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Retro rewind

You’ll witness quite a spectacle on Friday nights at city nightclub Shiro. With Abba, Elvis Presley and Boney M ruling the playlist, you will find teenagers jumping up and down to ‘Dancing queen...’ with as much gusto as 50-year-olds reliving the good old days of the ’70s.

music Updated: Apr 28, 2012 16:06 IST
Nirmika Singh

You’ll witness quite a spectacle on Friday nights at city nightclub Shiro. With Abba, Elvis Presley and Boney M ruling the playlist, you will find teenagers jumping up and down to ‘Dancing queen...’ with as much gusto as 50-year-olds reliving the good old days of the ’70s.

True, music has changed much since then. And commercial house, hip hop and Bollywood may all have their day. But nothing works like retro. Face it. How many times have you been to one of those parties where the crowd suddenly bursts into a euphoric roar as soon as the DJ switches from a Lady Gaga number to, say, a classic by The Beatles or Tina Turner? Retro is a safe bet for clubs in terms of music. A wholly retro playlist can never age or become obsolete.

“Retro works very well for us because the music has great nostalgia value. People like to listen to songs from the ’60s and the ’70s because they have good memories attached to them, even if they didn’t grow up in that generation. Also, having these commercial nights makes very good economic sense for us,” says Carlton Royale, general manager, Shiro, Worli.
Supriyo Dhali, the general manager at Svenska Design Hotel, which hosts weekly retro nights at its restaurant, Miro Lounge, agrees. “We host the event on Wednesdays and it is one of the peak nights at the lounge in terms of footfall and business.”

And many popular city clubs, such as Toto’s and The Ghetto, play retro every day of the week.

Both Royale and Dhali assert that their weekly retro theme nights work just as well with thirty-plus professionals as well as with teenagers.

“From 15-year-old kids to couples in their sixties, retro music offers something enjoyable for every group and that helps us attract more people to our joint,” says Dhali.

Zarir Warden, vocalist of the city-based cover band The Other People that has made a name for itself by performing old-school hits, says, “Venues play retro music because people just love the genre. Songs by Abba and Elvis never grow old and everyone can relate to those melodies, as opposed to more contemporary numbers which the older crowd feels out of touch with.”

Top 5 retro hits
Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns n Roses)
Every Breath You Take (The Police)
Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley)
What’s Up! (Four Non Blondes)
Coming Back To Life (Pink Floyd)

Unwind with oldies every night:
Hard Rock Café, Worli
Toto’s Garage Bar, Bandra
The Ghetto, Mahalaxmi
Amadeus, Nariman Point
Geoffery’s, