Gala aka Gala Rizzatto hiding behind a music stand. By Oddball Times

Gala’s 1996 pop song “Freed From Desire” was a big hit but many people, still to this day, are confused by its meaning. In case you don’t remember it, let us refresh your memory. The chorus contained these catchy lyrics: “My lover’s got no money, he’s got his Trumbalese”. But what’s a Trumbalese we hear you ask? Well The Trumbalese (sometimes misspelled Trombolyse) was a very expensive yet mystery item that sold a gazillion units in Belgium, France, Italy, and the UK during the mid 90’s.

We have no idea what The Trumbalese did (some say it purified the mind and senses) but like the Bop It and the Tamagotchi, we can confirm that it sold extremely well (hence the line “Want more and more, people just want more and more”).

Since the R.R.P. of The Trumbalese was a whopping £9999 back in 1996, no wonder Gala Rizzatto’s lover was out of cash!

An ad for The Trumbalese or Trombolyse

 

“Freed From Desire” also contained the following lyric: My lover’s got no power, he’s got his Trumbalese” and this line referred to the fact that The Trumbalese could run for up to 2 minutes on 36 size D batteries.

In case you’re not aware, The Trumbalese is no longer available to purchase and since it caused so many minor accidents including black eyes, sore sphincters, and loss of hearing, we at Oddball Times are glad that you can’t buy it any more. The Trumbalese is best left in the past… we have our strong beliefs about that.

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