Album: single 1982, Trio and Error 1983
Justification: OK, technically this song is called (deep breath) ‘Da Da Da I Don’t Love You You Don’t Love Me Aha Aha Aha’. Or, more accurately since the band were German, ‘Da da da, ich lieb’ dich nicht du liebst mich nicht aha aha aha’. But let’s just go with ‘Da Da Da’, shall we?
Trio were basically rockin’ mad art pranks, brilliantly describing their music as “Neue Deutsche Fröhlichkeit” (“new German cheerfulness”, which sounds like the potential Mountain Goats song title) and having exactly one hit with this song. Their whole thing was basically trying to see how few elements they could get away with and still have a song: minimal drums, Casio percussion, simple guitar, monotone vocals.
They never had another hit outside of Germany. Even so, I do have their ‘Boom Boom’ single, the cover of which is a truly heroic rack.
Elastica did an unexpectedly rad version of this on their second and final album, ‘The Menace’. It was a pretty sweet way to indicate that they no longer gave a shit.
Oh, and of course the song was given extra dignity when used for a Snakata commercial. That’s because existential hopelessness in the face of the myth of romantic love is perfectly aligned with the commercial aspirations of purveyors of biscuits that taste like peppery cardboard.
SONG YOU SHOULD HAVE REDISCOVERED THIS TIME IN 2011: Do Re Mi were introducing Deborah Conway to the world via the still-amazing ‘Man Overboard’.
AND HERE’S THE LAST FIVE…