The Smurfs music
The Smurfs is a Belgian comics series, created by Peyo in 1958, and popularized in the English speaking world mainly through the 1981–1989 Hanna Barbera cartoon series. Over the decades, many singles and albums of Smurf music have been released in different countries and languages, sometimes very successfully, with millions of copies sold.
Several popular Smurfs LPs were released, the first of which (Father Abraham in Smurfland) was created by Dutch musician Pierre Kartner, who sings under the alias Father Abraham. His single "The Smurf Song" reached the #1 position in 16 countries. (While held off the top spot in the UK by "You're The One That I Want", the single broke a record for most consecutive weeks at number two, which was only equalled in 1991 by Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy".) Subsequent albums included Smurfing Sing Song, The Smurfs All Star Show, Christmas in Smurfland, and Best of Friends. In 1996, there was a release titled The Smurfs Go Pop! which had a hit UK single titled "I've Got a Little Puppy". The same year, the Smurfs' album Techno is Cool - Volume 1 received a platinum award for sales in excess of 1 million in Europe. This was repeated in 1999 when the German language album Alles Banane (by Die Schlümpfe) also sold more than one million copies.
In Finland, there have been so far (2011) eighteen Smurf CDs (mostly featuring smurfy versions of pop hits). The first of them sold 170,000 copies in Finland. They're also popular in German language area. Worldwide, more than 10 million CD's have been sold between 2005 and 2007 alone.
A new Smurf CD is set to be released as a Soundtrack to the Smurf live action/animated movie being released July 2011. The album will include a new version of the Smurfs Song (aka La La Song) as well as Smurf versions of songs featured in the film.
There are some Smurf records released in Czech Republic. The first releases was released in 1988 and 1989, followed by 1996 to 2000, and again in 2011 and 2012. One of the albums, which was released in 1996, is the best selling album ever in Czech Republic between 1994 to 2006.
Since the 1970s, many Smurf records have been made in Germany, some of them turning out to be bestsellers. This started with the Father Abraham single Das Lied der Schlümpfe and the album Vater Abraham im Land der Schlümpfe, both of which went platinum. Apart from many later gold records, the Smurfs again were certificated platinum for the 1981 album Hitparade der Schlümpfe, the 1995 albumTekkno ist cool (double platinum) and the 1996 Alles Banane volume 3, Megaparty volume 2 and Voll der Winter volume 4.
The success of the Smurfs music in the Netherlands started with the Dutch artist Father Abraham, whose single 't Smurfenlied stayed at the number 1 position on the Dutch charts for seven consecutive weeks, and the follow-up single Smurfenbier reached #5. More Smurf records followed in the decades, with Irene Moors as one of the main artists. In 1995, three different Smurf albums went platinum, with Smurf the House, Smurfen Houseparty, and the double platinum Ga je mee naar Smurfenland. The single No Limit, based on the 2 Unlimited hit No Limit, also went platinum and topped the Dutch charts for six weeks in 1995.
Since 1996, EMI Finland has released a total of 19 Smurf CD's: one album has sold multi-platinum, one album has sold double-platinum, eight albums have sold platinum, five albums have sold gold and one single has sold gold. The total of their certified sales exceeds 800,000 copies.
In 1978, actor/comedian Geir Børresen recorded a Norwegian version of Father Abraham's "The Smurf Song", which went on to top the Norwegian singles lists for 7 weeks in 1978/79. The accompanying album, "I Smurfeland" became even more popular, for a long time the best-selling Norwegian album of all time until overtaken by Åge Aleksandersen's "Levva Livet" in 1984. There were also two sequel albums released throughout 1979, and those three albums sold a total of 380,000 copies.
From 1996 to 2004 13 "Hupikék Törpikék" (the Hungarian name for "The Smurfs") albums were released. The songs on these albums are covers of (non-Hungarian) popular songs, sang in Hungarian, with lyrics related to the cartoon "The Smurfs".
The Smurf dance
The Smurf is a dance that originated with the Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
The Smurf is mentioned in "The Frug", a song by the band Rilo Kiley. It appeared on both their debut album, The Initial Friend E.P., and on the soundtrack to the movie Desert Blue. The Smurf is also mentioned in "The New Style" and "Posse In Effect", songs by the band Beastie Boys on their album "Licensed to Ill"; in "Turn Me Loose" as recorded by the collaboration of Eminem and Limp Bizkit; and in the song "I'm Through With White Girls" written by Jim Diamond and recorded by the band The Dirtbombs. The rapper Nas referenced The Smurf in the song "Made You Look", along with two other fad dances, (the Wop and the Baseball bat). That same Nas line was used in the song "88" by the rap duo The Cool Kids, which is also featured on the video game "NBA Live 08". The band Flobots mentions the Smurf in their song "The Effect."
- Comedy Band The Barron Knights' 1978 UK #3 hit single A Taste Of Aggro, a medley of parodies, included a version of The Smurf Song featuring, in place of the Smurfs, a group of bank robbers from Catford who have escaped from Dartmoor Prison.
- In 1979 the pop impresario Jonathan King scored a minor hit single under the pseudonym Father Abraphart and the Smurps entitled 'Lick a Smurp for Christmas (All Fall Down)', a parody of Father Abraham and the Smurfs. The title of the song referred to the fact that some Smurfs toys had been painted using lead paint, and that young children had been falling ill from placing them in their mouths.
- Oasis refused permission for the release of the song "Wondersmurf", a parody of their song "Wonderwall."
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