Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Biddu/Rajesh Bhatt/Binjoo Ali: Goonj (1989)

Goonj

I bought 'Goonj' on the back of the previous one... based on some ridiculous notion of winning streaks; that I'd lucked out with one late 80s disco album so here might be another. Which of course is utter bollocks.

As is this soundtrack. Once upon a time, Biddu produced 'Kung Fu Fighting' and wrote a couple of Tina Charles hits. Subsequently he co-scored 'Qurbani' with Kalyanji Anandji. It probably all went down hill from there. (The other fellas I have no idea who are. Don't think I'll bother finding out.)

Sterile, pappy pop, and disco as bad as it gets; devoid of anything much resembling funk or groove - it doesn't even make you wanna dance. To boot, 'Love Technology' includes one of the worst raps you'll ever hear.

(And to add insult to injury, they throw a few of the songs at you twice...)

Anyone curious?

The only way is up from here.

Track listing:
1. Binjoo Ali & Hema Sardesai: Sama Ye Suhana
2. Binjoo Ali, Hema Sardesai & Abhijeet: Jawani Ke Din Hai
3. Manna Dey: Jo Goonje Wohi Dilki Awaz
4. Electra & Biddu: Love Technology
5. Binjoo Ali & Abhijeet: Soota Lagao Yaaron
6. Electra & Biddu: Love Technology
7. Binjoo Ali & Hema Sardesai: Sama Ye Suhana

29 comments:

  1. Hi PC!
    U dunno what u have chanced upon! Sama Yeh Suhana is one biggest hits of the year 1989! It's one of the rarest album - very difficult to find!
    Thanx for this one!!

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  2. Really? Doesn't make me like it more, unfortunately...
    PC x

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  3. Despite your hard sell, PC, I think I'll have to give it a try ;-)

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  4. Haha, I expected nothing less :-)
    Let me know what you think of it.
    PC x

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  5. So this is where 'samaa ye suhana' came from! God it was popular! I think I will give the other tracks a sampling too. Thanks PC. :)

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  6. oh, even my guy Manna Dey sounded dreadful.

    *sadness*

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  7. I do trust you, PC. It's my own dubious taste that I have no faith in.

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  8. Wow... I don't know what to say except I'm kinda glad, and sad, that I'm curious!

    To me this doesn't even sound like a film soundtrack; it sounds more like a bunch of cover songs performed on stage in a small banquet hall by a group of amateurs, which were then recorded and played back on an old, worn VHS tape. Like the sort of stuff I was forced to watch when I was younger on the local Indian channel here in NYC. :D

    Anyway, there are some positives. The music in Love Technology isn't bad, but the lyrics are absolutely horrendous. I found "Soota Lagao Yaaron" kind of annoying, but it lingers in my head. I sorta felt like screaming "SOOOOOOOOOTA!!!" at work today when I felt PO'd at my PCs or my co-workers. I agree with memsaab on Manna Dey. It pained me to hear him sound so terrible. The other two songs are tolerable and mellow; sterile pop is a good way to describe them. Thanks for this one, PC.

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  9. Hi PC,
    Check out my new post. It may be of some help to u!!!!!
    Vishal

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  10. yeah, it's really not up there... but thanks anyway, this is one of the coolest blogs I've seen in a long time.

    I guess someone has asked you this before, but do you know where the theme Wada Na Tod that's been used in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind comes from?

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  11. I think it's by Rajesh Roshan... don't know which movie though (if any?)
    PC x

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  12. It is Rajesh Roshan from the 1987 film "Dil Tujhko Diya"...

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  13. "please keep away from this bad, bad song!
    he got the worst technology!"

    MY EARS!!!!!!!!!!!

    ;-)

    not a good way to start listening to your wonderful collection. what you recommend as a good starter?

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  14. One of the samplers (see sidebar)
    PC x

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  15. GOD BLESS YOU, GOD BLESS YOU! You don't know how much I have been looking for this album. Specially for that really silly track Love technology (Sheer nostalgia) and Manna dey;s jo goonje wohi

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  16. Where r u PC??????
    No post - been 10 days!!!!

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  17. Still here. Juggling erratic time schedules though... so sometimes there'll be 10-14 day lapses, other times you'll get 3 in 2 days. Should be a new one over the weekend though.
    PC x

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  18. Hi PC!
    Get a clinical view of a hindi cinema song!
    Read my new post!

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  19. Hi,
    You don't know how long I've been looking for "Jo Goonje Wohi" sung by Manna Dey in this album. I would love to hear that song again.

    Thanks a lot!

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  20. Guys.. i hav been searching for "Soota lagao yaaron' song from Goonj for almost a day now..but every time i run into its sad remix by Shaan... Bhailogon... can anyone guide me as where to find this lost gem of bollywood... its one of those songs which sowed the seeds for the likes of JJWS, Purani jeans and soundtrack from similar movies like DCH a decade later...even that Zeist song.
    So... finally tell me plz... where is Sooooota ??

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  21. Is the above version not the original then?
    PC x

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  22. Uh oh, I have ended up loving this album! I played LOVE TECHNOLOGY three times in a row yesterday! And I cannot stop listening to Jawani Ke Din Hai as well. LOL! Really.

    Oh, well, I have never been accused of having good taste.

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  23. Can anyone help me in downloading the goonj songs

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  24. There's a URL for the music further up. (First comment)
    PC x

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