“My heart goes Sha-la-la-la-la,
sha-la-la in the morning;
Sha-la-la-la-la, sha-la-la in the sunshine;
Sha-la-la-la-la; sha-la-la in the evening,
Sha-la-la-la-la, Sha-la-la-la-la just for you!”
This chorus has tickled the airwaves for practically an entire year, sent teen idols prancing to it on noon time television, and even earned a spot on a comical teaser for one of the most ciritcally-acclaimed historcal dramas ever madein the Philippines. The song “Sha-la-la-la-la” sunny, silly, and campy as heck, and all in all a pleasure to sing and dance along to. However, just what exactly are the roots of this fun pop song?
You might be surprised to find out that “Sha-la-la-la-la” is actually quite Danish in origin. In 1973, the Danish hair- and glamrock band The Walkers released it to the public in all its cheery, boppy fun.
Fast forward to the two thousands. The Vengaboys, a Dutch Eurodance foursome, covered it and gave it their own cheeky flavor. The accompanying video whas even literarily cheekier, being set in a fictional alpine bar extolling the virtues of “Wurst and Women”. There was much milk, sexy dancing, and busty blonde Gerdas to be had, with the interruption of a preented-gun-fight-slash-gesture-off, and ending with both lads of the band getting their girls.
Another Eurodance band from Britain, Dreamhouse, also covered the song, and this version enjoyed a comfy spot among many South East Asian countries – one of which, as you may have guessed, was the Philippines. The glittery and sugar-pop legacy of The Walkers will live on, and people will keep dancing to this cheery beat.