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[[caption-width-right:300:From left to right: Faso (bass), Elio (voice, flute), Meyer (drums), Mangoni (artist on his own), Rocco Tanica (keyboards), Cesareo (guitar). [[note]]Not appearing in the picture: Man[[/note]]]]

'''[[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.

''(work in progress)''

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.

Please do not mix up [=EelST=] and {{Music/Eels}}.

!!Discography - studio albums

* Elio samaga hukapan kariyana turu (1989)
* The Los Sri Lanka Parakramabahu Brothers Featuring Elio e le Storie Tese (1990)
* Italyan, rum casusu šikti (1992)
* Esco dal mio corpo e ho molta paura: Gli inediti 1979-1986 (1993)
* Eat the phikis (1996)
* Peerla (1998)
* Craccracriccrecr (1999)
* Cicciput (2003)
* Studentessi (2008)
* L'album biango (2013)

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!!The band and their discography provides examples of:

* BigOlEyebrows: Elio's unibrow is legendary, and the man himself makes fun of it every now and then.
* BilingualBonus: the title of their first album means "Let's happily fart and cum with Elio" in Tamil (see also GettingCrapPastTheRadar). The title of their 1992 album means "It turned out that the Italian was a Greek spy" in Turkish and was RippedFromTheHeadlines of a Cyprus newspaper.
* BrokenRecord: a few songs are little more than the title repeated over and over, such as "Tonza patonza". "Raccomando", from their sucky 1990 album (see Stylistic Suck below), just says "Buon Natale e... mi raccomando" ("Merry Christmas and... take care") over and over again.
* ConfusingMultipleNegatives: parodied. A [[http://www.marok.org/Elio/Discog/not.gif very rare cassette]] from 1992 was called "Not Unpreviously Unreleased'nt".
* CopycatCover: the cover of their first live album, ''[[http://www.marok.org/Elio/Discog/japan.jpg Made in Japan]]'' is almost identical to the much more famous ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c5/Deep_Purple_Made_in_Japan.jpg Made in Japan]]'' by Music/DeepPurple. Although they mantain that their album is called [[ItsPronouncedTropay Made in JUH-pan]].
** 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".
** The proposed cover of the orchestral remix album "Gattini" was "inspired" by the releases of Deutsche Grammophon, it was changed probably in fear of a lawsuit. Here's [[http://www.marok.org/Elio/Discog/gattini.jpg the original version]].
* {{Cosplay}}: in their video for "Servi della gleba", they briefly appear dressed as the fictional band Bee Hive from the shojo manga ''Manga/AiShiteNight''. The reason: Italy had in the late 80s a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff quite popular]] LiveActionAdaptation of the anime/manga called "Kiss Me Licia".
* FunWithAcronyms: they released an English language live album comprised of the songs from their USA 1998 tour. It was called "E.L.I.O. - [[TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX The Artists Formerly Known As]] Elio e le Storie Tese". In this case, E.L.I.O. stood for [[{{Squick}} Enema Lovers]] Italian Orchestra.
* GenreRoulette: almost always, but "Craccraccricrecr" is perhaps the most blatant example, even with songs titled "Il rock and roll", "Discomusic" and so on.
* HiddenDepths: and not just musically speaking. Just two examples: Elio, besides having a conservatory degree in transverse flute, is an electronic engineer. Mangoni is a famed and respected (when he's not singing and acting buffoonishly, that is...) architect in Milan.
* IHaveManyNames: Until recently, Elio didn't want to let his real name to be known, so he used a lot of pseudonyms such as Steve, Papalli, Bulci, Roberto Moroni and many others; the other members of the band have had lots of nicknames as well.
* IntentionalEngrishForFunny: a couple songs like "First me, second me" are sung in a completely broken English, lampshaded by Elio when he says to have learned it in "medium school" (MiddleSchool). The funniest thing is, they got ''Music/JamesTaylor'' to sing a part of it! Here's an excerpt:
-->Not see the my love for yourself?
