Video Savant: Adriano Celentano & Raffaella Carrà's "Prisencolinensinainciusol"

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Adriano Celentano—who was unknown to me until a week ago—is something akin to the Italian Serge Gainsbourg. This bonkers song is on some Busby Berkeley-esque, proto-glam-disco-rap shit—with a harmonica solo! WTF?! After one listen/viewing, it catapulted into my pantheon of favorite songs ever. Sadly, nothing else I've checked by Celentano comes close to matching the riveting charm of “Prisencolinensinainciusol.” (Carrà is the striking blonde dynamo, of whom I know nothing, except she's a star in this vid.)

This video is madly kinetic and camp as hell and I am hopelessly enthralled with it. The day I discovered it, I must have watched it a dozen times. Other people who have viewed it liken the video to a drug and an aphrodisiac. Warning: Click PLAY on this thing and you will get very little work done today.

[If you're having trouble getting the video to play, go here.]

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