A version of the song was performed by Carosone himself and his band, including Gegè Di Giacomo at the drums, in the movie "Totò, Peppino e le fanatiche" (directed by Mario Mattoli, 1958), and in 1960 was featured in Melville Shavelson's "It Started in Naples", in the interpretation of Sofia Loren under the eyes of Clark Gable. It was also performed by Rosario Fiorello in the 1999 film "The Talented Mr. Ripley" with Matt Damon and Jude Law.
The ironic lyrics speaks of an Italian young man who wants to imitate the American lifestyle of the time, drinking whiskey and soda, dancing rock and roll, playing baseball and smoking Camel cigarettes, but remains dependent on his parents for economic reasons.
The song was often viewed as a satire of the Americanization process during the first years after World War II, in a still traditional rural society. Carosone himself wrote that his songs "were deeply based on the American dream, playing jazz and its derivatives as the symbol of rich and prosperous America, but keeping the style of the Neapolitan song, even using parodies of its customs".