Maahi Ve

Artist: A.R. Rahman

Genre: Bollywood

Lyrics:

Dhoop Paani, Pe Baras Jaaye
Ye Saaye, Banaye, Mitaye
Main, Kahun, Aur Tu, Aa Jaaye
Behlaaye, Har Doori, Sharmaaye
Tu Saath Hai, Ho Din Raat Hai
Parchaaiyaan, Batlaaye
Tu Saath Hai, Ho Din Raat Hai
Saaya Saaya, Maahi Ve Maahi Ve
Meri Har Baat Mein Saath Tu Hai
Maahi Ve Maahi Ve
Mere Saare Haalat Tu, Maahi Ve
Maahi Ve Ae Ae Ae Ae
Haaye Sataye, Manaye, Sataye
Tu Rulaye, Hansaye, Bhi Tu Hi Humsaaye
Har Doori Sharmaaye
Tu Saath Hai, Ho Din Raat Hai
Parchaaiyaan, Batlaaye
Tu Saath Hai, Ho Din Raat Hai
Saaya Saaya, Maahi Ve Maahi Ve
Mere Sab Raaz Kal Aaj Tu Hai
Maahi Ve Maahi Ve
Meri Har Udanein Ek Tu
Maahi Ve O Maahi Ve O
Maahi Ve Maahi Ve
Maahi Ve Maahi Ve
Ye Jeena Bhi, Na Jeena Bhi
Hai Dono Ka Tumse Hi Vaasta
Ho… Main Hi Toh Hoon, Tera Pata
Hai Doosra Na Koi Raasta
Aaye Mujh Tak Wo Tumko Jo Ho Dhoondta
Meri Khamoshiyon Mein Hai Tu Bolta
Ye Jeena Bhi, Na Jeena Bhi
Jo Bhi Huya Hai Woh Tumse Huya
Maahi Ve Maahi Ve

Translation:

The sun’s beams fall on water
Creating and breaking illusions
I call and you come to please me

Distances shy away
When you’re with me, days seem like nights
Shadows say
When you’re there, days seem like nights
Shadows, oh love
You’re with me through everything
Oh love
You’re my every condition
Oh love
Oh love
You tease me to cajole me

You make me cry, only to make me smile again
My companion, distances shy away

When you’re with me, days seem like nights
Shadows say
When you’re with me, days seem like nights
Shadows, oh love
You’re every secret nowadays
Lover
You’re my flight
Oh love
Oh love
This existence, or the absence of it
You’re connected to both
I’m your only map
There is no other path
Whoever looks for you, shall have to come to me
You speak in my silence
This existence, or the lack of it
Whatever happened, it’s because of you
oh my Love….

If you’re a fan of Bollywood, or you just want to get through your time riding on a highway, you’re in for discovering a great song.

This beautiful song, composed for the movie ‘Highway’, which about a girl being kidnapped by truck drivers migrating across the country, but ends up going on a journery of self discovery and introspection (it’s a great watch). It was composed by A.R. Rahman, a rather gifted Indian musician. A.R. Rahman happens to be India’s most celebrated music composer. While it’s hard for me to be unbiased here, that man factually is a bloody legend, I’ll have you know. He’s made name in Hollywood as the music composer of the infamous Dev Patel movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. Yes, ‘Jai Ho’ was one of his compositions. Mr. Rahman has never failed to disappoint us with his music. The man has mastered the skillful art of making creatively unconventional music. No two works of his resemble each other; they’re all very innovative with a handful mixture of a little bit of everything; he always uses proper musical instruments – from the flute to the sitar, and from the piano to the guitar, in all his songs. He’s also a poet, so meticulously crafting every song of his. There’s not one aspect of any song of his that will ever disappoint you.

