to be an American idiot.
Don't want a nation under the new mania
And can you hear the sound of hysteria?
The subliminal mind f@#$ America.'
It's a song
after our very own hearts and we just love hearing anyone call the
world's biggest super power an 'idiot'. Hurray! 'American Idiot'
was the number one hit single from Green Day's Grammy winning album
of the same name that released in 2004 and lifted the band from
the slump it was experiencing back then. Classified as rock/ pop
punk, the catchy beat and equally captivating lyrics helped it shoot
to number one in the UK as well as the Billboard charts. The album
came at a time when many bands and musicians like Madonna (American
Life) and even the Dixie Chicks (with statements like "I am
ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas")
came up with anti war anthems. Green Day's politically driven song
was unexpected and therefore even more powerful. But it was not
aimed directly at anyone. GD bassist Mike Drint went on record to
clarify that 'American Idiot' is "actually more of a personal
perspective of feeling disenfranchised and losing your individuality,
about being pissed off and scared and all of that." Those were
scary times for the Americans; these are scary times for us and
that's why this track rings a bell right at our doorsteps.
Hassan Jahangir made many songs in the late '80s and early '90s
that anyone growing up during those decades will have fond memories
of. But just the mention of this onetime pop sensation's name will
play out the intro of his massive hit, 'Hawa Hawa' in the heads
of most children of the '80s.
What most people will not be aware of is, that before Atif crossed
the border and lent his music to many a Bollywood flick, Hassan
Jahangir actually dominated the music of an Indian film in the late
'80s: Don II. 1987 was the year that Hassan released his album,
Beat Music: Disco Leader 1987 Hassan Jahangir. Seeing the big waves
Hassan was creating with his music in Pakistan, music directors
wanting to cash in on the fame had him shipped into India to record
his song for Don II, a film which seems to have been made just to
feature a heavily Hassan Jahangir soundtrack. 'Hawa Hawa' and Hassan's
second hit from the album, 'Aajana Dil Hai Dewana' were heavily
promoted on Durdarshan, with clips from the film.
Jahangir might not have made it to the big leagues in Pakistani
pop, but 'Hawa Hawa', a very catchy, singable, aural-friendly
song, can still make people want to get up and dance! The entire
album, Beat Music: Disco Leader 1987 Hassan Jahangir, is available
online for download.
Didn't Start The Fire'
Just as a lot of America's problems were blamed on the 'baby
boomers' born in the '50s, today, many people in their mid-20s
blame preceding generations for the trouble the world they
live in today faces.
Billy Joel wrote 'We Didn't Start The Fire' after a conversation
with Sean Lennon. The song lists anything and everything that
made headlines between March 1949 to 1989. The song moves
fast, with Joel reciting a list of things that were all the
rage for the better or worse during these five decades. He
explains the song as a manifestation of his interest in history
and a sort of rebuttal to baby boomer critics. The chorus
is almost apologetic, but not quite; We didn't start the fire/
It was always burning/ Since the world's been turning/ We
didn't start the fire/ No we didn't light it/ But we tried
to fight it.
Though the song made it to number one in the U.S and number
seven in the U.K, Blender magazine placed it at number 44
on its list of 50 worst songs ever.
(To Everything There Is A Season)'
'Turn!' was written and composed by Pete Seeger in the '50s
but wasn't recorded till 1962, on the album, The Bitter And
The Sweet. The lyrics to 'Turn!' have been taken almost word
for word from the King James version of the Bible.
The most popular version of the song though, which topped charts
as well, was recorded by The Byrds in 1965. 'Turn!' is a song
that points out there is a time for everything, no matter how
paradoxical. There will be war and peace, times when love will
flourish and times when hate will. The second bit of the last
verse is the only one written by Seeger himself, a plea for
peace; A time for peace/ I swear its not too late.
The Byrds version of the song is jangly and folksy and was featured
on the soundtrack of Forrest Gump, in 1994.