Havana – Camila Cabello

I don’t mean to let y’all in on more than you want to know. It would be safe to say however, that I have a type. A type of pop song I can’t resist that is. The very first time I heard Camila Cabello’s 2017 hit, I knew it was going to be huge. SteveForTheDeaf was already up and running at that point.

On the day of it’s release I was being a dreadful scenester and posting Morrissey tracks from Maladjusted and farting on about Vic And Bob. Throughout the month that followed I covered The Bronx, The Clash, Slash, Garbage, Radiohead, Hello Saferide, Belle & Sebastian and did a Ginger Wildheart Theme Week. What a poser.

For the end of year round up I covered Wolf Alice, Manic Street Preachers, Iron Maiden, At-The-Drive-In, Queens Of The Stone Age, Prophets Of Rage, Mastodon, Liam Gallagher and… Oh look Scarlett Johanssen. So a tiny bit of pure pop did sneak in.

What a snob I was to not include Havana back then. I’m righting wrongs, we’re singing songs.

“Havana ohh na na, Ayyy, Half of my heart is in Havana oh na na, Ayy”

If you know the song, this is your ear worm for today. Just this part. It gets hooked right in there. There are other parts to the song of course. Lyrics, verses, a rappy bit from Young Thug who turns up and bibbles on about Shortbread, cakes and bacon (or something) but that’s not what’s important. What’s important is that hook.

“Ooh-na-na, oh-na-na-na (ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh), Take me back, back, back like…”

It may as well be an advertising slogan for the place, or for Havana Club rum. When I think about it, I’ve bought a lot of Havana Club rum since 2017. I don’t think that is a coincidence. It’s such a hooky little catchy worm. It’s like the gum advert lodged in the kids brain that pops up on random in Pixar’s incredibly good movie Inside Out. It wades in over other thoughts in your brain like a giant toddler derailing your direction and blocking out numbers, names, directions and motives.

“Ooh-na-na, oh-na-na-na (yeah, babe), Take me back, back, back like…”

You know that Snoop Dogg advert for Just Eat? It might be his best work since his appearance on Gorillaz Plastic Beach album but even that with it’s “Taco’s To The Chateaux Please” lyric is reduced to the level of crass and ineffective sloganeering at the Go Compare level of paucity compared to the damage Camila Cabello has done to my brain cells these last three years.

“Ooh-na-na, oh-na-na-na (yeah, yeah), Take me back, back, back like…”

Camila is proper famous now. I couldn’t name another of her works. Young Thug has done alright n’all. This tune though. It’s a tapeworm of catchiness that somehow erases the rest of the song and leaves you with just that hook.

“Ooh-na-na, oh-na-na-na (yeah, babe), Take me back, back, back”

The six plus minutes telenovella epic video is new to me… But here it is.

7 thoughts on “Havana – Camila Cabello

  1. Ah you see, I bloody love this one. Haha! Also see her Senorita, which might be roughly the same track, and she’s ace.

    I’m now waiting for your Ariana Grande favourites and Carly Rae Jepsen, listen to Julien by the latter for a taster.

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