Saturday, June 9, 2012
40 Year Itch : Empty Words
In 1972 there was no bigger song in Italy than Mina and Alberto Lupo's "Parole, Parole" ( "Words, Words"). The song made its debut on an Italian variety show called Teatro 10. While Lupo offers a series of complements, ( "If you didn't exist I would have to invent you ") Mina sings that they are just words, empty words. When Lupo says "You're like the wind that brings violins and roses", Mina sings "Candy does not want any more".
"Parole, Parole" has been covered many many times over the decades. In 1973 Dalida and Alain Delon recorded a french version ( "Paroles, Paroles") that topped the charts in France and Japan and became a huge hit in Canada.
At the end of 1972, Mina and Lupo joined Adriano Celentano on the stage of Teatro 10 for a parody version of "Parole, Parole". Celentano is both the best selling male artist in Italy and one of the nation's top comedians. When the line "Candy does not want any more" is sung, you'll see why.