Tic, Tic Tac

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"Tic, Tic Tac"
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Single by Carrapicho
from the album Festa do Boi Bumba
B-side "E' O Sol Adormesce"
ReleasedJune 1996
Songwriter(s) Braulino Lima
Producer(s) Patrick Bruel
Alternative cover
Tic, tic tac (Chilli).jpg
Chilli featuring Carrapicho

"Tic, Tic Tac" is a song by Brazilian band Carrapicho. It was released in June 1996 as the lead single from the album Festa do boi bumba, which was later certified Platinum disc in France. The song was also recorded by Chilli featuring Carrapicho and released in May 1997. The original version charted in Belgium, France, Netherlands and Spain. The remixed version, produced by Frank Farian, [1] charted in Austria, Canada, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.


Background and releases

It was a song originally produced for the Folkloric Festival of Parintins in 1992, in Brazil, exalting the greatness and strength of the Amazon River. In the middle of 1994 a musical group from the Amazon region called Carrapicho recorded the music in solo version and was later discovered by the French singer Patrick Bruel who participated in the production and dissemination in his home country. [2] The song was sponsored by TF1 in France and became one of the major summer hits. In the music video, the band sing "Tic, Tic Tac" on a boat while performing a group choreography. [3]

The original version even topped the chart in France for three weeks, becoming at the time one of the first two singles certified Diamond. In late 1996, French TV host Sophie Favier covered the song in French-language with other lyrics under the title "Il me tape sur les nerfs...". Her version peaked at #31 in France and #16 in Belgium (Wallonia). [4]

In 1997, the song was covered by Fruit De La Passion, [5] and in the same year the song finally became a success in Brazil, its country of origin. [2] In the same year, the song was covered using original lyrics and released as a single by singer Murat Nasyrov, titled Mal'chik hochet v Tambov (The Boy Wants to go to Tambov). His version became a massive hit in Russia and received a Golden Gramophone Award in 1997.

In Brazil, the song was performed for the first time in 1996 on a national network on the Domingo Legal (SBT) program, under the presentation of Augusto Liberato (Gugu), who invited the group to perform on their program after having heard and verified the success of the group in Europe when traveling on vacation.

Critical reception

Alex Bellos from The Guardian commented, "This year the track nominated by the brightest brains in the European music industry to make the most Britons dance like chickens reliving their sleaziest holiday memories is called "Tic, Tic Tac". If you travelled to any tacky tourist zone this summer, or anywhere in Latin America, you will probably already be seeking aversion therapy to stop this mantra going through your mind: 'Baji baji tambo, chicachicachicachica'. The actual words are the Brazilian 'Bate forte o tambor, Eu quero e tic tic tic, tac' but that's not really the point." [6] Pan-European magazine Music & Media wrote, "If a track's worth can be judged by the number of covers which appear in its wake, then "Tic, Tic Tac" is a monster. Various "versions" have been spotted in Spain and Italy, where the track has already been widely compiled and is enjoying serious airplay. But even the original track is not really the original... Carrapicho's first recording of "Tic, Tic Tac" was released in 1995 by RCA in Brazil, where it went on to sell a respectable 500,000 units. That version was released across Europe via France last year, but failed to live up to BMG's hopes that it would become another "Lambada"/"Macarena" sensation. 1997's version, featuring Chilli, is altogether more "Europeanised" and is currently collecting airplay in the Netherlands and Germany. The track has also been warmly received by two of Spain's major radio networks, Los 40 Principales and Cadena 100, both of whom have declared it "the song of the summer." Somewhat predictably, the only European territory not intending to release "Tic, Tic Tac" is the U.K, despite the fact that, like "Macarena", it's more than just a song, with its own easy-to follow dance routine and a devilishly catchy chorus." [7] Alan Jackson from The Times commented, "Apparently summer is incomplete without a Euro-hit imported by nostalgic package holidaymakers. Here it is." [8]

Track listings



RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Austria (IFPI Austria) [36] Gold25,000*
France (SNEP) [37] Diamond750,000*
Germany (BVMI) [38] Gold250,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway) [39]
Chilli feat. Carrapicho

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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