1999 was my favourite year in pop music. The guilty pleasures that hide in the depths of my iPod which arose from that year are the songs no doubt I’ll be listening to in the privacy of my own home until my final day.
One which I’ll unashamedly bring out in front of anyone who’ll listen is Lou Bega’s Mambo No. 5. The song is just great, but it’s the opening lines that I love, setting the tone for the mambo and jive inspired worldwide hit (the song was the second highest selling single of 1999, behind Britney Spears’ Hit Me Baby One More Time; another gem stored away in my collection):
“One, two, three, four, five everybody in the car so c’mon let’s ride to the KE-ZU showroom ‘round the corner, the boy say they want some gin and juice but I really don’t wannaaaaa” … not exactly how it goes but a creative license for today’s music entry to the Blog surely is allowed. It was Mary our showgirl who brought us the Jacuzzi image, so this one goes out to her "A little bit of Sandra in the sun, a little bit of Mary all night long".
A little known fact is that the song is a cover by Cuban artist Dámaso Pérez Prado from 1949.
Surely it’s time that this song came back in our lives? Who doesn’t love a trumpet?! We love the dancing in the film clip, particularly around the 1:40 mark, perhaps inspiring us for SID 2015 – and maybe even involving a martini-shaped Jacuzzi. Who can say! It’s a whole heap of fun in any event.
Have a good week!