Sunday, September 17, 2006

Musically speaking!

It's no secret that a conscience can sometimes be a pest
It's no secret ambition bites the nails of success
Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief
All kill their inspiration and sing about their grief

Over love...
U2, The Fly

I have U2's Best of 1990-2000 DVD and I was watching it yesterday after I got back from Vikram's place. You know when you listen to songs after a long time they do sound very different. This song from Achtung Baby was not the song from this album that I remember or listen to the most, but it does sound different now. I wonder why?
I went to the Garden of Five Senses yesterday where Bombay based new-age rock band Zero was playing. Good performance, the guys played well even though the audience was filled for some strange reason with gawky school kids. No problem with that other than that on the verge of turning 28, it made me one of the distinguished older members of the audience.
Another point one has to make is that music writing in India is awful. I mean Indi Hazra over at HT is a nice guy and all that, but musically like most bars and clubs in India he is stuck in a 60-70's time warp, as is Vir who literally litters his copy with ancient references. This entire 'youth' business is very nice and all, but please man, do you guys even have any clue what 'youth' are listening to? I was terrified to discover that there is a Goth revival happening in Delhi and Bombay, and thats scary. But even though I might not like what Indi and Vir write, at least they do mention their music no matter how geriatric. For most other papers - or well, the other paper - its all about Him-mess!


Soumyadip said...

The Best of 1990-2000 was a good album, but it can't possibly match the compilation of the 'must have' Best of 1980-1990. Even though the 1980s was considered to be a wasteland of music (both there and here).

Anonymous said...

Check out Sam Lall's infrequent columns , he is completely clued on to whatever is happenning in Indian rock/pop music.

K said...

Hmm, 80's a music wasteland. Hmm... don't think I agree that much.