When Baccara’s ‘Yes sir, i can boogie’ became the anthem of the Scottish national football team


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It is not the first pop music hit that lives a second youth, but the story of the resurrection that the ‘Yes sir, i can boogie’ from Baccara experienced last year is one of a kind. The song, originally released in 1977, reached number one on the UK charts at the time and came very close to doing so in 2020, when it reached number three. And all, without their own interpreters or their company moving a finger. How could it happen?

It all started in 2015, when Scottish Aberdeen player Andy Considine recorded himself dancing to the hit at his bachelor party, dressed in a miniskirt and bra and surrounded by her friends. Five years later, with the pandemic already raging, the Scottish coach summoned him to replace other front-line players who were injured by the coronavirus. Considine made his debut for his national team against Serbia in a life or death match, in which they played the qualification for the Euro 2021 Cup. It was a heart attack game, which ended in the penalty round. But they won the match and as a result they qualified for the tournament for the first time in twenty-five years, and when he celebrated it in the locker room with his teammates, he decided to throw Baccara’s breaker again. Someone recorded it, and a new viral phenomenon singing.

In a matter of hours, stations across the country had already played ‘Yes sir, i can boogie’ for hours, thousands of members of the Tartan Army (the nickname given to the fans of the Scottish team) recorded themselves singing it on the networks social networks, and the numbers of reproductions on the streaming platforms soared until the song was placed on the podium of the most listened to songs. Until the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra he echoed what was happening, recording and publishing his own version.

The news did not take long to reach María Mendiola, the singer of Baccara who died last Sunday, who did not hide her surprise. “I have friends there, and they tell me it rings every five minutes,” he told the BBC. “With all the news out there in the world, the BBC has put the song on the midday and evening news. For me, at my age, it’s impressive. But if I was like Tutankhamun in the pyramid, I don’t even leave home because of the Coronavirus! I feel like an adrenaline rush, like I’ve been given an injection. I will always thank the Scottish team and especially Andy Considine for making me so happy after 43 years. I saw all the articles and everyone calls me non-stop, I have done a lot of interviews. I’m delighted. I have thanked the Scotland team and spoke to Andy via Instagram. He said some very nice words to me ». It was even proposed that the current Baccara re-record the song expressly for Scottish fans.

Although that never happened in the end, when the European Championship began, the 12,000 fans who were allowed inside Hampden Stadium sang the song before Scotland’s opening match with the Czech Republic, proving that Baccara-mania was still alive and well. . The Scots lost 2-0, but the next day, a remix of the song by DJ George Bowie reached number 2 in the iTunes list. “We may not have gotten off to the best start on the field of play, but the fact that we are winning the battle of the rosters gives us all hope. If England lose a game, their songs fall on the charts, but Scotland lost and we went up to number two after the game, ”said the DJ. Since then, the song has never been lacking in the trips of Scottish fans, as evidenced by the videos recorded by themselves, singing the song on airplanes and trains as they go to each game, and which accumulate hundreds of thousands of visits on the networks. social.

In reality, the song never lost its popularity in the UK. The band Goldfrapp and the singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor published versions in 2003, and later The Fratellis did the same, after performing it on a radio program and receiving hundreds of congratulatory messages, including one from Mary Dostal, the lyricist’s widow. from ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ Frank Dostal, who told them, “Of course, I always knew this is a great song, and every time we get a request for permission to do a remake, I have to wonder if Frank (my husband) would like it. This time I’m sure it would. The Fratellis have shown the potential this song has! A great version and for me, my children and grandchildren just adore it, well done! ” Marie-Luise Soja, the widow of the other co-author of the tune, Rolf Soja, also wrote to them: “The Fratellis have created an excellent reinvention of ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ that will be enjoyed by generations to come.”

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