Da Da Da I don't love you you don't love me aha aha aha

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Da Da Da I don't love you you don't love me aha aha aha
publication February 9, 1982
length 3:23
genre(s) Neue Deutsche Welle
author(s) Stephan Remmler / Kralle Krawinkel
producer(s) Klaus Voormann
Publisher(s) Francis, Day & Hunter/ Just Us Music Productions
labels Mercury Records
award(s) Golden Europe
album trio
1982 Frank Zander
2000 Herbert Groenemeyer
2010 Sido and Stephan Remmler

Da Da Da I don't love you you don't love me aha aha aha ( Da Da Da for short ) is the title of a song by the German band Trio . Released on February 9, 1982, it went on to become one of Neue Deutsche Welle 's biggest commercial successes , including outside of the German-speaking world. The song was released in about 30 countries. About three million singles were sold in Europe, and international sales totaled about 13 million copies. The text is by Stephan Remmler , the music by Kralle Krawinkel .

The song was produced by Klaus Voormann and is characterized by an extremely economical instrumentation (superficially only drums , guitar and keyboard ), a minimalist text (84 times "da" and 18 times "aha" in the single version) and chants . The rhythm, which comes from a “toy keyboard” ( Casio VL-1 ), is concise.

formal structure


Drum Character from "Da Da Da"
  • Drums
  • keyboards
  • electric guitar
  • electric bass
  • castanets
  • chanting
  • backing vocals


Sheet music example: The verses of the song Da Da Da consist only of chanting with percussion accompaniment.

The song begins with a spoken "Aha aha aha," followed immediately by the accompaniment of drums and keyboards, which continues throughout the song without variations or accents. This is followed by the first stanza of the recitative, which consists of three lines in German and two lines in English. Each of the five verse lines ends with an "Aha." The line "I don't love you, you don't love me", which is spoken four times in a row, acts as a transition to the chorus, with the chant being alienated in terms of sound through the use of a throat microphone .

The e-guitar and a very softly mixed bass set in for the refrain . Lyrically, the chorus includes 12 times the line "Da Da Da" and four times the line "I don't love you, you don't love me" and is also sung by a female voice. At the end of the refrain, a five-note melody played by the keyboard begins. At the same time, castanets can be heard.

After the chorus, the electric guitar and bass drop out again and only the drums and the beat of the keyboard play. A woman's voice whispers "I don't love you, you don't love me" four times - each time followed by a spoken "Aha." The song then continues as in the first verse, which is followed by another refrain. At the end the song fades out .


The band Trio itself never commented on how the song should be understood, but defended itself against accusations that it was a "stupid song".

Trio's basic overall musical concept was to present different styles of music with minimal musical effort. As a result of this self-imposed restriction, the style-defining elements of the most diverse musical genres were worked out with minimal means in such a way that the intended styles could still be identified. "Da Da Da" should also be interpreted against this background.

Da Da Da can be understood as a hit parody reduced to a musical minimum , with the three syllables "Da Da Da" being a synonym for empty phrases such as "Schubidua". Of course, the phrase is also a nod to Dadaism . The folkloric elements often used in popular hits find their expression in the use of castanets. The simple major chord progressions often used in pop music are also played with just one guitar, while the simple signature melody on the Casio keyboard is almost only hinted at. The fact that the lyrics of the song, in contrast to the pop song, is not a love song, but states soberly in terms of content "I don't love you, you don't love me", gives the song a certain ambiguity.


Trio 1982 (from left to right: Kralle Krawinkel, Peter Behrens, Stephan Remmler)

Da Da Da was formed in mid-1981 when the trio were touring Germany. It all started when Stephan Remmler was given a Casio keyboard by the music producer Klaus Voormann at a photo shoot . Other sources report that Remmler received the keyboard for the photo session from photographer Peter Maltz.

When Krawinkel was practicing a song he had written entitled I love you forever on the guitar in the practice cellar of the band's shared house in Grossenkneten , Remmler was playing around on the Casio keyboard on the ground floor. He heard Kralle's guitar playing from the basement and took on a chord progression that reminded Remmler of Twist and Shout by the Isley Brothers . Remmler wrote a new text for the now titled Da Da Da song. The text arose from observing a relationship in her environment. In contrast to the version published later, this early version began with an English verse, while the second verse was sung in German. Together, Remmler, Krawinkel, and Behrens worked out the minimal arrangement of Da Da Da .

Da Da Da was built into the program of the current tour. The earliest known performance dates from October 1981 when a trio played in a youth club in Bramsche . In November 1981, the trio played in Hamburg 's Onkel Pö . The concert was broadcast on the radio. At this point, Da Da Da still sounded significantly different than the later released version. What was striking at this point was that the trio interrupted the song after the first chorus and tried to explain the song to the audience: “This is minimal art. It's so minimal it's Art again.” The track was well received by audiences and trio producer Klaus Voormann decided to record the song for a single release.

