August 7, 2017

Films That ROCKS

First of all this is a fun post. I put together movies that are not only have kickass soundtracks, each of these films somehow reflected Rock music in general. These are all fun films already with good time Rock N’ Roll music backed up. I tried to keep the descriptions short and fun. Let’s find out how Rockin’ these films are…

School of Rock …because we all know it Rocks!

Almost Famous …because it’s a fictitious story about Cameron Crow’s real experiences with the bands like Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Allman Brothers band, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, David Bowie, during his time workin’ for Rollingstone magazine. The band “Stillwater” in the movie was a fictional band, it’s a combination of legendary bands Cameron Crow interviewed/toured. Stillwater was created out of the actors with the help of his Rocker wife, Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson and legendary guitarist Peter Frampton.

Doors …because it’s about Jim Morrison!

I’m Not There …because it’s based on one too many Bob Dylan!

Last Waltz …because it’s a concert! but I don’t know why most of the big band’s show or whenever a big director cover a show, then it’s credited as a “film”, this one’s by Martin Scorcese!

Velvet Goldmine …because it’s a fictitious story about Lou Reed, Marc Bolan, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, It’s all Glam & Punk!

Trainspotting …because it was meant to be a cult movie ended up huge hit,

Cadillac Records …because it’s about the famous Blues music recording label “Chess Records”, one of the finest Blues labels! The owner Len Chess was true Blues music digger! He used to hunt Blues talents and sign them, when no one was signing any black singers! Chess studio is the pilgrimage to all Blues musicians.

Elizabethtown …because of great playlists & Freebird (spoiler alert!)

Boat that Rocked aka Pirate Radio! …because it’s all about music and a story about a radio station that broadcast from the sea boat!

Taking Woodstock …because it’s about Woodstock 69

Woodstock 69 …because it’s credited as a “film” as well!

Requiem for a Dream …because it’s awesome soundtrack, super story!

This is Spinal Tap …because it’s a Cult film, made as like a Documentary, but it’s not really a Rocumentary. It’s also sarcastically funny, so it’s a “Mocumentary” and also sometimes we just need to take things to 11. (spoiler alert!)

High Fidelity …because it’s about a record store, and Top 10 chart about everything you can think of and lots of mix tapes!

The Wall …because it’s based on a Rock alum by the greatest Psychedelic band of the world.

Wayne’s World …because it’s about arranging a concert and it’s pure fun!

Airheads …because it’s about a band that hostage a radio station to play their songs! And other things that a Rock band do.

Blues Brothers …because it’s about Blues and brotherhood!

CBGB …because it’s about CBGB club, birthplace of Punk Rock!

…more Rockin’ films (not necessary about Music)…

Shining …because it’s the best horror movie ever and “Redrum” (spoiler alert)

Natural Born Killers …because Tarantino wrote this twisted story and Oliver Stone created a master piece. These killer duo Rocks!

Runaways …because it’s a true story based on an all girl Rock band!

I Am Sam …because everyone on the soundtrack album sings all the Beatles songs so well.

Across the Universe …because interestingly this film is wonderfully crafted with the Beatles songs.

Moulin Rouge …because it’s a tribute to all the classic songs, the story is crafted with the lyrics.

Plasantville …because it is just a good film and we don’t like things turning Black&White to Colour! (spoiler alert!)

Ironman …because of the Black Sabbath song!

Sherlock Holmes …because this new Sherlock is so hip! Also the series now…

Dead Man …because it’s a offbeat Western film which is kinda deep, with all the Native American Red Indian myths and William Blake links! Also, Neil Young did the fantastic score almost with an lone electric guitar!

Blow …because it has a killer Blues Rock soundtrack!

Studio 54 …because it’s about last days of Disco!

Last Days of Disco…because it’s about last days of Disco!!

Swing Kids …because it’s full of Swing music and all that Jazz!

Sweet and Lowdown …because it’s a story about a fictional guitarist who’s only second to the legendary French guitarist Django Reinhardt. In reality, Django was one of the greatest guitarist of all time.

Factory Girl …because it’s about Pop Art and Andy Warhol. It tells a story of one of Andy’s model Edie Sedgwick; also references of Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Nico and Allen Ginsberg connections!

Austin Powers …because of the laughs!

Pat Garret and Billy the Kid …because Bob Dylan acted on this Western film and did the whole soundtrack!

Mask and Anonymous …because Bob Dylan acted as a singer in a weird time, and social unrest.

Stoned …because it reveals the true story behind the death of the Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones. Which was unknown for many years, the killer finally confessed on his deathbed and thus this film.

Detroit Rock City …because it’s about seeing a concert, a Kiss concert to be precise!

Rocker …because it’s about a failed drummer who was given a second chance.

9 songs …because there’s nine great songs!

Good Morning Vietnam …because it’s about radio broadcasting in a war field during Vietnam war.

Blow Up …because it is one of of the classic film with total artistry. Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page appeared in a scene with the Yardbirds, and Jeff wan’t too happy about it. (spoiler alert)

Being John Malkovich …because they really got inside John Malkovich’s head and the “Malkovich, Malkovich” (spoiler alert)

Full Metal Jacket …because i had to put more Stanley Kubrick film.

2001: A Space Odyssey …because it’s still the best space movie ever!

Clockwork Orange …because it’s probably the first film that brings the idea to stage a plot to a different time/set. The film has only Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

Dogma …because they rewrite the bible in a Rockin’ way!

Chasing Amy …because Jay and Silent Bob Rocks!

Zack and Miri Make a Porno …because i don’t wanna see a Kevin Smith aka Silent Bob make crap films like cop-out or jersey girl.

Zabriskie Point …because it’s so hippie and the Pink Floyd/Grateful Dead soundtracks are awesome!

La Vallee …because it’s so hippie and Pink Floyd!

More …because it’s also hippie! Pink Floyd!! More Hippie!!!

Fear and Loathing in Vegas …because the life of sarcastic life of Beat Journalist/Writer Hunter S. Thompson. It’s so bizarre and give you a cool hippie trip!

Metal : A Headbanger’s Journey …because it’ll take you to the deep in the heart of Heavy Metal \m/

Greendale …because it’s a Neil Young & Crazy Horse album and Neil shot the film the way I imagined when I was listening to the album!

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll …because it’s about the British band Blockheads singer Ian Dury’s life, which was actually sex&drugs&Rockn’roll!

Sid & Nancy …because it’s all about Punk!

Last Days …aah it’s the tragic suicide story of nirvana’s Kurt Cobain (very sad movie, you can skip it!)

Crossroad …because it’s about crossroads, devil, blues and all those things! Ry Cooder did the Blues soundtrack and Steve Vai played appeared in the movie and play cool guitar duels! 

Rockstar …because it’s about the temp Rocker singin’ for the Judas Priest when Rob Halford left the band.

