When it comes to local Tamil songs, I am a huge fan of ‘em and I dare to say that I have a huge collection of local songs stored in my hard drive. I do listen to them whenever I get the chance to fire up my Winamp and sometimes, I even end up listening to the same song over and over again.
Basically, the very first local Tamil song that I heard and loved would be “Akkamage” by “The Keys”. If I’m not mistaken, 1994 would be the year when the song was released. Those were the days when Samba Rock became the most famous and preferred genre in local Tamil music industry. Then, there was Lock Up, with some of their hit songs such as “Kokkorogiri”, “La La La”, “Sha Na Na” and some other great songs. Their genre would be focused more towards “pop” although there would be some minor mixtures from other genres. Talking about boy bands alone, how could we forget our beloved “The Girls“? “Manasukkul Kachal Adikirethe” would be one of the sexiest song sang by one of the girls, probably due to her westernised Tamil pronunciation. Ohh, what a song! =D
Then there was “Kashmir Stone”, my all-time favorite local Tamil band. I have listened to nearly all of their songs and until now, their songs are still listenable regardless of the place, situation and time. To name a few, “Neethane”, “Setiap Malam” and “Rosanna” would have my utmost respect, followed by their other songs. Believe it or not, the “Rosanna” song has been favored by many Malays due to the “jiwangness” of that song and thus, a lot of Malay guitarists started to practice its tune. Furthermore, they even composed the infamous “Mega Serial” song, dedicated to all those mommies who are glued to Tamil serials 24/7. If your mother haven’t heard of it, well, she really should. In addition to these artists, Hervin would also never fail to enthral me with his songs, such as “Kaiyeh” and “Vaadi Pache Pavadekari“.
Now the fact is, everything that you read previously was “history”. As of now, our local Tamil music industry is filled with huge influx of “rap” and “hip-hop” songs. You see, I’m not condemning them nor am I disliking their songs, but since many of them indulged in the same genre and contributing to a lot of competitors, why don’t they try digging into some other genres? Pop, rock, blues or even new age perhaps? Those who indulged and succeeded, well, congrats to you! But to those who indulged, failed miserably, and tries again in the same genre, well, the grass would always be greener on the other side boys. Please do not take this as an ‘advise’ since I’m not a professional hommie like some of you rappers and hip-hoppers out there, but I WOULD LOVE TO SEE you people doing some songs in genres that our local artists have never dominated before. See below for examples.
Reggae – Sasi The Don
Samba Rock – The Keys
Pop – Lock Up
Rap – Psycho.UNIT
Hip-Hop – Boomerangx
Unidentified sick song – Veeramah
New Age – ?
Dance/Techno – ?
Dhilip Varman, Selva and Saran. There three artists would be some of those minorities that our Indian girls (even our Indian boys) would go crazy probably due to their mesmerizing lyrics, voice and melody. But, I don’t see the same Indian girls craving for other types of songs from other genres. Well, although some might say that it is their interest to choose what song they like, but when a vast majority of the girls prefer the same type of songs and hate the same genre, something is definitely wrong with their mindset. Could any of those girls enlighten me on why some of you girls hate some songs, or even all songs by Darkkey for instance, when some boys would love it? Or if Darkkey happened to be a girl and sings like him, would you love “her songs”? =)
To conclude this post, I hereby would love to hear some Tamil songs under the genre of New Age and Dance/Techno, preferably like those of Enya/Enigma and Vengaboys/Brooklyn Bounce. Come on makkals, bring out your hidden talents! Let us not circulate among those common genres (hiphop and rap) but instead, let us start broadening our horizons! Long live our mannin mainthargals and my support would always be there for each and everyone of you.
*Please correct some of my facts if they happened to be wrong