)
"Oben ohne" by Rainhard Fendrich
|Swiss Hitparade number-one single
13 June 1982 – 11 July 1982 (5 weeks)
"Down Under" by Men at Work
"Fame" by Irene Cara
|New Zealand number-one single
17 October 1982 – 31 October 1982 (3 weeks)
"Come On Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners
"Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor
|South African number-one single
9 October 1982 – 20 November 1982 (7 weeks)
In popular culture
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Many cover versions of "Da Da Da" have been done worldwide in German version ("Da da da ich lieb' dich nicht du liebst mich nicht aha aha aha"), in English version ("Da Da Da I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me") and in various languages including French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog and Thai amongst others.
Covers of the German version
The covers of German "Da da da ich lieb' dich nicht du liebst mich nicht aha aha aha" (with year of release in parentheses wherever available):
- Frank Zander (1982)
- Karl Dall (1982)
- Out Of The Ordinary (1990)
- Otto Waalkes
- Mike Krüger as "Da da da (muh muh muh)"
- MC DaDa had a maxi-CD of three versions (1991):
- "Da Da Da" (Single Mix) (3:09) as mp3
- "Da Da Da" (12" Mix) (6:32)
- "Da Da Da" (Brain Dead Mix) (3:30)
- Duo had a maxi-CD single with four versions of the German version (1994):
- "Da Da Da" (Radio Edit) (3:22)
- "Da Da Da" (Da Da Dance Mix) (4:06)
- "Da Da Da" (Extended Mix) (5:02)
- "Da Da Da" (Instrumental Mix) (3:20)
- Re-O-Do feat. CCR (Cecil Carlos Remmler) (1995)
- Herbert Grönemeyer released it with various music influences (2000).
- The more famous was "Da Da Da" (Brass-Mix) (4:24)
- A shorter "Da Da Da" that went on for (4:06)
- NDW 2000 (in 2001)
- Soul-O with a version "Da Da Da" (Gorgeous Summer Radio & Video Cut) for 3:15
- Swiss Made
- Trimatic titled their maxi-CD release:
- "Ich lieb' dich nicht du liebst mich nicht" (Radio Mix) (3:33) as mp3
- "Ich lieb' dich nicht du liebst mich nicht" (High Energy Club Mix) (6:04)
- "Ich lieb' dich nicht du liebst mich nicht" (Extended 12" Mix) (5:26)
- "Ich lieb' dich nicht du liebst mich nicht" (Instrumental Mix) (6:02)
- String Quartet feat. Dr. Pill, a reggae version of the song
- H+M had two versions in a maxi-CD (2003) that included Tanzin. The versions of "Da Da Da" were
- "Da Da Da" (Club Cut) (2:48) as mp3
- "Da Da Da" (DJ S.P.U.D. Remix) (5:43)
- Nefkom feat. DJ Ghandi had a maxi-CD featuring
- "Da Da Da" (Radio Edit) (3:30) as mp3
- "Da Da Da" (Tanzhallen-Mix) (5:48)
- "Da Da Da" (Radio Edit Maxi) (5:16)
- Ab dafür (2004)
- Haax as "Bla bla bla" for 3:33 from a compilation album Krach Bum Bäng Zack Döner Ein Tribut an Trio
- Señor Coconut in the album Around the World (2008)
Covers of the English version
Cover versions of "Da Da Da I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me" (with year of release in parentheses):
- Boriss (1983)
- Suzie Andrews (1982) with A-side as "Da da da I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me" and the B-side containing "Der Kommissar (Rap That)"
- Martin Judd (1982)
- Pinocchio made a maxi-CD with four versions:
- "Da da da" (Radio Version) (3:50) as an mp3
- "Da da da" (Extended Version) (8:00)
- "Da da da" (2 PNP Remix) (5:49)
- "Da da da" (Whoopl Mix) (8:01)
- Cecil Jonni Lauro released a version as a music download. (1995)
- J Church on their release My Favourite Place. (1997)
- Alternative rock band Elastica recorded it on their album The Menace (1999)
Versions in other languages
- 1982: A cover version was recorded by Master in Italian, titled "Da Da Da (Mundial '82)" with the lyrics speaking about Italy's triumph in FIFA World Cup 1982.
- 1982: Toss performed a French cover version as "Da da da est-ce qu'on s'cherche ou est ce qu'on triche?".
- 1982: The Spanish disc jockey Nacho Dogan performed a Spanish version as "Da Da Da", which became a No. 2 hit in summer of 1982 in Spain.
- 1982: Filipino entertainer Yoyoy Villame also covered the song with parody lyrics. There were two versions: "Aha Hala Ka" in Cebuano and a second in Tagalog, titled "Da Da Da (Tsismis)".
- 1982: Zam made a French version titled "Da Da Da je t'aime pas tu m'aimes pas".