Not only is he a great composer, but also a wonderful singer. Mr. Rahman sings this song rather soulfully, with his airy yet substantial vocals. The song is best suited for those dreadful long drives where you can’t simply keep your eyes open because It dissolves you in its wonderful composition. The song, even while belonging to the genre of Bollywood, is not nearly as boisterous as the conventional ones. As a matter of fact, this isn’t a very well-recognised song, owing to the movie being an indie film. The ear-soothing tune is a general risk in the making, since Bollywood music is known for its choreographed dances, excessively loud drum beats, flashy costumes, and all that jazz, but has succeeded to impress a healthy number of people. After all, A.R. Rahman can never go wrong.

TANGO

Artist: Itzhak Perlman

Genre: Classical

I know I’ve been very irregular. I now resolve to update the blog periodically.

Now, I’d like to begin by saying I have absolutely no knowledge of classical music, but this song drew me in like a moth to a flame (yes, yes I did). The music is just so graceful and attention-grabbing that it speaks for itself, despite the obvious lack of lyrics.

‘Izhak Perlman is an American-Israeli violinist, conductor and music teacher. Perlman first became interested in the violin after hearing a classical music performance on the radio. At the age of three, he was denied admission to the Shulamit Conservatory for being too small to hold a violin. He instead taught himself how to play the instrument using a toy fiddle until he was old enough to study, and at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, he gave his first recital at age 10. He moved to the United States to study at the Juilliard School with the violin pedagogue Ivan Galamian and his assistant Dorothy DeLay. Perlman contracted polio at age four and has walked using leg braces and crutches since then. As of 2018, he uses crutches or an electric Amigo scooter for mobility and plays the violin while seated.’                                                                                                   In all fairness, he is the Stephen Hawking of Classical music. Itzhak Perlman is also considered to be on the best violinists in the world. While I myself haven’t heard a lot of violinists, I can blindly agree with that statement.

I first heard this song in the Al Pacino movie ‘the scent of a woman’, when Al tango’s with the beautiful lady in black. Even if I didn’t enjoy the movie as a whole, this particular song was so mesmerizing that I had to find out about it. ‘A beautiful song for a perfect tango’ is what this should be called. The violin is so charismatic here, completely involving you for a good 7 minutes and more. That’s what a perfectly good song is capable of doing. As the song progresses into the main part, everything is more energetic and exciting, glamorous, and pristine.

The song was released in 1979. Perlman is also best known for composing the music for the highly renowned movie, ‘The Schindler’s list’, and several other movies thereafter. At 73, he still continues to make great music with the same zeal. He has fought against all odds to become what he is, and hence is a real inspiration to the most of us. Hopefully, he’ll earn his righteous place among the gods of music, like Beethoven and Debussy.

CHAMELEON LOVER

 

Artist: KOATES

Genre: indie

Notable lyrics: 

you’re gray in rain, and green in sun

chameleon lover, what have you done?

don’t change for me, I wanna see

the colors you were made to be

I’ll hold you close, won’t let you go

and tell you everything I know

I’ll sing to you, and somewhere I didn’t know..

I can explain the irregularity in my posting: I had my internals, and the laptop wasn’t working. I was too stupid to find out that the problem was the lack of charge..

KOATES aren’t a popular band to begin with, not in the indie part of the YouTube, or on SoundCloud, but they’ve gotta be one of the best start-up bands in existence. I came across them on Instagram, listened to their 2 singles uploaded on YouTube, and wrote them a message exclaiming how marvelous their music was. Guess what? they wrote back thanking me! Now, they’ve signed a Spotify deal, but these two songs will remain as their best work.

KOATES are supposedly a band of friends from England. There’s so few things I know about this band, and it’s all from their Instagram; sometimes, I think social media’s a blessing. I know a good band when I listen to one, and I see so much potential here. The music is well-made, the lyrics are simple and sweet, and the vocals are quaint. They make wonderful music with only one or two instruments of usually the same kind.

