Bam. Total knockout fashion show. Only question is, what tracks do I mix for such insane garments? Here goes:

For the Papparazzi theme –

1. Ironman mixed with Nativity in Black – Black Sabbath

2. Funky Town – Lipps Inc.

3. Judy in Disguise (with glasses) – John Fred and his playboy band

4. Track 12 – Punjabi MC

5. I Believe – Simian Mobile Disco

6. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga

7. Saali Khushi – Amit Trivedi on the Dev D soundtrack

8. Hand that feeds – Nine Inch Nails

9. Another way to die – Jack White and Alicia Keys

Then there was the surrealism theme –

1. Sunshine underground – Chemical Brothers

2. Inertia Creeps – Massive Attack

3. The Kronos Quartet theme from Requiem for a Dream

What a blast. Second place is good enough for us. Pansy NIFT people won with some total flat garments. But what a blast we had. The crowd went beserk when that clock opened on the ramp. The hands and hours are phospherescent and Vidula did the whole ticking thing too. Apparel Design at NID rules man. Wish I had better snaps. Will have the videos up sometime.


Billy Bolan


Bang a Gong, Get it on, get it on. Arise, awake, get out of your house and into the street. Marc Bolan gave to music a fine contradiction. Here was a guy who looked like he rocked out since kindergarten, but he sings these songs about white swans and dancing since he was twelve. The band is called T-Rex and they are so ferocious that at one point of time they had no drummer. Just a guy on bongos. But the man’s got rhythm, and he has got that quiet voice that whispers in your ear. It tells you to wear hard soled shoes and clickety-clack them on the pavement. I used to dance to Bolan all the time. Then I saw Billy Elliot. What a movie. Cosmic Dancer, playing to a little kid jumping on the bed with a wallpaper of fading sunflowers in the background. Bolan, jumping, shorts and Van Gogh. These are some of my favourite things, never mind the dog bites and bee stings.

Now the two are inexorably tied to each other. I cannot sing a song without picturing the movie. But, for once, that is perfectly allright. Cosmic Dancer is a song with the line “I was dancing since I was aaah”. That’s Marc Bolan for you, he couldn’t think of something, so wrote aaah. But it fits and we all dance when we are aaah.

Bang a Gong was after he split with Steve Took, yes Steve Peregrine Took, so it has a lot more instruments. It was just the two of them before hand.

Be careful when you dance to I love to boogie. There have been incidents of smashed crockery and furniture in our hostel because of the song.

Have fun.

From the soundtrack of Billy Elliot –

T.Rex – Cosmic Dancer [mp3]

T.Rex – Bang a Gong (Get it On) [mp3]

T.Rex – I Love to Boogie – [mp3]

Spin steady


So in the immortal words of You-know-who, I’m back. Big deal.

At work, with my headphones plugged in to avoid the intense discussion happening a table away, I am in hell. As always music saves my soul. It is now fascinating to watch my colleagues star in a mental music video I make to the tune of the song streaming through the headphones.

Its not so bad, in fact I am so busy, I listen to about a song a day. As Yohan put it eloquently in his mail, Drama Queen, I remain.

Enough rubbish, go listen to Mariyln Manson covering Dead or Alive’s classic and making it his own. What a guy. Trying singing it like a lunatic while riding a bike. The wind zooming into you makes you mouth go all weird and then you can sing perfectly like Manson, Wraaight rrrround baybeee, wraaaight wwroound.

Dreading abuse from the Network guys, I decided to download the Raconteurs album on the super fast internet at work.

It was well worth it, here is the first song I heard, what a song it is. Steady as she goes has lyrics that are shockingly in sync with my reality and that always helps me appreciate a song.

The third one is a bit of a gamble. Its from a band called Smoke Signals and features Kailash Kher. You can see a nice animated video of the song on youtube. Its not the greatest song, but Kher’s strong vocals are great and the lilting melody is a nice contrast. The lyrics in Hindi are wonderfully wistful. Blue Frog is a restaturant and an independent record company in Mumbai. they are quite cool the logo was done by Grandmother India and that’s another reason why I know them. They seem to be promoting quite prominsing young artists in India.

There is a promising band on the horizon called Advaita. An eight piece band, they are currently touring the UK and sound pretty damn good. They are proponents of “Indian psychadelia” and their music justifies the claim. I am expecting some of their music soon, so will post more on them after I have sampled the sound.

You spin me right round (Like a record) – Marilyn Manson [mp3]

Steady as she goes – The Raconteurs [mp3]

Summertime Rocks – Smoke Signals feat. Kailash Kher [mp3]