This film shows a group of Year 6 children in a Sheffield school playground doing a well-known clapping game. Elsewhere the song begins with the line ‘I Went to a Chinese Restaurant’. This has been popular in Britain since at least the late 1960s and has developed into a number of distinct versions, depending on the ending. Here it moves without a break into ‘My name is ____’ which was a separate movement routine of its own in playgrounds 50 years ago. Whereas then the movie star would be Diana Dors or Marilyn Monroe, it is nowadays more often a female pop singer, Katy Perry or Britney Spears being popular choices.
The use of ‘Tracy Beaker’ in this performance is particularly interesting since she is a fictional character from a series of books by Jacqueline Wilson which have been adapted for television and for a film, Tracy Beaker: The Movie of Me (2004). Far from being a glamorous movie or pop star, Tracy is a feisty but rebellious 12-year-old in care at a children’s home. It is her mum who is, or is imagined by Tracy to be, the movie star. In this video, one of the boys joins in, both singing the song with its risqué references to female underwear and being ‘sexy’, and doing the suggestive movements which accompany them, adding to the humour of the performance.