‘Change is inevitable, but also acceptable’. ‘Chameleon lover’ is a beautiful and heart-felt, handwritten tune about asking your lover to not change for you because they’re ever-so perfect. the lyricist talks about exploring the various shades of their personality, while falling completely in love with them. He wants to tell them everything he knows, because he can and wants to. Everything about this song is so charming – the simple guitar, the beautiful vocals, the endearing lyrics, and whatnot! If a live performance sounds so delightful, you can only imagine the quality of an original studio recording. I’ve got nothing more to say, for the song speaks for itself. All I can hope for is they climb the stairway to success in a short-time, because they deserve it.

RIGHT AS RAIN

 

Artist: Adele

Genre: Soul/ R&B

Notable lyrics: 

Who wants to be right as rain
It’s better when something is wrong
You get excitement in your bones
And everything you do’s a game
When night comes and you’re on your own
You can say I chose to be alone
Who wants to be right as rain
It’s harder when you’re on top
‘Cause when hard work don’t pay off
And I’m tired there ain’t no room in my bed
As far as I’m concerned
So wipe that dirty smile off
We won’t be making up
I’ve cried my heart out
And now I’ve had enough of love
Who wants to be riding high
When you’ll just crumble back on down
You give up everything you are
And even then you don’t get far
They make-believe that everything
Is exactly what it seems
But at least when you’re at your worst
You know how to feel things
‘Cause when hard work don’t pay off
And I’m tired there ain’t no room in my bed
As far as I’m concerned
So wipe that dirty smile off
We won’t be making up
I’ve cried my heart out
And now I’ve had enough of love
Go ahead and still my heart
To make me cry again
‘Cause it will never hurt
As much as it did then
We were both right
And no one had blame
But now I give up
On this endless game
‘Cause who wants to be right as rain
It’s better when something is wrong
I get excitement in my bones
Even though everything’s a strain
When night comes and I’m on my own
You should know I chose to be alone
Who wants to be right as rain
It’s harder when you’re on top
‘Cause when hard work don’t pay off
And I’m tired there ain’t no room in my bed
As far as I’m concerned
So wipe that dirty smile off
We won’t be making up
I’ve cried my heart out
And now I’ve had enough of love
No room in my bed
As far as I’m concerned
So wipe that dirty smile off
We won’t be making up
I’ve cried my heart out
And now I’ve had enough of love

To the few consistent readers I have, I’m so apologetic about the delay in updating my blog. The past two days have been a bit stressful, and I hadn’t found the time to dedicate the fair amount of time I must, to write the blog.

The lovely Adele, as we know her, has been a darling singer these few years. My brother introduced to me her, and I knew that this woman had that raw, exquisite talent most singers could only dream of. Adele Adnis was born and brought up in London, in a working-class family. She got her heart-broken when she was 19 and in college, by an older man, and has penned several songs ever since. She’s been ridiculed in the past for her appearance (mainly her body), and her melodramatic songs, but mostly, she’s looked upon as an idol – let me explain why: this woman hasn’t ONCE felt the need to change her appearance, or her style of making music. She continues to wear what she always did, and sings dramatic songs like she always has, while topping the charts constantly. While most popular singers resort to making sexually explicit videos to gain more views, Adele uses her heart, voice, and soul, a wonderful trilogy of congenitally good singers.

This song belongs to her first album ’19’ (probably based on the songs written and composed when she was 19 years old). It revolves around a common theme – an impotent women looking at the bad side of things, since her lover’s gone. While this song may present itself in a fairly pessimistic light, I argue that it’s a realists’ way of looking at things. She’s sad about being estranged, and the pain won’t be going away anytime soon. Things seem like a mess, so she’s given up on happy days, at least transiently. The lyrics are so cleverly written that it plays out like a convincing argument about how something insane is actually right, if you know what I mean. You don’t feel a sudden urge to fight back or prove it wrong, but instead you think.

As I refer to this song as one of her ‘lost classics’, the live version isn’t as wonderful as the studio version. The use of string quartet is VERY savvy, I must admit. It completes the song and gives it a very nightclub-ish feel. Adele’s bassy voice works out too well for the original composition. Among all the Adele super-hits, I’d easily pick this one to talk to her about. After all, It’s often the lost gems that shine the brightest.

