what American music may come III

We didn’t go in the Ruby Tuesday’s to eat. We understand how lame it is to travel halfway across the world just to go to the same place you went with your buddies in high school. But we had time to kill, and it was either Ruby Tuesday’s, or McDonalds, or Sbarro’s, or to walk around Nehru Place on a Sunday. (Bad idea.)

So in we went, and water we ordered, and books we read, and American music we did hear: Eye of the Tiger; We Will Rock You (the techno remix); The Final Countdown (the techno remix); Take These Broken Wings (the techno remix, believe it or not); I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing (the techno remix –who knew such a thing was possible?); and Land Down Under (yes, sadly, the techno remix).


Speaking of The Final Countdown: listen to this.


I did go into the KFC to eat. I understand how lame it is to travel halfway across the globe just to go to the same place I went with my buddies in high school, but sometimes you just get that craving. “Hey,” you think, “a taste of home would really hit the spot right now,” even though at home you haven’t eaten KFC at home since you were fifteen. The chicken tasted exactly as it did sixteen years ago, and the soundtrack was about the same as well: “To the extreme I rock the mic like a vandal / step on the stage and wax the chump like a candle”; “Come on , shake your body baby, do the conga / I know you can’t control yourself any longer”; “It’s ‘Hammer, go Hammer, MC Hammer, yo, Hammer’ / And the rest can go and play.”

7 responses to “what American music may come III

  1. I’m not sure it is lame. I mean, it’s now a totally different context, plus, when you are far from home it’s nice to have little reminders, even if you are really enjoying the stay in India.

    *Years ago, visiting cousins in India, I was desperate for pizza after a couple weeks of Indian food. I mean, I love Indian food and I don’t reallly like pizza that much, so, I’m not sure what that was all about!

    **I see it here in the States, my Indian relatives, of course, want little bits of India here, so, they go to Indian restaurants, shops. Like I said, little reminders are nice.

    ***Or, maybe, it was just the most convenient place to eat.

  2. I think I understand exactly what drove you to those places. When I lived in Mexico I would occasionally visit….Denny’s…for a grilled cheese sandwich. It was never what I was hoping for, though.

    This is my first comment but you should know that I’ve recently become hooked on your wonderful blog.

    One of these days I hope to make it to India myself but in the mean time your observations are fascinating to me. Thanks for writing and do keep up the good work!

  3. Have you guys tried that 50s-style diner yet? I think it’s part of Habitat House (but I’m not sure, as I’m writing from San Francisco).
    I always thought Delhi needed a kickass American breakfast joint.

  4. I find it hilarious that of all things, you found a MPK song 😉 It was a corny-bordering-on-creepy film which was a big hit at the time…

  5. Isn’t ‘Land Down Under’ an Australian song as opposed to “American music”?
    It’s true I’ve travelled across the world and many times just walked into KFC…
    gotta love familiarity and the 7 secret spices…*rolls eyes*

  6. @Lisa (and to Dave and Jenny as well)
    The diner she mentions is at India Habitat Center, off of Lodhi Road.

  7. Thank god you guys didnt go to sbarro 😀

    Anywho, most of the music you guys heard is so lame because of copyright issues…
    Most people only play whats on the radio and the radio stations obviously have trouble getting licenses.

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