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The year in music

brunch Updated: Dec 28, 2014 13:19 IST
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Music hit new notes this year, both high and low. While Salman Khan songs and Honey Singh remixes ruled the charts, music festivals like Supersonic and Magnetic Fields kept the indie fever going. Here’s singing 2014 out in style.



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Yo Yo gave us a weather update (

Aaj Blue Hai Paani Paani Paani Paani Paani Paani, Aur Din Bhi Sunny Sunny Sunny Sunny Sunny Sunny

), drunken confessions (

Chaar Botal Vodka, Kaam Mera Roz Ka

) and a rant-on-loop (

Aata Majhi Satalki, Aata Majhi Satakli

). He even collaborated with

Gulzar

(!) on the

Dedh Ishqiya

song

Horn Ok Please

. The man is unstoppable. We can’t even...


Dance central

You secretly, publicly, drunkenly, unabashedly danced to these throughout the year, EDM be damned:

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* Bappi Lahiri’s

Tune Maari Entriyaan

from Gunday, with those jhakaas Anil Kapoor-style steps.


* Bang Bang

title track (though you might not have danced to it, as much as you watched it. And by ‘it’, we mean Hrithik.)


* You channeled your inner Duracell bunny and danced to

Tera Hero Idhar Hai

from

Main Tera Hero

just like Varun Dhawan did.


* You became Kangana Ranaut and danced to

London Thumakda

from

Queen

at ALL the summer weddings this year.


* Saturday Saturday

from

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania

where Varun Dhawan was yet again seen jumping and thumping. (Somebody take the Red Bull away from him, please).

Most WTF lyrics

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*

Photo Nathi Toh Photocopy Pan Chalse

from

Jai Ho

(Refer to Gujarati dictionary, please)


*

Hangover[rrrr] Teri Baa[aaaa]ton Ka

from

Kick

(Tried eating some bread, Salman?)


*

All Is In The Well, When End Is In The Well

from the song

Nonsense Ki Raat

from

Happy New Year

*

Haan Main Alcoholic Hoon

from

The Shaukeens

(given the box-office collections of your films, Akshay, we guessed as much).


And the game changer was…

MTV Indies. The launch of the TV channel that promises to only play non-Bollywood music turned out to be a boon for indie musicians. We watched in awe as we discovered a world beyond item numbers. It also marked the return of the music video. Our favourite videos on the channel this year included

Fuzzy Logic

by Guerilla Monsoon and

Ready Set Go

by The Vinyl Records.


The festivals that got you dancing all year

If the NH7s, Sunburns and Supersonics weren’t enough for music festival lovers, this year saw the second edition of The Journey, best for the discerning music listener. The festival brought down artists like Bonobo and Snarky Puppy.



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Year-old entrants like the Enchanted Valley Carnival at Aambey Valley had a line-up of EDM favourites like Chicane and Indian favourites like Shaa’ir and Func.



Then there was the Magnetic Fields Festival, which was held in the beautiful Alsisar Mahal in Rajasthan and featured acts like Midival Punditz (we still remember their brilliant soundtrack from

Monsoon Wedding

) and Peter Cat Recording Co.



All was good until NH7 set indie lovers hopping mad when they chose to bring down Bollywood music ace Amit Trivedi as their closing act for NH7 Pune. Was India’s most indie festival selling out, or was it a well thought-out strategy? Only time will tell.


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*Jagga Jasoos

The big album to look for in 2015. Apparently, the Ranbir and Katrina starrer has a total of 39 tracks! Dialogues will be sung, which will hopefully save us the dreadful Katrina Kaif style of dialogue-delivery.



*Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani.

The former promises some kickass jazz tracks, and the latter some nice raag-based classical songs.



*Non-Bollywood music

The indie party isn’t stopping just yet. American indie band Young the Giant, is headlining the Sula Wine Festival this year; the Mahindra Blues line-up includes the legendary Buddy Guy once again, and British death metallers Carcass will be in Mumbai.



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