Las Ketchup


It goes: “Aserejé, ja deje tejebe tude jebere sebiunouba majabi an de bugui an de buididipí”

Spanish sisters Lucía, Muñoz and Pilar Muñoz were brought together in 2002 by producer Francisco Manuel Ruiz Gómez to record his infuriating song “The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)”. With the complicated hand dance (one over the other and hands on hips etc.) the song took the world music charts by storm that Summer, reaching number one in twenty six countries and selling over seven million copies! Their debut album, “Hijas del Tomate” (daughters of the tomato!), was a hit also, selling 2.5 million copies.

The girls released one further single from the album that November, “Kusha Las Payas”, but this was not a hit. But no sooner had they came, they disappeared! With babies on the way, they took four years out look after their new families but reemerged in 2006 when they represented Spain at that year’s Eurovision Song Contest with “Un Blodymary”, this time with a fourth sister, Rocío in tow. The comeback was not overly successful as the song came 21st out of 24 finalists, while the single reached the top ten in France and their home country. The album of the same name flopped and that really was that!

Las Ketchup rteturned to family life, but reformed in 2016 when they performed “The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)” during the semi finals of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen and again popped up in Mexico the following year! By 2019 they were back to being a trio once more and continue to tour Spain and Bulgaria, of all places, to the delight of their fans. And who knows, they may even be recording new material as we speak(!)

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!