Monday, January 05, 2009

Who Is He? Woooh!

Renato Zero. There's not an Italian from 1978 who doesn't know Renato Zero and "Triangolo", the greatest song of the Italian glam star. I had great fun at the Renato Zero concert in Florence when I was studying Art there. My view wasn't as close as the old film here, but I did risk life and limb climbing the scaffolding to see above the crowd.

I can still hear it... "Lui chi e.... wooooh!"

Great fun. Just great.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Gayle said...

I didn't understand a word, but it was still entertaining. I've actually never heard of him before.

Marie's Two Cents said...

Well this was a great break from the Circus a/k/a Congress :-)

Indigo Red said...

The song is about a guy who has a date and he wants to meet alone. When the couple meet for the date, the other has brought another man and our guy asks "Lue chi e?" (Who is he?)

The friend suggests that three, triangle (triangolo), might be fun, but our guy isn't so sure that would be good for the relationship that is just starting.

His date and the friend encourage our guy to just try it. The song says, "Mollalo!" which means, "Let it go!"

Renato Zero has never denied being gay and in his eary days, as seen in the video, was also a cross-dresser. He adopted his name, Zero, from the recurring insults "Sei uno zero!" It means 'you are a zero'.

Throughout his long career, he has shown the "normality of diversity" and he made a success of it. He remains the only Italian musician to have his songs hit number one in four different and successive decades, 70's through 2000.

Zero remains one of Italy's most beloved performers. He is one heck of a showman.