Blues Brothers 2000 …because it’s based on Blues Brothers!

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist …because of the playlists and it shows the infamous “cbgb” club!

That Thing You Do …because it portrayed breakin’ up of a typical Rock n’ Roll band in the 60s 

Empire Records …because it’s about savin’ a dyin’ Record Store! 

Wizard of Oz …you know which one! darkside soundtrack version is totally coincidental, original’s the best!

Big Lebowski …because he’s the ultimate hippie dude and Coen brothers Rocks!

I wrote this about 7/8 years ago so it definitely needs updating. Please feel free to suggest what more Rockin’ Films we can add here.

Have fun all you Rockers.

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August 7, 2017

এ্যালানিসের দেয়াল

সারা বাড়ির দেয়াল জুড়ে আঁকিবুকি করা। যেন একটুও জায়গা খালি নেই, দেয়ালের রং যে কি ছিল তা এখন বোঝা মুশকিল। ঘরের ঠিক মাঝখানে ৭/৮ বছরের একটি মেয়ে দাঁড়িয়ে আছে। অপরাধীর মত দেয়ালগুলো দেখছে, যদিও দেয়ালের এই আঁকিবুকির জন্য সে একাই দায়ী না।

 

এ্যালানিসদের এই বাড়িটি অনেক পুরানো, মুক্তিযুদ্ধেরও পূর্বে। তবে এ্যালানিসরা থাকে দোতালায়, এ্যালানিসের দাদা যুদ্ধের এক বছর পর দোতলা করেন। তারপর অনেক বছর কেটে গেছে, এ্যালানিসের বাবা, তিন চাচা আর তিন ফুফুর বেড়ে ওঠা এই বাড়িতেই। আনন্দ-বেদনা নিয়ে অনেক স্মৃতি, অনেক গল্প এই বাড়িটি ঘিরে। আজ থাক সেসব গল্প, আজ শুধু অনেক অনেক বছর পরের এ্যালানিসের গল্পটিই শুনবো।

 

দেয়ালের এই আঁকিবুকির দায়ভার যেমন এ্যালানিসের, তেমনি তার বাবা, চাচা আর ফুফুরও। এ্যালানিসের চাচারা বিদেশ পাড়ি দিয়েছেন অনেক আগেই। তিন ফুফুও বিয়ে করে ছেলে-মেয়ে আর সংসার নিয়ে এখন ব্যস্ত, তবে ঢাকায় থাকার সুবাদে সবসময়ই আসা-যাওয়ার মধ্যে থাকে। তেমনি আজ তিন ফুফুকে একসঙ্গে পেয়ে যায় এ্যালানিস! এবং সে তার অপরাধবোধের কথা তাদেরকে জানায়, তারাও ব্যাপারটি নিয়ে বেশ চিন্তিত হয়ে পরে। আসলেইতো সারা বাড়িময় আঁকিবুকি, কেমন দেখায়? এ্যালানিসের আম্মুকে নিয়ে ফুফুরা চিন্তা করলো কি করা যায়। এমন কিছু একটা করতে হবে যাতে এই দাগ থেকেও পরিত্রাণ পাওয়া যায় আবার এ্যালানিসও আনন্দ পায়, অপরাধবোধটাও কেটে যায়।

 

পরদিন সকালে ফুফুরা একগাদা রং আর তুলি নিয়ে হাজির! দাদা-দাদুর ঘরে আঁকা হল লতাপাতা আর সুন্দর কিছু ফুলের ছবি। দাদু নিজেই ফুলগুলো আঁকছেন, দাদা তাকে সাহায্য করার চেষ্টা করছেন কিন্তু দাদুর মনমতো হচ্ছে না, আর শুধু ধমক খাচ্ছেন, তাই দেখে সবাই মুখটিপে হাসছে। লাউড স্পিকারে গান চলছে আর চলছে সকালসন্ধ্যা ওয়াল টু ওয়াল দাগ ঢাকার নানা কৌশল। ডাইনিং রুমের দেয়ালে আঁকা হল ফল-ফ্রুটের স্টিল পিকচার। ড্রয়িং রুমে আঁকা চলছে লাইফ সাইজের সব জন্তুজানোয়ার; বাগস বানি, টম এন্ড জেরি, লায়ন কিং আর কত কি! কোন কোনটা কার্টুন ক্যারেক্টার, কোনটা আবার মনগড়া। ছবি আঁকতে আঁকতে এ্যালানিসের জামার হাতায় একটু রং লেগে যায়, সে ভয়ে ভয়ে মা’র দিকে তাকায়, মা একটা হাসি দিয়ে তার তুলি থেকে একটু রং ছিটকে দেয় এ্যালানিসের দিকে, আর শুরু হয়ে যায় রঙ্গের যুদ্ধ! এ ওকে, আর সে তাকে, সবাই রঙ্গে মাখামাখি… এ সময়ই এ্যালানিসের বাবা ফিরে অফিস থেকে, প্রথমে কিছুটা অবাক হয়ে গেল বটে, কিন্তু একটুপরই সেও একটা তুলি হাতে নিয়ে রঙ্গের যুদ্ধে লেগে পরে! এরপর সে চলে যায় সোজা এ্যালানিসের ঘরে, আর আঁকতে শুরু করে দেয় বিশাল সাইজের একটা মিকিমাউস।

 

বাবা-মা’র ঘরের ফিনিশিং টাচ চলছে। ঘরের একদিকে সমুদ্র, সন্ধ্যাআকাশ, পূর্ণিমার চাঁদ আর তাঁরা। আরেক দিকে সবুজ ঘাস, নীল আকাশ, সাদা মেঘ আর উজ্জল সূর্য। বাবা একমনে কাজ করে যাচ্ছে। এ্যালানিস একটু ফ্রেশ হয়ে বাবার পাশে এসে বসেছে, বাবা খেয়াল করেনি সেটি, তার হাতের রং লাগানো তুলিটি বেখেয়ালে রাখতে গিয়ে এ্যালানিসের জামায় আবারও রং লেগে যায়। বাবা বলে উঠলো, “ইস!” আর মা বললো, “এই না নতুন জামাটা পরলি?” এ্যালানিস বলে উঠলো, “কিছু হবে না আম্মু, দাগ থেকেই তো আমরা সুন্দর সুন্দর কত কি এঁকে ফেললাম।” সবাই একসঙ্গে হেসে উঠলো। সারা বাড়ির দেয়াল এখন আর আগের মত কদাকার লাগছে না।

 

এ্যালানিসের বাবা-চাচা-ফুফুরা প্রোফেসনালি কেউ আর্ট না শিখলেও মন্দ আঁকেনি, তার মা’ও কম যান না, বাড়িটিকে এখন বেশ প্রানবন্ত দেখাচ্ছে। এ্যালানিসকে ঘিরে ধরল সবাই আর সবাই মিলে তাকে জড়িয়ে ধরে উপরের দিকে উঠিয়ে নিয়ে নাচতে লাগলো।

