Tuesday 25 June 2013

Bappi Lahiri: Karate (1983)


More martial arts. Bappi Lahiri is all over the place on 'Karate', making use of every trick in the book, every cliché found on a disco dancefloor. But guess what? It works. Sort of. Super funky bass riffs, relentless percussion (the title track); madcap effects, cheesiness aplenty ('Tum Tum Tumba'); packing I don't know how many different musical themes into a single, amazing intro ('Bazi Pyar Ki'); sonic effects, bombastic arrangements, the obligatory 'I Feel Love' synth line ('Do Diwane Pyar Ke') – for all his derivativeness (lots) and downright stealing (some), Bappi really is a disco sub-genre all on his own.

And to wind things down, the guitar on 'Aaja Gale Too Lagale' and 'Ma Ae Ma' is more than a little gorgeous. 

Track listing:
1. Bappi Lahiri, Amit Kumar & Chorus: Karate
2. Asha Bhosle: Bazi Pyar Ki
3. Asha Bhosle: Yeh Salam Aakhri
4. Bappi Lahiri & Chorus: Tum Tum Tumba
5. Kishore Kumar, Amit Kumar & Chorus: Do Diwane Pyar Ke
6. Kavita Arun & Gurmeet Kaur: Aaja Gale Too Lagale
7. Kishore Kumar & Amit Kumar: Ma Ae Ma


  1. Many Thanks for this fabulous album of Bappi Lahiri. Expecting some RD Burman numbers in the coming days.

    Amit Kishore

  2. Hello PC,

    How are you with the time? And your label.

    I had to stop my my mixes "Votre Accent Est charmant Mademoiselle" for the radio but finally i decided to develop another project. To make 4 mixes every year since the begining of recording around the world. Another history of music.

    I just begin...

    I'm happy to see you develop Bhappi Lahiri. When i was teenager all my neighbour was Tamoul so i heard a lot of indian music. And i allways mixed the Lahiri's disco.

    I wish you a good continuation.

  3. Thanks. I probably still have the odd misgiving about Bappi, but he has undeniably made some good soundtracks.

    Amit, there'll be more Burman, but not for a couple of months.

  4. great upload PC ,two consecutive Bhappi Lahiri scores please upload any O P Nayyar or Laxmikant Pyarelal albums if you have in ur music bank. thanks

  5. Thanks so much for this. I saw the DVD for this film in Jackson Heights this weekend, but didn't for some reason pick it up. Of course I then looked for the soundtrack, but couldn't find it on CD. So ... much appreciated, and timely (for me)!