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In an interview, [Adriano] Celentano explains that the song is about “incommunicability” because in modern times people are not able to communicate to each other anymore. He added the only word we need is prisencolinensinainciusol, which is supposed to stand for “universal love”.
Celentano’s rationale for the song was that, after releasing albums about ecology and social issues, “having just recorded an album of songs that meant something, I wanted to do something that meant nothing.” The song was recorded at least twice for television broadcast. The song has been included on the 2008 dance compilation album Poplife Presents: Poplife Sucks. The song has recently enjoyed a revival as a nascent Internet meme, having been posted on Boing Boing in December 2009 and subsequently picked up by the Italian press.
The first word of Zazie dans le Metro is Doukipudonktan, phonetics for something like, “Whydoeshesmellsobad.”
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