At the end of the day, whether you like her or not, Adele has achieved what most popular singers couldn’t: the privilege of being seen as a whole person, and just not an image.

CHATEAU

Artist: Angus & Julia Stone

Genre: Electronic/Travel

Notable lyrics:

I don’t mind if you wanna go anywhere,

I’ll take you there

We could go to the Chateau Marmont

And dance in the hotel room

Thank goodness for the existence of this wonderful song; it is a cherry on the top of my travel playlist.

Julius and Angus Stone are a pair of really attractive Australian siblings who formed their own indie pop duo back in 2006. They mostly make songs with sensible and timid Electronic music incorporated. Somehow, they remind me of ‘oh wonder’, the popular indie duo. Julius is a sexy dude, and his pronunciation of ‘Chateau Mormont’ does unimaginable things to me.

Chateau (Castle) Mormont happens to be a very famous hotel in sunset Blvd, Los Angeles. The song has some really mellow beats. It’s an enthusiastic fusion of electronic music and indie music, all very shrewdly arranged, basically resulting into a perfect mixture of both genres. The music is innately travel oriented; definitely sounds like something you’d play on a very long drive across the country, on deserted highways or such. There’s something about this song that plays out like a frozen fragment of the warmest sunset. The music video is also very complementary, portraying what the song actually means – promises made to your lover about travelling the world with them, and living your life like there’s no end to it. The music revolves around a similar idea – 2 young couples, one of them travelling around, and the other getting married – possibly the same couple, before and after, in the Chateau where it all began. Julia and Angus themselves make a guest appearance in the video.

Also, can we just take a moment and appreciate how accurately the music video fits the song? Lord only knows that’s happened so few times in the history of making music! And here’s a thought that just crossed my mind: are there any cat-fights involved, during the making of a song?

MEN’S NEEDS

 

 

Artist: The Cribs

Genre: Indie rock

Notable lyrics: 

I’m not bothered, what you say or how you dress
I’m a mess, so you’ve always seemed inviting
But really, this all seems quite meaningless
And I remember that you never seemed to see
The fact that man’s needs
Man’s needs are full of greed, are full of greed
A man’s needs, man’s needs
Are lost on me

Here’s a good ‘I didn’t know I needed this until now’ song. This one’s a major stress-buster, take my word for it.

‘Understanding a woman is hard, but so is understanding a man’ is basically what I’ve learnt from this song. People in general are confusing. They say something, but mean another. To make sense of every word will leave you in a state of dilemma. So kids, let go and screw people, you don’t need ’em. (In case it was unclear, I was kidding. You obviously need someone to save you while you drown or someone to give you a CPR).

‘The Cribs are an English indie rock band originally from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The band consists of twins Gary and Ryan Jarman, and their younger brother Ross Jarman. They were subsequently joined by ex-The Smiths and Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr who was a formal member of the group from 2008 until 2011.’ HEAR THAT? THE FAMOUS JOHNNY MARR WAS A PART OF THIS BAND, HOW COULD THEY NOT BE AWESOME!

Although Marr only joined the band after the release of this song in 2007, this song is exceptional in the way only a true 2000’s song could be. This song was released at the time of rediscovery of punk-rock, hence the overused theme of a woman being a pain in the arse was used. The song speaks about the enlightenment the singer had about how toxic his girlfriend is. Basically, the singer was just too desperate to be alone. It’s all quite evident from the music video, with the woman going berserk and destroying all the instruments.

While the theme isn’t all that worldly, the excellent use of resources at hand, is. The music is so fresh and authentic; it sounds nothing like a modern-day rock song. The electric guitar track has lost its hard-rock essence and has been turned into something more melodramatic and attractive. The vocals are in-the-face, and suitable for a song which is essentially grunge-meets-funk-meets-pop. All in all, the song is very catchy indeed. There was a time when I just couldn’t stop listening to it. Thanks Spotify! (Not an Ad. Seriously, try it for yourself and see).

Also, is it weird that I find the twins sexy, despite their terrible dressing sense?

