Chocolate Salty Balls

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"Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)"
Single by Chef (Isaac Hayes)
from the album Chef Aid: The South Park Album
B-side "O Holy Night (Snippet)", "Come Sail Away"
Released December 1, 1998
Format CD single, CD maxi single, cassette single
Recorded 1998
Genre Comedy, R&B, Funk, Disco
Length 3:55
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Trey Parker
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Isaac Hayes singles chronology
"Ike's Rap"
(1986)
"Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)"
(1998)
"Be Yourself"
(2007)
Chef Aid: The South Park Album track listing
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Nowhere to Run
(2)
Chocolate Salty Balls
(3)
Brad Logan
(4
Music sample
Sample of "Chocolate Salty Balls"

"Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)" is a 1998 song from the animated comedy TV series South Park, performed by the character Chef and featured on the soundtrack album Chef Aid: The South Park Album.

The song's vocals were performed by Isaac Hayes, the voice actor for Chef. The song as it originally appeared was in the 1998 episode, "Chef's Salty Chocolate Balls", where Chef creates a confectionary treat, the eponymous Chocolate Salty Balls. He then begins to sing the lyrics that became the basis for the single.

It reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart[1] and Ireland, while peaking in Australia at No. 14. The song was written by South Park co-creator Trey Parker and produced by Rick Rubin.

Song information[edit]

The song's first and second verses feature Chef listing the ingredients for his "chocolate salty balls", an innuendo meaning testicles. However, there is no mention of salt in the recipe. He also urges people to "suck on them" during the chorus. After listing the ingredients, he sings the lines, "Say, everybody, have you seen my balls/they're big and salty and brown/if you ever need a quick pick-me-up/just stick my balls in your mouth", starting the chorus.

During the song's final verse, Chef becomes concerned that his chocolate salty balls have become burned, and urges his lover to blow on them. In particular the lyrics he sings at that point are: "Hey.... wait a minute.... What's that smell? It smells like something's burnin'. Well, that don't confront me none, as long as I get my rent paid on Friday. Baby, you better get back in the kitchen.... 'cause I've got a sneakin' suspicion. Oh, man baby..... Baby! You just burned my balls!" The verse features a line from the song "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer".

The radio version features an additional verse, in which Chef urges his lover to retire with him to his bedroom before her husband comes home but also omits the "hi I'm Chef" intro and most of the ending. This version is very hard to come by commercially[citation needed] but was included on the UK compilation album New Hits 99 CD1, Track 21.

Music video[edit]

The song's music video featured various clips from season one and season two of South Park. It can be found on the South Park DVD South Park: The Chef Experience.

Track listing[edit]

European CD single
  1. "Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)" – 4:01
  2. "O Holy Night (Snippet)" (Eric Cartman feat. Kyle Broflovski and Mr. Garrison) – 2:00
European/Australian CD maxi single
  1. "Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)" – 3:55
  2. "O Holy Night (Snippet)" (Eric Cartman feat. Kyle Broflovski and Mr. Garrison) – 2:21
  3. "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem" (Ned Gerblansky feat. Uncle Jimbo) – 0:58
UK CD maxi single
  1. "Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)" – 3:55
  2. "Come Sail Away" (Eric Cartman) – 5:12
  3. "Mentally Dull (Think Thank Remix)" (Vitro) – 3:45

Chart performance[edit]

On the back of airplay from Chris Moyles "Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)" reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart[2] and was also a top 20 hit in Australia, peaking at No. 14 in February 1999.[3] The song was a contender for the Christmas number one single in the UK, but stalled at No. 2 behind the Spice Girls' "Goodbye", narrowly missing out by only 5,000 copies. However, the following week, the track dethroned "Goodbye" from the top of the charts, giving Isaac Hayes his first number one hit in the UK.

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (1998–1999) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 15
Denmark (IFPI)[6] 4
France (SNEP)[7] 82
Ireland (IRMA)[2] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 8
Norway (VG-lista)[9] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 17
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[2] 1
Preceded by
"Goodbye" by Spice Girls
UK Singles Chart number-one single
December 27, 1998 - 2 January 1999
Succeeded by
"Heartbeat / Tragedy" by Steps

Musicians[edit]

  • Bass – Eric Presley[11]
  • Drums – Matt Stone
  • Engineer – David Schiffman
  • Guitar – Bruce Howell
  • Keyboards – Trey Parker
  • Mixed By – D. Sardy*, Rick Rubin
  • Percussion – Chris Trujillo
  • Producer – Rick Rubin
  • Vocals – Isaac Hayes
  • Written by – Trey Parker

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