August 7, 2017

ভবঘুরে ডায়েরি – ১

দুপুরের কাঠফাটা রোদে হাঁটছে মিলন। গন্তব্য অবশ্য বেশি দূর না, কলাবাগান থেকে চারুকলা। রিকশা চড়ার মত সামর্থ্য বা ধৈর্য্য কোনটাই তার নেই, আর এমনিও ভবঘুরেদের তেমন কোন নিদির্ষ্ট গন্তব্য থাকেও না।

 

কিন্তু আজ এখনও কিছু পেটে পড়েনি মিলনের, পকেটের অবস্থাও খুব একটা সুবিধার না। বড়আপা প্রায়ই বলে যেখানেই থাকি না কেন, তার মোহাম্মদপুরের বাসায় গিয়ে যেন খেয়ে আসি; দুলাভাইও খুব মাইডিয়ার মানুষ, কিন্তু তাও কেন জানি সংকোচ হয়। যদিও ভবঘুরেদের ‘সংকোচ’ সাজে কিনা সেটা ঠিক জানা নেই মিলনের। আচ্ছা, ভবঘুরেদের জন্য একটা গাইড বই করলে কেমন হয়? যে বইয়ে ভবঘুরে হওয়ার সব নিয়মকানুন দেয়া থাকবে… নীলক্ষেতের ‘বইমামা’কে আজকেই আইডিয়াটা দিতে হবে।

 

সায়েন্সল্যাব মোড়ে এসে পাঁচ টাকার ঝালমুড়ি কিনলো মিলন, খেতে খেতে যাওয়া যাবে। মিলন ঠোংগা হাতে নিয়ে পড়তে শুরু করলো! এটা মিলনের পুরানো অভ্যস, কোথাও কোন লেখা দেখলেই পড়তে শুরু করে দেয়, রাস্তার দোকানের সাইনবোর্ড টু মুড়ির ঠোংগা। তবে আজকের ঠোংগার লেখা তেমন ইন্টারেস্টিং না, জ্যামিতি পরীক্ষার পাতা। পরীক্ষার্থী শুণ্য পেয়েছে, এক সম্পাদ্যের পরিবতে অন্য সম্পাদ্য তুলে দিয়েছে, বোঝাই যাচ্ছে মুখস্তবিদ্যা।

 

এখান থেকে এলিফ্যান্টরোড হয়ে, মাঝে একটুখানি আজিজসুপারে ঢু মেরে, শাহবাগ দিয়ে চারুকলা যাওয়া যেতে পারতো সহজেই। কিন্তু আসলেই অনেক দিন নীলক্ষেত যাওয়া হয় না, তাই মিলন ঢাকা কলেজের রাস্তাই ধরল।

 

নাহ, ফুটপাথ দিয়ে হাঁটার কোন উপায় নেই, কাপড়ের দোকানের এক্সটেনশন ফুটপাথ পর্যন্ত এসে পরেছে। আবার রাস্তার একপাশ দিয়ে যে হাঁটবো তারও উপায় নেয়, পার্কিং না থাকায় সারিসারি গাড়ি ফুটপাথ ঘেঁষে দাঁড়িয়ে আছে। কিন্তু আমি কেন বিরক্ত হচ্ছি? বরং আমার এইসব ভালই লাগার কথা… নানা রঙের মানুষ আর হালফ্যাশানের কাপড়চোপড়ে দেখতে দেখতে যাওয়া যাবে। আর ভবঘুরেদের জন্য এইসব রাস্তার দোকানগুলোই তো আদর্শ, সেই সঙ্গে বোনাস হিসেবে থাকছে জিনিশপত্রের দাম নিয়ে মুলামুলি করার বিশেষ সুযোগ!

 

কলেজে পড়ার সময় প্রায় প্রতিদিনই অনেকটা সময় এই নীলক্ষেতে কাটত। এমনও দিন কেটেছে, একটা পুরো বই শেষ করে এখান থেকে বেরুতাম। যদিও দোকানিরা জানতো আমি কোন বই কিনব না, কিন্তু তা স্বত্তেও কেন জানি না, কিছু দোকানি আমাকে সেটা করতে দিতো।

 

বইমামাও সে রকম এক দোকানি, আর ওনার এই “বিজলি বইঘর” আমার একসময়ের স্টাডিরুম। এটা বললে একদম ভূল বলা হবে না, এই বইমামার কল্যাণেই আমি এতগুলো পরিক্ষা উতরে গেছি। অনেক দিন পর আমাকে দেখে বইমামা খুশি হলেন। বেশ ক্ষানিক্ষণ গল্প করলাম, কিন্তু মামাকে আর ভঘুররেদের বইটার কথা বলা গেলো না, কারন মামা জানালেন আজকাল কেউ নাকি নতুন বইতো দূরে থাক, পুরানো বই-ই কেনে না। আমি ভাবলাম, বাহ বেশতো আজকাল সবাই দেখি আমার মতোই ভবঘুরে!

 

August 7, 2017

ARBOVIRUS : Monttobbo Nishproyojon – an album that don’t need any comments!

If you are looking for “flowery words” in a song (that usually don’t have any real meaning!) then ARBOVIRUS is not for you. These song lyrics are pretty straightforward and sometimes really mean some things! The songs are often intentionally scratchy but really “twingy” and bright at the same time.

Let’s just listen to the album for about less than 40 minutes. Yes, the album is that short! Just like the old days, almost the standard size of a vinyl (LP). It’s really a small package of explosive, filled with the power of pure Rock music.

The opening song is Jaalo Aagun Jaalo, it’s surely the anthem song for the band. It describes how we’ve been cheated over and over by the rulers/politicians and thus that rude expression. The creepy guitar intro with commanding voice scatting about disobeying . But the tricky part is, something like”Let’s Burn Everything” usually heard from the people entitled with dirty politics. Now the song is actually giving back their slogan, as threat! The song featured something that we sadly have to listen very often, so you already know the chorus even before you listen to it. This is the perfect example of how rap fits in with heavy metal riffs! The slippery guitar solos became Arbo’s signature.Perfect song to start an album, a song that starts with a bang!

Roder Kinaray, is kind of maze at the beginning, almost like a self-made riddle. The song create circles that you’re bound to fall and feel like stuck into it. Where there’s no hope and everything’s lost. But somewhere in the middle,it shows a sign of hope. It also describes how the singer learned things in hardship and struggle! And finally the song will enlighten you to look forward. The guitar solo actually gives you a relief, a feeling of breakthrough.

