The Year of “Do You Believe in Life After Love?”

RICHARD: Oh, that awful woman. Who is she? The tall bony one, married to the deceased mustachioed congressman.
RORY: Cher?
EMILY: That’s the one!
LORELAI: The year of “do you believe in life after love?”.

Cher’s single Believe was released in October 1998, the title track from her album of the same name. The chorus begins: “Do you believe in life after love?”. A departure from her usual style, it’s an upbeat dance-pop number which heavily features Auto-Tune, then a new software; for some time Auto-Tune was known as “the Cher effect”.

The song went to #1 world-wide, making Cher (then 52) the oldest female artist to reach the Billboard Hot 100, while Believe was the highest-selling single by a female artist in the UK. One of the best-selling singles of all time, Believe won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording that year. It is considered to be one of the most iconic songs of the 1990s, and one of the best dance tracks ever released. Rolling Stone has it listed as both one of the greatest songs of all time, and one of the most annoying.

Cher is tall with a strong bone structure, and from 1964 to 1975 was married to Sonny Bono, a Republican congressman in California from 1995 until his death in 1998.

Lorelai’s statement tells us that Richard and Emily went to Prague in December 1998. Although Richard cannot identify the song by Cher, Lorelai can guess because she knows it was such a huge hit that year.

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