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Friday, April 17, 2009

Rock, Hard Rock and Me 2

When I was in the 6th standard or so, I saw my school seniors practising a dance routine. The tune was catchy and I wanted to know more. But when I drew close to the stage, I realised with shock that the chorus sounded distinctly like 'Peede...peede'. Why would anyone choose a song with abusive words in them? And worse, they were going to dance to it? With teachers watching and parents cheering on? Didn't these girls have no shame? Don't they risk being called peedais themselves? But I kept my anxiety to myself and it wasn't until much later that I learnt that the song was actually 'Beat it'.

But finding out the song didn't actually make me go 'A-ha! I get it now'. I was further confounded with a series of even more perplexing questions. Beat what? Beat whom? Why beat? These mysteries have remained unresolved since and I suspect I will take them with me when I go. I don't wrestle with serious existential questions. My demands are far less exacting. I simply would like answers to great pop posers like 'Should I stay or should I go?', 'Do you really want to hurt me?' and 'Who let the dogs out?'.

(more later)

4 comments:

Hawkeye said...

not sure if you were really look for an answer here (or) if you didnt want the mystery to be solved till you go. But its my favorite song so i'll butt in.

"beat it" is street gang lingo for "thirumbi paakama odi poyidu"

Madras Chick said...

That was so hilarious.. can't wait for more in the series.

It's so weird, my school seniors were practicing that dance routine too for "Farewell day".

PS: Thanks for solving the mystery Hawk.

kaaju katli said...

Ha ha ha ha :-)lol@peedai. What about bolton's can I touch you there. I can still remember your expression when you heard that song!

Mama - Mia said...

hahahahahaha!

you should do a whole series on this rock hard thing! :D

cheers!

abha