The song was greatly successful throughout the acid jazz circuit, suddenly becoming part of the picking up lounge music phenomena. In February ‘98 “Modern Tunes for Everybody” was released: “les album plus cool d’Europe” , according to a Canadian review ! It’s Flabby’s debut album , anticipated by the single “ Mambo Italiano”, a song written in the 50’s by Bob Merrill and known all over the world thanks to performances by Dean Martin and Rosemarie Clooney. In Italy “Mambo Italiano” became a massive hit thanks to the bizarre arrangement , the catchy rhymes and the voice of Carla Boni , the star that originally interpreted the italian version in the 50’s, who sang “Mambo Italiano” with FLABBY and also acted in the amazing videoclip. The song and the video became a cult, reaching the top of the radio and TV charts all over the world.
It was also included in the original soundtrack of the very successful movie, Gabriele Muccino’s “Come te nessuno mai”. Jarvis Cocker, leader of the brit pop band Pulp, reviewed it enthusiastically and called himself a “huge FLABBY fan”. “Modern Tunes for Everybody” was released abroad: it collected world-wide success in East Europe, Greece, Turkey, Japan, Canada, Brasil and Asia. Flabby was requested to appear in all main television networks in Italy and Europe, and most of their songs were used in advertising, fashion circuits and included in an incredible number of compilations all over the world.
In the summer of 1999 the guys were back in the studio, recording their new album due to release through the Sugar Label the following autumn. In June 1999 the new single “Baluba” was released. It is a surreal song from the Italian 70’s re-arranged in the FLABBY way and included in the original soundtrack of the movie “E Allora Mambo”, the successful debut of the young director Lucio Pellegrini. Once again, the videoclip of this song was in heavy rotation on the MTV.
At the end of 1999 here comes FLABBY’s new album: “Limoncello Experience”, another successful and well-reviewed work. The second single from this album, “There’s a Better Way”, became very popular in Italy, thanks to a sample taken from a classical football TV program. The same song was used for a famous commercial for the main Italian mobile phone company (TIM) with the worldwide football star Gabriel Batistuta. In 2001 cinema fell in love with FLABBY sound again : a funky track from the first album, Flabby’s groove, was chosen for the trailer of the blockbuster movie “Ocean’s Eleven”.
In 2003 Andrea left the band. Right now FLABBY, Fabrizio Fiore e Ross Pellecchia, while working on the songs for the third album , are back to EMI. On January , the 27th , 2006 a new version of their first album “Modern Tunes For Everybody” , including two new tracks “ Little Jo” and “Baila oh mi chica” and three previously unreleased remixes , has been released. You’d better stay tuned: more amazing Flabby news are about to come! Read more on Last.fm.
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