Trojan Horse (Luv' song)

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"Trojan Horse"
Single by Luv'
from the album With Luv' (German Version)
B-side Life Is On My Side
Released November 1978
Format 7" Vinyl Single
Recorded 1978
Genre Pop
Length 3:24
Label Philips/Phonogram Records(Benelux, France, Spain, Scandinavia, UK, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand)
Carrere Records(Germany)
Polydor Records(USA)
Mercury Records (Canada)
Writer(s) Hans van Hemert and Piet Souer (as Janschen & Janschens)
Producer(s) Hans van Hemert
Certification Platinum (Netherlands), Gold (Austria and Belgium)
Luv' singles chronology
"You're the Greatest Lover"
(1978)
"Trojan Horse"
(1978)
"Casanova"
(1979)

"Trojan Horse" is the fifth single by the Dutch girl group Luv', released in autumn 1978 by Philips/Phonogram Records. This million seller appears on the German version of the group's first album, With Luv' (1978). and was a successful hit record in a large part of continental Europe, South Africa and New Zealand. It was a minor hit in Australia and Canada.

Background[edit]

This song is the follow-up single to "You're the Greatest Lover" and uses a bagpipe theme. The intro of this track was inspired by the famous "20th-Century Fox Fanfare" by Alfred Newman that accompanies the 20th Century Fox studio logo at the beginning of its productions. Thanks to this hit record, Luv' established itself as one of the most popular Dutch pop acts of the late 1970s.

"Trojan Horse" was included in the German version of the With Luv' album and on CD compilations such as Luv' Gold and 25 Jaar Na Waldolala. In 2006, this song also appeared as a bonus track in the box set Completely In Luv'.

It was used for the soundtrack of the movie Spetters, directed by Paul Verhoeven. In 1979, Luv' played a cameo role in the German movie, Cola, Candy, Chocolate (aka Drei kesse Bienen auf den Philippinen)[1] in which they performed "Trojan Horse".

Track listing and release[edit]

Philips/Phonogram licensed the rights for Luvs records to various labels around the world.

7" Vinyl[2]

  • a. "Trojan Horse"
  • b. "Life Is On My Side"
Countries Year Label Catalog
NL/BEL/AUS/NOR/ARG/AUT/UK/SWE 1978 Philips/Phonogram Records 6012858
France 1978 Philips/Phonogram Records 6173628
Germany 1978 Carrere Records 2044132
USA 1978 Polydor 2095062
Canada 1978 Mercury Records M-74040
South Africa 1978 Philips/Phonogram Records TOS 1201
New Zealand 1978 Philips/Phonogram Records LUVU2

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1979, the Dutch band, De Bumpers, performed a parody entitled "M'n Doedelzak".[3]
  • In 1979, the Swedish female singer, Siw Inger, sang a German version of the song as "Komm und spiel mit mir".[4]
  • The German cover band, Orchester Tony Anderson, recorded the track for a compilation album Super Hits '79.[5]
  • Disco Light Orchestra from Germany performed an instrumental version for their LP Disco Sensation in 1979.[6]
  • The German formation, The Golden Akkordeon Harmonists, covered the song for their album Schlager Hits Akkordeon in 1979.[7]
  • The Czech girl group, Bezinky, covered the song (entitled "Trojský Kůň") in their language in 1980.[8]
  • An East German sister duo, Die Molly Sisters, sang a Schlager version of this composition entitled "Im grünen Wald".[9]
  • A short-lived German girl group, Luv' Connection, covered the track in 2003.[10]
  • "Jump With Me", a song by the Dutch jumpstyle band, the Sheffield Jumpers, featured a re-sung chorus from "Trojan Horse" and was released in August 2008.
  • In 2009, the entertainer Marco de Hollander sang the song in Dutch and translated it as "Hij speelde elke avond op zijn doedelzak".[11]
  • In 2011, the German Bosnian act, Engel & Engel, performed it as "So ist die Liebe, mi Amor".[12]

Charts and certifications[edit]

"Trojan Horse" was a No. 1 hit single in the Netherlands, Flanders (Belgium) and Denmark. It reached the top 5 in Austria, Switzerland and Germany, the top 10 in New Zealand (where Luv' became a one-hit wonder), the top 20 in South Africa, the top 50 in France and Australia as well as the top 100 in Canada.

Charts (1978) Peak
position
Certification
Europarade (currently Eurochart Hot 100 Singles) 3
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1 Platinum [13]
Netherlands (Nationale Hitparade (currently Single Top 100) 1
Belgium/Flanders (BRT Top 30/Radio 2 Top 30) 1 Gold [14]
Germany (Musikmarkt/Media Control) 3
Switzerland (Swisscharts.com) 2
Denmark (BT Hitlisten) 1
Austria (Austriancharts.com) 2 Gold[15]
France (Hit Parade RTL)[16] 36
South Africa (www.rock.co.za) 17
Australia (Kent Music Report) 50
New Zealand (New Zealand Charts) 6
Canada (RPM 100 Singles) 95
Preceded by
"Get Off" by Foxy
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
December 16, 1978 – December 23, 1978
Succeeded by
"Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meat Loaf

References[edit]

  1. ^ Informations about movie "Cola, Candy, Chocolate on IMDB site
  2. ^ Release details on Discogs.com Accessed: February 12, 2011
  3. ^ List of popular songs played on Dutch radio including "M'n Doeldelzak" by De Bumpers
  4. ^ Informations about German cover version of "Trojan Horse"
  5. ^ Details about Super Hits '79 compilation
  6. ^ Disco Sensation/Disco Light Orchestra Accessed: August 30, 2010
  7. ^ The Golden Akkordeon Harmonists - Schlager Hits Akkordeon Accessed: August 30, 2010
  8. ^ Czech version of Trojan Horse Accessed: August 30, 2010
  9. ^ Infos about the single by Die Molly Sisters
  10. ^ Luv' Connection official site
  11. ^ Website of Marco de Hollander
  12. ^ Music video of Engel & Engel Accessed: July 9, 2011
  13. ^ Gold and platinum certifications given by the Dutch recording industry association
  14. ^ Gold and platinum certifications given by the Belgian recording industry association (IFPI Belgium)
  15. ^ Gold certifications given by the Austrian recording industry association (IFPI Austria)
  16. ^ Before the French Top 50 (which was the first official music charts based on record sales in France) appeared in 1984, the hit parade of the radio station RTL was one of the hit lists acknowledged by the music business. It was based on listeners' requests and RTL programme scheduling.