Why too much free music is bad

Ok so I love synthpop.
And I mean I love it love it love it.
And I don’t mind some amount of bitpop or chiptunes.
So long as it’s super geeky and I can do the robot and feel like I’m reliving the 80’s.
And so when you have sites like last.fm that encourage upcoming artists and free (legal) music – it’s just wowsome.
And yes, when it comes to synthpop – I don’t think twice – I just blindly download whatever comes my way.
And then I start to listen to my brand new collection of synthpop.
Only it seems to sound like a weird version of synthpop.
And then it turns out the artist of the song I’m listening to is ‘Bimbo Boy’
I smile at the name, and when I do my research on the net I come to know this is not synthpop, but gaypop.
Surprised by such a genre name (I never knew sexuality defined music genres), I continue to listen.
And then the music gets weirder and I visualize men in bunny costumes pole dancing.
And then the chorus comes and Bimbo Boy says “It’s like an earthquake when we get together”.
And I feel sick.
And I feel sicker cos I’m a semi-homophobe who cannot tolerate Bimbo Boy’s gaypop.

Help me



Afterthought on 19 May 08:

I put my ‘homophobia’ to the test… and listened to a few gaypop bands – they’re typically electronic bands whose music is like a combo of synthpop n bubble gum pop & I realsied this particular guy’s (bimbo boy) music was plain BAD.
There were sum other bands/dj’s (one called ‘Gay against you’) – n they were quite cool.

Playlist on my mind

  1. For the Love of Money – The O’Jays
  2. Rich Girl – Gwen Stefani
  3. Paisa ye Paisa – Kishore Kumar
  4. Money for Nothing – Dire Straits
  5. All ’bout the money – Meja
  6. Money money money – ABBA
  7. Mony Mony (alimony??) – Billy Idol
  8. Material Girl – Madonna
  9. If I Had A Million Dollars – Barenaked ladies
  10. Bills, Bills, Bills – Destiny’s Child

Note: No need to tell me about songs I missed. I’m only listing songs I like/have heard/can think of now, and most importantly – my current frame of mind 😀


Move over shelfari – Music Widgets are waaay cooler!!!

I tend to prefer Brit artists over others, but have only included my recent earworms here.

For finding some of this great stuff – you can trust AOL search

*Note – Yes, I do support music piracy, especially since good Brit artists are hard to find in my part of the world.

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Bang! Bang!


I recently had the good fortune of going through my colleague’s highly traumatic Bappi Lahari collection – and you can imagine my joy and happiness when I came across the disco dancer collection. Who can ever forget Mithun Da’s Johny Travolta moves, Kalpana Iyer’s gyrating hips – and lets not forget the ultimate bolly-disco music that took India by storm.

However, what’s more interesting than all of the above is doing a dissection of the popular opening song – the title being – err – ouwa ouwa? or is it bang bang? or naache naache?

Perhaps this is the only instance where a bollywood cover has surpassed the original (this song is a rip off of ‘video killed the radio star’)

But the lyrics – damn those lyrics – what on EARTH do they mean??

listen to the song (second one on the list)

do u know why she keeps saying bang bang?
or why they say sui sui? what on earth is sui sui???
or why lootofying a khazaana is followed by a bang bang?
or why she says tumse hain tumse pyaar instead of mujhko hain tumse pyaar


Swing and dance

Can’t sing in the rain so decided to dance at home instead.

Enjoying some reaaal good swing on ‘The Hop’ (Worldspace)

This blogpost is going to document each thought process as it happens

So uhm…why is it called the hop? has Hip-hop got something to do with it?

Lindy Hop is the origin of Swing….Jitterbug also gets it roots from there.
That song ‘Wake me up before u go go’ by George Michael shows some Jitterbug
“Jitterbug” is in fact the first word uttered when the song commences.
(can’t get over his ultra short shorts though! they’re so….girly!)

Swing is almost synonymous with jazz (we’re talking The Great Gatsby, Take the A train etc)

Jitterbug, in fact, accompanies rock n roll.

Jive is supposedly just a universal name for swingy dance forms.
(remember oooold archie comics….where they show the gang wearing anda kaalam clothes doing the jitterbug/jive?)

I still can’t get over George Michael’s short shorts…..

and look at this strange connection:
“One evening in 1927, following Lindbergh’s flight to Paris, a local dance enthusiast named “Shorty George” Snowden was watching some of the dancing couples. A newspaper reporter asked him what dance they were doing, and it just so happened that there was a newspaper with an article about Lindbergh’s flight sitting on the bench next to them. The title of the article read, “Lindy Hops The Atlantic,” and George just sort of read that and said, “Lindy Hop” and the name stuck.”

More very interesting trivia:

1. ‘Jazz’ has its roots in brothels (post WW1). It used to be the slang word for intercourse.

2. John Travolta’s oh-so-famous ‘Saturday Night Fever’ move is called the Hustle. Disco dancing is nothing but the hustle.
(anyone seen Kung-Fu hustle? cute movie)
(Bappi Da is channel [v]’s artist of the month…hehehe)

3. Hip-hop is not a dance form!!!! It is a meta culture that includes rap, the gangsta attitude, loose jeans, graffiti art (yes!) break dancing etc. Hip-hop as a culture was all about rebellion – against racism and poverty. The loose jeans happened cos ‘offendors’ had to get rid of their belts when in prison.
It’s sad that in recent times hip-hop has gotten reduced to ghettorific pimpdom. Hip-hop has also done its bit to contribute neollogisms to the English vocab. (Try and find two words, very unique to hip-hop, used here)

4. Almost every form of modern western music, has its roots in African culture. Even Country!

5. While one may associate Europe with classical western music and the Beatles, (well, I do!) the only music playing there today is electronica.
Come to think of it, Bach and all those pipe organs sound very electronic!
(ross geller…hehhhee)

6. my fave jazz song (as of now) is ‘Take Five’. If anyone has the vocal version of it, pls send it to me 🙂