The Ketchup Song

The Ketchup Song

Infobox Single
Name = The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)

Artist = Las Ketchup
from Album = Las Hijas del Tomate
Genre = Pop, Beach, Latin Pop
Released = October 13, 2002
Recorded = Unknown
B-side = Remix
Length = 3:32
Label = Columbia, Sony
Certification = 2x Platinum (RIANZ)
Gold (BPI)
Writer = Manny Benito
Manuel Ruiz
Producer = Manuel Ruiz
Last single =
This single = "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" (2002)
Next single = "Kusha las payas" (2003)

"The Ketchup Song" is the English title of the song "Aserejé" which was an international hit in 2002. The song exists in two versions, Spanish and English, with the latter performed in a mixture of English and Spanish, described as "Spanglish", but better suited would be "phonetic English". This song reached #1 in the UK charts, as well as 26 other charts worldwide.

Lyrics and music

The song tells the story of a pimp-like "afro-gipsy, rastafari" character named Diego who walks into a crowded nightclub at midnight, and the DJ, as he sees Diego walk in, plays the "twelve-o'clock anthem", "the song he desires most", which happens to be the 1979 rap hit "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang. Its first verse: "I say the hip hop, the hippie...", pronounced phonetically in Spanish, the way it would sound to someone who does not understand English, becomes the song's chorus. Although technically meaningless and sometimes referred to as gibberish, the chorus is a more-or-less phonetic pronunciation of the first verse almost in its entirety.

;I said a hip hop, the hippie, the hippie:"Aserejé ja de jé de jebe";do the hip hip hop, a you don't stop:"tu de jebere sebiunouva";the rockin' to the bang bang boogie say up jumped the boogie:"majabi an de bugui";to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat:"an de buididipí"

The song was performed by a three-girl Spanish group called Las Ketchup, and had a distinctive accompanying dance known as "The Ketchup Dance".

Reception and adaptations

For the release in Brazil, a version of song sung in Portuñol and featuring a Brazilian "girl band", named Rouge, alongside Las Ketchup. This pushed the album's sales up and eventually led to over 2 million copies sold in Brazil alone.

The song was remade in La Vida Mickey 2 by Walt Disney Records. In 2004, this song was included on the popular children's album series, "Kidz Bop 4".

The popular German political comedy program "Die Gerd-Show" took the music and made a parody to the lyrics, called "Der Steuersong" (The Tax Song) for the taxation policies of the former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

In the Philippines, the Christian sect Iglesia ni Cristo does not allow their followers to listen to the song as the Church states that it is a form of prayer to the devil. Many other Christian groups claimed that the song and lyrics were evil, particularly when the song was backmasked.

This song is an example of a mondegreen, in this case one in which the lyrics of the original song are reinvented because of a linguistic difference.

Track listings

; CD maxi
# "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" (crystal sound Xmas mix) — 3:50
# "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" (karaoke version) — 3:44
# "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" (Chiringuito club mix) — 5:30
# "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" (video - Crystal sound Xmas mix)

; CD maxi
# "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" (spanglish version) — 3:32
# "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" (Spanish version) — 3:32
# "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" (Chiringuito club single edit) — 3:41
# "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" (Motown club single edit) — 3:41



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