The sinister story behind “Ji ji ji,” the rich hymn Myth or Truth?

The lyrics of Los Redonditos de Ricota, the emblematic band led by Indio Solari and Skay Beilinson, were always the subject of analysis. Either for its indecipherable prose or for the poetry that gloats between the light and the dark. The truth is that not many times, the Indian wanted to give explanations about the meaning of his songs, and that is why many versions circulate about them to free interpretation. One of the most significant is the hidden history behind the rich anthem “Ji ji ji” from the album Octubre, released in 1986, and whose track is in fifth place according to the MTV network, of the hundred best songs of Rock Argentino.La version on the lyrics of this song, circulates very strongly by tick tok and various portals of the web, and of course, the weight of words backed on a sinister story perfectly accommodated for the occasion, quickly settles in and they hardly let go. Like any version that is passed by word of mouth, the accuracy of the story, depending on where you see or hear it, varies in some details; however the essence is the same. Legend has it that in a summer of 1985, four girls were vacationing in Mar del Plata, when they met a boy who invited them to a nightclub. The next day, the young women prepare to go dancing, but one of them decides to stay in the house, accusing herself of feeling bad. Upon arriving at the door of the club, one of the young women realizes that she does not have her ID and returns in search of him. Upon entering the home, she decides not to turn on the light, so as not to wake up her friend, since she remembered to leave the document at hand, take it, close the door and leave. After the night, the friends return and find the macabre scene: their friend had been killed and on the wall was written the legend: “JIJIJI THANK YOU FOR NOT TURNING ON THE LIGHT”.What is the truth this story is a Myth or is it true? While in various forums they took the time to analyze the paragraphs of the song and arrange them in a way that matches the story, the truth is that none of this is true. In a 2007 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Indio Solari explained what inspired him to write the song and threw down the version of the murder. For me it’s a bit of drug paranoia. I wouldn’t call it the experience with drugs, which in this case has another pretension, but it’s simply talking about when someone is adrift within that situation,” he began by saying. He continued: “I’m talking about psychopathy, paranoia, all those evils of the average rock culture. Because this culture has gone through different stages like anything that is born, develops, grows… it is finished. There were moments of fullness, of euphoria, of politicization, of slump, of introspection. All that has happened almost like a vital pulse and I think that the songs that one makes, even if one does not want or even if one does it badly, give as a painting of how certain things were lived at each moment, “he concluded for the magazine. As for the title of the song he explained: “For me the title is very significant. Because Ji-ji-ji is a half-perverse laugh, it marks a two-dimensionality, it’s like everything he is saying is not any affirmation. Because if we have the knife on the table, it is simply a knife, it is not good or bad; cocaine is one thing, it’s not to blame for anything…,” he said. In turn, Sky at the time spoke to the magazine La Mano about the creation of the melody that every time it sounds mobilizes masses assembling the pogo, perhaps, largest in the history of the pogos of national rock and said: “I remember that I composed ‘Ji ji ji’ sitting on a kind of balcony on the first floor of my house on Soler Street, where he had built a rehearsal room on the terrace. One afternoon I got there with the guitar and I started playing with those chords and I finished defining the harmony of what the theme was going to be, after having shoehorned it several times in the rehearsal room we had,” he said. The only gypsy half in the middle is rare in that rock,” Skay continued: “It was a half-crazy thing and of an irreproducible character”, then he says that the Indian, after hearing the melody immediately added: “I didn’t dream it”. Another peculiarity of the subject is that in its study version they culminated with the following verses: “Olga Sudorova, Chernobyl vodka, poor Olga crepeó”, alluding to the then recent tragedy of Chernobyl, which occurred on April 26, 1986, and to the position adopted by the Soviet government, inducing the part of the population to drink vodka, as a way to prevent diseases derived from the accident and to maintain it drunk to disperse it from the radioactive consequences on the affected people. As a consequence, he decided to replace the ending with sound effects from the accident and screams of Chernobyl, Chernobyl! in reference to the nuclear accident.

On the day that the Indio Solari is turning 73 we cast a blanket of light, on one of the inevitable themes in every rich show, so that when someone comes to tell you about this myth, you throw the post. Because Filo.News loves music, it’s service and it throws the post at you.

Original source in Spanish

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