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Agadoo Fun Facts

  1. Agadoo was recorded by the band Black Lace in 1984.
  2. Black Lace is a British pop band, best known for novelty party records.
  3. Agadoo spent 30 weeks in the top 75 UK singles chart, peaking at number 2.
  4. It became the eighth best-selling single of 1984 in the UK.
  5. Agadoo sold over a million copies worldwide.
  6. As well as Agadoo, Black Lace had success with a number of party anthems including Superman and "Do The Conga", "I Am The Music Man" and "The Birdie Song".
  7. The band's follow-up single to Agadoo was "Do The Conga", written by Peter Morris, who had also penned the Eurovision song "Mary Ann". "Do The Conga" reached #10 in the UK chart.
  8. Black Lace first came to the public eye after representing the UK in the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest, in which they finished seventh with the song "Mary Ann".
  9. The album "Party Party - 16 Great Party Icebreakers" sold over 650,0000 copies in the first five weeks, reaching double platinum status, and leading to the band doing TV shows in Germany, Luxembourg, France and Denmark.
  10. The YouTube video of Agadoo has over 2 million views.
  1. In November 2009, Black Lace recorded a version called "Agadir" to promote a new Easyjet service Gatwick airport to Agadir, Morocco.
  2. Agadoo is a cover version of a 1971 French song "Agadou dou dou", by "Agadou", featuring cancan dancers.
  3. "Agadou" had been written based on a tune that apparently came from Morocco.
  4. The song was also covered by Patrick Zab‚ in 1974 and Saragossa Band in 1981 before being covered by Black Lace in 1984.
  5. Club Med, a French corporation of vacation resorts found in many parts of the world, usually in exotic locations, used it as their theme song from 1974.
  6. In a survey for dotmusic in 2000, Agadoo was voted as the fourth most annoying song of all time. A 2003 Q Magazine poll honoured Agadoo as the worst song of all time.
  7. The song was produced by Barry Whitfield, who was rumored to be in the video for the song as a pear.
  8. The "Agadoo 206 Mix" was released and used in a TV ad to promote Peugeot's new 206 car in August 2007.
  9. Band members Colin Gibb and Rob Hopcraft used the "Agadoo 206 Mix" song in a special charity 'Agadoo Day'.
  10. Agadoo was also used as the basis of a chant by Liverpool fans for defender Daniel Agger.
  11. Black Lace recorded an X-rated version of the song entitled "Have a Screw". It was released on the B-side of the 12-inch vinyl "Gang Bang".
  12. Anarchist band Chumbawamba recorded a version of "Agadoo" for the Peel Sessions.
  13. Agadoo was parodied in a Vanilla Mini Wheats commercial in 2006.
  14. BBC Radio 1 famously banned Agadoo because it simply wasn't "credible".
  15. On 20 March 2009, it was announced that the song was being released in a new version by Dene Michael from Black Lace's original lineup and new member Ian Robinson.
  16. A duo still performs under the name of Black Lace, but neither current band member was in the group when it was formed or when it enjoyed its biggest chart success.
  17. "Agadoo" was also a hit in Europe, South Africa and Australia.
  18. The song's Facebook page has nearly 400 likes.
  19. The duration of the song is 3:06 minutes.
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