¿A quién le importa?

"¿A quién le importa?" (English: literally, "To whom does it matter?"; idiomatically, "Who cares?") is a successful single released from the Spanish pop rock band Alaska y Dinarama's 1986 No es pecado album. Fangoria – composed of two of the song's three original artists, Alaska and Nacho Canut – recorded an updated, more electronic version of the song along with a new music video. The song was featured in the "Astracanada" disc of the album. Other cover versions include those by Pink Punk and Christina Rapado.

"¿A quién le importa?"
Single by Alaska y Dinarama
from the album No Es Pecado
B-side"Bote de Colón (Techno Chochi' Mix)"
ReleasedMarch 1986
Genre
Length3:48
LabelEMI Music
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Nick Patrick
Alaska y Dinarama singles chronology
"Un Hombre de Verdad"
(1985)
"¿A quién le importa?"
(1986)
"La Funcionaria Asesina"
(1986)

Composition and themesEdit

The song was originally written and produced by Carlos Berlanga and Nacho Canut. Alaska y Dinarama's version of the song was later recognized as a gay anthem by the Spanish language-speaking LGBT community.[1]

The song describes a person who is criticized for being different. The question and title lyric "Who cares?" is repeated throughout the song indicating that criticism does not affect her and she will stay the way she is. The chorus of the song asks (translated from the Spanish): "Who cares what I do? / Who cares what I say? / I am the way I am. I'll keep on being that. / I will never change."[1]

Track listingEdit

"Alaska y Dinarama Spanish Single"

  1. ¿A quién le importa ?
  2. ¿A quién le importa? (Club mix)

Music videosEdit

The performance for World Pride Madrid 2017

Alaska y Dinarama's music videoEdit

The music video was filmed in 1986 on TVE's soundstage for Alaska's program La Bola de Cristal. The music video depicts Alaska with her "Rastafari Punk" look (her makeup is green, and her hair is shaved from the sides and is grabbed into a high pony tail with dreadlocks), as she sings at the center of an energetic crowd (whom seem to get motivated by her and support her). In this video Alaska is wearing a silver fringe jacket. This style later inspired Thalia to dress up almost identically to her during her trip to Argentina. This video was first aired in Spain in 1986.

Fangoria's music videoEdit

Fangoria's was shot at Benidorm, Spain. The video is basically a theater play, starring Alaska using 5 different sets of clothing. A group compose of 28 energetic people dancing in the "play." This video is a tribute to the end of the year TV programs[2]


Thalía versionEdit

"¿A quién le importa?"
 
Single by Thalía
from the album Thalía
B-side"You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record)"
ReleasedDecember 2002
Genre
Length3:45
LabelEMI Latin
Songwriter(s)Carlos Berlanga
Ignacio Canut
Producer(s)Estéfano
Thalía singles chronology
"No Me Enseñaste"
(2002)
"¿A quién le importa?"
(2002)
"Dance Dance"
(2003)

In 2002 Latin Mexican pop singer Thalia covered the song in her 2002 self-titled studio album, with an accompanying music video. The music video for the song was shot in black and white and directed by Jeb Brien and shot in Manhattan, New York City, in the "Frying Pan" ship. In the video, Thalía has a punk look, and performs her song in a gay club. Miri Ben-Ari, who plays the violin in the song, also makes a cameo in the video. Amanda Lepore also makes an appearance. The video was first aired in the fall of 2002.

Track listingsEdit

Mexican & U.S. CD single

  1. "¿A Quién le Importa?" [Album Version] – 3:44
  2. "¿A Quién le Importa?" [Hex Hector/Mac Quayle Radio Vocal Mix] – 3:58
  3. "¿A Quién le Importa?" [Hex Hector/Mac Quayle Club Vocal Mix] – 7:14
  4. "You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record)" – 3:56

Promo CD Single

  1. "¿A Quién le Importa?" [Album Version]
  2. "¿A Quién le Importa?" [Hex Hector/Mac Quayle Radio Vocal Mix] – 3:58
  3. "¿A Quién le Importa?" [Hex Hector/Mac Quayle Club Vocal Mix] – 7:14

European Single

  1. "¿A Quién le Importa?" [Hex Hector/Mac Quayle Club Vocal Mix] – 7:14

U.S. 12" vinyl single
A-side

  1. "¿A Quién le Importa?" [Hex Hector/Mac Quayle Club Vocal Mix] – 7:14
  2. "¿A Quién le Importa?" [Hex Hector/Mac Quayle Radio Vocal Mix] – 3:58

B-side

  1. "You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record)" – 3:56
  2. "¿A Quién le Importa?" [Album Version] – 3:44

In popular cultureEdit

The song was used in important scenes in three Spanish-language Netflix productions in 2018 and 2019. The first was in the Mexican dark comedy The House of Flowers, performed by the character Julián as he comes out both in a recital and in a fantasy cabaret sequence.[3] The second was in the Spanish romcom Despite Everything, where it is performed by the four sisters as they start smoking marijuana in the car at the outset of a road trip to find their fathers,[4] and the third in the Mexican film Ready to Mingle, where it is danced and sung to at the end to show that main character Ana has learned an important lesson about herself and the single ladies have all come to acceptance.[5] The song was also used in the Mexican Spanish television series Rubí as the main theme song; it is sung by Thalia's niece, Camila Sodi, who also starred in the series.[6]

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "El Nuevo videoclip de Fangoria 'A Quien Le Importa'". 8 March 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Mejia, Jackie (27 August 2018). "This Netflix Telenovela Is Taking Over Social Media with a Challenge Tied To One of the Characters". we are mitú. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  4. ^ "TRAILER: 'A Pesar de Todo' Is a Road Trip Comedy About Sisters Searching for Their Biological Dads". Remezcla. 29 April 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  5. ^ ""Solteras" / "Easy": escenas de la vida conyugal en Netflix". Puente Alado (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  6. ^ Solís, Erik (21 January 2020). "Camila Sodi interpreta el tema oficial de Rubí". Las Estrellas (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Radionotas Los Más Solicitados" (in Spanish). Radionotas. Archived from the original on 21 June 2003. Retrieved 9 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Thalia Chart History (Hot Latin Songs)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Thalia Chart History (Latin Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "The Year in Music 2003: Latin". Billboard. 115 (52): YE-67. 27 December 2003. Retrieved 10 March 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "2003 Year End Charts". Billboard. 27 December 2003. Retrieved 22 December 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Billboard Year-End Charts 2003: Tropical Airplay". Billboard. 27 December 2003. Archived from the original on 14 May 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)