 

 

MAGIC WAYS

Artist: Tatsuro Yamashita

Genre: Kayokyoku (J-pop)/ lo-fi pop

Notable lyrics: 

The way you whisper in my ear
To make my troubles disappear
It’s magic

The way your little fingertips
Make my heart do double flips
It’s magic

And when you smile at me that way
Well you can warm the coldest day
It’s magic
(It’s magic, magic)

And even when you’re gone I find
I hear you laughing in my mind
It’s magic
(It’s magic, magic)

And all I have to do is think of you
To make the music start to play
Then I dance down the street
And the people I meet stop and say.‥hey hey

Magic ways my friend
You love the girl with magic ways, and it’s true
I might as well give in
You cast a spell on all my nights and days
With your sweet magic ways

Sigh, could a song be more perfect? Me thinks not.

Tatsuro Yamashita, a Japanese singer-songwriter, rose to prominence in the early 80’s when Japan decided to expand its musical expertise as well. J-pop was hugely inspired by western music, with a few Japanese artists even singing in English. Among the lot, Yamashita and his pop-singer wife, Mariya Takeuchi, were among the most popular singers. Japan’s style of making music involved using a lot of eccentric music, which included electronic music, and was known as Future pop, which is a very popular genre in Japan till date. Amidst all the troubles Japan has borne, it’s bound to never give up on its art and entertainment industry, which is worth a whopping 2 trillion yen, or more. Also, without anime, half the world would crumble in dismay.

This song came to me like a dream, from the less credited corners of YouTube with its anime versions of beautiful songs like these. At first, it seemed nothing special, until I listened to the original song to discover that it’s not been electronically altered at all. Released in 1982, the song is well beyond its years. The use of electronic music is very clever and artistic, adding more allure to the song than hostility. The lyrics are just so captivating, innocent and beautiful; talks like a man completely consumed by love. He sings about how in love he is with the girl’s magic ways, and the little things that make her up, that makes his life. He’s so in love that everyone he meets stops him to say that he loves the girl with the ‘magic ways’, which is basically talking about how charming and perfect she is. There’s also an inconspicuous guitar hidden among all that jazz, and the back-up vocals which make the song seem fuller. The tiny attributes gives the song its cheerful demeanor; The whispers of ‘magic’ in the background, are just so endearing. This is the shortest time within which I’ve fallen so madly in love with a song so wonderful.

If I hadn’t known any better, I would’ve mistaken Tatsuro for an American or an English man. The Japanese were extremely patriotic, have always been so, and don’t welcome the domination of English over their beautiful language. Tatsuro has basically broken all conventions for the sake of art. I’m convinced that Tatsuro Yamashita himself is a magician, producing such striking songs. If I had it my way (and I do), I’d plug-in the earphones, play this song, and dance all my troubles away. No kidding, this song also acts as a great stress-buster. There’s no way even the coldest man in existence, could sit through this song without a grin and a whistle, and a occasional tap of his feet.

Bonus: the video that essentially made my life better.

 

 

EMPTY

Artist: Ray LaMontagne

Genre: Folk

Notable lyrics:

She lifts her skirt up to her knees
Walks through the garden rows
With her bare feet laughing
I never learned to count my blessings
I choose instead to dwell
In my disasters
I walk on down the hill
Through grass grown tall
And brown and still
It’s hard somehow
To let go of my pain
On past the busted back
Of that old and rusted Cadillac
That sinks into this field
Collecting rain
Will I always feel this way
So empty
So estranged?
And of these cut throat busted sunsets
These cold and damp white mornings
I have grown weary
If through my cracked and dusty
Dime store lips
I spoke these words out loud
Would no one hear me?
Lay your blouse across the chair
Let fall the flowers
From your hair
And kiss me
With that country mouth
So plain
Outside the rain is tapping on the leaves
To me it sounds like
They’re applauding us
The quiet love We’ve made
Will I always feel this way
So empty
So estranged?
Well I looked my demons in the eyes
Lay bare my chest
Said do your best to to destroy me
See I’ve been to hell and back
So many times
I must admit
You kinda bore me
There’s a lot of things
That can kill a man
There’s a lot of ways to die
Yes, and some already did
And walk beside me
There’s a lot of things I don’t understand
Why so many people lie
It’s the hurt I hide that fuels
The fire inside me
Will I always feel this way
So empty
So estranged?