- 1982: Portuguese comedian Herman José made a Portuguese version.
- 1983: Slovak amateur punk rock bund Paradox created a slovak version of "Ja nechcem teba a ty mňa".
- Macedonian comedy group K-15, under their musical stage name Duo Trio, did a Macedonian version of "Da da da" with altered lyrics in the early 1990s called "О дадада на радоста" (O dadada na radosta). The name is referencing Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" or "Ода на радоста" (Oda na radosta) in Macedonian.
- 1995: Group Tři sestry made a Czech version on their album Hudba z marsu.
- 1998: Polish group Formacja Nieżywych Schabuff recorded a Polish version on their album Foto.
- 2000: Anan Anwar covered the song in Thai.
- 2002: Giorgos Alkaios made a Greek version of "Da Da Da".
- 2004: Mexican band Molotov released a Spanish and German version on their cover album Con Todo Respeto.
- Filipino entertainers Bebeng Samson and Maribubut also performed a parody Tagalog version titled Puros Tsismis, Puro Tsismis.
- Brazilian rodeo announcer and singer Gleydson Rodrigues also covered the song, titled "Dá beijinho nas meninas" (Portuguese for Kiss the girls).
- Abdel Moneim Madbouly covered the song in Arabic titled "Da Da", from the album Children Songs - Touut Touut.
The following are bands who have sampled the music of "Da Da Da", or have sampled/interpolated the song with altered lyrics:
- Swedish band Quasimodo 5 released it with the renamed title of "Ya Ya Ya" and with modified (mostly English) lyrics using the basic melody from the original.
- Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go's used a sample on the bridge of her song "Forever" on her album Jane Wiedlin.
- Experimental shoegaze band Have a Nice Life sampled the "tsk" part of the song on their album Deathconsciousness, on the song "Holy Fucking Shit: 40,000."
Use in commercials
"Da Da Da" has been used in many commercials as well:
- An American Volkswagen commercial featured the song "Da Da Da I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me Aha Aha Aha" in 1997.
- A French Citroën commercial featured the song in 2012.
- Pett Productions used "Da Da Da" in the second series of Tittybangbang for the intro to Pete Wade's sketches.
- A Pepsi ad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup starred several footballers including Thierry Henry, Raúl, Roberto Carlos, Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, Ronaldinho and David Beckham playing football inside of an Oktoberfest tent. The ad was dubbed in many world languages and ran in many countries before and during FIFA World Cup in 2006.
- Another Pepsi ad used the Mexican band Molotov's version of the song featuring the band and players of the Mexican National Soccer Team Rafael Márquez and Francisco Fonseca trying to sing or play instruments and getting hit by soccer balls.
- Christina Aguilera sang the tune in several Pepsi spots, including duets with Rain and Elissa.
- Ariston used the song in their 1987 spots featuring animated white goods, clothing and kitchen utensils forming dancing humanoids.
- Interspar ads in Austria feature the song, with the lyrics changed to "alles da da da" ("everything there there there").
Some ads used modified lyrics of the song.
- Teletext replaced "da da da" with "blah blah blah" (vocalized by Ewan Bailey). It used the slogan "Life's too much full of blah blah ... Teletext, no blah blah."
- Sakata Rice Crackers replaced "da da da" with their brand name.
- The song was also used in a 1997 commercial for Microsoft's Internet Explorer starring Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.
- Ariston, a manufacturer of home appliances, used the beat & tune in the 80s in their television ads which appeared in the United Kingdom. The lyrics "Ar-is-ton and on and on and on" were used - the ads appeared around the same time as the Trio song.
- In 2014 the Brazilian Telecomunication Vivo replaced "da da da" with parody "Pega bem".
Use in other media
- ABC following the popularity of the Volkswagen commercial, aired a promo for the sitcom Spin City parodying the car ad. In the original Volkswagen commercial, two men drive around and pick up a smelly couch, which they quickly dispose of. In the ABC ad, Michael J. Fox and Michael Boatman's characters pick up Richard Kind's character, who becomes so obnoxious that they throw him out of the car.
- Pett Productions used "Da Da Da" in the second series of Tittybangbang on BBC Three for the intro to Pete Wade's sketches.
- The song has been used in the Italian movie Il Divo, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, a fictional biography of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti.
- The song is included in the movie Bio-Dome, directed by Jason Bloom, starring Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin.
- On YouTube, a lip dub video version by Back Dorm Boys lip syncing to the song with parody FIFA uniforms gathered huge popularity reaching 8 million views. It was released on June 30, 2006 as a 2006 FIFA World Cup tribute and submitted to the Pepsi Creative Competition. Later the Back Dorm Boys performed it live as a part of Sina.com's promotional online.
- In 1991, Nick at Nite used a promo for The Dick Van Dyke Show with lyrics changed to "Dick Van Dyke".
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