The Ketchup Song
As our long summer draws to a close, there is one song which will forever be linked with the summer of 2002, here on the Greek island of Zakynthos: The Ketchup Song by Las Ketchup, with it's bouncy lyrics, irresistible hand-jiving dance routine, and its genuinely happy-go-lucky summer feel. Whenever the video comes on in one of the bars around the village, people perk up, and start moving. Here's what happened one evening in Rory's Bar, for instance. (Videoclip is here - RealPlayer).
Same sort of effect as The Macarena, back in the summer of 1996, which we also first heard on our summer holiday in Zakynthos ("alternative" version here).
I suppose second prize goes to the anthem "Hey Baby", which is not new (so my younger friends assure me, although I think it had something to do with the World Cup soccer 2002), which booms out 2 or 3 (or more) times an evening from each of the 50+ bars in the village, and always gets the (predominantly English, predominantly Northern) patrons bawling along in full voice:
"Hey, hey-ee babe-ee (Hoo! Ha!)
I want to know-ow-ow
If you will be my girl?"
(More lyrics here).
(Usually the answer is "no". Sometimes the baby is incapable. Although the Greek guys score big time - Northern girls still like Mediterranean lovers. Beats me :-), but what do I know?).
Popular on other islands, too.