-->For force, not is visible.
-->Not hear the sound of the my guitar?
-->Is play from me;
-->is play for you, is play for we.
** Also, the very title "Eat the phikis", which doesn't really mean anything.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Piattaforma di trivellazione", a wacky, absurdist parody of SergeGainsbourg's ''Je t'aime... moi non plus''. Among all the allusions and weird sound effects, the singer duets with a lover with a suspiciously young-sounding voice... [[spoiler:The ending reveals that it's ''his son''.]]
* ListSong: "Silos", which is about... well, a silo used to keep all of the excretions of the human body, [[ToiletHumour lovingly listed]] in the lyrics. The song also ends with the voice of a stereotypical {{Prospector}} for [[RuleOfFunny no reason at all]].
** "Li immortacci" lists (unnamed, but still easily recognizable) famous musicians who died before their time...[[HarsherInHindsight and also]] Music/MichaelJackson. In ''1996''. [[note]]Jackson was included in the verse alluding to Music/ElvisPresley but just for the sake of his then-recent wedding with Lisa Marie Presley.[[/note]]
* LyricalDissonance: many times.
* MinimalisticCoverArt: ''Cicciput'''s cover is just a pair of cartoony eyes on a monochrome blue background. [[http://img.loudvision.it/29/2894-cicciput-elio-e-le-storie-tese.jpg Here]].
* MistakenForPedophile: the subject of the still comedic but very dark and satirical song "Gimmi I.". The eponymous Gimmi is a man who is beaten to death by a mob of angry parents, and whose only fault is to be ''named'' Gimmi Ilpedofilo ("Gimmi Thepedophile"). The song becomes [[CrossesTheLineTwice funny again (or just more disturbing)]] when Gimmi himself speaks of his new life in Heaven, having met several people who suffered the same fate. Among them, Roberto Ammazzaneonati[[note]]Toddlerkiller[[/note]] and Fabiana Inculamorti[[note]]Corpsefucker[[/note]].
-->'''Ike Willis''': Oh, poor Fabiana Inculamorti, another innocent victim in this stupid misunderstanding.
-->She was not a necrophiliac, she was just a, just a girl.
* NationalStereotypes: they often play along with them and mock them. One example: the entire band in wifebeaters at the 1999 MTV Music Awards in Dublin, speaking about pizza and pasta with a heavy Italian accent!
* NonAppearingTitle: several examples such as "Cateto".
* StylisticSuck: the ''Los Sri Lanka''... album. It was a Christmas Album made only to fulfill certain contractual obligations, so [=EelST=] recorded a few terrible songs on purpose, sung with a pretend famous Sri Lankan band, the titular "Parakramabahu Brothers"... which were a couple of friends of the guy who cleaned up the studio and couldn't even speak Italian!
* SubliminalSeduction: spoofed in a "song" of their 1990 album, aptly named "Messaggio satanico" ("Satanic Message"): the backwards message is... just the lyrics for the Italian version of "Happy Birthday to You" in reverse.
* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: sadly, this was Feiez's fate: he died of a brain aneurysm during a concert in December 1998. The following album "Craccraccricrecr" and also the miniseries "Vite bruciacchiate" (see "Keep Circulating the Tapes" above) were dedicated to him.
* ToiletHumour: there already are some examples... but what about "Shpalman" (a song from ''Cicciput''), about a superhero who smears shit on the faces of bad guys with a trowel? Or the woman from "Cateto" who secreted shit instead of sweat from her pores?
* WordPureeTitle: ''Craccraccricrecr'' (WordOfGod states that it is meant to be "the sound of your body changing"[[note]]Possibly a friendly jab to fellow singer Piero Pel¨ who released the song "Il mio corpo che cambia" or "My body changing"[[/note]]), ''Cicciput'' (the name of an angel according to some "medium" on the radio) and ''Studentessi'' (a mispronounced Italian word).
* WordSaladTitle: One of their songs is named "Abate cruento" ("Cruel / Bloody Abbot") and repeats in the lyrics "Abate cruento esaminatore" ("examiner"). They stated those are just three words picked randomly from a dictionary.
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