Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Toto's Africa

Originally I was going to write about how white Melburnians have an ironic appreciation of this song. I was then going to mention how the absurdity of the line about 'blessing the rains down in Africa' somehow makes the ironic sing-a-longs more enjoyable, because surely Melbourne white people would never sing a song just for the fun of it. But have you noticed how the loud cheering it receives at house parties is kind of real? And have you ever noticed how good it feels to sing the chorus out loud? It's the white Melburnian equivalent of Livin' on a Prayer! So the truth is white Melburnians love Toto's Africa because it's an awesome song.


  1. Incorrect.

    It's a terrible song.

    "as sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti"

    No, it doesn't. They're both mountains aren't they you idiot? A mountain rising like another mountain? Grade fucking A on the metaphor my friend. What's next? Four-legged creatures walking like other four-legged creatures, both on similar grass-bearing plains? It's not a metaphor if it's the same thing! Fuckwit!

    Toto's one redeeming feature is Steve Lukather. Fact. Everyone else can fuck off. They can take their shit songs and grade 5 poetry and stay the fuck away from any sane person's music collection.

    Anyone who disagrees is an idiot and I feel sorry for you.

  2. Sorry, I went too far.

    Hold The Line is quite alright.

    Bollocks to Africa though.

  3. Not too far at all. You're right about the metaphor that wasn't, it was a stupid line. Although they're pretty good compared to most lyrics by Anthony Kiedis. But I'm sure you haven't heard those, because that would be a waste of time.

  4. The reason I love Africa by Toto is that it was on the show Community. I feel like a lot of my friends like the song because of this too.

    See example - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhR_JOmSVLA