We No Speak Americano

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"We No Speak Americano"
Single by Yolanda Be Cool and DCUP
Released 27 February 2010
Format CD single, digital download, 12-inch single
Genre Swing house, electro swing
Length 4:29
2:10 (UK radio edit)
Label Sweat It Out
Writer(s) Johnson Peterson, Sylvester Martinez, Duncan Maclennan, Renato Carosone, Nicola Salerno
Producer(s) Yolanda Be Cool, DCUP
Yolanda Be Cool chronology
"Holy Cow"
(2009)
"We No Speak Americano"
(2010)
"Le Bump"
(2011)

"We No Speak Americano" is a song by Australian duo Yolanda Be Cool and producer DCUP. It was released on the independent Australian label Sweat It Out on 27 February 2010. The song samples the 1956 Italian (though sung in the Neapolitan language) song "Tu Vuò Fà L'Americano" by Renato Carosone, written by Carosone and Nicola Salerno. "We No Speak Americano" became a hit in Europe, Australia, and Latin America (where the song is also known as Pa-Panamericano)[1] as well as a top 40 hit in the U.S. and Canada.[2] It also won the 2011 ARIA award for "Best Dance Release." The song has sold over 1 million digital copies in the United States as of 10 April 2011.[3]

The song was featured on the soundtrack of the 2011 films The Inbetweeners Movie, Hop, the 2012 film Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and the 2013 film The Great Beauty. It also featured in Episode 2 of the 2011 Korean drama adaptation City Hunter and on the video games Zumba Fitness 2 and Just Dance 4. "We No Speak Americano" was later sampled by Cuban American rapper Pitbull for his Spanish-language tune "Bon, Bon", crediting Yolanda Be Cool and DCUP as producers of his song. American gymnast Gabby Douglas used the song in her gold medal-winning final floor routine at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Critical reception[edit]

Nick Levine of Digital Spy gave the song a mixed-to-positive three-star review stating:

"We No Speak Americano" is a club smash built around a socking great sample from an old Italian language hit from the 1950s - to which the knob-twiddling trio have added beats as bouncy and eager-to-please as a Labrador pup at din-dins time. The result is far from unappealing but roughly as repetitive as the musings of a drunken depressive, so enjoy it now before that mate of a mate with a fondness for novelty ringtones gets hold of it.[4]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song, directed by Andy Hylton is a take on classic silent film comedies and features a Chaplinesque Italian protagonist in New York City, in a bid to raise some quick cash to propose to the young woman that he met earlier in the video.

This music video appeared in an episode of Beavis and Butthead.

Cover versions[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart succession[edit]

Preceded by
"The Danish Way to Rock" by Nephew featuring Landsholdet
Danish Tracklisten number-one single
25 June 2010 – 6 August 2010
Succeeded by
"Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" by Shakira featuring Freshlyground
Preceded by
"Alors on danse" by Stromae
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
3 July 2010 – 28 August 2010
Succeeded by
"Billionaire" by Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars
Preceded by
"Rude Boy" by Rihanna
Romanian Top 100 number-one single
3 July 2010 – 17 July 2010
Succeeded by
"Alejandro" by Lady Gaga
Preceded by
"When You Tell the World You're Mine" by Agnes & Björn
Swedish Singles Chart number-one single
9 July 2010 – 23 July 2010
Succeeded by
"Overdrive" by Ola
Preceded by
"Kickstarts" by Example
UK Dance Chart number-one single
11 July 2010 – 9 August 2010
Succeeded by
"Club Can't Handle Me" by Flo Rida
featuring David Guetta
Preceded by
"Airplanes" by B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
UK Singles Chart number-one single
25 July 2010 – 31 July 2010
Succeeded by
"All Time Low" by The Wanted
Preceded by
"Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
29 July 2010 – 5 August 2010
Succeeded by
"Club Can't Handle Me" by Flo Rida
featuring David Guetta
Preceded by
"Alors on danse" by Stromae
Polish Dance Club Singles Chart number-one single
1 August 2010 - 30 November 2010
Succeeded by
"Loca" by Shakira
Preceded by
"Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" by Shakira featuring Freshlyground
Austrian Singles Chart number-one single
6 August 2010 – 23 September 2010
Succeeded by
"Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna
German Singles Chart number-one single
6 August 2010 – 23 September 2010
Swiss Singles Chart (Romandie) number-one single
15 August 2010 – 12 September 2010
Swiss Singles Chart number-one single
8 August 2010 – 12 September 2010
Succeeded by
"Legändä & Heldä" by Bligg
Finnish Singles Chart number-one single
11 August 2010 – 18 August 2010
Succeeded by
"Jippikayjei" by Cheek
French Digital Singles Chart number-one single
5 September 2010
Succeeded by
"Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna
Preceded by
"The Radio" by Get Far featuring H-Boogie
Billboard Hot Dance Airplay number-one single
11 September 2010
Succeeded by
"Stereo Love" by Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina

Marco Calliari version[edit]

In the UK, a cover version sung by Quebec-born Italian singer-songwriter Marco Calliari entered the Singles Chart peaking at number twenty-six.

Russian Parody[edit]

In Russia, a parody version of the track appeared in the summer 2010, with vocals in Russian by the band Трикотаж (Knit-Wear) featuring Dj Solovey. This version was entitled Подзаебало (Sick of it), with the lyrics па-падзаебало mirroring pa-parle americano of the original. The new lyrics make references to the record heat wave in Russia of summer 2010, The Twilight Saga, Lady Gaga, and other current socio-cultural events.

"Por Panamericana" and "El Chocoano"[edit]

In Argentina, various parody versions of the song were made. Among them, one resulted in very successful hit, that would even be played at discos as a companion for the original song. The best-known version is called "Por Panamericana", and the voice recorded on the record tell a story about being stopped by the police at the Panamerican Highway for speeding. Los Cantores de Chipuco (Colombia) also made their own parody of this song, called "El Chocoano".

"Bi Bi pro Americano"[edit]

After Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the United States Congress, Noy Alooshe spoofed it by using parts of the speech to the tune of "We No Speak Americano".[64]

Hand dance video[edit]

In July 2010, Irish dancers Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding (who perform as the group Up and Over It) released a music video filmed by Jonny Reed. Using "We No Speak Americano" as background music, the video features Cleary and Harding performing an elaborately choreographed tabletop dance using only their hands and arms, and wearing deadpan expressions throughout the song. By January 2013 it had been watched 9.1 million times.[65]

"We No Speak Huttese"[edit]

A parody of the song titled "We No Speak Huttese" can be found in Kinect Star Wars for the Xbox 360 Kinect peripheral. It is featured in the Galactic Dance Off mini game. The vocals are replaced with Jabba The Hutt's and the instrumentals are replaced with the Cantina band.

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