“ZoOm, ZoOm, zOoM, yeah, Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom” Don’t ya just love that catchy yet painfully repetitive hook. When I first heard it when it was first shown in the year 2000, couldn’t get enough of it. Mazda’s “zoom zoom” ads are still playing in Japan although they seem to have been pulled from the US market.
When I first went online to listen to this tune on the Mazda.co.jp, I found out it’s actually a song from the movie “Only the Strong” which I had seen long ago in 1973. The song begins, “Zoom zoom zoom capoeira mata um!” which in Portuguese means the Brazilian-afro martial art “Capoeira kicks butt” hee, hee. Actually in Portuguese it means “Capoeira kills one” :
“Zoom zoom zoom capoeira kills one / kills two, kills three / if all of you attack me at once / I will kill you all”
The Zoom Zoom Zoom song by Serapis Bey that’s still being used in current TV commercials playing in Europe and Japan, the Japanese zoom-zoom tag line has the tagline “motto noritaku naru” — (I) Wanna go more.
The “zoom zoom” song Mazda is actually a capoeira song. For those of you who have no idea what capoeira is, it’s a Brazillian martial art that practitioners “play” or “mock fight” while performing a bunch of gymnastic/breakdancing-looking fighting moves to the tune of singing and intrumental sound in the background. Songs and instruments are traditional Brazilian/African heritage. The song was then modifed a stronger beat for the capoeira movie “Only The Strong” starring Mark Dacascos.
I made an MP3 podcast of my “learned” commentary about the history of the Zoom-zoom song (MP3, 3MB, runtime 3min 20sec) Get it now because doubt I will be making very many additional “snarkcasts” for news3Yen.com.
And to entirely avoid hearing my squeeky commentary, click here to download only-music version in my world-music-mega-mix of Zoom-zoom-zoom — MP3 (16MB) that contains all the different versions of Zoom-zoom. My world-music-mega-mix of Zoom-zoom lasts 12 minutes that include the following:
1st) ZOOM-ZOOM Japanese regular short version for TV CMs,
2nd) Zuum-zuum, the original by Serapis Bey,
3rd) Zoom-ZOOM J-pop,
4th) ZOOM-ZOOM French pop (Japanese market),
5th) Zoom-ZOOM J-rock,
6th) Zoom-ZOOM J-hiphop, and
7th) Zoom-ZOOM “punk jazz.”
Alternatively, you can go to Mazda Japan’s “Zoom-zoom” website and listen to all these songs. Click on the musical note icon to get the selection menu for the different musical styles as shown below.
Note that signature “zoom zoom” whisper of the little boy “Micah” in the Mazda commercials is now a woman in the Japanese versions.