Bappi Lahiri: Very popular among DJ-types a while back, possibly he still is... me, I'm not a big fan. Most of what I've heard is dull, tacky to the extreme, his songs often bland rip-offs from other people's hits. It's with good reason he's referred to as 'The King of Copy'. Some of his soundtracks used to fetch ridiculous sums on eBay; 'Gun Master G-9 Surakksha', 'Jyoti' and 'Disco Dancer' to name a few... they might be among the better ones, I wouldn't know. A few of his are OK though, like 'Kasam Paida Karnewale Ki'.
Hardly a trace of traditional Indian sounds on this... 'Dance Dance' is the kind of 80s disco you either love or hate (or say you hate but secretly love), 'Jeena Bhi Kya Hai Jeena' is in fact quite good despite (or because of) its shameless steal from 'Billie Jean', and the anthemic title track has its funky moments. But my favourite is 'Come Closer' (now why isn't that on YouTube?), a gorgeous slowburning lounge-funk number that I once saw described as "Donna Summer meets Ravi Shankar". Sweet!
1. Salma Agha: Dance Dance
2. Salma Agha & Bappi Lahiri: Jeena Bhi Kya Hai Jeena - Part I
3. Salma Agha: Come Closer
4. Vijay Benedict: Kasam Paida Karnewale Ki
5. Salma Agha & Bappi Lahiri: Jeena Bhi Kya Hai Jeena - Part II
6. Salma Agha & Bappi Lahiri: Dance Dance