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(2LFT) Why do people like old, hindi movie music?

If given a choice between old and new Hindi movie music, most people will choose old Hindi movie OSTs.

Everyone knows people who start cribbing and reminiscing about ‘the good, old days’ as soon as another tasteless melody starts playing on the telly/radio.

Ever wondered why it may be so?

I mean, the amount of talent available across eras should remain constant, right? It can’t be that suddenly all the talent in the country disappeared with the arrival of the 80s and people started dancing to Ta-thaiya-ta-thaiya and other weird Jeetendra numbers. More so, the amount of talent on display should actually go up because of the various talent hunts that keep going on nowadays. Right?

My hypothesis: People are stupid (Fact). They don’t realize that as time passes, only the real gems created in a period would survive and the crap would get washed away. So the Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi stuff that you hear from the 60’s and the 70’s and are so in love with is actually only the good stuff that they must’ve sung. All the shit created in that period would’ve disappeared over time. So if you ever call the 60’s or the 70’s the golden era of Hindi movie music, remember that 50 years from now, the 90’s and the 00’s may also be called the ‘golden era’ (or whatever they call it then).

This hypothesis also raises an interesting question: Would the drivel that gets created today ever disappear? What with youtube etc. around to capture them and store them for eternity? Shouldn’t we do a voluntary purging (in the name of good taste) of the tasteless music that gets created these days and leave out only the good stuff?

Just wondering.

(P. S. 2LFT stands for ‘Too Long for Twitter’. Stuff that is too long to communicate in a couple of tweets. Basically,  a set of posts where I jot down whatever I feel like, without caring too much about it making sense. Wait. Isn’t that true for the rest of my posts too? :|)


13 thoughts on “(2LFT) Why do people like old, hindi movie music?

  1. Good question! The tasteless stuff will get retained for sure, but it might end up as something to laugh at, the same way we laugh at “Clerk” or Joginder or some stuff from the 80s. Even if there is no voluntary purge of bad music, no worries. Our short memories will take care of it 🙂

    P.S: I know people who think 70s music was crap 🙂 But there’s almost no disputing that up to the 60s, melody was king.

    • Oh but I would never think of getting rid of something like Clerk or Joginder forever! Some things are so bad that they are actually good. 🙂
      I was more concerned about the middlingly bad stuff. But you’re right, our memories are enough to take care of it.
      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  2. well, arguably the best of yore is better than the best of today? i would chalk it up to the growing postmodern phenomenon of form over substance; today things may be more catchy, and often i would rather just listen to a fast, computer-generated song — but i feel there was more soul in those old kishore, rafi, asha songs, in terms of melody and lyrics.

    • Or should I say that the filtered yore that we listen to today is better than the ‘good bad and ugly’ of today’s music that we listen to now? 😛
      But I’ll agree with your point about the effect of computer or electronically generated stuff on melody. Maybe its over reliance has bought about a laziness which prevents people from coming up with better melodies?

    • But this was directed towards ‘aaj kal ke bacche’ as much as ‘aaj kal ke buddhe’! You’ll see both generations denigrating new music without thinking of the time-based filtering that has happened in the case of the old stuff.

  3. I agree with most of what’s written but the fact is that the volume of good stuff in the 80’s and early 90’s was the least – owing to the advent of the likes of anand-milind and annu malik; the establishing of bappi lahiri; the decline of RDB especially because the good/big directors started looking elsewhere; the transition from LPs/records to cassettes; the advent of a pirate called Gulshan Kumar – so losses for the HMVs of the world; more underworld money coming in; the country itself went through a low phase – the lull before the storm of 1991.

    • Interesting. But how did the advent of Anand-Milind and Annu Malik prevent the talented people from coming up? And the LP-Cassettes transition would’ve been just a format change, no? And piracy is a much bigger problem today than it ever was. Gulshan Kumar did cause a big dent in the music companies’ coffers but those guys were surely making much more money than they were making in the 60’s?
      Looks more a case of the collective taste of the nation taking a big nosedive 😛

  4. Lalita says:

    Well the fact is in 50’s and 60’s more emphasis was given to melody and especially lyrics with lyricists majhrooh sultanpuri and sahir ludiyanvi created master pieces which even today we remember and love to listen to,there was a certain clarity in those songs,today lyrics have almost vanished and more emphasis on rythm and beats due to which these songs doesnt stay in our minds for a long time,but still good songs are always appreciated be it any era or period in 70’s and 80’s lakshmikanth pyarelal and ravindra jain and in 90’s nadeem-shravan and annu mallik and now A.R.Rehman and shankar-Ehsan-Loy are doing good job and too are appreciated.Fact is good music and songs are appreciated in any era and period.

    • :O
      You’re the first person I know who has called Nadeem-Shravan and Annu Mallik as good musicians. But for the sake of my own sanity, I’ll not pursue it any further 😛

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