[[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.

TheNineties were arguably the peak of their popularity, since [=EelST=] recorded in this period some of their best-selling and most successful albums, and went on to make numerous appearances on cult classic TV programmes, radio programmes and so on. In 1995 their official fan club, "Fave Club", was born, and the next year they were contestants at the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanremo_Music_Festival Sanremo Music Festival]], Italy's most important music competition, getting second prize (even though a never-confirmed UrbanLegend states that they actually won first prize but the host refused to give them the prize and gave the victory to another singer). Sadly, amidst all the fame and successes, tragedy stroke when Feiez suddenly died on the spot during a concert in December 1998. As they commented, he died exactly as a musician would have.

After Feiez's demise, they reduced their appearances on TV and the live concerts, only restarting in about the mid-2000s. Since then Elio and the others made such things as sport and commercial jingles, hosted TV programmes, played in classical concerts and more. The band has also been the first one, in 2004, to sell instant [=CDs=] of their live performances immediately after their end. Oh, and they went again to Sanremo in 2013 and won second prize. Again. For real this time.

'''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.

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 ăikti (1992)
* Esco Dal Mio Corpo E Ho Molta Paura: Gli Inediti 1979-1986[[note]]I Exit My Body And Feel Very Afraid: The Unpublished Songs 1979-1986[[/note]] (1993)
* Eat The Phikis(1996)
* Peerla[[note]]Preeck[[/note]] (1998)
* Craccracriccrecr (1999)
* Cicciput (2003)
* Studentessi[[note]]Male Girl Students[[/note]] (2008)
* L'Album Biango[[note]]The Whyte Album[[/note]] (2013)

!!The band and their discography provides examples of:

* AntiHumor: One song was entirely based on this kind of humour. First of all, the jokes were more than deadpan, since they were told by a vocal synthesizer. Then, among the "normal" jokes, it featured gems such as: "An Englishman, a Frenchman and a German are on a plane. The plane crashes and they die".
* ArchEnemy: in a sense, Roberto "Freak" Antoni, late leader of Italian punk band Skiantos. He never forgave Elio for having borrowed the name of his band from a lyric in one of his songs (which was "storie '''p'''ese" by the way), and always disparaged [=EelST=]'s songs and attitude since he felt that they owed him a huge debt they never acknowledged.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The very first words of "Tenia" ("Tapeworm"; incidentally it is a CoverVersion of Michael Sembello's "Maniac", back when they weren't famous and dabbled in this kind of stuff) state that the titular animal is an annelid. It actually is a Platyhelminth. Of course the song is not accurate in any way and it's all just for fun...
* BackToFront: "Mio cuggino" ("My coussin") and "Nella vecchia azienda agricola" ("In the old farming business") They even acknowledge this in the beginning of the former video, by saying it was filmed in "[=IndietroScope=]" (indietro means "backwards" in Italian). It is also lip-synched backwards.
* BadassMustache: Faso's spectacular facial hair [[http://www.laregione.ch/sites/default/files/node/images/featured/Elio%20e%20le%20Storie%20Tese%201370.JPG]] and equally spectacular bass guitar lines
* 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.
* CallAndResponseSong: "Cara ti amo" ("I love you my dear"). Elio is a mean and irrational young woman and keyboardist Rocco Tanica is her hopeless fiance.
* 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".
** Sanremo 1996 saw them one time dressed as French space rock band [[http://www.lesrockets.com/ Rockets]], silver body painting and all (Elio actually even shaved his head). They repeated this at Sanremo 2013, by being dressed first as choir boys, then wearing fat suits that made them all look like [[Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife Mr. Creosote]].
* DanceSensation: parodied with "Pipppero«", allegedly 1992's hottest Bulgarian dance song (yes, the TradeSnark is actually part of the title). A translated excerpt:
-->Rotate your fingers, get your phalanxes together
-->This is the famous Pipppero dance
* ExtremeDoormat: this is what "Servi della gleba" ("Serfs") is all about. Sung in the first person, at that!
* FamedInStory: Feiez is remembered in several songs and his name always receives a rousing applause from the audience.
* 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.
* ImpracticalMusicalInstrumentSkills: in their early years, Elio used to play Faso's bass guitar by standing behind him while the latter was busy performing the fake phone call at the end of "Servi della gleba" ("Serfs")
* 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. [[https://d3rt1990lpmkn.cloudfront.net/640/0cc685762044ad408228f3df878a78f41985f70a 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.
* MixAndMatchCritters: the cover art of ''Italyan'' features a cow with two hairy human legs, allegedly inspired by a scene from ''Film/TopSecret''.
* MusicalPastiche / InTheStyleOf: One of their signature moves. "Born to be Abramo" has a church song reworked into Patrick Hernandez' "Born to be alive". "Pipppero«" is Bulgarian traditional music meets dance.
* 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! Also invoked in "La vendetta del fantasma formaggino" ("The revenge of the cheese spread ghost").
--> If a Swiss man tells you: Italian, pizza, spaghetti, mandolin, mama...
* NonAppearingTitle: several examples such as "Cateto".
* SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein: Done deliberately in "Unanimi" ("Unanimously"). The second stanza has each component of the band singing different lyrics at the same time but ends with "Unanimi" sung in unison. It is the only intelligible word of the stanza. Inverted in the first stanza (same lyrics for everyone apart from the last word). Bonus point for invoking GettingCrapPastTheRadar, as the unintelligible last word is everyone singing a different swear word. ItMakesSenseInContext [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCl9C93Fq-U]]:
-->" We agree almost on every subject, but sometimes we disagree
-->for example on swear words, everyone says what he likes: **** "
* StealthParody: maybe not so stealthy, but "La terra dei cachi" ("Persimmon Land"), the song that almost made them win the Sanremo music festival, was this. It takes ''balls'' to bring to the temple of Italian music a song which mocks almost all the conventions of popular Italian music, ''bel canto'' and famous singers/songwriters, as well as making several pointed jabs to the Italian society of the time. But it still was a huge success and better remembered than the actual winner! It helps that the song is an EarWorm.
** StealthInsult: the "Persimmon Land" of the title is clearly Italy. Persimmons are noted for their laxative properties, plus their name in italian, ''cachi'', sounds almost like "cacare", meaning "to take a shit". The message becomes clear: Persimmon Land = Italy = shit.
* 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?
* TrueCompanions; the core members of the group have been playing together since the Eighties. Especially evident and moving when they talk about the late Feiez.
* UncommonTime: "Pagano" ("Pagan") has 5/4 + 5/4 + 3/4. "Pipppero«" inherits the difficult time signatures of the original Bulgarian song.
* UrbanLegends: "Mio cuggino" ("My cousssin") is built on this. A translated example:
--> My cousin told me he once met a chick at the club and then he can't remember anything but in the end he woke up drenched in a ditch and one of his kidneys was missing
* 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.
* YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses: "Luigi il pugilista" ("Luigi the Pugilist") is about a boxer who wears glasses and becomes a champion, since nobody would hit him. The one time he removes the glasses, to impress a [[PitGirls pit girl]] holding the card, he is promptly trounced by the opponent. To top it off, the girl was actually a man. But Luigi [[IfItsYouItsOkay doesn't really care]].
[[AC: Forza Panino!]]