If being in love hurts a man enough to etch something so beautiful in our minds, hearts and ears, I wouldn’t mind falling in love at all.

Ray LaMontagne is an American singer-songwriter, who specializes in writing in Folk and Country songs, and has the hands of an angel and Wordsworth’s brain. He’s got the perfect hipster look, except he’s quite attractive and is a lyrical genius.

‘Empty’ is a romantic song about mourning the loss of a lover, either due to separation or death. The singer feels ’empty’ and ‘estranged’ after he’s been left behind with nothing but the memories of them. He goes to the places they’ve once been, and talks about how the weather that once seemed beautiful when she was around, is killing him now. Basically, he feels left out and is questioning us, the experienced, if he’s always going to feel empty. The answer is – yes. Sorry Ray, the after-effects of love are complicated. What is particularly interesting is the last verse, where he talks about how he’s so accustomed to being in pain that her abandoning him doesn’t affect him all that much. The use of words and the language is all really intricate and ambiguous.

Most folk songs have very few instruments, the most common one being the acoustic guitar, which is what is used here as well. A violin has also been used to accentuate the mood of the song: melancholy. LaMontagne’s raspy, country voice basically complements the song all too well. The song is an excellent song, fairly speaking, and deserves to be awarded with more recognition, if at least not a Grammy. Hopefully, Ray will rise to the top of the charts in the upcoming years; I’m definitely here rootin’ for mah boy!

LA JAVANAISE

Artist: Madeleine Peyroux

Genre: Jazz (French)

Notable lyrics:

J’avoue
J’en ai
Bavé
Pas vous
Mon amour
Avant
D’avoir
Eu vent
De vous
Mon amour

Ne vous déplaise
En dansant la Javanaise
Nous nous aimions
Le temps d’une chanson

A votre
Avis
Qu’avons-
Nous vu
De l’amour
De vous
A moi
Vous m’a-
Vez eu
Mon amour

Ne vous déplaise
En dansant la Javanaise
Nous nous aimions
Le temps d’une chanson

Hélas
Avril
En vain
Me voue
A l’amour
J’avais
Envie
De voir
En vous
Cet amour

Ne vous déplaise
En dansant la Javanaise
Nous nous aimions
Le temps d’une chanson

La vie
Ne vaut
D’être
Vécue
Sans Amour
Mais c’est
Vous qui
L’avez
Voulu
Mon amour

Ne vous déplaise
En dansant la Javanaise
Nous nous aimions
Le temps d’une chanson

Translation:

I had
A few
Tough years
Didn’t you
My true love
Until
At last
You crossed
My path
My true love

If you don’t mind
While dancing the javanaise
Our love lasted
As long as a song

What do
You think
That we
Have seen
Of true love
Let me
Tell you
I was
Deceived
My true love

If you don’t mind
While dancing the javanaise
Our love lasted
As long as a song

Alas
April
In vain
Draws me
To true love
I was
Willing
To see
In you
This true love

If you don’t mind
While dancing the javanaise
Our love lasted
As long as a song

Life is
Pointless
When it’s
Devoid
Of true love
But that’s
The choice
You made
For us
My true love

If you don’t mind
While dancing the javanaise
Our love lasted
As long as a song

The combination of French, the language of love and Jazz, the music of love, has to be one of the most magnificent creations of mankind.

Originally written by Serge Gainsbourg back in 1962, this song happens to be a cover by Madeleine Peyroux, an American jazz singer and songwriter who began her career as a teenager on the streets of Paris. She is known for her vintage jazz and blues songs. When Peyroux was just 13, she moved to Paris with her mother, where she began singing, ‘inspired by the street musicians of Paris’ Latin Quarter. By 1989, she was performing as a member of the old-timey jazz band the Riverboat Shufflers. Around age 16, she joined another vintage-inspired ensemble, the Lost & Wandering Blues & Jazz Band, and spent several years touring Europe performing jazz standards by such legends as Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and others’.