Hariye Jao, the band has a tendency to put listeners into riddles in their songs. And I think,they’ll try to do that whenever they get a chance! It’s actually the ballad song of the album. It features strong keyboard works, the only song they used keys and orchestration. With real feeling, the vocalist did a splendid job, the harmonizing parts are commendable,total justice to a Rock ballad.

Aw starts with a single scratchy rhythm part and then the whole band joins in, classic intro. The second guitar fillers are just perfect. I gotta tell you about the bass and drum combination, well we all know, these two things make a band really strong, and the chemistry between these two players is just right. They actually put a deshi classical breaks during the solo parts along with a blistering bass solo. “Aw” as in the first Bangla alphabet, it’s simple but has inner meaning. I think, the moral of the song is, all the things we’re going thru our lives has different perspectives and in the end they all bound for changes.

Durotto, the vocalist of the band is not the best in the world but he sings with a heart and be what his band want him to be, he plays a true frontman’s role. The song has typical acoustic rhythm and the talented vocalist keeps on dragging the song from one place to another. The song incredibly carried by the bass player with the help of the dependable drummer.The song describes the urban life that we love and hate at the same.It has that sticky feelings of nostalgia and trying to forget about the bitter past, and lastly a simple solo what actually completes the song.

Sharthopor represents this generation. Where the singer admits of being selfish but who’s not confused at all. He has the clear picture of who he is and knows his boundaries. It’s about six minute long but somewhere in the middle they had a radical transition and turned it to a hard hitting instrumental, that really showed the band’s true power! The bassology of the bass player, the perfection of the beats, the signature slippery solos and the organized riffs; no doubt it’s the title track of the album, that ends with a strong statement, that no one has the right to say anything towards the lifestyle they choose to live.

Prolaap is like the commentary to our country! It starts with all the big lies and the fuss dirty politicians always up to. It’s very political, but the “amar desh, amar desh” chorus is so haunting, almost like a chant thatmakes you responsible for this ill-fate of the country. The scary guitar solo almost sounds “distuned” but the guitarist intended to do that, somehow they made the whole song exactly what we all needed to listen right now!

Bodle Gechhe, you’ll feel a sense of grief with this acoustic song. It has a reference of how we transformed through the years and how our priority changes during these course of time. It describes all the changes in the city, the music scene and the finally whole culture. It has a tragic ending that’ll leave you empty. The melancholy tune stays in your mind long after you finish listening.

The sound of the whole album is the perfect example of how real instruments should sound in this day and age. The sound of drum kit is amazingly tight and the bass lines are perfectly seamed in every song, I bet the two guitar players had a ball recording the whole thing and the sound engineer done an awesome job, specially on voice layers. This is truly a compact album.

A good book have a perfect ending and will always have after effects, it makes a reader think about it even after it ended. The same goes with a great movie and a successful album. Looking back at Monttobbo Nishproyojon have you realize about the messages they wanted to carry out thru music, it’s either about our expectations or what we go thru our everyday life, nowadays. It is just the things we wanted to listen.

Monttobbo Nishproyojon is a passionate journey, the soundtrack of our lives. It really don’t have any dull moment! I think, it is one of those album that we listeners eagerly wait for year after year. It certainly created a benchmark that now the other Rock bands will have to level or try and top.

August 7, 2017

11 Sizzling Summer Songs!

On an unbearable summer day, try a set of summer songs that can simmer you down a little bit! Here are world’s most recognizable summer songs for you…

Mungo Jerry / Shaggy – In the Summer Time

Mungo Jerry’s 1970 original is the world’s most-played radio song and the most successful summer song ever. Reggae artist Shaggy covered this in 1995. His version also did great on music charts. This is the perfect summer song even 40 years later.

“In the summer time when the weather is hot / You can stretch right up and touch the sky / When the weather’s fine / Sing along with us / Dee dee dee-dee dee / Dah dah dah-dah dah/ Yeah we’re hap-happy”

Alice Cooper – School’s Out!

It’s an anthem for summer vacation. In this song, they sing the children’s rhyme “no more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks.” This was released in the summer of 1972, when school really was out!

“School’s out for summer / School’s out forever / School’s been blown to pieces / No more pencils/ No more books / No more teacher’s dirty looks”

Kokomo – the Beach Boys

The Beach Boys were one of the most popular bands of the ’60s, and had a bunch of hit songs then. Most of their hit songs were about surfing or summertime but this late ’80s song is their biggest hit! During that time, the band’s glory days were over, until they asked to do a song for 1988 Tom Cruise movie Cocktail. They recorded this song and eventually made it a huge hit. Kokomo represent all the tropical places and images that people think of when wishing to getaway to some paradise island to escape the dreary work life.

“Afternoon delight,cocktails and moonlit nights / That dreamy look in your eye / Give me a tropical contact high / Way down in Kokomo / Everybody knows / A little place like Kokomo / Now if you wanna go / And get away from it all / Go down to Kokomo”

Don Hanley – Boys of Summer

The Eagles singer/drummer Don Hanley sings about looking back on a past relationship and wanting to return back to his life and then again he realizes that he must let her go. The “Boys Of Summer” refer just her summer flings, while he is the real deal!

“I can see you- Your brown skin shinin’ in the sun / I see you walking real slow and you’re smilin’ at everyone / I can tell you my love for you will still be strong / After the boys of summer have gone”

Bananarama / Ace of Base –Cruel Summer

It’s a cruel summer cause the singer finds herself alone in a hot city, as her lover has left. Ace of Base recorded a cover version in late ’90s which was also a huge hit.

“The city is crowded / My friends are away / And I’m on my own / It’s too hot to handle / So I got to get up and go”

The Lovin’ Spoonful –Summer in the City

This song contrasts what it’s like to live in a big city during the day and during the night. Where it’s difficult to walk around a crowded and hot city during the day, but it’s great at night because you have plenty of opportunities… The sound of car horns and traffic was the first time these sounds appeared on any hit song!

“Hot town, summer in the city / Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty / Been down, isn’t it a pity / Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city / All around, people looking half dead / Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head / But at night it’s a different world”

John Travolta & Olivia Newton John – Summer Night

It is the most popular song from the musical Grease, the movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The song finds the pair singing about their summer romance, with each having a completely different perspective on what really happened!

“Summer lovin’ had me a blast / Summer lovin’, happened so fast / I met a girl crazy for me / I met a boy, cute as can be”

Richard Marx – Endless Summer Nights

The song describes about a certain summer vacation where the singer met a girl on the beach. The singer reminds of the wonderful time they had together on those endless summer nights!

“And I remember how you loved me / Time was all we had until the day we said goodbye / I remember every moment of those endless summer nights”

Carlos Santana featuring Rob Thomas – Smooth

Legendary Latin guitarist Carlos Santana teamed up with a bunch of young talented artists to record an album, Supernatural. Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty sung on this song with perfection and won Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals at the 2000 Grammys. The song has a part where it describes about a sizzling hot summer day. Supernatural album also won for Best Rock Album and Album Of The Year.

