Peter, Bjorn, and John 's "Young Folks" song was the runaway indie hit of , and the song still has legs, as they say, dominating local airwaves at the SXSW music festival a couple of weeks ago where the group seemed to perform twice each day. Possibly due to repeated exposure down in Austin, something has finally sunken in about "Young Folks. Wikipedia notes, "it remains an open question as to whether the Asian riff has an actual Asian origin or is purely a Western invention. Regardless of where the riff came from originally, it's definitely in PBJ's "Young Folks," either intentionally or as a subconscious inclusion. I don't think this takes away from the song or PBJ's originality, but it might account for some of the catchiness of that whistling part, which sticks in my head for days after each listen.
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The Musical Cliché Figure Signifying The Far East: Whence, Wherefore, Whither?
Songs with ridiculous 'oriental' riffs (that are also great) on Spotify
The Oriental riff , also known as the East Asian riff , is a musical riff or phrase that has often been used in Western culture as a trope or stereotype of orientalism to represent the idea of Mainland China , Japan , Korea , Taiwan or a generic East Asian theme. It has also been used to represent generic Southeast Asian themes like those from Thailand , Vietnam , and Myanmar. The riff is sometimes accompanied by the sound of a gong. The Oriental riff and interpretations of it have been included as part of numerous musical works in Western music.
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It's Metafilter's 20th anniversary! To celebrate, scan some cats or help fund Mefi! Featured heavily in braindead Hollywood flicks made by clueless directors who want to give a scene an "oriental" feel. Also a variation of it can be heard in David Bowie's "China Girl. But as noted in the NPR piece, one Straight Dope member who went by the handle ligeti, then mani, latched onto this question and did some seriously extensive research by "utilising various online archives of old sheet music and recordings whose copyright claims have expired.
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