Fast Food Song

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"Fast Food Song"
Fast Food Song.jpg
Single by Fast Food Rockers
from the album It's Never Easy Being Cheesy
Released9 June 2003
FormatCD
Recorded2003
GenrePop, bubblegum dance
Songwriter(s)Mike Stock, Steve Crosby, Sandy Rass, Eric Dikeb, Martin Neumayer, Bob Patmore
Producer(s)Mike Stock, Steve Crosby, Sandy Rass
Fast Food Rockers singles chronology
"Fast Food Song"
(2003)
"Say Cheese (Smile Please)"
(2003)

"Fast Food Song" is a song made famous by the British-based band the Fast Food Rockers, although it existed long before they recorded it,[1] as a popular children's playground song. The chorus was based on the Moroccan folk tune "A Ram Sam Sam". It mentions the fast food restaurants McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut.[2]

It was released in June 2003 as the lead single from their album It's Never Easy Being Cheesy. The song was highly successful in the United Kingdom, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart and number one on the Scottish Singles Chart. The song also achieved minor chart success worldwide and reached number 24 on the Irish Charts and number 56 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart. The song was co-written and produced by Mike Stock. The song is mildly controversial for supposedly promoting the excessive consumption of fast food by children, which is why some UK-based radio stations will not play the song when it is requested.

The original version of this song was written and recorded in Dutch by Eric Dikeb, called "Pizza-ha-ha", even though it is better known as "De Pizza Hut". The fast food song is only one of the many adaptations of the Dutch original. other versions include "De Pizzadans", recorded by Dynamite, which was a hit in Belgium.[3] An English-language version has also been recorded by Eric Dikeb for the Philipenes market, in support of a local charity.

The Fast Food Song has also been used in many advertising campaigns in the United Kingdom, for fast food restaurants, especially around the time of the release. Many people[weasel words] have seen the song as promotional towards the chains, and see it as more of an advert than a song.[according to whom?]

The band are widely considered to be one-hit wonders, though their two follow up singles "Say Cheese (Smile Please)" and "I Love Christmas" both achieved moderate success in the UK Singles Chart reaching numbers 10 and 25, respectively. One version was written for Butlins, where the lyrics were changed.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4][page needed] 56
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100 Singles)[citation needed] 8
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 24
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[6] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 2
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[8] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 37

DJ Ötzi version[edit]

"Burger Dance"
DJOtzi - Burger Dance single.jpg
Single by DJ Ötzi
from the album Flying to the Sky
Released28 July 2003
FormatCD
GenrePop
Length3:24
Songwriter(s)Eric Dikeb, Gerhard Friedle, Van Hoover
DJ Ötzi singles chronology
"Ramalamadingdong"
(2003)
"Burger Dance"
(2003)
"Not Without Us"
(2004)

A version recorded by Austrian artist DJ Ötzi featuring Eric Dikeb was released in July 2003 titled "Burger Dance". It reached number one in Germany, number three in Austria, and number seven in Switzerland.

The song is based on the original Dutch "Pizza ha-ha", including the parts that invite audience participation. It therefore also uses samples of "A Ram Sam Sam" and some sections of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" particularly "Glory Glory Hallelujah".

Track listings[edit]

CD Maxi-single (Europe, 2003)
  1. "Burger Dance" (Party Version) – 3:24
  2. "Summer Of '69" – 3:21
  3. "Burger Dance" (International Remix) – 3:17
  4. "Burger Dance" (Single Version) – 3:42
  5. "Burger Dance" (Karaoke Version) – 3:24

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phyllis S Weikart and Jane Allman (1988), Movement plus rhymes, songs & singing games : activities for children ages 3–7, High/Scope Press, Ypsilanti, Michigan, p. 58
  2. ^ Bullock, Darryl W (4 February 2015). The World's Worst Records: Volume One: An Arcade of Audio Atrocity. Bristol Green Publishing. p. 236. ISBN 978-1-4826-2446-5.
  3. ^ Bubblegum Dancer: Fast Food Rockers Archived 2011-08-25 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Fast Food Song". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  9. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2002" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Burger Dance", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – DJ Ötzi – Burger Dance". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved February 13, 2019.