- Unbelievable (EMF song)
Name = Unbelievable
Artist = EMF
from Album =
B-side = "Unbelievable (Cin City Sex mix)"
Released = 1991
Genre = Rock
Length = 3:30
Writer = EMF
This single = Unbelievable
Next single = I Believe
"Unbelievable" is a song written and recorded by EMF. It hit number one on the
Billboard Hot 100on July 20, 1991. It also reached number three in the UK. It is #31 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders.
Content of the song
There are a couple of samples of US comedian
Andrew Dice Claythroughout the track, including the loud exclamation of "oh!" at the start of each chorus along with the words "you're unbelievable" spoken at the end of the first chorus. Clay's exclamation of "What the fuck WAS that?" can also be heard throughout the song.
Furthermore in the UK (where the band hailed from) the B Side of the single was a track called "EMF" which included the refrain "Ecstasy Mother-Fuckers".
The background bassline used throughout the song is very similar to that in the Beatles "
"Unbelievable" has been covered by many other musical acts, from
Anal Cuntto Tom Jones [ [http://www.emf-theband.com/music/covers.asp EMF-TheBand.com - The Official EMF Website ] ] to Weird Al(briefly in Polka Your Eyes Out). It was sampled by rapper Esham, who took the chorus and riffs and made the song more sinister with heavy rap lyrics.It was also cover by the hard rock band Thousand Foot Krutchon their debut album Set It Off
EMF later re-recorded the song in 2005 as "Crumbelievable" for an ad for
KraftCrumbles. [ [http://adweek.blogs.com/adfreak/2005/12/admittedly_it_d.html AdFreak: Kraft uses 'Unbelievable' unbelievably ] ]
Due to the amount of air time that "Unbelievable" has received since its release, it may be responsible for the most profanity ever heard over radio. The constant background vocal during the chorus saying "What the fuck was that," which even appears in the lyrics in the CD booklet, was never edited.fact|date=May 2008
It was #31 on VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders.
It was #98 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's.
*cite web | title=EMF - The Band.com - The Official EMF Website | url=http://www.emf-theband.com/ | accessdate=2007-02-04
*cite web | last = Ward | first = Celeste | authorlink = Celeste Ward | coauthors = | title = Kraft uses 'Unbelievable' unbelievably | work = | publisher = | date = 2005-02-12 | url = http://adweek.blogs.com/adfreak/2005/12/admittedly_it_d.html | format = | doi = | accessdate = 2008-01-27
*cite web | last = Anderson | first = Chris | authorlink = Chris Anderson | coauthors = | title = Colbert on pop culture: It's Crumbelievable!" | work = | publisher = The Long Tail | date = 2006-06-30 | url = http://www.longtail.com/the_long_tail/2006/08/colbert_on_pop_.html | format = | doi = | accessdate = 2008-01-27
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