At Christmas 1981, the trio played for three days in the Berlin “Kant Kino”. Here they met the band Ideal . They agreed that Ideal should join the recording of Da Da Da - albeit without a credit . The actual recordings took place in early 1982 in the Zurich studio of the band Yello , who were signed to and friends with the same record company as Trio. Trio originally produced the approximately six-and-a-half-minute "Long Version" of Da Da Da . For this, Peter Behrens first played his drums to the beat of the Casio keyboard for almost seven minutes as a basis. Other instruments and vocals followed in the overdub process. Only later was the well-known almost three-and-a-half-minute single version created from the finished, long "maxi version" by cutting out a few bars at the beginning and fading out the song prematurely in the second chorus. Producer Klaus Voormann himself played a very subtle bass during the recording - until then, this was a rarity in trio songs, which until now have deliberately avoided a bass. The band Ideal wasn't there at first - they later contributed their contribution in the Berlin audio studio. Annette Humpe took over the chorus in the chorus, and Ideal drummer Hans-Joachim Behrendt played the castanets . The video for Da Da Da was also shot on this occasion. On live programming, the song continued to be played with a gap in the middle, which the trio filled with their choice of promoting their new single or performing the video.

Da Da Da was released on February 9, 1982, initially as a single and maxi-single. On February 22, 1982, the song was first performed on television - in the program Dr. Mambo's music journal at Sender Freies Berlin . On the evening of the first broadcast, the trio played in the TU canteen in Bremen and interrupted the concert to watch the TV broadcast together with the audience. The initially lacking success of the single turned up only when the song was presented on March 23, 1982 in the music program Bananas . From then on the song penetrated more and more into a broader public. Trio was omnipresent in the media and benefited from the Neue Deutsche Welle that had already begun . Ultimately, the single climbed to number two in the German single charts and stayed in the top 10 for 18 weeks . At that time, the Grand Prix winner Nicole took first place with the song Ein bißchen Frieden . In Austria and Switzerland , however, Da Da Da reached the top position. It was added later on the self-titled debut album Trio . The song gained further popularity when the trio with Da Da Da appeared on May 3, 1982 as the first representatives of the Neue Deutsche Welle in the ZDF hit parade and caused irritation due to the unusual conception of the song. Trio took 5th place on the show with 7.9% of the audience votes.

With the English version of Da Da Da , Trio finally made the leap into the international music business. An invitation to the British music show Top Of The Pops opened the way to other countries. Overall, Da Da Da brought it to around 30 foreign releases. Especially in Canada (where the single was certified five times platinum for over 150,000 units sold ) and Latin America (especially Brazil ), the song achieved great success; however, this did not happen in the USA and Japan .

cover versions

The success of Da Da Da attracted a large number of imitations, such as by the Remmler sons Cecil Jonni Lauro , Herbert Grönemeyer (for the Pop 2000 compilation That's only once ) or by the English band Elastica . For the music program MTV unplugged , the German rapper Sido presented a version of Da Da Da in 2010 , which is performed exclusively on acoustic instruments and in which Stephan Remmler himself appears as an accompanying singer.

In most of the cover versions, the original version was copied 1:1. Few artists expanded the arrangement. Elastica, for example, underlaid the chorus with loud, distorted guitars. Herbert Grönemeyer 's version was accompanied by wind instruments in a South American style.

In 1991 Stephan Remmler produced a remix of Da Da Da under his pseudonym Jay Schatz and released it as MCDaDa.

In the 1990s in particular, the song was used for various techno remixes, including by Jason Nevins , who remixed a version of Soul-O . Remmler himself published a remix under the pseudonym MCDaDa in 1991 and was the only one who had access to the multitrack tape of the original. All other remixes are based on new recordings of the song - sometimes also in other languages. For the version of Soul-O, Remmler exclusively sang the lyrics again in 1997 and also designed the single cover by hand. In 2008, Remmler sang the song again for a release by German musician Señor Coconut .


