Comedian Francisco Ramos Picks Five Spanish Songs That Sound Really Weird in English
Francisco loves him some bongos
Very simply put, comedian Francisco Ramos has a lot of energy on stage. Not trying to focus in on one area, this Venezuela native was practically born to be a performer and has dabbled in voiceovers, festivals, acting, stand-up, and most recently started a new show that he is hosting and writing called, "#Bashtag" on YouTube where they search out some pretty awful tweets to slam. Classic.
This Thursday (November 1st) is your chance to see Francisco work some comedy magic on stage at the Irvine Improv but before he does, we had the chance to have him clear some stuff up for us. Mainly, what is the deal with some of the Spanish songs that are out there? Since we're no pros in the language but Francisco is, we thought he'd be the perfect person to break it down for us and do some splainin' on a few songs that TOTALLY wouldn't work in English.
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OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): You are like a little firecracker on stage and I love that you come out to high energy music to keep the crowd amped. You should be a natural at this list.
Francisco Ramos: Yeah, the music gets the crowd going and also keeps my adrenaline running. I love music and I like this music angle, I'm down for it.
5. "Mami Que Sera Lo Que Quiere El Negro" by Wilfrido Vargas
I think Pitbull did a remix of this song. Actually, everything that Pitbull does is basically a remix but the original song came from Wilfrido. This song is a staple that you'd hear at weddings, it's a classic. It's funny because this song's title translates into, "Mommy, what does the black guy want?" I mean, he wants a lot of things! Unless the mom is saying, "Well, he's your new dad." In a lot of Latin countries calling somebody "black" is a term of endearment in a way. "Negro" over there doesn't mean "black" really.
4. "El Menaito" by El General
This song translates to "moving, moving, oh, oh, oh." In English it sounds more like a cult song. It doesn't really mean anything but it was a big fad and it was a very famous song in the early 90s. It also had a little dance that went with it where you just move side to side. It doesn't mean anything though. Like the chorus is just like, I'm moving, I'm moving...oh oh oh! OK I'm moving over there...oh oh oh. But then what? I'm still here!
3. "Mayonesa" by Chocolate
I think Latin people love food and sex a lot, they're always talking about it. This song translates to "Mayonnaise" and the song goes, "She shakes me like making mayonnaise." I don't know how mayonnaise is made, but I don't want to find out. Sounds like it involves a lot of mayo and cleaning up, not sexy at all.
2. "A Puro Dolor" by Son by Four
I think this song might have also been done in English but it just doesn't sound as good. The title translates to, "A Lot of Pain." It's like, I am in so much pain because somebody left me. The song says, "The night's taste like a lot of pain." For a romantic song, you don't want your nights to have a lot of pain, especially if you are with someone!
1. "Flaca" by Andres Calamaro
This translates into "thin girl" in English but when you call someone "flaca" in a song like this, it basically is the same as calling someone "shorty" or "girl." It's not an insult but it's just like a nickname so the title of the song being "girl" in English is like, what the fuck is that? What is that about? During these times of political correctness you can't have the title of a song be "thin girl." You're gonna get questions from every angle like, why does she have to be thin? Why is she so thin? Is she eating ok? Is something wrong at their house?
Follow Francisco Ramos on Twitter @FRamosComedy, check out his website www.franciscoeramos.com for upcoming dates, and watch his YouTube show by searching "#Bashtag." Get your tickets now to catch him this Thursday (at 10 pm) at the Irvine Improv by going to www.Improv.com or by calling 949-854-5455. The Improv is located at 71 Fortune Drive Irvine, CA 92618.
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