Hornbill Unleashed

October 4, 2016

When PPAP rings in our ears

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

It is an earworm, one which seems to be taking its own gyrating time to crawl out of our ears and out of our heads.

Having taken the world by storm, the lyrics itself are driving millions mad, and yet all over the world, millions are walking around with this tune in their heads, as children sing them out loud.

“I have a pen. I have an apple. Uggh ..Apple-pen!
I have a pen. I have [a] pineapple. Uggh..Pineapple-pen!
Apple-pen. Pineapple-pen. Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen.”

Animal print-clad DJ Piko-Taro, a fictional character played by Japanese entertainer Kazuhiko Kosaka, uploaded this song on his Youtube channel and now there are dozens of parodies from all over the world.

While some have taken the risk of being lynched as they changed their ringtones to PPAP,  it is nevertheless amazing that this character with his thin moustache, gold chain, spectacle and almost looking like a pimp, is actually being followed by millions now, with a song which is completely nonsense.

In a tweet, the Internet star explained how he came up with this weird combination of fruits and a pen.

”When I was making this music with play, I was [just] singing it too soon,” he said in a tweet from his handle of Pikotaro_PPAP.

His dance movements of putting up both of his hands in a feminine fashion as he does his steps, are reminiscent of our olden Malay dangdut when we used to see M Daud Kilau do his gelek in his almost Piko-Taro like outfits.

It had all the right ingredients to be a viral internet video, but it was the entertainment portal 9GAG’s Facebook video which shot it to stardom when it drew more than 44 million views.

Also, the fact that these words were English words which made no sense and are words which the world over would know, made it so much easier than memorising Korean Psy’s Gangnam Style song.

Further, one could really tell which country Piko-Taro is from. Something like Pikachu, although being Japanese, it is identified as cute everywhere.

The funny thing is that while this has bombed worldwide, it is only now that Japan is picking it up, despite Piko-Taro’s origins from there.


The Heat Malaysia Online


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