You know you’ve made it in the Argentine music world when the cultural mammoth that is Argentine football takes your song under its wing. The most recent case being the song by Argentine Luis Fonsi’s new hit track Despacito by the team San Lorenzo de Almagro.
This new found popularity amongst the footballing world did not go unnoticed by Fonsi who proceeded to give the fans around of applause on Twitter to his eight million strong followers.
— Luis Fonsi (@LuisFonsi) February 6, 2017
Want to see some of Argentine football’s adaptations of big hits over the years? Look no further and feast your eyes on these five:
Juice Newton: It’s a heartache
This folky number was recorded in 1978 all about, yeah you guessed it, heartache. Well for those passionate fans out there there’s nothing worse than seeing your team not put in the effort.
The Argentine version substituting the chorus, “It’s a heartache
Nothin’ but a heartache…” when they are disappointed with the team for “Jugadores, la concha de su madre, a ver si ponen huevos, que no juegan con nadie…,” which loosely translates to “Players, you motherfuckers, let’s see if you step it up, because you’re playing against no one.” This song is reserved for the times when the team is doing very poorly, as insulting the teams’ players is considered not to be something a truly supporting Hinchada would do.
Jimmy Cliff: Samba Reggae
This Jamaican born reggae singer is still going strong at 68, known for the popular songs , “Hakuna Matata” and “You Can Get It If You Really Want” amongst others. Samba Reggae was produced in France in the early 90s and found its way to Argentine footballing ears some years later.
The original, “Come and hear me rock rock rock, samba reggae” being thrust out by the more abrasive footballing lyrics of “Los del (equipo) son todos putos Los del (equipo) son todos p…” meaning “They are all (insert team) little fuckers, They are all (insert team) little fuckers”. In this instance River Plate are at the end of rival Boca’s chants.
Creedence Clearwater Revival (Creedence): Bad moon rising
Despite a chirpy tune the lyrics to this late 60s hit convey quite the opposite message, an incoming apocalypse in fact, “apocalypse that was going to be visited upon us”. Covered by the likes of Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen and Bo Diddley ambitious Argentine fans gave it a shot during the last world cup.
The Argentine version, hails Argentine footballing God Maradona while at the same time giving the host nation Brazil a rather strong, anti-Pele kick in the teeth. “Maradona es mas grande que Pele” meaning “Maradona is better than Pele”, is one of its main highlights, which also assures Lionel Messi would bring the World Cup home (something that didn’t end up happening in the end).
Men Without Hats: Pop goes the World
Ok it’s fair to say it you want your cheesy song fix for the day then here it is from Canadian New Wave band, Men Without Hats. It’s quite the remarkable feat that Argentine football fans managed to turn a video full of bubbles, 80s haircuts and snowmen dancing with guitars into a raging football anthem, but somehow they did.
Getting an upbeat and powerful rework, here we see fans change the lyrics for “Ohh… dale dale Glo, dale Glo, dale Glo, dale dale Glo” at the minute mark of the video, meaning “Go, Go, Go Glo (short for Hurucán), go Glo”, you get the jist. Mimicking the original chorus “Hey, what planet are we on, Pop goes the world”.
Aquarius: Let The Sunshine In
This iconic anthem was originally written for the 1967 musical released Hair. It’s a well know hit throughout most of the world, with its melodic line “let the sunshine” being amongst those happily sung by merry parents at karaoke nights.
Football fans have used that well known line to pledge their loyalty to their team. In this clip River fans showing their River devotion by saying “Soy de River,” which can translate to “I am a River fan”.