Tu Vuò Fà L'Americano
|"Tu vuò fà l'americano"|
|Song by Renato Carosone|
Carosone wrote the song in collaboration with Nicola "Nisa" Salerno in 1956. Combining swing and jazz, it became one of his best-known songs. Commissioned by Ricordi director Rapetti for a radio contest, the music was composed by Carosone in a very short time after reading Nisa's lyrics; he immediately believed the song would become a great success.
Carosone's original version of the song was performed by him in the film Totò, Peppino e le fanatiche (directed by Mario Mattoli, 1958). The song was featured in the 1960 Melville Shavelson film It Started in Naples, in which it was sung by Sophia Loren. It was also performed by Rosario Fiorello in the 1999 film The Talented Mr. Ripley.
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 who still depends on his parents for money. The song is generally considered to be a satire on the process of Americanization that occurred in the early post-war years, when southern Italy was still a rural, traditional society.
According to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, "Tu vuò fa l'americano" is the definitive hit single of Carosone's artistic career, as he retired from music in 1960, just four years after releasing the song.
Covers and sampling
- Lou Bega made a cover of the song entitled "You Wanna Be Americano".
- The Brian Setzer Orchestra covered this song with their song, "Americano." This song appeared on their album Vavoom!.
- The song was sampled in 2010 by the Australian duo Yolanda Be Cool and producer DCUP in their song "We No Speak Americano" that became an international hit. It was subsequently re-recorded by Marco Calliari.
- Don Omar - "We No Speak Americano (Remix)"
- This was used as one of the demo songs for the singing synthesizer software Vocaloid Tonio and featured both him and another Vocaloid "Big Al" singing the song.
- The Puppini Sisters recorded this on their album Betcha Bottom Dollar in 2007.
- Pitbull (2010)- "Bon Bon (We No Speak Americano)".
- In 2002 the Chilean rock band Pettinellis recorded a cover entitled "Americano" as part of their debut album.
- Rita Chiarelli released this song on her album Italian Sessions.
- Korean band LPG made an adaptation to their track Angry.
- Darren Criss covered the song at a charity show at Yale University in 2011, and on his 2013 "Listen Up" tour in Huntington, NY.
- A half-Greek, half-Italian version was recorded in 2011 by Lavrentis Machairitsas and Tonino Carotone.
- In 2012 the band The Gypsy Queens features this song in their album The Gypsy Queens, with the title L'Americano.
Uses in popular culture
- Matt Damon, Jude Law and Rosario Fiorello sing the song in a jazz club in The Talented Mr. Ripley. In a subversion of the subject of the song, Law's character is a spoiled American heir living in Mongibello, Italy, where he revels in the Italian culture while living off a generous allowance from his wealthy American parents back home.
- Carosone's version appears on the soundtrack for the movie The American, 2010. In the movie, the song plays in a cafe visited by George Clooney's character, an American assassin seeking refuge in a small Italian town.
- The same version is part of the soundtrack for the animated movie Sammy's Great Escape, 2012.
- "Tu vuo fa l'americano (You Want to Be American) - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- ITALICA - La Canzone d'Autore Italiana - Renato Carosone - Tu vuo' fa l'americano
- Luciano Cheles, Lucio Sponza - The art of persuasion: political communication in Italy from 1945 to the 1990s
- la Repubblica/spettacoli: Addio Carosone, maestro della musica italiana