We No Speak Americano

Although I love music, but I barely touch it in my stories here on Awesome DC. This one is way too good to pass. It was sent to me by a good friend who is currently out of the country. It’s  called “We No Speak Americano” made by the  Australian duo Yolanda Be Cool and producer DCUP.

It was released on the independent Australian label Sweat It Out on 27 February 2010. The song samples the 1956 song “Tu vuo fà lamericano” which means “You pretend to be American” in Italian. From what I  learned, “We No Speak Americano” became a hit in Europe and Australia.

They took the new “We No Speak Americano” Remix and put it on the original “Tu vuo fa lamericano”: Result: this magnifico clip 🙂 Blast the volume and enjoy the clip.

As for the original “Tu vuo fa lamericano”, it is a Neapolitan language song by Italian singer Renato Carosone.

Carosone wrote the song in 1956 together with Nicola “Nisa” Salerno. Combining swing and jazz, it became one of his best known songs. The song was featured in the 1960 Melville Shavelson film It Started in Naples, in which it was sung by my first love, my first crush, my first and last Sofia!   Sofia Loren and Clark Gable.

It was also performed by Rosario Fiorello in the 1999 film The Talented Mr. Ripley and was covered by The Puppini Sisters.

The lyrics are about an Italian who imitates the contemporary American lifestyle and acts like a Yankee, drinking whisky and soda, dancing to rock ‘n roll, playing baseball and smoking Camel cigarettes, but still depends on his parents for money. The song is generally considered a satire on the process of Americanisation that occurred in the early post-war years, when southern Italy was still a rural, traditional society.

Here is the original “Tu vuo fa lamericano”:

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

2 Responses to We No Speak Americano

  1. kamran Abdi says:

    You just couldn’t it was me who sent it to you! hmmm!

  2. Bita Shams says:

    wow was so cool thanks for that

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