History Music / ElioELeStorieTese

7th Apr '17 6:11:34 PM Xtifr
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'''[[http://www.elioelestorietese.it Elio e le Storie Tese]]''' (''Elio and the Troubled Stories''), often shortened to [=EelST=] or "Elii", are (to make a long story short) {{UsefulNotes/Italy}}'s answer to Music/FrankZappa, and also one of the most succesful and long-lived Italian bands, having existed since 1980.

Their history began in the second half of TheSeventies, when the founder '''Elio''' (Stefano Belisari) created a small band with some of his HighSchool mates in Milan. After various changes, [[TheEighties the early Eighties]] saw the arrival of a couple members that still play with Elio to this day: '''Cesareo''' (Davide Civaschi), '''Rocco Tanica''' (Sergio Conforti) and '''Faso''' (Nicola Fasani). [=EelST=] began touring Northern Italy since about 1985, and their songs began circulating among the youth in the form of bootleg tapes; the first commercially published songs came only a couple years later. They also started appearing on Italian television in the late 80s, and 1987 brought about another member, the multi-instrumentalist '''Feiez''' (Paolo Panigada), who raised the already high technical level of [=EelST=]'s musical proficiency.

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'''[[http://www.[[http://www.elioelestorietese.it Elio e le Storie Tese]]''' (''Elio Tese]] ("Elio and the Troubled Stories''), Stories"), often shortened to [=EelST=] or "Elii", are (to make a long story short) {{UsefulNotes/Italy}}'s answer to Music/FrankZappa, and also one of the most succesful and long-lived Italian bands, having existed since 1980.

Their history began in the second half of TheSeventies, when the founder '''Elio''' Elio (Stefano Belisari) created a small band with some of his HighSchool mates in Milan. After various changes, [[TheEighties the early Eighties]] saw the arrival of a couple members that still play with Elio to this day: '''Cesareo''' Cesareo (Davide Civaschi), '''Rocco Tanica''' Rocco Tanica (Sergio Conforti) and '''Faso''' Faso (Nicola Fasani). [=EelST=] began touring Northern Italy since about 1985, and their songs began circulating among the youth in the form of bootleg tapes; the first commercially published songs came only a couple years later. They also started appearing on Italian television in the late 80s, and 1987 brought about another member, the multi-instrumentalist '''Feiez''' Feiez (Paolo Panigada), who raised the already high technical level of [=EelST=]'s musical proficiency.



'''The style''': Their lyrics are largely nonsense mixed with puns, references, allusions to popular sayings and to facets of their youth, with generous heapings of ToiletHumour (especially in the early days), [[BlackComedy dark humour]] and even social/political {{Satire}}; the weirdness of their humour, however, belies their extreme technical proficiency (again, just like Frank Zappa, who can be considered one of their sources of inspiration). [=EelST=] have dabbled in almost every possible genre from hard rock to disco, from reggae to blues and even latin and opera, often [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly mixing them to an extent]] or spoofing their rules and conventions.

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'''The style''': The style: Their lyrics are largely nonsense mixed with puns, references, allusions to popular sayings and to facets of their youth, with generous heapings of ToiletHumour (especially in the early days), [[BlackComedy dark humour]] and even social/political {{Satire}}; the weirdness of their humour, however, belies their extreme technical proficiency (again, just like Frank Zappa, who can be considered one of their sources of inspiration). [=EelST=] have dabbled in almost every possible genre from hard rock to disco, from reggae to blues and even latin and opera, often [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly mixing them to an extent]] or spoofing their rules and conventions.
5th Apr '17 1:32:33 AM annette12
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* RefugeInAudacity: Really, the lyrics of their songs take this trope UpToEleven. It's like the trademark style of the band.
7th Oct '16 9:32:43 AM WoodyAlien3rd
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* HurricaneOfPuns: the best example is probably "Nella vecchia azienda agricola" ("In the old farming business", a parody of "Old Macdonald Had A Farm"'s Italian version). Sadly, these puns can't really be translated in other languages.
7th Oct '16 9:07:06 AM WoodyAlien3rd
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* BiggusDickus:
** Early in their career, they wrote a song about (and sung from the perspective of) John Holmes. Enough said.
** "Burattino senza fichi", and its international English version "Puppet On A Swing", is all about a carpenter who crafts a big wooden dick for his son, [[Literature/{{Pinocchio}} an unnamed liar wooden puppet]].
-->I'm a proud and happy puppet,
-->with my new and shiny piece of wood.
-->I'm the new Italian Stallion,
-->'coz my daddy made it good.
7th Oct '16 8:50:01 AM WoodyAlien3rd
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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: the narrator from "Tapparella" is all but stated to be this among his circle of MiddleSchool friends, who leave him alone and never care for him. In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6i3JTF8-tA the video]] he gets his revenge by spiking their drinks during a party (complete with humorous DoNotTryThisAtHome disclaimer) and make them all trip balls!
24th Sep '16 8:22:24 AM Lord_Vetinari
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** The refrain of ''Faro'' is just that. Literally.
6th Sep '16 6:06:00 AM WoodyAlien3rd
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* AssShove: The end of the spoken part at the end of "Servi della gleba", translated: "Do you want me to shove a broom up my ass, so that I can sweep your room?". The music video ends with exactly that image, first of the band members sporting a broom up there, and then of the incredulous guy (another band member) reading their adventures on the toilet and getting understandably horrified. The broom up one's ass is their symbol of being an ExtremeDoormat, what "Servi della gleba" is all about. Hilariously, in a video made about ten years after that one, the same band member plays a character that ''still'' has a broom lodged in there!
26th Jun '16 3:21:16 PM WoodyAlien3rd
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* ACappella: the album version of "Unanimi"

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* ACappella: the album version of "Unanimi""Unanimi".
* AnimatedMusicVideo: A curious example. They never used this trope until the 2010s, when suddenly almost every other video they made was animated. A few examples:
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMLrdESf_uc Dannati Forever]]" (animated cutouts quite obviously inspired by Monty Python)
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=919ZZdMBbHA Il primo giorno di scuola]]"
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDB9Pf2Ho_Y Luigi il pugilista]]" (this and the former one were made by Italian cartoonist and animator Sio)
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1KBee36SUI Il mistero dei bulli]]" (inspired by pictograms on signals)
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DJ5dyp0Xo4 I delfini nuotano]]" (made by an AscendedFanboy and a homage to Music/TheWhiteStripes' mst famous clip, ''Seven Nation Army'').
23rd Jun '16 12:53:24 AM gewunomox
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** The cover of ''L'album biango'' is a ShoutOut to TheBeatles' "White Album". The title, indeed, can be translated more or less as "The Whyte Album".

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** The cover of ''L'album biango'' is a ShoutOut to TheBeatles' Music/TheBeatles' "White Album". The title, indeed, can be translated more or less as "The Whyte Album".
13th Jun '16 10:57:07 AM WoodyAlien3rd
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* CreditsGag: From the song "Il vitello dai piedi di balsa" ("The Calf with Balsa Feet"). One of the calves is credited in the album's booklet as [[Music/ThePolice Sting]]. You know, the one who doesn't say anything.
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