For about 6 months now, Bandra cowboy and musipedia Narendra Kusnur and I have been discussing some of the classic albums that have released. We have covered rock, pop, rap, Indi-pop, metal and plan to include other genres too.
Due to the lockdown, anything that is more than a couple of months old now seems nostalgic. Hence we thought of taking a look at some of the previous albums we have discussed and compile a Top 10 list.
In this week’s Album Talk we discuss 10 songs, in no particular order, that stood out for us from the albums we have covered so far.
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Shine On Crazy Diamond – Pink Floyd
Kusnur: I heard this song when I was just getting into the Pink Floyd listening phase. I have never purchased the ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ album.
Me: What are you saying?
Kusnur: Yes! I had got the ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘Animals’ album recorded on a cassette (millennials can search the net for ‘cassette’). I didn’t have the track list for the album so I just named the songs ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part 1 & 2’. If you check the album tracklist, it is Part 1-5 and 6-9. There is something about these songs that caught my attention.
Me: The lead is mesmerising.
Kusnur: That and the entire build up is out of the world.
Me: Just turn the lights low, get a cold one out and turn this song on. You don’t need anything or anyone with you that time.
Krishna – Colonial Cousins
Kusnur: When this album was released in 1996, the first song that caught my attention was ‘Krishna’. It is basically a Kannada bhajan which Leslie Lewis composed with western music and added English lyrics.
Me: It may be the first fusion which had Carnatic influences with western notes and bilingual lyrics.
Kusnur: Carnatic influences were present throughout the album because of Hariharan.
Me: The video was also fantastic.
Kusnur: I still listen to it regularly and share it on every Janamastami.
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Me: What a song and what a video!!!!
Kusnur: ‘Beat It’ was the bigger hit from the album but this song is something else. Those days I was a rocker so I would be apprehensive to talk about it with my friends.
Me: They would have thought, what’s wrong with Naren?
Kusnur: Hahahaha Ya. The girls in my college were not into rock so to impress them Michael Jackson was necessary. But overall I think this is his best work.
Sad but true – Metallica
Kusnur: This is an interesting entry considering the album has some huge hits.
Me: ‘Nothing Else Matters’, ‘Enter Sandman’, ‘Unforgiven’, ‘Where Ever I May Roam’. But somehow this song stuck with me longer. It’s an ironic representation of people’s blind faith.
Kusnur: It is not one of their most famous songs but it’s an excellent one. It’s a very typical Metallica song.
O Sanam – Lucky Ali
Me: One of the best pop songs to be released in India pop music history. The song has a very earthy feel and Lucky Ali’s voice was a welcome break from the over the top Bollywood singers of the time.
Kusnur: It’s a very simple song which became a huge hit. Nobody expected that to happen. I totally loved the song and the video was amazing.
Love Will Keep Us Alive – The Eagles
Kusnur: ‘Hell Freezes Over’ is the first Eagles album I heard back to back. I like their ballads more than the other stuff.
Me: I think on ‘Love Will Keep Us Alive’, Don Henley proved his prowess as a singer. He was a drummer who could sing but here he switches roles completely.
Break On Through – The Doors
Me: Mr Mojo Rising! I think this is a ‘subtle’ song, on the album, compared to the rest which were very ‘in your face’. It never even made it to the Top 100.
Kusnur: The song is a classic. It is played a lot at the live shows. I like the way Gary Lawyer performs this song.
Me: He is brilliant at this one like most other songs.
Kusnur: I like the intro of the song.
Me: The Doors were too reliant on Ray Manzerak’s keyboard for their sound. Without him, god knows what would have become of them.
Kusnur: Their distinct sound is due to him. Jim Morrison was the showman, the performer with Greek god like looks and also had antics.
Me: Sadly, that is what he is more known for.
Chok There – Apache Indian
Me: Another guy who took the 90s Indi-pop scene by storm.
Kusnur: Apache Indian started the whole British Asian sound as they called it. Reggae was already popular that time with Shaggy ruling the charts. ‘Chok There’ was a massive hit, it is still played today.
Me: It’s a club anthem.
Number Of The Beast – Iron Maiden
Me: The bid daddies of metal!
Kusnur: Nobody bigger than them.
Me: They had an aura unlike other big bands. The track opens with a spoken introduction from the Book of Revelation. Also the song, Number Of The Beast’ got them labelled as a Satanic band.
Kusnur: Eddie, their mascot, is shown in a way to be embracing Satan on the album cover.
Welcome to the machine – Pink Floyd
Me: Whenever I leave for work, this song starts playing in my head.
Me: hahahahaha. This is a very un-Pink Floyd song. Its heavier than most of their other work.
Kusnur: The whole synthesiser part in the song is amazing. Richard Wright did a fantastic job. Usually synth players don’t get much limelight as the vocalists and guitars hog it.
These are the songs that have resonated with us over the years. We would like to know which songs would make it to your Top 10 list. Do write to us!
Take Care, Adios!!!