“Man it’s a hot one /Like seven inches from the midday sun / I hear you whisper and the words melt everyone / But you stay so cool / My munequita, my Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa /Your my reason for reason / The step in my groove”

 

Bryan Adams – Summer of‘69
It’s a very simple song about looking back on the summertime and making love. This was found to be one of the favorite summer song of all time. Bryan gives a strong nostalgic touch in this song and became an anthem to the summer.

“When I look back now/ That summer seemed to last forever / And if I had the choice / Yeah, I’d always want to be there / Those were the best days of my life”

Nancy Sinatra & LeeHazelwood – Summer Wine

The song describes a man meets a woman, who notices his ‘silver spurs’ and invites him to have wine with her. After heavy drinking, the man awakens to find his spurs and money has been stolen by the mysterious woman. But still the singer is longing for more of her”wine”. The song was written by Lee Hazlewood and was originally sung by Suzi Jane Hokom and Lee in 1966, but the duet that made the song famous was by Frank Sinatra’s daughter Nancy Sinatra with Lee in 1967. The Corrs with Bono (U2) covered the song much later!

“Strawberries cherries and an angel’s kiss in spring / My summer wine is really made from all these things / Take off your silver spurs and help me pass the time / And I will give to you summer wine”

August 7, 2017

UNDERCOVER: Classic Cover Songs!

Typically when an artist/band perform a song which was written and perform before by another artist/band, then we call it a “Cover.” Usually cover songs are popular, mostly early days of Rock n’ Roll music scene. Cover songs are often carried a negative connotation, it’s like stealing a beautiful song and get an instant popularity. In reality, they are typically recognized as one artist paying homage to another out of admiration. Many cover versions turn out to be more popular than the originals. It’s not uncommon that despite a great original version, the cover version works better.

 

Actually there’s nothing better than the originals. These songs get to cover by different artists/bands because these songs (originals) are unique in the first place, so the others get tempted to cover these…

 

 

All Along The Watchtower

Original: Bob Dylan

Cover: Jimi Hendrix

Most people forgot or don’t even know it’s a Dylan song. Even Dylan thinks it’s a Hendrix song!

 

Hallelujah

Original: Leonard Cohen

Cover: Jeff Buckley

This song had been covered more than 200 artists but Jeff’s soaring and angelic rendition stands out.

 

Proud Mary

Original: Creedence Clearwater Revival

Cover: Ike & Tina Turner

Even though the CCR original was a powerful song, yet the more popular version is Ike & Tina’s version. This song has real staying power.

 

Respect

Original: Otis Redding

Cover: Aretha Franklin

Aretha’s cover version is consider as one of the best known R&B songs ever, she owns this song.

 

House Of The Rising Sun

Original: Unknown

Cover: The Animals

The Animals cover is a number one hit song. It’s originally a traditional folk song.

 

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Original: Judy Garland

Cover: Israel K

Judy’s 1939 version from the musical movie “Wizard of Oz” was an all-time classic until an unknown Hawaiian covered it via the Internet, the world falls in love with this song all over again.

 

You Really Got Me

Original: The Kinks

Cover: Van Halen

Van Halen’s version is a perfect example for genre-changing cover song.

 

I Heard It Thru The Grapevine

Original: Gladys Knight & The Pips

Covers: Marvin Gaye / CCR

Marvin’s cover came out only a year after Gladys’ original, and it went straight to #1. CCR’s long Blues Rock version is quite captivated as well.

 

I Shot The Sheriff

Original: Bob Marley

Cover: Eric Clapton

Eric called up Bob right after he heard the song and asked if he could cover the song. Both versions are equally loved by the audience.

 

How Can You Mend A Broken Heart

Original: The Bee Gees

Cover: Al Green

Al turned an English Pop song to a silky Soul song!

 

 

The Man Who Sold The World

Original: David Bowie

Cover: Nirvana

The haunting Nirvana cover from their MTV Unplugged won everybody’s heart!

 

Hurt

Original: Nine Inch Nails

Cover: Johnny Cash

A very unlikely cover from the Country legend. The original NIN song’s dark and angry. But when you listen to Johnny’s version, he world seems to stop! It’s honest and painful, almost hard to listen to…

 

With A Little Help From My Friends

Original: The Beatles

Cover: Joe Cocker

Joe turned a typical famous Beatle song into a blissful gospel soul.

 

 

Red Red Wine

Original: Neil Diamond

Cover: UB40

Even Neil couldn’t recognized his song when he first heard UB40’s hit song.

 

I Will Always Love You

Original: Dolly Parton

Cover: Whitney Houston

Dolly’s version was a minor Country hit. Whitney sang it in her movie The Bodyguard and it went straight to #1.

 

 

Light My Fire

Original: The Doors

Cover: Jose Feliciano

The Doors original song is just too perfect, Jim Morrison’s voice is irreplaceable. Still, Jose’s cover is captivating as well.

 

She’s Not There

Original: The Zombies

Cover: Santana

Carlos Santana adds up a set of fantastic guitar fills and made it just right!

 

 

Sweet Jane

Original: Lou Reed

Cover: Cowboy Junkies

Junkies’ cover is melancholy and spooky even though the song originally was a Punk Rock hit before.

 

You’ve Got A Friend

Original: Carole King

Cover: James Taylor

JT sung a song his best friend wrote, he didn’t changed much on his cover version but everyone thinks it’s his song.

 

Hazy Shade Of Winter

Original: Simon & Garfunkel

Cover: The Bangles

A Simon & Garfunkel classic song. The standout harmonies and the added urgency to the Bangles version made the song an 80s classic again.

 

Knocking On Heaven’s Door

Original: Bob Dylan

Covers: Eric Clapton / Guns N Roses

Probably the most debatable cover songs. Truth is, this song’s meant to sing over and over. Dylan wrote this song for “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” a hollywood ‘western’ movie, he also acted in the film and did the whole soundtrack!

 

Last Kiss

Original: Wayne Cochran

Covers: J. Frank Wilson / Pearl Jam

The song was recorded first by Wayne Cochran, but wasn’t a hit until J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers recorded their version. Pearl Jam cut the cover for fan club members, only few local radios played that song, it got huge attention and later they released it officially in a benefit album; “No Boundaries”, a Benefit for the Kosovar Refugees. Eddie is fantastic on this song, it became PJ’s biggest hit single.

 

Working Class Hero

Original: John Lennon

Cover: Green Day

Green Day did that on a compilation album to save Darfur.

 

Come Together

Original: The Beatles

Cover: Aerosmith

The Beatles original was fabulous as usual, and Aerosmith’s one is electrifying.