While Gainsbourg’s version of the song, which is the original one, is sensual and authentic, with perfect 60’s French music, Peyroux has brought out the sheer delicacy in the song. Even though the two versions don’t necessarily contradict each other, they’re not that similar, save for the same lyrics. Why I have chosen this version is because I was more drawn to the innate authenticity that persists, even with the progression in the art of Jazz. When I first heard the song, Madeleine was mistaken for a 50’s Jazz artist, such is her vocal charm. Released in 2006, the song retains the timelessness a jazz song is entitled to have.

The elegant, pared-down arrangements are all brushed drums, acoustic guitars, and cool organ licks. But of course it’s Peyroux’s voice that brings it all home–preferably one where the shades are drawn, embers are smoldering in the fireplace, and the white wine is kept dry.

What a perfect way to describe the song. Also, the soft and toned music makes is especially pleasant, like something you’d play in a very nice restaurant, or to accentuate your lover’s voice as you have a candle-lit dinner on the terrace on a warm evening, or even on a beautiful cruise across the Pacific. Her perfect pronunciation, The sweet music of the violin and the piano swipe are all beautiful attributes of the song.

The Javanaise is made to seem like a dance the lover’s asking his beloved to remember they had on an evening, on a street with the street band playing this song (the latter half of this story is all made-up). That’s the beauty of French Jazz music when it’s played in every nook and corner of Paris – it’s mind-numbing and mesmerizing. One quiet walk through Paris on a lovely summer’s night will fill your life with so much bliss that you’ll never be worried about the little things again. That is, of course, if there’s no threat of robbery.

 

 

YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD)

Artist: Dead Or Alive

Genre: 80’s pop

Notable Lyrics:

If I, I get to know your name
Well if I, could trace your private number, baby

All I know is that to me
You look like you’re lots of fun
Open up your lovin’ arms
I want some, want some

I set my sights on you
(And no one else will do)
And I, I’ve got to have my way now, baby

All I know is that to me
You look like you’re havin’ fun
Open up your lovin’ arms
Watch out, here I come

You spin me right ’round, baby, right ’round
Like a record, baby, right ’round, ’round, ’round
You spin me right ’round, baby, right ’round
Like a record, baby, right ’round, ’round, ’round

I, I got to be your friend now, baby
And I, would like to move in just a little bit closer

If there were 2 words to sum the 80’s up, they’d be ‘fabulous’ and ‘interesting’.

Not to be confused with Florida’s track ‘you spin me right round’ (which is just a remixed version of this song), this classic tune was made famous by the hit Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore film ‘the wedding singer’. The song has further been used in several movies and T.V. shows. The band, ‘Dead or Alive’, was an English band which was formed in the high-rise of 80’s pop music. The front-man, Pete Burns, was mainly known for his eccentric outfits and his effeminate dancing style.

The 80’s had its fair share of ‘songs meant for a crush’, and this one’s quite popular in that sphere. Being one of their more popular songs, the song speaks about the desires one has for the ‘objects of their affection’ and the feelings thereby ensured. It’s an authentic 80’s tune with grooves and funk in all the right places. The 80’s style of experimenting with music videos is also quite apparent, with Burns dancing his way through your heart (and into your pants. kidding. or not.).

The song might not be desirable to everyone, owing to the coarse singing and the aged beats, but that’s therein lies the entire charm of the song. The drums, the disco themed costumes, the big hair and the shrill tunes, all form essential parts of a typical 80’s song. What’s also endearing is the blatant lyrics and Pete’s glamour, paving way for more ‘fabulousness’ than what’s usual. Be what may, this song rightfully has earned its position on the list of ‘best of 80’s’, and I’ll stand by it.