We wish you an Indianized Christmas

Australia's Boymongoose has some issues with "totally insufficient dowries."

Published December 5, 2006 4:38PM (EST)

Why aren't there more Indian boy bands, wonders Brisbane, Australia's Boymongoose? "Our people have taken lots of Western genres like disco and rap and unintentionally made them a lot funnier -- I think we could do wonders with the boy band genre."

Dubbed by Ultrabrown's King Emma as "the lovechild of South Park and Riki Tiki Tavi," Boymongoose describes himself as an "Indian Christmas Popstar who specializes in comedic remakes of all the classic Christmas Carols" and "as the lead singer of a [cartoon] Indian boy band," who "takes aim at Insufficient Dowries, Internet Dating, Bollywood Hunks, Corrupt Child Sports Stars and Angels with amazing I.T. skills."

So, if you haven't yet viewed Boymongoose's Indianized "Twelve Days of Christmas," do so immediately. And then you can ponder, as I do more and more frequently these days, how Indian pop culture will inevitably sweep the entire planet, and there is absolutely nothing anyone can (or should) do about it except groove to the bhangra beat.

And you can also nod your head in sage agreement with Boymongoose, who wrote recently in his MySpace blog that his day had been brightened when "someone from America asked if they could use Boymongoose in a TV ad."

"Maybe our luck is changing. I'd like to see Boymongoose in an underwear ad cause I think he'd look cute in briefs. There just aren't enough animated Indians advertising underwear these days."

Oh, but there will be.

By Andrew Leonard

Andrew Leonard is a staff writer at Salon. On Twitter, @koxinga21.

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