U.O.Me (Theme from Waldolala)

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"U.O.Me"
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Single by Luv'
from the album With Luv'
B-side "Hang On"
Released February 1978
Format 7" Vinyl Single
Recorded 1977
Genre Disco, Pop
Length 2:55
Label Philips Records/Phonogram Records (Benelux, German speaking countries, France)
Songwriter(s) Hans van Hemert & Piet Souer (as Janschen & Janschens)
Producer(s) Hans van Hemert
Luv' singles chronology
"Dream, Dream"
(1977)
"'U.O.Me'"
(1978)
"You're the Greatest Lover"
(1978)
"Dream, Dream"
(1977)
"U.O.Me (Theme from Waldolala)"
(1978)
"You're the Greatest Lover"
(1978)

U.O.Me is the third single by Dutch girl group Luv', released in early 1978 by Philips Records. It appears on the 1978 debut album, With Luv' and is considered as Luv's real breakthrough in Benelux. This record is also credited as U.O.Me (You Owe Me), U.O.Me (Welcome to Waldolala) or U.O.Me (Theme from Waldolala).

Background[edit]

Record producer Hans van Hemert was commissioned by VPRO (a Dutch TV channel) to write the theme song for a TV series, Het is weer zo laat (a.k.a. Waldolala).[1] With the help from Piet Souer, he composed "U.O.Me (Welcome To Waldolala)" which was recorded by Luv'. The group's appearance on this TV show was a good publicity stunt. U.O.Me was considered as Luv's first real mainstream success. Its Disco-Carnival sound changes from the pop arrangements of the two previous singles (My Man and Dream, Dream). This track is inspired by A far l'amore comincia tu, the 1977 European hit of Raffaella Carrà.

Track listing and release[edit]

7" Vinyl [2]

  • a. "U.O.Me"
  • b. "Hang On"
Country Year Label Catalog
Netherlands/Germany/Belgium/Philippines/ 1978 Philips/Phonogram Records 6012783
France 1978 Philips/Phonogram Records 6173625

Cover versions[edit]

  • As Luv' enjoyed success with U.O.Me, studio formation Conquistador (also produced by Hans van Hemert and Piet Souer) recorded an instrumental version of this song.[3]
  • Schlager singer Peter Petrel recorded a German cover version entitled Wer Hat Hier Denn Wohl Wen Verführt in 1978.[4]
  • Finnish girl group Mirumaru performed the track as Sun Vain Oon[5] in their language in 1978.
  • Dutch act De Vedettes recorded their version of Luv's breakthrough hit to support the Dutch national football team (the famous Oranjes) at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This cover was entitled "Oh! Wat Een Mooie Goal!" (Oh! What a beautiful goal!)[6] and peaked at #39 on the Netherlands' Single Top 100[7] in July 2010.

Chart performance[edit]

Because of Luv's exposure on the Waldolala TV show, the song became an instant hit in the Netherlands and Flanders and reached the singles Top 5 in both countries. It sold 150.000 copies in Benelux. In the Top 100 of best sold singles in 1978 in the Netherlands, the song reached the #10 position[8]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts (1978) Peak
position
Certification (If any)
Europarade (currently Eurochart Hot 100 Singles) 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 3 Platinum [9]
Netherlands (Nationale Hitparade, currently Mega Top 50) 3
Belgium/Flanders (BRT Top 30) 2

Chart sources[edit]

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