I have read/heard somewhere that the music that you listen to when you are in your pre-teen and teen years is what sticks with you for life. I know people are complaining about how sexualized the songs of today have become- and how serious offences like under-age drinking, drugs and the likes are becoming a problem. I think the young parents of today (people my age or a little older) don’t really remember how inappropriate the songs that we listened to and sang in front of everyone were!
I actually started thinking about it when I read a post about the inappropriateness of the song “Macarena”. The only thing I remembered of the song was ‘Ayyyy Macarena’ and the Macarena step. How many times did we listen to the song, sang what we thought was gibberish before the Ayyy Macarena and did the step. Today listening to the song again, I just stood there with my eyes wide open- The song is truly about a girl called Macarena who is boasting about cheating on her boyfriend with his two friends (YES TWO!) when he is out of town! Don’t believe me? Listen for yourself!
“Now, come on, what was I supposed to do ?
He was outta town and his two friends were soooo fine”
I got caught in this downward spiral of listening to all the songs I knew by heart and at the age of 11 or 12, I definitely did not understand what my friends and I were actually singing about at the top of our voices then!
Boom Boom Boom Boom- Vengaboys
I, for the life of me can’t remember what we thought ‘Boom Boom’ was! 😀
“Boom boom boom boom, I want you in my room
Let’s spend the night together from now until forever”
Too Close- Blue
This whole song is kind of pornographic but just listen to these lyrics-
“All the slow songs you requested
You’re dancing like you’re naked
Oh, it’s almost like we’re sexing (oh yeah)”
Barbie Girl- Aqua
We danced on this song on Teacher’s day for the teachers when we were in the 4th grade!! Whyyyyy?
“You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere”
You’re my doll, rock’n’roll, feel the glamour in pink,
Kiss me here, touch me there, hanky panky…
You can touch, you can play, if you say: “I’m always yours”
I’ll Make Love To You- Boys II Men
This highly melodious ballad was the epitome of romance in our tween minds- we listened to it when talking about our innocent crushes- turns out it’s truly hardcore. Well I can’t blame Boys II Men. The song’s title has ‘Make Love’ in it. It’s our own fault for not knowing what that term really meant at that time!
Girl are you ready, it’s gonna be a long night
Throw your clothes (Throw your clothes) on the floor (on the floor)
Don’t Turn off the Lights-Enrique Iglesias
I know I used to close my bedroom door, put Enrique’s cassette in my Walkman and sing the “eeya eeya aye” part. Now that I’m all grown up, the innuendo is quite clear!
“So don’t turn off the lights
I don’t wanna be in the dark tonight
‘Cause I can’t read your mind
I need to know if what I’m doing is right”
Livin La Vida Loca- Ricky Martin
This song is about a girl who is high on the Hot/Crazy scale that Barny Stinson invented! It’s got the alcohol and the partying and the dope- like any good Honey Singh song these days!
Woke up in New York City in a funky cheap hotel
She took my heart and she took my money
she must’ve slipped me a sleeping pill
Going closer to home, the lyrics weren’t any cleaner!
Can’t get Enough- Raghav
The ‘Remix’ genre hit the Indian Pop scene hard in the late nineties and early noughties (2000’s). The lyrics did get a little smutty but weren’t as bad as the videos were (Think of the Kaliyon Ka Chaman, Ek Pardesi Mera Dil Le Gaya, Chadti Jawani and the likes)!
I just cant wait till we freaking more frequently baby
Coz I cant get enough enough enough
Don’t be Shy- Rouge Ft. Dr. Zeus
The music of this song was so catchy it would be playing in parties all over town without people actually realizing what the lyrics were all about!
I just wanna feel your body
Touch my body
Don’t be shy my honey
Feel my body
I can’t think of any other inappropriate song that I sang as a kid for now, but I think the gist is very clear. I may have grown up with a lot of songs the lyrics of which didn’t make much sense then but it was the music spoke to me. The lyrics weren’t really affecting me, subconsciously or otherwise.
I think the current generations will be fine and maybe when they are older, realize how inappropriate the songs they grew up with are, all on their own, like I did today. It was a good stroll down the memory lane!