We No Speak Americano
October 4, 2010 2 Comments
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.
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.
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”: