Lest We Regress: Kula Shaker – Tattva

December 30, 2008

If I knew anything about the Beattles I’d probably realize how horribly contrived this song actually is.  Fortunately, growing up Indian in the Midwest, the only music I was exposed to was Heartland Rock and Assamese folk songs.  As a result, a Brit Rock band getting all swirly about the Vedas was pretty innovative in my meager book.

As part of our continuing series of ’90s rock songs that totally fucked up our ability to appreciate music that wasn’t all atmosphere, angst and ambiance, we feature Kula Shaker’s biggest, and perhaps only, North America hit, Tattva.  According to the scholarly doctrine that informs all our understanding, Tattva is:

a Sanskrit word meaning ‘thatness’, ‘principle’, ‘reality’ or ‘truth’.[1] According to various Indian schools of philosophy, a tattva is an element or aspect of reality conceived as an aspect of deity. Although the number of tattvas varies depending on the philosophical school, together they are thought to form the basis of all our experience.

In other words…actually, I don’t know what that means, but I think it’s like if you just love your girl’s butt you still can still say, “I love you” and mean it.  Jinsa Veda Tattva.