 

I Can’t Make You Love Me 

Original: Bonnie Raitt

Cover: George Michael

Good songs get great covers, this can be an example.

 

Take It Easy

Original: Jackson Browne

Cover: The Eagles

It was Jackson’s song that really brought these Country Rockers on to the scene.

 

Nothing Compares 2 U

Original: Prince

Cover: Sinead O’ Connor

Who knew it’s a Prince song until Sinead made her hit single!

 

La Bamba

Original: Ritchie Valens

Covers: Los Lobos

Even though none of us know what the song’s saying, we all love to sing the song whenever we get to listen to it.

 

After The Gold Rush

Original: Neil Young

Covers: Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt

This trio cover is absolute magic. The trio’s blend of voice, is effortless and makes you realize what a treasure Neil is as a songwriter.

 

Stone Cold Crazy

Original: Queen

Covers: Metallica

Covering a Freddie Mercury song is probably the hardest thing for a singer. Metallica picked the right song did a splendid job.

 

If You Don’t Know Me By Now

Original: Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

Cover: Teddy Pendergrass / Simply Red

Great song, also covered by some great voices.

 

Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon

Original: Neil Diamond

Cover: Urge Overkill

“Pulp Fiction” had the cover and it’s a treat to listen to this song.

 

Jolene

Original: Dolly Parton

Cover: The White Stripes

Dolly’s original was lovely version, but with a slightly harder and punkier approach the White Stripes’ cover is a pretty straight-up version.

 

 

 

(as published in SONIC Music Magazine)

 

 

Other songs with their notable Cover versions…

(Song names, Originals and Covers respectively)

 

Black Magic Woman

Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac

Santana

 

I Love Rock n’ Roll

the Arrows

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

 

Reason to Believe

Tim Hardin

Rod Stewart

 

Cocaine

J. J. Cale

Eric Clapton

 

Downtown Train

Tom Waits

Rod Stewart

 

Twist And Shout

The Isley Brothers

The Beatles

 

Georgia On My Mind

Hoagy Carmichael

Ray Charles

 

Higher Ground

Stevie Wonder

Red Hot Chili Peppers

 

Hound Dog

Big Mama Thornton

Elvis Presley

 

You Shook Me

Muddy Waters (with Earl Hooker)

Led Zeppelin

 

I Put a Spell On You

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Nina Simone / CCR

 

As Tears Go By

The Rolling Stones

Marianne Faithfull

 

Kentucky Woman

Neil Diamond

Deep Purple

 

Turn! Turn! Turn!

Pete Seeger

The Byrds

 

Wild Thing

The Troggs

Jimi Hendrix / Jeff Beck

 

Live and Let Die

Paul McCartney & the Wings

Guns N’ Roses

 

Crossroads

Robert Johnson

Cream

 

Me and Bobby McGee

Roger Miller (singer) / Kris Kristofferson (writer/singer)

Janis Joplin

 

Mr. Tambourine Man

Bob Dylan

The Byrds

 

The First Cut Is the Deepest

P. P. Arnold (singer) / Cat Stevens (writer/singer)

Rod Stewart / Sheryl Crow

 

Still I’m Sad

The Yardbirds

Rainbow / Boney M

 

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

Frankie Valli

Andy Williams / Lauryn Hill

 

People Get Ready

Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions

Bob Marley / Rod Stewart & Jeff Beck

 

Tuesday’s Gone

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Metallica

 

Turn The Page

Bob Seger

Metallica

 

Whiskey in the Jar

Irish traditional song

The Dubliners / Thin Lizzy / Metallica

 

Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

Jimi Hendrix

Stevie Ray Vaughan

 

Little Wing

Jimi Hendrix

Derek & the Dominos / Sting / SRV

 

Mustang Sally

Sir Mack Rice

Wilson Pickett

 

Love Hurts

Everly Brothers

Nazareth

 

Johnny B. Goode

Chuck Berry

Judas Priest

 

Diamond and Rust

Joan Baez

Judas Priest

 

Ticket to Ride

The Beatles

The Carpenters

 

Stand By Me

Ben E. King

John Lennon

 

Wild Night

Van Morrison

John Mellencamp

 

Always on My Mind

Brenda Lee

Elvis / Willie Nelson / Pet Shop Boys

 

Statesboro Blues

Blind Willie McTell

Allman Brothers Band

 

Killing Me Softly with His Song

Roberta Flack

The Fugees

 

I Will Survive

Gloria Gaynor

Cake

 

Burning Down the House

Talking Heads

Tom Jones with the Cardigans

 

Sweet Dreams

Eurythmics

Marilyn Manson

 

99 Red Ballons

Nena

Goldfinger

 

Smell Like Teen Spirit

Nirvana

Tori Amos

 

Careless Whisper

WHAM!

Sheether

 

Don’t Dream It’s Over

Crowded House

Sixpence None the Richer

 

School Day

Chuck Berry

AC/DC

 

With Arms Wide Open

Creed

Dave Grohl

 

Run

Snow Patrol

Leona Lewis

 

the Power of Love

Jennifer Rush

Celine Dion / Air Supply

 

Oh Pretty Woman

Roy Orbison

Van Halen

 

(…to be continuted!)

September 2, 2016

Time Out Of Mind: A corpus linguistic analysis of 50 years of Bob Dylan lyrics

daniel schmidtke

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Bob Dylan has just celebrated his 72nd birthday! He was also recently made an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a prestigious position he now shares with all of these acclaimed artists. As someone who is a huge fan of Bob Dylan and also of corpus linguistics, I would like to celebrate his life’s work so far by sharing with you some results from a mini corpus project I have recently been working on.

I thought a corpus analysis of Bob Dylan’s lyrics would be interesting because as well as being regarded as one of the most acclaimed and influential songwriters in recent American history, Dylan has been writing songs and releasing albums for more than 50 years. His continued productivity and influence on popular music is celebrated within arenas of light literary scholarship, biographical documentation and also in hardcore academic research (Dunlap, 2006; Gearey, 1988…

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September 2, 2016

Time Out Of Mind: A corpus linguistic analysis of 50 years of Bob Dylan lyrics

Bob Dylan has just celebrated his 72nd birthday! He was also recently made an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a prestigious position he now shares with all of these acc…

Source: Time Out Of Mind: A corpus linguistic analysis of 50 years of Bob Dylan lyrics

January 13, 2016

Landmarks in musical cinema

February 9, 2013

TO ROCK OR NOT TO ROCK : Story of Bangladeshi Rock Music!

Bill Haley and the Comets, considered to be the first Rock N’ Roll band, had formed in 1952. Starting with their song “Rock Around the Clock” in 1954, Rock N’ Roll went on a move for a more heavier direction. Soon it evolved into Hard Rock and eventually Heavy Metal. The bands’ sound started to turn heavier with the years.

