I remember at the end of the 90s, there was a whole lot of bubblegum techno going around. Two acts stood out for me though: one was Aqua, for being ridiculously catchy, and the other was Dr Bombay.
Surely you remember this guy? He was a Swedish guy that dressed up as an Indian guy, and had the cheesiest techno music accompanied by completely random lyrics that’s about as racially sensitive as the Japanese character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Yeah, the Japanese character played by a white guy with fake buck teeth.
Earlier tonight, my sister and I were shocked to hear that my wife has NOT heard of Dr Bombay! We were singing the irritating “taxi taxi taxi” chorus and she was just staring blankly at us, as if it was some in-joke that she was not in on. We tried to explain it to her, but she honestly thought we were kidding.
It wasn’t until she googled “Calcutta taxi” and it auto-suggested “Calcutta taxi taxi taxi lyrics” that she actually believed that such a song existed.
So, just in case you didn’t know this song existed, now you will. Check out the video:
And this is the part where you wish you can eradicate that song from your memory, like in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Except you can’t. Ever.
Remember, this is a Swedish guy dressed up as an Indian guy, and this gimmick video was only one of FOUR singles from his “concept” album, with three of them hitting the charts. The other singles were just as racially sensitive, with names like Rice and Curry and SOS (The Tiger took my Family).
Europe: land of opportunity!