How many of our readers know the Pattaya Pattaya song---the "national anthem" of Pattaya and favourite party song? Do you actually know who wrote the song and sings it, or the history of it? Okay, most people probably don't, so we've done a bit of Internet research and, finally, here's some stuff we're sure you always wanted to know ...
Pattaya Pattaya was originally written by a Farang called Lou Deprijck, a Belgian singer and music producer who, according to Wikipedia, was a "major figure in the Belgian pop scene of the 1970s and 1980s, with more than 20 million copies of his compositions sold worldwide." Deprijck found huge mainstream success with his band Two Man Sound that "sold over a million copies of their 1975 single Charlie Brown while the album Disco Samba had sales of around 1.4 million copies in Latin America." His internationally best known hit is probably Ça plane pour moi which he recorded and sang for Plastic Bertrand in 1977.
And here it gets interesting: Under the moniker 'Lou & The Hollywood Bananas', Lou also had a major solo success in France and Belgium in 1978 with a song titled Kingston, Kingston which - just listen to the clip embedded below and you'll recognize the melody quickly - is the original version of Pattaya's unofficial hymn.
Wikipedia also explains how that came about: Lou Deprijck - obviously a globetrotter - now lives mostly in Pattaya where "life ... inspired him to rewrite the text of ... Kingston, Kingston into Pattaya, Pattaya, which soon became the unofficial hymn of Pattaya."
YouTube also has a video of Lou performing Pattaya Pattaya at what seems to be one of his favourite bars in Funtown, the Lookout Inn at the Center Condo in South Pattaya:
And here's Lou performing his classic Charlie Brown at the same venue:
All we can say is: Thumbs up to the musical genius of Lou Deprijck.