Our Band Music scene wasn’t really far or exception from this evolving. This is our side of the story…

REPRESENTATIVES OF ROCK

It starts right here in Dhaka; some kids from St. Gregory’s School formed the first band in 1964. The band was led by Fazle Rob, an 8th grade student! Fazle decided to form a band one day when he heard his Anglo-Indian classmate performing a Cliff Richard song. Fazle immediately bought an electric guitar and with the help from his music enthusiastic friends he formed Iolite. Soon they started playing regularly at Shahabagh Hotel and also Dhaka Club. Iolite had the privileged to perform the first ever ‘ticketed concert’ in East Pakistan as Deshi band, they appeared in a television show later. Iolite was also known as Windy Side of Care.

Another band, Lightning led by Abdur Rashid was formed at the same time, they were also from St. Gregory. They played for Hotel Agrabadh, most prestigious hotel at Chittagong. Back in those days the band was extremely popular, they also appeared in a television show.

Rambling Stones was formed in 1967 with Actor Jafar Iqbal, Mahmud, Faruque and Tota. They used to perform in Hotel InterContinental’s Chambeli Room, which was all band’s dream stage to perform in those days. They broke up in 1969 when their practice space was burned by a mob!

These first three bands participated in an exciting competition held at Chambeli Room in 1968 and Windy Side of Care won the title that day. RCA Record Company offered them a record deal and they recorded an album, which was the first 45rpm record (vinyl) by any Bangladeshi band. Band’s vocalist Alamgir moved to Pakistan during Bangladesh liberation, he became renowned solo singer there and also celebrated in Bangladesh later.

There was one more band; Bakalam from Narayangonj, led by a charismatic guitarist Jalal Abedin, he was well-known for his playing.

DISCIPLES OF ROCK

After the 1971 war music was on the rise again, this is the story of many Rock bands that formed and disbanded during the course of time!

Azam Khan, a freedom fighter, formed Uccharan and immediately shot to fame. Uccharan was the wakeup call for the Rock music and all the disciples started to put up their bands.

Ugly Faze was one of the early bands with Kamal, Larry, Saki and Reza.

Omar Khaled Rumi, Shahed, Sazzad, Dostogir and Salahuddin formed Underground Peace Lover, they used to play at Hotel Purbani, they also started the first ticketed show at the newly liberated Bangladesh in 1972.

Today’s legendary musicians like Nayan, Fuad Naser Babu, Piaru Khan, Hamin Ahmed, Shafin Ahmed started to perform at then famous Dimple Restaurant, located at Asad Gate.

By then Azam Khan became the Guru and was performing all over the places; his band members Happy Akhand and Kamal were famed for their brilliant guitar playing. Everyone was in a roll and Rock music had a new found glory.

Fuad Naser Babu, Selim Haider, Khoka, Murad, Popsi and Zakir formed Feedback 20th Century in mid-70s; Popsi and Zakir were replaced by Piaru Khan and Maqsood in 1977, they became Feedback. They released their first album in 1985, followed by their brilliant second album in 1987, it was probably the first hit album by any band.

Hamin Ahmed, Shafin Ahmed, Larry, Komol and Rony formed Barrack in 1976. Omar Khaled Rumi formed Abnormal 3 Plus 1 with Joy that year.

Farid from the Lightning band formed another band with Happy Akhand, Kamal, Larry, Mandis, Istiaq, Musa and Robin; it was the birth of Miles. They performed their first show at Dhaka Club. Hamin Ahmed and Shafin Ahmed joined the band soon afterwards. They started to perform regularly at Hotel InterContinental; where they played until the early 80s. Soon, Miles released their first album and had their first solo concert at Shilpalaka Academy in 1982; they released their second album in late 80s, which was a full length English album.

Miles and Feedback were at their peak; both had the opportunity to appear at Bangladesh Television (BTV), they performed instrumental shows!

Another band from late 70s was Souls; they were considered to be the most famous band in Chittagong in those days. In 1988, Naqib Khan and Pilu Khan got out from Souls and formed Renaissance with Rumi, Moto, Bogi and Reza. Soon they recorded their first album; which is hugely popular till this date.

There was another band Feelings formed in mid 70s; with their brilliant guitarist/vocalist James they were quite famous in Chittagong during that time and later all over the country.

Dazzling guitarist Ayub Bacchu left Souls and formed LRB in early 90s. With Sawpan, Tutul and Joy, Little River Band recorded their first album, a double album – first of its kind, the album is still considered as a milestone in our band history. LRB is also known as Love Runs Blind.

Chimes, Prometheus, Response were other bands that were also renowned during that period.

RISE OF HEAVY METAL

The very first Metal band was formed in 1984 when Iftekhar had just returned from Germany and formed Waves with Shafin, Mithu, Maksud and Mahmud. But the band was short-lived after Iftekhar got back to Germany again, the band was disbanded.

“the Big 4”

With Imran Hussain and Mainul Islam on Guitars, Arshad Amin on Bass, Mahbubur Rashid on Drums, Mushfiq Ahmed and Shoeb Rahman on Vocals. Rock Strata was formed in mid-80s. They released their lone album in 1990; it was widely accepted among Hard Rock/Metal listeners. In Dhaka was another popular band during that period; the band members included lead guitarist Mashuq, lead guitarist/vocalist Joy, bassist Tushar, vocalist Gorky, drummer Rajon and on keyboards there was Santo. Their only album was equally popular among the listeners. In Dhaka and Rock Strata collaborated together and record an album in mid-90s and they released the brilliant album Elephant Road after a long time, in 2002. There is nothing new that can be said about the mighty Warfaze, everyone who’s reading this knows about their long and glorious career. It started with a blow and still presenting us brilliant music over the years. Last but not the least is Aces, one of the most talented bands but the only one of these that did not release an album even though they had almost finished it.

Two other bands Jolly Rogers and Sweet Venom were part of the scene during that period as well! Other notable bands between late-80s and early-90s: Nova, Winning, K-OZ, Ark, Lesson, Legend, Obscure, Different Touch, etc.

THE CALL OF THE HEAVY

Rock Brigade, another Heavy Metal band was formed in 1988 with a bunch Rockin’ friends. Shameem I. B. Reza, Russell Ali, Amer Hussain, Shishir, Kishore, Rubayet Choudhury Rubu, Rouben Zia Mohiuddin, Dip, Rezwan, Mamun were among the members. There has been a rumor, during one of the summer holidays they had reunited and even recorded an album; one that was never released!! Mamun, Dip and Rezwan formed Phantom Lord another Hard/Heavy Rock band in 1993, later Mamun and Rezwan formed Metal Warriors with Joy. They all did many gigs but eventually all got disbanded. Years later these two friends Mamun and Joy formed Brigade 71, which is quite famous band nowadays.

