|Song by Adriano Celentano from the album Una carezza in un pugno – Azzurro|
|Writer(s)||Paolo Conte, Vito Pallavicini|
|Composer(s)||Paolo Conte, Michele Virano|
|Una carezza in un pugno – Azzurro track listing|
Conte wrote the song together with Vito Pallavicini especially for Celentano. Together with Via con me and Sotto le stelle del Jazz, it is one of his most famous works. The song is about love, loneliness and summer in the city. The song is typical for Conte's way of writing, combining simple melodies with catchy but unusual compositions; here he combines military march music with an everyday story, told in a poetic language full of images. Although typical, it is from Conte's early work with pop songs and not resembling his style later on. He recorded the song himself in 1985, not until having had a 10-year solo career as a singer.
The first line of the song goes: "Azzurro, il pomeriggio è troppo azzurro e lungo per me . . ."
The song was covered by numerous Italian singers, like Mina, Gianni Morandi and Fiorello. Even the Italian football national team has sung the song on one occasion. German covers were done by Peter Rubin, Dieter Thomas Kuhn, Die Toten Hosen and Peter Alexander. French cover by Régine. Spanish cover by Gabinete Caligari.
Arik Einstein cover
In Israel, it is a famous song known for its Hebrew version by Arik Einstein "Amru Lo" (Hebrew: "They told him..."), which does not feature a translation of the original lyrics, and instead lampoons a young ne'er-do-well's inexplicable obsession with the color red and a failing soccer team of the same uniform color. It was also turned as a film with the same name.
Die Toten Hosen cover
|Single by Die Toten Hosen|
|from the album 125 Jahre die Toten Hosen: Auf dem Kreuzzug ins Glück|
|Released||June 5, 1990|
|Die Toten Hosen singles chronology|
The video was directed by Hanns Christian Müller.
- "Azzurro" (Conte, Virano/Conte, Pallavicini) − 2:32
- "Herzlichen Glückwunsch" (Sincere congratulation) (v. Holst/Frege) – 2:03
- "Dr. Sommer" (Dr. Summer) (Breitkopf/Frege) – 1:57
- "Feinde" (Enemies) (Frege/Frege) – 2:20
- Peter Benjaminson The Story of Motown 1979 -- Page 306"The first line of the song goes: "Azzurro, il pomeriggio e troppo azzurro e lungo per me . . ." — Blue, the afternoon is too long and blue for me . . . ("blue," it should be noted, has no negative connotations of the depressing variety clouding the ..."