The song hit #1 in the US 15 years ago today. Do the rap verses still make sense?
Line: "You’ll think you’re looking at Aquaman/ I summon fish to the dish…."
1998: Aquaman’s ability to communicate with fish was generally considered a lame superpower.
2013: After a faux movie on Entourage and a failed TV series, Aquaman is still as lame as ever.
Line: "Although I like the Chalet Swiss"
1998: Back then, Swiss Chalet was Canada’s premier destination for roasted chicken and starch.
Line: "Big like LeAnn Rimes, because I’m all about value"
1998: At the time, 16-year-old Rimes had the most wholesome image imaginable.
2013: 15 years later, she’s a tabloid mainstay, from breaking up marriages to being “too skinny.”
Line: "Bert Kaempfert’s got the mad hits"
1998: Kaempfert, the songwriter behind “Strangers in the Night” and “Danke Schoen,” was long dead in the late ’90s.
2013: Still dead.
Line: "Chickity China, the Chinese chicken"
1998: A reference to Busta Rhymes’s verse in A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario.”
2013: This is now probably the most recognizable line in the history of pop music.
Line: "Watching X-Files with no lights on”
1998: The X-Files ran from 1993 until 2002.
2013: Now people would probably watch something else, like Fringe or Veronica Mars or something.
Line: "Like Harrison Ford I’m getting Frantic"
1998: This was an obscure reference even in 1998, as Ford had made a dozen movies more memorable than Frantic.
2013: Ford has not made any notable movies in the past 15 years.
Line: "Like Sting, I’m tantric"
1998: The former Police frontman became synonymous with tantra after a 1990 interview in which he claimed to engage in marathon sex sessions.
2013: A couple years ago, Sting’s wife, Trudie Styler, clarified things. Apparently, Sting was pretty drunk when he gave that interview and things got exaggerated.
Line: "Like Snickers, guaranteed to satisfy"
1998: The chocolate bar’s marketing campaign centered on its ability to satisfy (as well as “Not going anywhere for a while?”).
2013: The commercials still claim that Snickers satisfies. They add, “You’re not you when you’re hungry.”
Line: "Like Kurosawa I make mad films/ OK, I don’t make films/ But if I did they’d have a samurai"
1998: A reference to the Japanese director of Seven Samurai, who died in 1998, after the song’s release.
2013: BNL’s Ed Robertson still doesn’t make mad films, but he does make Ed’s Up, a TV series where he flies his own plane and then tries to do people’s jobs. Still no samurai though.
Line: "Gotta get in tune with Sailor Moon/ Cause that cartoon has got the boom anime babes/ That make me think the wrong thing”
1998: The original Japanese Sailor Moon TV series ran until 1997, though the English-language version continued to run until 2000.
2013: A quick Google image search for “anime babes” proves they are still able to make one think the wrong thing.