Da Da Da also provides a target for parody artists. Various parodies were produced especially at the time of the Neue Deutsche Welle:

  • The version by Frank Zander was the most successful and, like the original, reached number two in the German single charts. In his version, titled Da Da Da I Know You Know , the chorus "Da Da Da" is sung by a baby. In terms of content, Zander describes various mishaps that happen to him when changing a baby. In the first stanza this is not yet obvious. Rather, the changing is described ambiguously: "One leg to the right, one leg to the left / your panties are stuck, what do I do now?"
  • Karl Dall also published a parody in 1982 entitled Da Da Da – Deutsche Welle makes me weak . In his version, Dall corrupted the entire Neue Deutsche Welle, but his version was not able to establish itself commercially.
  • Otto Waalkes presented in 1983 as part of his program Help, Otto is coming! his own lyrically modified short version for his popular Hansel and Gretel Variations. His parody ends with the punchline: "Where is the gentleman of this little house? - There! There! There!” Waalkes imitated the rhythm of the Casio keyboard by clicking his tongue. The year before he had appeared on the show Wetten, dass..? performed various lyrics to the melody of the song; at this, too, Waalkes clicked his tongue.
  • The Excrementory Grindfuckers released a 4-second "Party-Remix" of this song on their album Fertigmachen, scene cleaning , which reproduces the supposedly complete content with only the three title syllables.
  • In 2018 (among other things) parts of this song were used by Browser Ballet for backup reminders .

Da Da Da as an advertising medium

Since the 1990s, Da Da Da has been widely used as an advertising medium for commercials. Curiously, the song was only occasionally used as an advertising medium in Germany - abroad it is used much more frequently for German products. Remmler assumed that Da Da Da is a typical German song worldwide.

The best- known example was a 1997 US commercial for Volkswagen , which featured the original trio version of Da Da Da . The spot was first aired in the US during the commercial break of an episode of the sitcom Ellen , in which the protagonist came out as a lesbian and thus achieved unusually high ratings. The commercial itself features two young men driving a VW Golf. In the context of Ellen 's coming out , gays and lesbians were given the unintended impression that they were a homosexual couple, while most straights thought they were roommates. The automaker didn't mind, and a year later began sponsoring gay events in Australia. The commercial then became very popular in the US and prompted the re-release of the 1983 album Trio And Error on CD, which debuted on the US Billboard charts 14 years after its initial release.

In a nod to this commercial, a clip was made for Microsoft of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer driving in a VW while listening to the song. They see a Microsoft computer on the side, which they take with them. A remake of the video was filmed in the 2000s, initially listening to Haddaway 's What is Love , a nod to an SNL sketch, but the music quickly transitioned to Da Da Da .

In 2006, Da Da Da again received media attention because the cola manufacturer Pepsi produced an international commercial for the 2006 World Cup in which a brass band played the song. In another Pepsi commercial for the 2006 World Cup, the song was interpreted by Christina Aguilera . Both commercials were only shown in cinemas in Germany.

Since 2008, a modification of Da Da Da has been used by the Austrian retail chain Interspar for their television and radio appearances; the song has also been integrated into the slogan of the retail chain ("Alles da da da").

The song was used as background music for a Citroën television commercial in autumn 2012 . Two years later, direct car insurer DA Direkt used the association between song titles and company names as a marketing tool in its advertising campaigns.


The German version of Da Da Da has been released in the following versions:

  • Single version 3:23
  • Long version 6:36
  • Live version (1981) 4:51
  • Live version (1982) 1:32
  • Woman A speaks I don't love you you don't love me 2:02

In the latter version, only the Casio can be heard for two minutes while Annette Humpe whispers "I don't love you, you don't love me" over and over again. The live version comes from Trio's live album Trio live im Frühling 82 and breaks off after the first chorus to give Remmler the opportunity to promote the single and then show the video.

An early live version, which was created at the end of November 1981 at a radio concert in the Hamburg club Onkel Pö , was released exclusively on vinyl in 2021.

Besides the German version, trio also produced an English version entitled Da Da Da I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me Aha Aha Aha , which was heard on almost all international releases. The English version is available in the following versions:

  • Single version 3:23
  • Long Version 6:36
  • Radio Edit 2:49

The “ Radio Edit ” has only been released on an American promo single CD .


In Germany, Da Da Da was released on 7″ singles and 12″ maxi singles. The maxi single was reissued on a maxi CD in 2000 for a special release by Bertelsmann Verlag . While a photo of the trio is shown on the 7″ single, Stephan Remmler designed the maxi single entirely by hand. On the B-side of the 7″ single Sabine Sabine Sabine was released; on the B-side of the maxi-single the hitherto only available on a rare single songs Hold me tight I'm going crazy and Lady-O-Lady .

The song was also released abroad as a single and maxi-single, with the design of the cover varying greatly - hardly any single is like the other. The selection of the B-side also varied with international pressings. Mostly, as in Germany, on the B-side of the 7″ single Sabine Sabine Sabine was used, but sometimes also Ja ja ja , Broken Hearts for you and me or Lady-O-Lady . The 7″ single was only released in the UK with the English version of Da Da Da on side A and the German version on side B, with the cover available in four different colors and a partial edition of the single in red Vinyl enclosed. The 7″ single, available in Japan, was printed with a baby, with the baby pictured suggesting Da Da Da was a children's song . Some of the international releases have meanwhile reached a high collector's price.

