Zinedine Zidane’s infamous World Cup headbutt has inspired a song that, thanks to the internet, has rocketed to the top of the French pop charts.
Just hours after the song’s producers had e-mailed it to friends they got a flood of calls from the music industry and mobile phone companies.
The hit was written as a “joke… to entertain our friends,” said Sebastien Lipszyc of La Plage Records in Paris.
The small studio e-mailed the song the day after France lost to Italy.
Mr Lipszyc, whose company composes advertising jingles and sound-effects, said Coup de Boule (Headbutt) was written “in half an hour” and e-mailed to about 50 friends. That evening, he and his two colleagues heard it on Skyrock, a popular French radio network
“The next day, the major players rang us,” said Mr Lipszyc, quoted by the French newspaper Le Figaro.
The African-style song has become a tube de l’Ã©tÃ© (summer hit) in France, booming out at beaches, campsites and bars.