Mundian To Bach Ke

"Mundian To Bach Ke" ( ਮੁੰਡਿਆਂ ਤੋਂ ਬੱਚ ਕੇ , ), also titled "Beware of the Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke)" or "Beware", is a bhangra song produced by Panjabi MC, with vocals and lyrics by Punjabi artist Labh Janjua. The song was originally released in 1997, produced by Panjabi MC in Birmingham, United Kingdom for the album Legalised. Following its re-release as a single in 2002 with Jay-Z, it achieved considerable worldwide success, topping the singles charts in Italy and Belgium (Wallonia), and charting highly in many other countries. The song sold 10 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Lyrics and music

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, which in turn is based around a sample from the television theme song for Knight Rider, 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

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, and debuted at #2 in the Germany charts and reached #1 in the Italy charts. The week of its official release in the UK on Dharma Records, it debuted at #5 on the top 40 charts; it was also the first bhangra song to reach the UK top 10. The remix, featuring American rapper Jay-Z, also hit #33 on the Billboard charts in the United States and #10 in Canada.

The Washington Post estimated that there may have been 10 million units sold worldwide. However, given that many of these copies may have been bootlegged, an exact number is not known, though sales are at least in the millions.

In popular culture

  • "Mundian To Bach Ke" is used frequently in western media when Indian characters are introduced or 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.
  • "Mundian To Bach Ke" was also the song used by Derek Hough and Shawn Johnson in their Knight Rider bhangra-themed dance in the semi-finals of Dancing with the Stars (All Stars Season).
  • The remix of "Mundian To Bach Ke", which featured American rapper Jay-Z, also on Dharma Records, 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 escapes from the arriving police.
  • "Mundian To Bach Ke" was used in the dance games Dance Central 3 and Just Dance 4.
  • "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.
  • In 2015, it was featured in series 2, episode 2 of the BBC sitcom Scot Squad as two officers did the 'clocking off' dance.
  • "Mundian To Bach Ke" was recreated in the film Baaghi 2, with lyrics rewritten in Hindi.
  • "Mundian To Bach Ke" was featured on Beyoncé and Jay-Z's joint tour On the Run II Tour, mashed up with Beyoncé's Baby Boy.
  • "Mundian To Bach Ke" was used on the June 2019 Edexcel GCSE Music Paper. It featured on the Section B essay along with the track Release by Afro Celt Sound System.

    Track listings

    12" maxi

    12" maxiGermany # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (original mix)3:58 # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (instrumental)3:57 # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (moonbootica mix)6:34 # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (Banks & Sullivan Oldskool mix)4:34

    12" maxiFrance # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (motivo hi-lectro mix)5:39 # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (original radio edit)3:24 # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (triple X remix)7:55

    12" maxiUS # "Beware of the Boys" ("Mundian To Bach Ke") (radio edit) # "Beware Breaks" ("Mundian Breaks") # "Beware of the Boys" ("Mundian To Bach Ke") (switch mix)

    12" maxiUS # "Beware" (twista remix) # "Beware of the Boys" ("Mundian To Bach Ke") (original version) # "Beware Breaks" ("Mundian Breaks")

    12" maxiUS # "Beware" (remix feat. jay-Z) # "Beware of the Boys" ("Mundian To Bach Ke") (original version) # "Beware Breaks" ("Mundian Breaks")

    12" maxiUSDance remixes # "Mundian To Bach Ke" ("Beware of the Boys") (triple X remix) # "Mundian To Bach Ke" ("Beware of the Boys") (moonbootica remix) # "Mundian To Bach Ke" ("Beware of the Boys") (motivo hi-lectro remix)

    12" maxiUKJay-Z remixes # "Jogi" (3:10) # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (moonbootica mix)6:32 # "Beware of the Boys" (remix feat. jay-Z)4:00

    CD maxi

    CD maxiBelgium # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (radio mix)3:20 # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (moonbootica mix)6:34 # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (Banks & Sullivan Oldskool mix)4:34 # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (instrumental mix)3:57

    CD maxiDenmark # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (radio mix)3:22 # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (moonbootica mix)6:36 # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (Banks & Sullivan Oldskool mix)4:04 # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (instrumental mix)3:57

    CD maxiGermany # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (original mix)3:49 # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (moonbootica mix)6:41 # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (Banks & Sullivan Oldskool mix)4:39 # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (instrumental mix)4:43

    CD maxiUK # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (radio edit) # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (switch mix) # "Mundian Breaks

    2017 RemixesUS #"Mundian To Bach Ke" (Dimatik Remix)4:04 # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (Alex Guesta Tribal remix)4:10 # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (Fauré extended mix)3:46 # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (Alex Guesta radio mix)2:31 # "Mundian To Bach Ke" (Fauré remix)3:27

    Charts and certifications

    Weekly charts

    Year-end charts