Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)

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"Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)"
Single by Amanda Lear
from the album Sweet Revenge
B-side "Run Baby Run"
"Hollywood Flashback" (Africa)
"Gold" (Japan)
Released 1978
Format 7"
Genre Euro Disco
Length 5:08 (full album version)
3:20-4:20 (single edits)
Label Ariola Records
Polydor Records (Italy)
Nippon Columbia (Japan)
Writer(s) Rainer Pietsch, Amanda Lear
Producer(s) Anthony Monn
Amanda Lear singles chronology
"Run Baby Run"
(1978)
"Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)"
(1978)
"Gold"
(1978)

"Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)" - a song by French singer Amanda Lear released in 1978.

Song information[edit]

"Enigma" was released as the third single from Lear's second album, Sweet Revenge. Depending on territory, "Run Baby Run", "Hollywood Flashback" or "Gold" made the single B-side, all from Sweet Revenge. Different edit versions of the song appeared on respective releases. Unlike other three singles off the album, "Enigma" did not belong to the concept suite on side A. The track was composed by Rainer Pietsch and produced by Anthony Monn. Amanda Lear provided self-penned lyrics.

"Enigma" met with considerable success, charting at around Top 10 in the Netherlands and Italy, and remains one of Lear's most memorable tracks of the disco era. The singer intensively performed the song on TV as well as in her erotic 1978 movie Follie di notte, where it made the final. In 1998 Amanda re-recorded "Enigma" for her Back in Your Arms album.

In 2004 the song was used as the background for Kinder Bueno television advertisement. The short film was extensively broadcast in Central-Western and Eastern European countries, such as Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary. It brought Amanda Lear back into spotlight and got "Enigma" into radio airplay.[1] Lear's low-pitched voice caused a stir among TV audiences who initially assumed that the song was performed by a man, since the singer didn't appear in the advertisement.[2]

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced as a part of Italian TV show Stryx. It pictures Amanda in a bright pink outfit, known from the "Follow Me" video, performing the song with three black kittens, sourrounded by other cast members of Stryx. It was directed by Enzo Trapani.

Track listing[edit]

A. "Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)" - 4:00
B. "Run Baby Run" - 3:45
A. "Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)" - 4:20
B. "Run Baby Run" - 3:45
A. "Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)" - 3:20
B. "Hollywood Flashback" - 4:31
A. "Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)" - 4:12
B. "Gold" - 3:45

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Netherlands[11] 11
Italy[12] 10
South Africa[13] 11

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amanda Lear makes Kinder Bueno hot & sexy". www.theadmad.com. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  2. ^ "Amanda Lear". kobiety-kobietom.com (in Polish). Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  3. ^ "ENIGMA (Give A Bit Of Mmh To Me) 1978 Holland". amandalear_singoli.tripod.com. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  4. ^ "Amanda Lear - Enigma (Give A Bit Of Mmh To Me) (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  5. ^ "ENIGMA (Give A Bit Of Mmh To Me) 1978 Italy". amandalear_singoli.tripod.com. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  6. ^ "Amanda Lear - Enigma (Give A Bit Of Mmh To Me) (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  7. ^ "ENIGMA (Give A Bit Of Mmh To Me) 1978 South Africa". amandalear_singoli.tripod.com. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  8. ^ "ENIGMA (Give A Bit Of Mmh To Me) 1978 Zimbabwe". amandalear_singoli.tripod.com. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  9. ^ "ENIGMA (Give A Bit Of Mmh To Me) 1978 Japan". amandalear_singoli.tripod.com. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  10. ^ "Amanda Lear - Enigma (Give A Bit Of Mmh) (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  11. ^ "Amanda Lear - Enigma (Give A Bit Of Mmh To Me)". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  12. ^ "HPI - Settimana del 26/08/78". www.hitparadeitalia.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  13. ^ "SA Charts 1969 - 1989 Acts (L)". www.rock.co.za. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  14. ^ "Pedro Marin Diamonds (cd) Disco Compact Discs & MP3s". www.discomusic.com. Retrieved 2011-04-29.