February 3, 2012

This is Art: You're Gonna Kill Me That Way!

This adorable guy apparently having the time of his life is Michel Telo, a young Brazilian singer who has become a sensation with the help of some fans who just happen to be world-famous soccer stars. 

Telo's cover of the Portuguese hit song, "Ai Se Eu Te Pego," was apparently a favorite of Brazilian soccer player Neymar, who appeared on YouTube dancing to it in what seemed to be a joking manner. The song later caught on in Spain, where soccer idols Marcelo Vieira and Cristiano Ronaldo danced a few bars of Neymar's choreography to celebrate a goal. After their victory dance was televised, thousands of Espanoles flooded the internet to find out what this oh-so-catchy song was all about.

Now, you can't go for a night out without hearing this song played in at least one establishment, and if it begins to play in a nightclub--well, you'd better hope that you know the dance, because everyone in the entire building will start doing it.

This is the source of all the hype:

I'm trying to think of a song that has popularity equivalent to this one in the US, but the best I can come up with is "La Macarena" or the "Numa Numa" song. You know, those songs where no one knows what they're saying, but everybody knows the dance?

Well, here's what "Ai Se Eu Te Pego" is saying:

Saturday night party
Everyone began to dance
The hottest girl of the place passed me by
So I got up the guts to say to her

Wow, wow
You're gonna to kill me that way
Oh, when I get my hands on you (poor you)
Oh, oh, when I get my hands on you (poor you)

Delicious, delicious
You're gonna to kill me that way
Oh, when I get my hands on you (poor you)
Oh, oh, when I get my hands on you (poor you)

This is obviously a very sexually-charged song like all of the clubbing favorites in the US. In fact, the lyrics wouldn't be at all out of place over top of a catchy back beat and booming bass.

I'm not sure how I feel about these lyrics, but I love the traditional Brazilian melody and the much more artistic style of singing (hey, he's actually singing, not just grunting an animalistic rap of some kind). This strikes me as a very classy and fun clubbing song that is still exciting because of its themes of partying and snagging a dance partner out on the floor, but it doesn't really lend itself to bumping and grinding.

Know what I'm saying? How do you like it?


  1. There is a grand total of four guys in that crowd. Two are filming the rest of it.

    1. Si, but the one is in the front row! The other is holding a class of something and probably trying to drink away any memory of this emasculating night.


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