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Jeanny is undoubtedly one of the most controversial songs of Falco's, that had both fans and the media fascinated. There are numerous cover versions and parodies. Producers kept mentioning and promising a third version (after Jeanny and Coming Home). Interesting story that deserves special treatment. But let's start at the beginning :)
The scandal about Jeanny
Jeanny was the third singe from the successful Falco 3 album. After the world-wide success of
Rock Me Amadeus, he wanted to offer something exceptional. And Jeanny definitely has a thundering effect! The song produces a remarkable scandal. (for the (translated) text of the song, click here.
This turned into a general outburst throughout the nation and several radio stations stopped playing the song. Others played it, but put a warning commentary at the start. Some people even wanted to stop the sales, but the Bundesprüfstelle (the competent body) decided not to put it on the index. Thomas Gottschalk (TV person, kinda talkshow host) made negative remarks about him and said the song was 'rubbish.' Obviously the whole scandal only increased the sales.
Falco was away on holiday at the time and had no idea about the whole thing until he got back. Obviously he was the forced to comment and said he'd expected that the song wouldn't be accepted without any trouble, but hadn't expected this extent of indignation.
He also said: "Jeanny" is a love-song that is conceived in such a way that it surely becomes interpretative. Those few people, this minority, who believes to see a crime or whatever in the clip, have a far more horrible taste than it was my intention!"
The Jeanny Songs - a trilogy?
But there were rumous that there should be a third part on the next album to make up a trilogy. Falco himself spoke of a trilogy, eg in the show 'Backstage' in the late 80es. Possibly the trilogy idea was even at the back of people's minds from the very beginning. Fact remains that Falco ended up recording his next album with different producers. Some Bollands songs were later added, but the Jeanny idea was dropped. There was, however, a track on the Data de Groove album called Bar Minor 7/11 (Jeanny Dry) (Dry = drei, german for three), seen by some people as some kind of half-serious cut at the third Jeanny version.
But that wasn't the end. After Falco's death, there were suddenly new rumours saying that the ominous third Jeanny version was lying half-ready somewhere in a drawer. And theoretically, it was possible since he had recorded songs with the Bollands for the Wiener Blut album. And one day, it finally happened! Jeanny 3 sshould be available for download at Libro Online!
The song the fans found there, was liked by some and disappointing to mane... download Where Are You Now (Jeanny 3) yourself! (rename the file zu .zip and unpack!). The track with the many jerks is nothing but a slightly modified version of the english Original-Jeanny with a new chorus and a different newsflash. (Lyrics here). Of course the re-arrangement cleverly gave the song a new message, namely: Jeanny lives.
At Libro, you could also download an interview with Thomas Rabitsch, where he said this:
"back then [around Coming Home times], they thought about doing a trilogy.... to use up the idea completely. But it has to be said, that it was only an attempt. Hans himself said 'let's try this', but I don't think he was eventually satisfied with it."
There is now a CD with all the different Jeanny versions which you can order from Arno:
My thanks to Thomas Numberger, Tobias Steinke, Wolfgang Dorner, Menno Kooistra, Tina Hühn, Arno Bauer und Katharina for their help with the research! :)