New Age Party Anthems
LOYAL! That’s the most commonly used adjective that describes a Taurus man. For him, if a thing was good once, it always is. Take one such Taurus man who was born in the seventies and ask him about his favorite music. Undoubtedly, he will make you a playlist of songs that are now classified as ‘classics ’. Quoting an excerpt from the American TV show ‘Criminal Minds’, that may be because “14 is when we start to make our own musical choices. Our cognitive development evolves at that age and we start to form our own cultural identity. We stop listening to the music that our parents played and we start listening to the music that our friends listen to. Our musical experiences imprint on us. Our hormonal surges as teenagers may make the choices seem more personal and passionate. Later on in life, we might experiment with other musical selections. But no music ever impacts us as much as that we listen to at age 14.”
Let’s cut to the chase. I am that loyal Taurus man who was born in the seventies. When I was 14, bands like Guns N’ Roses, Whitesnake, Rainbow, Skidrow, Def Leppard, and Scorpions ruled every chart that there ever was. Understandably, that’s the music that is closest to me yet... even after all these years. Yes of course I have grown to appreciate newer forms of music, but nothing speaks to my soul like these bands do. So when asked to make a playlist called ‘New Age Party Anthems’, I ran into a bit of a road bump. But it wasn’t long before I managed to circumvent that.
A piece of dialogue from a musical that I recently watched at NCPA Mumbai came to mind. The protagonist said something to the effect of: “The music is always there... in the background. You just have to discover it.” So I thought of all the hours I spent in the gym while adrenaline-pumping new age songs played in the background. I quickly reached out for my phone and scrolled through the list of saved tags on Shazam. Yes, the app that lets you identify songs simply by holding your phone close to the speaker. And voila, my playlist was ready!
Here are 10 songs in no particular order that are bound to ruin conversations at parties. You may be in the middle of closing a business deal over a drink, or on the verge of finding love in a room full of tipsy people. Whatever the situation, these are songs that have been known to make you lose your sense of place and time. Scroll to see if you see what I see. [2Blue smiles]
Wake Me Up — Avicci
I Knew You Were Trouble — Taylor Swift
Somebody That I Used To Know — Gotye
True Love — P!nk
Best Song Ever — One Direction
Turn Me On — David Guetta (ft. Nicki Minaj)
Whataya Want From Me — Adam Lambert
The Monster — Eminem (ft. Rihanna)
Do What U Want — Lady Gaga (ft. R. Kelly)
Cool Kids — Echosmith
These are songs that I do not know as well as I know the ones from the eighties. These are songs that are often not produced organically. In other words, external help in the form of songwriters and producers are often sought to make them what they are. These are songs that rely heavily on technology for the edginess in their sound. But, they still are great songs. Ask a 14 year old Taurus kid today and ask him 20 years later. ‘New Age Party Anthem’ might become ‘Classic’ — you call the genre what you like, but the songs will be loved just as much. That’s because for the likes of us, if a thing was good once, it always is. [2Blue smiles again]
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Article by: 2Blue
2Blue (a.k.a Tirthankar Poddar) forayed into the Mumbai rock circuit in 2000. Having gained notoriety for his powerful high-pitched singing and on-stage charisma, he was soon invited to sing for Vayu. After 5 years in Vayu and countless monumental shows, 2Blue formed the hard rock band Zedde (pronounced z?d). Always a man for his heroes, the self-taught singer attributes his vocal prowess to his childhood heroes: David Coverdale, Joe Lynn Turner, Ian Gillan, Ronnie James Dio, and Bruce Dickinson. For him, if a thing was good once, it always is.
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