May 26, 2012

For reasons unbeknownst to me...

Justin Bieber, v1.
This used to be one of my favourite songs:

Summary: Sonu Nigam, who was still 15 when this video was made, smokes on screen (because no one gave a four-letter-word back then) and obsessively pursues a younger Bipasha Basu who wears a series of noodle-strap single-colour gowns.

And this one:

Summary: 5 fully waxed Indian males wear white clothes with cuts in strategic places and some serious (for then) er... BDSM takes place.

Then there's this:

Moustaches are cool. In the 90's.
Summary: 2 lines help Hariharan and Leslie Lewis, back in the day when you could have a moustache and still be cool, last through a 4-minute song with visuals that are frankly bizarre. Towards the end, Leslie Lewis is called "Lez". Innocent times, when something like that wouldn't spawn a week of puns on Twitter.

 And this:

Summary: Before Alisha Chinai starting shedding a tear for every singer on Indian Idol, she made this video. It's basically a prequel to Rakhi ka Swayamwar, but it's also racist. The video is redeemed by the appearance of Milind Soman from what looks like a box from a customs warehouse. I don't know if this video launched Alisha Chinai or Milind Soman, but whoever it was, it did the launching bloody well.

Having grown up in a time when people could freely smoke, be racist, pass off Nepali dudes as Japanese, stalk women obsessively, not take 'no' for an answer, be metrosexual or deviant, I am no longer appalled at today's music videos.


Among other things, do read An Open Letter to India's Graduating Classes. And, making equal amounts of sense, An Open Letter to Prospective Indian Employer.


Ankit Doshi said...

Great Post. I used to like these a lot too. Somehow very few videos generate the same kind of following like the ones these had during the 90s. It maybe because of scarcity but they were damn good.

The solo album has completely died in this millennium. Major reason being the hindi film industry.

Ani said...

I was actually hoping for some of this:

Or even this, but to be fair, this was a really good song:

On a side note: Remember Vispi?! I think he was the king of camp, straight from Parsi Colony, yo.

Asterix said...

Just curious, how old were you when these shining jewels came out? UKG mein thi na?

Also, you forgot to mention Baba Sehgal, whose "main bhi madonna" took 'deviant' to new depths. Oh oh, and Shahid Kapoor, who came as a 16 yr old in that music video, with zero muscles.

Mudra said...

Ankit - I think the beginning of remix albums and films. Kinda sad. Euphoria did release an album last year I think.

Ani - Yes, yes, I know! But there was no ammunition in those. :D I used to be a big fan of the cute guy in the Aryans video. Didn't make the connect for a long time after Shahid Kapoor started acting in movies.

Asterix - God knows, must've been between 5 and 10 I guess. Believe it or not, I've seen very very little of Baba Sehgal. Excuse me now, while I Youtube this video you're talking about.

Avantika A. said...

Hahahaha OMG these are priceless! Were you too young for Gurnal ishq and Banungi main Miss India? =D

Pratz said...

Nice post !
90's indipop was the best. And then came the onslaught of DJ's remixing albums. And nothing was the same again...

Mudra said...

Avantika - No no, not for Gurnal ishq (oho aha etc). Will Youtube the other one NOW. :D

Pratz - Thanks :)