Time of origin and release
2000 (officially unreleased)
Music, lyrics and production
Music: Rob & Ferdi Bolland
Lyrics: Falco, Rob & Ferdi Bolland
Producer: Rob & Ferdi Bolland
About the song
As early as 1998 and 1999, the Bollands, Falco’s former producers, were working on Tribute To Falco and three other tracks (Fascinating Man, We Live For The Night, From The North To The South) for the compiled album Verdammt Wir Leben Noch. All these songs are made from samples of Falco’s voice (from interviews and previously released tracks) and newly composed music They probably got a taste for it, because shortly afterwards they started producing more such sampling numbers. A total of six such additional sampling songs were completed, but only this track managed to be at least semi-officially released. The rest of these sampling works (Angst, Change, Extravaganza, Just An Illusion, New York City Girls) are merely circulating unofficially as so-called “Bolland tapes” on the Internet.
At the end of 2000, this song was offered as an mp3 file as a free download on the download website www.lion.cc (which belonged to the Austrian trading company Libro) and was also advertised in various print media: “www.lion.cc now brings (… ) exclusively the last part of the (Jeanny-) cult song trilogy, which has not yet been published. What few people know: with his producer team Bolland & Bolland, Falco recorded the last part of the trilogy, which has not yet been published." The news magazine News also reported on this publication: "Just before his accidental death, the falcon recorded (this song), leading the dramatic story to the finale. But the only existing studio recording has so far remained under wraps. But the world-exclusive cyber release is now available at mp3.lion.cc. The cult song can be downloaded for free, and the package is rounded off with an interview with Falco’s ex-keyboarder Thomas Rabitsch."
Apart from the strange nature of the release (free and only in low-quality mp3 audio format), the information that Falco is said to have recorded a song with the Bollands shortly before his death also raised initial doubts about the authenticity of the number. And indeed: it quickly became clear that this was a thoroughly insincere attempt to attract attention using an artificially manufactured sampling song. o the Bollands simply composed a new melody and mixed in samples of Falco’s voice from the English-language version of Jeanny from 1986. In addition, some words from the 1992 song Metamorphic Rocks were used as further samples. Why Thomas Rabitsch, Falco’s last bandleader, gave himself up to promoting this sampling song will probably remain a mystery.
Musically, the music was taken from the bottom drawer, the excerpts from the soundtrack of Falco’s voice were mixed into schmaltzy, kitschy ballad music. The Bollands pragmatically solved the problem that such a sampling song also needed a chorus, but no Falco soundtrack could be used for this, by singing this passage themselves. Of course, every Falco fan noticed within seconds that there was no new Falco song, but that the Bollands had simply mixed the English Jeanny version to newly composed music.
Things get really terrible as the song progresses. To reinforce the falsely claimed connection to the Jeanny saga, a newsflash message was also included. This is so amateurishly done that it leaves you speechless: “According to the police, there are new findings in the 'Jeanny' case, which aroused great nationwide interest years ago. According to the police report, the previously missing girl’s second shoe has now been found. The police now assume that Jeanny is still alive.” Unbelievable…
Falco’s text from the English-language version of Jeanny was almost completely taken over; the passage "Where are you now?", which appears in the first verse of the original, was pushed into the chorus sung by the Bollands in their sampling song. At the end, the Dutch producers also included the phrases “I can feel it” and “I can see it” from the 1992 song Metamorphic Rocks.
The release of this sampling number received little media attention; the outrageous fan fraud was probably too obvious. At the same time, it is also conceivable that Falco’s estate administration quickly pulled the ripcord and withdrew this song from circulation for various (probably also licensing) reasons. Nevertheless, this did not prevent this song from still circulating on the Internet today as part of the Jeanny trilogie. It finds itself in bad company; the song The Spirit Never Dies, which was created and officially released in 2009, was also created under similarly dubious, bigoted and fake circumstances.
There is also a slightly shortened edit version of this number.
Like so many releases after Falco’s death, this one is also marked by a lack of respect for the artist. At the same time, it is difficult to understand why the Bollands, of all people, who played a large part in Falco’s hits and also maintained contact with the artist for years, could come up with such an unnecessary release idea. The sampling song, like the other “Bolland tapes”, is a symbol of a completely misguided and inauthentic handling of Falco’s legacy.