This song has been part of the soundtrack of more movies than I can count. There was a time you couldn’t go to the movies at all without hearing this song. Does anyone have a list of all the movies that had “Iko Iko” in them?
No, but I once read an article which asserted that the 2 most common songs in movies were George Thorogood’s Bad to the Bone and James Brown’s I Feel Good. George beat out James by a slim margin for the title of Soundtrack King.
New Orleans musical history can have its murky side. A lotta things that sound like they must have been played by the funeral brass bands in the 1890s turn out to have been composed by guys like Professor Longhair in the '50s. And things that sound like they must have been composed by Professor Longhair turn out to have been the work of Hank Williams Sr…like “Jambalaya.”
The 2-minute-plus a capella version of “Iko Iko” by The Dixie Cups is my personal favorite recording of this tune.
Now, if we could just figure out how that relates to the number of movies that have either “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves or James Horner’s score from the climax of Aliens in their trailers, we could . . . why, we could rule the world!
“Aiko Aiko” is used only by Deadheads when inscribing bootleg tapes.
The single official Dead recording, on Dick’s Picks Number 9, has it spelled “Iko Iko.” Likewise the Dixie Cups version, which appears on The Music Never Stooped: the Roots of the Grateful Dead, which is the album of original versions of tunes the Dead covered, and which is utterly fantastic and anyone with any interest in American roots music should go out and buy it right now.
There’s still no answer to the translation question …
This is very very sketchy, but I really think i recall a late night radio show that was talking about lyrics, and someone was talking about this song. I don’t remember the rest, but they said that the phrase “Jockomo fee nane” was a phrase somewhere in between “He can do as he likes, I don’t care” and “He can go f*** himself”.
Sorry I don’t know for sure; I also don’t know if that came from just what the composer thought it should mean or if the words were known.
Back in the days when Mardi Gras was a REAL party and not a tourist attraction, the various Krewes participating in the parade would carry their own flags, as if they were independent sovereign states.
If you could burn another Krewe’s flag, it was considered the ultimate diss.
> Now, if we could just figure out how that relates to the
> number of movies that have either “Walking on Sunshine”
> by Katrina and the Waves or James Horner’s score from the
> climax of Aliens in their trailers, we could . . . why,
> we could rule the world!
The Internet Movie Database lists the following movies as containing “Walking on Sunshine”. This list isn’t complete though. It doesn’t give any soundtrack information about Aliens, let alone what other movies used that score. Furthermore, many trailers use different music from the movie, since they are often made before the scoring of the film is complete:
American Psycho (2000)
Dolly Parton: Treasures (1996) (TV)
High Fidelity (2000)
Look Who’s Talking (1989)
Secret of My Succe$s, The (1987)