Mundian To Bach Ke

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"Mundian To Bach Ke"
Single by Panjabi MC
from the album Beware
B-side Remix
Released 1999
November 25, 2002 (re-release)
Format CD maxi, CD single, 12" maxi
Recorded Birmingham, United Kingdom
Genre Electronica, bhangra, alternative hip hop
Length 3:49
Label Urban
Writer(s) Glen Larson
Stu Philips
Panjabi MC
Labh Janjua
Producer(s) Panjabi MC
Panjabi MC singles chronology
"Mundian To Bach Ke"

"Mundian To Bach Ke" (Punjabi: ਮੁੰਡਿਆਂ ਤੋਂ ਬੱਚ ਕੇ, Punjabi pronunciation: [mʊɳɖɪɑ̃ tõ bəttʃ ke]), also titled "Beware of the Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke)", is a bhangra song performed by Punjabi artist Labh Janjua with lyrics written by Channi Singh from Khanna, Punjab, India. The song was remixed by Panjabi MC in 1999, produced in Birmingham, United Kingdom for the album Legalised. Following its re-release as a single in 2002, it achieved considerable worldwide success, topping the singles charts in Italy and Belgium (Wallonia), and charting highly in many other countries.

Lyrics and music[edit]

A 22-second sample of "Mundian To Bach Ke", an electronica, bhangra and alternative hip hop song.

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In addition to features of bhangra music, "Mundian To Bach Ke" also uses the bass line and part of the beat from "Fire It Up" by Busta Rhymes,[1] which in turn is based around a sample from the television theme song for Knight Rider,[2] written by Glen A. Larson and Stu Phillips, as an underlying element and lyrics originally written by Channi Singh. The lyrics of the song are in Punjabi. The video to this song was shot in the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Chart performances[edit]

The song was originally released in the United Kingdom on Panjabi MC's 1998 album Legalised. Partially fueled by Internet downloads, it charted again in 2003. In Germany, it sold over 100,000 in the first two days alone,[3] and debuted at #2 in the Germany charts and reached #1 in the Italy charts.[4] The week of its release in the UK, it debuted at #5 on the top 40 charts; it was also the first bhangra song to reach the UK top 10.[5] The remix, featuring American rapper Jay-Z, also hit #33 on the Billboard charts in the United States and #10 in Canada.[6] Total worldwide sales of "Mundian To Bach Ke" is estimated to be in the millions, with Alona Wartofsky of The Washington Post estimating as many as 10 million units sold.[7]

In popular culture[edit]

  • "Mundian To Bach Ke" is used frequently in western media when Indian characters are on screen. It was used on an episode of ER, when Gallant and Neela danced to a version of the song, which Gallant called a "Sikh rap".
  • "Mundian To Bach Ke" was also used in America's Best Dance Crew Season 2 on week 9 of the Around The World challenge as part of the Indian dance section. It also appeared in an episode of the American television show Queer as Folk during a scene at the club Babylon. A version of this song was used in the Ginebra San Miguel "Bilog Ang Mundo" ad campaigns in 2003. The song was featured in an episode of Entourage. It was used twice in the pilot of the NBC comedy Outsourced.
  • "Mundian To Bach Ke" was featured in the 2003 film Bulletproof Monk. It was good playing in the taxi cab as Kar and The Nameless Monk entered.
  • The remix of "Mundian To Bach Ke", which featured American rapper Jay-Z, was featured in the trailer for the 2012 American film The Dictator, as the film's main theme song.
  • Sports-comedy Stick It featured the beginning of "Mundian To Bach Ke" in a scene where a group of teens escape from the arriving police.
  • "Mundian To Bach Ke" was used in Debut film "Boom" of Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif.
  • In 2009, German singer Peter Fox mashed this song with Seeed's song "Dickes B" during the tour for his solo album Stadtaffe.[8]
  • * In 2015, it was featured in series 2, episode 2 of BBC Scotland's series ScotSquad as two officers did the 'clocking off' dance.

Track listings[edit]

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Feel" by Robbie Williams
Italian FIMI number-one singles
January 24, 2003 – February 7, 2003 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Almeno tu nell'universo" by Elisa
Preceded by
"Lose Yourself" by Eminem
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one singles
February 22, 2003 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Le Frunkp" by Alphonse Brown


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