Fast Food Rockers Overview
Fast Food Rockers were a British United Kingdom pop group pop music known for their novelty music. The band met at a fast-food convention in Folkestone.
Their most successful hit was their 2003 release, "The Fast Food Song," which uses a verse of an American United States children's song parodying the traditional folk folk music melody "A Ram Sam Sam". The Dutch DJ Eric Dikeb made a Dutch song out of that traditional melody in 2001, called "Pizzahaha". At that moment he was taking part in a Dutch television show called Big Diet, in which contestants had to lose as much weight as they could over a few months time. Therefore Dikeb came up with the idea to use the names of his favorite fastfood-restaurants in the song. "Pizzahaha" didn't make it to the Dutch charts, but in Belgium the band Dynamite Dynamite (disambiguation) made a big hit out of it, with a Belgian version called "De Pizzadans". It also topped charts in Germany, called "Burgerdance", by DJ Otzi.
The Fast Food Rockers' version, adapted by Mike Stock and Sandy Rass, was the first release of independent record label Better The Devil Records. The song mentions by name Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonald's. It managed to reach #2 in the UK charts in June 2003 (beaten to the top spot by Evanescence's Bring Me to Life) despite the criticism of cultural analysts who lamented the "collapse of culture into product placement." The single would go on to sell 150,000 copies in the UK and was in the Year-End Top 40.
The band had its own mascot, a giant blue dog called "Hotdog" who followed the band around, and appeared in all three music videos.
Their second single, "Say Cheese (Smile Please)" reached #10 and showed the first signs that people were beginning to think the band's novelty was wearing off.
In 2003, there were rumours that the band didn't sing on their own records. However, in an interview with CBBC Newsround, Lucy stated she "trained for three years at a performing arts school, Ria's been in the business for a long time, Martin's been in the business for a long time and we're very proud to say we do sing on [this] song".
After their attempt at a Christmas single only reached #25, and an album that failed to make the top 200, their management company decided to drop the band in March 2004.
After the split, the band members found jobs outside of the music industry. and in 2006, former band member Martin Rycroft was poached from his bar tending job, to take part in the Channel 4/E4 E4 (channel) show, Boys Will Be Girls ,, where three former male popstars (including Russ Spencer from Scooch) tried to convincingly create a new girl band by former Brother Beyond star, Nathan Moore Nathan Moore (English musician) . Martin has since returned to his bar-tending job.
Fast Food Rockers
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