There are songs that mention hands, touching numbers that express feelings of giddy togetherness and devilish desire: "Put Your Hands Together" by Eric B. & Rakim, "I'm Throwin' up My Hands" by Rev. Gary Davis. There are songs that mention feet and how they hastily whisk us away or keep us rooted in place: "Will My Feet Still Carry Me Home" by Elf Power, "Music Moves My Feet" by Liam Finn. There are songs that mention hearts, wonderful little ditties that articulate all the untamed love and loathing within ours: "I'm Hanging up My Heart for You" by Percy Sledge, "You Blew Out the Flame in My Heart" by Coleman Hawkins, "A Place in My Heart" by Orange Juice.
And then there are songs that mention asses. Thick and juicy asses.
Twenty years ago this month, Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" began its five-week reign atop the Billboard Hot 100. An ode to curvesome, full-figured women -- not those with a "straight up and down 10-year-old boy look" -- the song cleverly mocked our image-obsessed society and brought attention to the cultural pressures women face when it comes to physical appearance, all while gleefully reveling in chauvinism and racial stereotypes, and trotting out stunningly awesome couplets like, "My anaconda don't want none / Unless you've got buns, hun." Naturally, "Baby Got Back" was highly controversial. MTV, for example, stopped playing the song's video before 9 p.m. due to complaints from viewers and cable operators.More »