I’m often asked to name some of my favourite tracks. Of course there are hundreds of great tracks we dance to, but I’ve come up with a list that I hope will get some approval. My criteria for choosing a track are that I must have heard it in at least three different venues and it should be at least 5 years old. The list is in no particular order and my twelfth choice is Bacco Perbacco by Zucchero.
I’m not sure how to describe this thumping track
This song opens with Zucchero singing over a catchy acoustic guitar riff, but 40 seconds in, and it explodes with a thumping drum and bass backing. So how would you describe this highly energised track? I’m not really sure. Interestingly this track is so popular it has featured in quite a few of my music reviews so I thought I might look back to see how I described it.
The first time I remember hearing it was at a Ceroc Passion class night at Higham Ferrers. It had me on the stage asking DJ Chad Bloomfield what it was:
I love it when I dance to a track and have to say ‘What was that?’ So here’s my ‘What was that?’ track. Zucchero’s Bacco Perbacco has got so much going on and its as funky as hell. Loved it.
DJ Ian Selby played it at a Wythall Park, iDance class night. I called it funky:
The second track I want to highlight is Zucchero’s Bacco Perbacco. I think he’s singing in Italian – so I don’t have a clue what it’s about, but I did pick out one English phrase – ‘Baby don’t cry make it funky’. Seems ‘Funky’ is the answer to everything…
Then DJ Kerry B played it at her fabulous Tadcaster Freestyle and I described it as Latin Funk:
Here’s a real standout classic. Zucchero has produced quite a few tracks that have been picked up by modern jive jocks. There surely is none better than Bacco Perbacco – it’s one great piece of latin funk (is there such a musical genre?). What ever you want to call it, I loved dancing to it on Friday night.
At Ceroc Cambs fantastic freestyle at St Neots, with DJ Sue Astle on the decks, I decribed it as an equally energetic piece of Latin funk. The one common thread in all four reviews is the word ‘Funk’, albeit Latin Funk. I’ll go with that as a starter.
More Rock than Blues
Wikipedia describes Zucchero as an Italian singer-songwriter and notes that he is often credited as the ‘father of Italian blues’. This track isn’t Blues, but it is Rock, and pulsating Rock at that. Its just so wonderful to dance to and you can see why it features on so many modern jive DJ’s playlists.
Perhaps the fact that it’s hard to describe what musical genre it’s from, explains its appeal. This is certainly a track that stands out from those around it, and its overload of energy makes it a guaranteed floor filler.
A ‘Did you know’ moment
Bacco perbacco was released in 2006, but did you know that fifteen years earlier in 1991 Zucchero had a No 4 UK hit when he dueted with Paul Young on a rerecording of his own track Senza una donna. While this song is a ballard, you can still recognise Zucchero’s trademark earthy vocal. It’s this distinctive vocal that helps to make Bacco perbacco such a great dance track.
Another familiar Zucchero track is Baila Morena from the same year. It has all the dance qualities of Bacco perbacco and is another guarateed floor filler.