Anders Nilsen – Salsa Tequila

“Oh I shouldn’t be laughing at this, but I am.”

Tim: Right, thinks this Norwegian. Let’s have the summer’s biggest dance tune, with all the right bits: accordion, saxophone, Spanish, the works. Except I don’t really speak Spanish. Oh well, no-one else really does either, do they?

Tom: Oh I shouldn’t be laughing at this, but I am. Maybe it’s just that it’s late and I’m sleep deprived.

Tim: So, with this just about coming down on the right side of the ‘likely to cause offence’ line, here we have all the Spanish words that everybody knows (though I’m fairly sure that calamari’s Italian, but never mind), which means we can also sing along.

Tom: It’s that Pitbull-style “Dale” that gets me.

Tim: Yes, I think the vocals in that section are my favourite too. Thing is, novelty though it may be, I really like this as a proper track. Because it does have everything the summer’s biggest dance tune would need, really, and while we could extrapolate a whole load of cynicism from that conclusion about commercial music being nothing more than a set formula with a little bit of variation here and there, this is actually done pretty well. And best of all, it’s funny without being annoying.

Tom: It still fails my main criterion for song parodies, which is that the longest they should last is one verse and one chorus — unless you’ve got really, really good jokes. Repeating it into a full song only works if you’ve got an absolutely cracking track. This nearly hits that mark. Nearly.

Tim: See, I think it is an absolutely cracking track. Top marks.