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Pitbull - 'I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)'

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Fraser McAlpine | 14:47 UK time, Tuesday, 21 July 2009


I known it's the height of ignorance, and impossible to defend, but am I the only person who wonders if people talking in a different language (to any that I understand) might just be making it up?

It's not a thought that I condone, nor is it anything to be proud of, but I have a very dear friend who is Spanish, and he talks to his family - often quite heatedly - in Spanish on the phone, and it always makes me giggle. The reason for this is very simple. I do not speak Spanish, so the difference in sound between him talking in the language of his forebears and him just yelling random syllables in a Speedy Gonzales accent is close to nothing.

(Here's the video. You know that's not a real policewoman, don't you?)

I mention this because there's a verse in this song which is in Spanish (I think. Such is my massive ignorance I'm not even sure. It's the Brazilian footy strip in the video which is throwing me off. Could it be Portugese? Iunno...), and it is clearly supposed to be sexy, just like the brutally blunt verses, which are in English.

Somehow the end result is more gigglesome than wrigglesome. Which detracts from the fun in no way whatsoever. I don't know if it has a different effect on The Ladies, but I'm basically fine with a pumped up dance version of a very familiar piece of music, with a funny man on the top shouting about how aroused he is and occasionally counting on his fingers.

I was fine when Lou Bega did it - 'Mambo No.5', anyone? - and I'm fine now. And let me tell you, I'll be fine when some Russian dance DJ does something similar with the music from Tetris.

You can just hear it, can't you?

"Sexy ladies on my block, red square, big line, cardboard box
Love you love you all the time,
один два три четыре"

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CD Released: July 20th
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(Fraser McAlpine)



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