Saturday, July 25, 2009

La Industria Es Para Mi - Baila El Chiki Chiki

Baila El Chiki Chiki, the controversial Spanish entry from 2008 is probably the most covered song of last years contest. Original singer Rodolfo Chikilicuatre recorded the song himself with various artists. So his sort of semi-coverversions were recorded with Tata Golosa, King Africa and Pablo Uno.

And there's also a bunch of so called Cheap Covers. These are quite straightforward copies appearing on holiday / summer / fiesta / playa compilations released in Spain by ensembles like the imaginatively monickered Harmony Group. These albums are plain cash in compilations with all the summers hits covered by the great unknown and their mothers. (It's how Sir Elton started his career, so it's nothing to be snuffed at. And let's not forget Tina Charles)

There's also some nice'n'loud versions of the Chiki anthem. The Blackstreetboys and Operacion Mutante can always be trusted with a Spanish Eurovision entry and a chainsaw.
Check out their MySpaces for their noisefests. The BSB MySpace also has a video of the massacre of the 2003 Spanish entry Dime (originally by Beth)
I was just re-checking the Operacion Mutante Myspace and much to my delight they have also recorded the Spanish 2009 entry La Noche Es para Mi (Soraya). It's titled La Industria Es Para Mi, so I guess there's a message somewhere in that racket. Their Chiki Chiki is in the player too.

Meanwhile in El Salvador
Papa A.P., Reggaeton star from El Salvador has also recorded Baila El Chiki Chiki. Two versions are now available as digital releases at several download outlets whatevers like Napster, MusaKauppa (Finland) and Amazon.
In 2005 he had two hits in Europe with Gasolina and with Entre Tu Y Yo.

Oh yes, Baila El Chiki Chiki is the only Eurovision entry mentioning Michael Jackson, ánd it was a top 20 hit in France and Sweden, even thought it only ended 16th.

Here's a list of all the Chiki covers I know of.
Tata Golosa with original singer Rodolfo Chikilicuatre
- CD Baila El Chiki Chiki (VA Italy) and other compilations
King Africa with original singer Rodolfo Chikilicuatre
- CD Disco Estrella 2008 (VA Universal) and other compilations
Pablo Uno with original singer Rodolfo Chikilicuatre (part in French)
- Original Rodolfo cdsingle, French issue (Sony)El Raton
- CD Ritmo De La Noche (VA)
Papa A.P. (El Salvador) - 2 versions on promo cds & digital
- also on CD Revolucion Reggaeton vol 1 (VA)D.J. Abuelo ft Los Reggaetronics
- CD Thalassa 2008 / ΘΑΛΑΣΣΑ 2008 (Greece, VA)Daniel Vela
- CD Playa Total 2008 (VA)The Harmony Group
- CD El Primero Del Verano (VA)Ouikidi  - On DJ 12"inch,
- also digital on Men's Health Playlist, remixed by Judge Jules
- listen at their Myspace
Operacion Mutante
- listen at their Myspace
Update: Thanks Frank! (Youtube)
Christos Vamos - Chiki Chiki (Pitsiriki) in Greek
- on CD Ρομπέν των Δασών - Χρήστος Βάμος

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