There were another set of bands by youngsters that played shows together during late 90s and lot of them started during early 90s. Even though these streams of bands started doing shows in late 90s, many of them successfully became a part of the underground phenomenon that started in early 2000.

Gibran Tanwir formed Deth Row in 1991, which did its first show in 1994 and was a huge part of underground Metal scene. Gibran had a band called Glad Tiders with Sohel and drummer Daiyan Mir, and it was a mighty good band too! So was Psychodeth, they used to do a lot of shows together.

Then, still school-going boys formed a Heavy Metal band; Cryptic Fate in early 90s led by bassist/vocalist Shakib, they released several brilliant albums including original English album, they are still goin’ strong!!

The other bands worth mentioning are Metal Maze, was another powerful band, they released two albums and they are still very active these days.

X-Uranium, Koprophilia, Mission Thorpe were other remarkable Metal bands. They did a lot of shows with Cryptic Fate, Deth Row and Clovermind. Also, Punk/Funk Rock band Migraine did a lot of shows with fellow bands during 1997-2000.

Thrashold was a thrash metal band during 1994-1997. The band was led by talented musician Zia, he eventually turned into a more different musical approach, and which now we all know as today’s ever famed band Shironamhin.

Late 90s bands like Attempted Band was formed by school friends Arafat, Imran, Daniel and others; they played a lot of underground shows. Later, Daniel formed Fulbanu’s Revenge. While Arafat and Imran formed a band with Cryptic Fate members Shakib and Farhan; they turned into the Watson Brothers! The album they recorded was sounded different and not a huge success. Though it was underrated at that time, few songs from that album still survived till date and are widely popular.

Clovermind was a late 90s short-lived Metal band, its drummer Tomal was yet another mighty player. Tomal formed Tantrik in 1999 (they disbanded later that year!), the rest of the band members Ershad and Lincoln formed a different band with new drummer Shaju and bassist Cezanne. This iconic band is what we all know now as Artcell. They released two albums till this date, one in 2002 and another in 2006, both albums were widely accepted among all the Rock audience. The band is in the process of recoding their much anticipated third album. Artcell was one of the bands that later led the underground music revolution!!

Dope Smuggluz founded in early 2000, but soon they changed their name into Black and added a new era in the history of Rock. They are one of the leading Alternative Rock bands in Bangladesh, they had instant success with their slightly different first album. The hugely successful band had four albums and more than a dozen singles till this date, but listeners always craving for more from the band.

THE UNDERGROUND GENERATION

Besides Heavy Metal bands, a lot of Alternative bands emerged in this era. If we only talk about the heavier bands Poison Green, Stentorian, Kral, ReBorn, Vibe, DNA, Dripping Gore, Neorosys, Birodh, Sentinels and Canada-based black metal band Weapon are noteworthy bands during late 90s and early 2000s. Weapon was co-formed by none other than Rock Brigade/Phantom Lord/Metal Warriors drummer Shekh Mohammed Rezwan a.k.a Nohttzver! Rezwan formed Nafarmaan later, a Black/Death Metal act. Stentorian popularized Power Metal, ReBorn became a crowd favorite, bands like DNA, Karl showed their mastery in Progressive genre. Poizon Green played a major role in playing Thrasier music! Dripping Gore was pioneer of Death Metal. Some of the other bands from the previous era like Artcell, Cryptic Fate, Metal Maze etc. were also part of this era of music scene.

One band whose players are all came from successful bands, is yet another milestone band Aurthohin, got instantly became one of the major bands, they are still one of the well known Rock bands in the country. The band was formed by Sumon aka Bassbaba, who always associated with this underground scene.

THE HEAVIER THAN HELL

Severe Dementia, Powersurge, Mechanix, Gene Split, Eclipse, Satanic and Mirror Blaze are bands from mid-2000s. Late-2000s significant Rock/Metal bands are: Opus, Funeral Anthem, Crematic X, Shrapnel Method, Bishaurgo, Urban Fiction, Minerva, Orator, Revolutus, Breach, Icons, Firebrand. The DRockstars (a popular band competition) played a major role to popularize the Heavy Metal bands like Powersurge, Mechanix, Eclipse etc. Lot of bands came to life in this era, bands like Severe Dementia and Orator (previously Barzak) took it to a new height, they played several international shows already. It seems like, Metal bands got more heavier these days and crowd seems to prefer it like that!

Bands to look forward…

Nemesis formed in 1999 by a group of school friends. After a few changes in the line-up became Ratul, Zohad, Maher, Omayr and Dio. They released their debut album in 2005, went on to become one of the major albums of that year. The fall of 2011 saw the release of their much anticipated second studio album and it has also received a wide critical acclaim. One of the successful bands in the country right now, the expectation from this band is enormous, all eyes are on them!

Aspiring Hard Rock band Dreek formed in 2002. Since their journey with the DRockstars in 2007, the band has the experience of more than 200 shows nationwide. They are working on their first album as we are talking.

Another band to look out for, Arbovirus one of the most critically acclaimed Bangladeshi rock band formed in 2002. Vivid and flamboyant lyrics, brutal riffs and lead solos full of late 70s nostalgia with expressionism in vocal line the band has the potential to take the Rock scene to another level. They had released numerous singles and an album 2006; they are working on their next album now.

Two of the members from Warfaze made their minds to work on something diverse and formed De-illumination in 2006. The Symphonic Rock/Metal band released their debut album in 2010, this is likely to be the first concept album in Bangladeshi Rock music scene.

Shunno is a Pop Rock band, formed in 2007. They had released three albums already, all received wide acceptance among listeners and well taken by the critics.

Two of the past Stentorian vocalists formed two bands, Black Priest by Torsha and Pledge Karma by Tanim Sufyani. Black Priest had already released few singles out, also Pledge Karma has couple of online releases till now and are on the verge of recording their first album.

OUR PROUD ROCK HISTORY

From Rock Around the Clock to St. Gregorian’s school boys, to the underground scene and into an unknown practice place where the next big band is still in action, we have come a long way. But one thing is always remain the same, when we hear the thunder of a heavy metal, it hypnotize us and we raise our fist with a rebel yell – Glory to Heavy Metal and the new found dawn to our Rock music.

– Milu Aman

(as published in SONIC Music Magazine)

 

DISCLAIMER

Enrich with Authenticity!

This is the unfinished story of our band history. This is what I got so far, I wrote this by collecting information from various sources; I read quite a few about it, talked with many. Specially Arafat Kazi straighten few things for me, also the editor of SONIC help a lot with all the new bands’ information.

I feel like documenting this for the future reference of our band history. There could be lot of mistakes, please feel free provide authentic information and help me to enrich it. This is just a start, treat it like some kind of map, let’s take it to the next level and complete a full story about our Band History.

Thanks for reading!

keep Rockin’

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