The single version was subsequently installed on the album Trio , the first versions of the album do not yet contain the title.

Da Da Da also appeared on countless compilations with well-known songs from the Neue Deutsche Welle or the 80s.


In early 1982, Trio shot the music video for Da Da Da in the Berlin pub Wiener Eck on Wiener Straße corner Skalitzer Straße in Kreuzberg, directed by Dieter Meier ( Yello ) . The idea for the video came from the band themselves.

In the video, the band can be seen as normal pub-goers. A small black-and-white TV shows Trio playing Da Da Da . After Remmler slaps a waitress (played by Annette Humpe ) on the butt, she shows him the middle finger , whereupon Krawinkel throws a knife in her back. In the video, Behrens can be seen drinking a small glass of Bommerlunder extremely slowly . He only emptied it at the end of the video.

The video exists in four different versions, all of which only differ in the scene with the knife being thrown. In the most famous version, the knife scene is fully included. In another version, a black bar appears in the scene, which is captioned with the following words: "Here the waitress gets a knife in the back and sings 'Da Da Da' while blood is running out of her mouth. But violence in music videos doesn't do well. Or is it?” In the version of the video that was produced for international marketing, the black bar also appears, but with English captions. In a fourth version (also for the international market) the knife scene is completely missing. Curiously, it is not the English version of Da Da Da that can be heard in the international videos, but the German version .

In 1990, Remmler reported that the video for Da Da Da was the first foreign video to receive an award from MTV, but did not provide any information as to exactly what the award was.


  • Platinum award for Da Da Da in Canada
    1982: Golden Europe
  • 2006: International Music Prize for Stephan Remmler 


  • MOC Döpfner & Thomas Garms: New German wave, art or fashion? A factual polemic for and against new German pop music. Ullstein, Frankfurt/M/Berlin/Vienna 1984, ISBN 3-548-36505-1 .


  • Da Da Da - The Story of a Hit. Documentary film, Austria, Germany, France, 2009, 60 min., written and directed by: Hannes Rossacher , production: arte , C-Major-Entertainment, MCC, first broadcast: August 20, 2009 by arte, summary by arte.

web links


  1. Portrait at LAUT.de
  2. ^ Music Express / Sounds, No. 4, April 1983
  3. Liner notes to the album "Trio Deluxe Edition" by Joachim Hentschel (2003)
  4. MOC Döpfner and Thomas Garms: New German Wave - Art or Fashion? , ISBN 3-548-36505-1 .
  5. According to Stephan Remmler in the program "Lanz"
  6. Trio »Da Da Da I don't love you you don't love me aha aha aha«. March 5, 2012, retrieved July 2, 2019 .
  7. spiegel.de on January 18, 2012, interview with Peter Behrens: 30 years of "Da Da Da" "Celebrated, drunk, enjoyed the luxury"
  8. popsplits - A song and its history: Trio - Da da da - 1982. (Video) Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg, November 21, 2008, retrieved on December 21, 2015 (Stephan Remmler at 7:56): "Then there was the text. And it came from simply observing a relationship in our environment.”
  9. Da da da I don't love you you don't love me aha aha aha ( Memento of January 9, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  10. Trio/Biography/1982 - Mikiwiki. Retrieved July 2, 2019 .
  11. List of trio covers ( Memento from 6 April 2014 at Internet Archive )
  12. Maurice Summing: Oh never mind, amen! In: Berliner Zeitung , January 30, 2010.
  13. Jay darling. Retrieved March 4, 2019 .
  14. Señor Coconut And His Orchestra: Da Da Da at Discogs .
  15. The backup reminder from Browser Ballet. Retrieved December 27, 2021 .
  16. "I can afford the music." In: Welt am Sonntag , April 2, 2006, interview
  17. Sunday Afternoon. Company: Volkswagen, Brand: Volkswagen Golf, Agency: Arnold Worldwide. In: GLAAD.org/advertising/. Retrieved December 21, 2015 (English).
  18. Interview with Stephan Remmler on NDR2, 2006 ( Memento from January 16, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  19. Citroën commercial ( Memento des Originals from December 3, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@2Template:Webarchiv/IABot/www.tvsongs.de
  20. Motor vehicle direct insurer DA Direkt with new advertising campaign
  21. Stephan Imming: TRIO: 40 years after the band was founded, their "Da da da" is released in a great vinyl version. In: Schlagerprofis.de. May 7, 2021, retrieved July 20, 2021 (German).
  22. Da da da I don't love you you don't love me aha aha aha. In: TRIOwiki. Retrieved February 18, 2019 .
  23. Liner notes to the Remmler album 10 years at the pole
  24. Awarded by the German Music Export Office