'Bidi Bidi Bom Bom' Meaning: What Selena Quintanilla Song Was Really About

Selena Quintanilla
The "Queen of Tejano" has many hits, but there's one song that we now know what the meaning behind it was. SelenaVEVO

Selena Quintanilla had many hits throughout her career and one of her most prominent one was "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" due to its catchy title and tune. Pete Astudillo, who was part of Los Dinos, is now revealing where the song originally came from and the meaning behind it. The tune was originally sung in English and it came about by just vocalizing during the sound tests Selena and the band had during rehearsals. According to Univision Entertainment, Selena along with her brother A.B. Quintanilla and her husband Chris Perez used to sing "itty bitty bubbles".

There's a video online where Selena is singing the song in English in the year 1993, a year before she released the "Amor Prohibido" album where BBBB was included. "If I had one wish, I would like to be a fish and I'd swim, swim swim under the sea I'd be so free", Quintanilla is head singing. Pete also said in the interview that the melody was so catchy he worked on the lyrics of the song we know today. Can you imagine "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" in English and being about fishies and little bubbles? Listen down below and tell us what you think!

Selena is being celebrated by Google with a Doodle in honor of her legacy in the music industry. "My family and I are honored and extremely excited to have worked with Google on this Doodle and exhibit launch, not only as a way to celebrate Selena’s life and the dreams she achieved, but as a tribute to Selena's fans around the globe," Suzette said in a statement. "This project is just yet another testament to the power of Selena’s legacy, which is still going strong 22 years later. Selena has always transcended cultural boundaries and having this Doodle featuring a strong, Latina woman on the homepage of Google around the world is a perfect example that. We hope that everyone - both fans and people learning about Selena for the first time - enjoys this celebration and feels the positivity and hope Selena embodied and still continues to represent today."

Born in Lake Jackson, Texas on April 16, 1971, Selena’s talent shone from an early age. Strumming Nat King Cole’s “I’m in the Mood for Love” on guitar, Selena’s Father listened to his daughter sing along, and immediately knew the bright future before her.

With encouragement from their father, nine year old Selena and her older siblings A.B. (guitar) and Suzette (drums) formed the beginnings of the Tejano sensation Selena y Los Dinos. Born in Texas, Tejano music (or “Tex-Mex”) blends Mexican and American sub-genres like pop, polka, ranchera, and cumbia. Widely popular across the TX/Mexico border since the 1800s, Selena y Los Dinos’ infectious brand of Tejano music popularized the genre to audiences globally.

First playing at the family restaurant, quiceañeras, and fairs, the band’s humble beginnings - including sitting on equipment due to the lack of formal seating in their inaugural tour bus “Big Bertha - eventually led to high profile touring. But they also fought through hard times and adversity. In fact, Selena was frequently discriminated against in the male-dominated music genre, and some venues even refused to book the band for shows.

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Armando Tinoco is an Orange County-based writer with a degree in Marketing from Cal. State Fullerton and a degree in Graphic Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. In addition to reporting for Latin Times and when he is not watching Brazilian and Mexican telenovelas or quoting lines from "Clueless" and "Friends" he is brushing up his skills in CSS and responsive website design. Some of his celebrity idols include Eiza Gonzalez, Paulina Rubio and Amanda Bynes.

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