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Musical guilty pleasures

Much like in the US, if you go out to enough bars/clubs/restaurant or listen to enough radio in Mexico City, you will hear the same popular songs 8 million times. Some you will come to loathe & each encounter will feel like a thousand music notes stabbing your eardrum. Perhaps one or two will be a legitimate classic that will live on past this 6 month period, possibly in the annals of Mexico’s karaoke bars.

And then there are the songs you know you really shouldn’t like, but somehow latch on to your subconscious & won’t let go. You might not actively profess to your friends that you love these songs (except possibly under the influence of tequila), but you will:

  1. know all the lyrics (or at least the lyrics as you interpret them) & sing along cheerily
  2. shout “OMG! We have to go dance to this one!” every time the song comes on in a dance-y venue.

One day, you will give in to the siren call of these songs, go onto iTunes & pay good money to download them, so you can hear them even MORE frequently. I reached this stage yesterday with two regulars on the Mexico City music scene as of late (or better put, regulars within my musical bubble in Mexico City– I am sure some chilangos may argue the inclusion of these two gems). :)

I tracked down their respective videos on YouTube to share with you. Having watched both videos, I am now even dumber than after just listening to the lyrics alone. If I can offer any advice that might help you judge me less, it is: listen to these videos with your eyes closed.

Song 1: I Know You Want Me
Artist: Pitbull
Video Summary: In this video, a not-overly-attractive man wearing dark glasses stands around making light sexual innuendos with his eyes/arms/words. Meanwhile, several busty, scantily-clad women, who seem only marginally interested in the task at hand, stand in place- moving their hips & other “assets” while shifting their weight from one leg to the other. Some of them appear to have lost a battle with a tub of glitter, and one is wearing her “Sexy Flight Attendant” costume from Halloween 2007.

Song 2: Celos
Artist: Fanny Lu
Video Summary: Fanny Lu has been transformed into the size of King Kong, thereby making it easier to scamper around a miniaturized city while stalking her boyfriend (or perhaps just some random dude she’s going all “Fatal Attraction” on). While doing this, she is wearing a white tank top thinly veiled as an actual dress. She also repeatedly demonstrates a horrible dance wherein you stick your arms straight out (like you might be pushing a low grocery cart) & wiggle them/your hips back and forth.  (You might have to watch a commercial first on this one; apologies.)

As you can see, my cultural acclimation is reaching new peaks. ;)

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7 Comments on “Musical guilty pleasures”

  1. #1 Refried Dreamer
    on Dec 18th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    hey… i love pitbull.

    ‘I know you want me. You know i want me…La La La.”

    And when he comes down, i will gladly take you to his concert and we can booty shake together.

    haha….

    Wishing you a Happy Holidays!

  2. #2 Refried Dreamer
    on Dec 18th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I haven’t seen the second video, but if it’s sooooo cool down here, i’ll have to teach my hubby that new dance from Fanny Lu… his “Lean like a Cholo” shit is getting old.

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    on Dec 18th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

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  4. #4 Julie
    on Dec 18th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    hahaha brilliant! I will totally go to the concert with you. You just have to teach me how to dance better than those girls in the video first. :)
    Furthermore, I would pay money to see Indio dance like Fanny Lu. Watch the video ASAP.

  5. #5 Marcie
    on Dec 23rd, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Hahahahaha, love it Julie!! Ok, here’s mine. I’ll let you come up with the hilarious description of what’s supposed to be going on here. The funniest part of this one was that we had some bulky, testosterone-exuding American male go batty for this song, looping endlessly on the iTunes… it was rather like watching Tom Brady become gooey over “Party in the USA” or something.
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xk6ta_la-oreja-de-van-gogh-rosas_music

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