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Fact #174986


Short story:

Italian car manufacturer Fiat launches the Nuova Cinquecento (New 500), a two-cylinder rear-engined four-seater, intended as an Italian "people’s car." 3.5m of these 500s will be sold between 1957 and 1975, when Fiat halted production. The 1996 song 500 (Shake Baby Shake) by Lush was inspired by the Fiat 500, which songwriter Emma Anderson coveted.

Full article:

Miki Berenyi (Lush) : It’s a song about a car – specifically the Fiat 500, which Emma coveted at the time, so much so she wrote a song about it!

The idea of the video was to spoof car ads from the time – I’m afraid I can’t remember which cars they advertised but one had a priest in it in Italy driving around Rome or something, another one had a bloke who had lost everything at the casino but still had his car, another one had a woman walking down the street having left her fiancee – chucking away the ring and all that – but she still has her car so that’s OK (possibly from the same series of ads as the casino guy). Can’t for the life of me remember what ad Emma in the vintage vehicle referred to – answers on a postcard if you can come up with it!

The much-loved and beautifully looked-after vintage Fiat was supplied by its owner, a great big muscle-bound guy with a ponytail who looked a bit like Steven Seagal. I remember being really surprised that a macho muscle man like that would own and love such a dinky little quirky car!

Despite having passed my driving test some time during the recording of Lovelife, I’d never actually driven again since so consequently I was a total novice behind the wheel. The whole video was filmed at a racetrack (so we wouldn’t have to worry about traffic) but even so I could only manage to drive around in 1st gear. At one point, the director wanted me to reverse up a hill. The car immediately careered off the road and into a trench. Poor Steven Seagal nearly had a heart attack.

Meanwhile, Chris got into a downer about having to play a priest and felt a total pillock. I think there was also an element of ‘How come Phil gets to play the suave, James Bond-type (again!) and I have to be a fecking PRIEST?!’ Meanwhile, I had to grin like a maniac in every shot and was smiling so hard the muscles in my face started to spasm.
(Source : http://www.thevpme.com/2015/09/29/lush-videosmikib/)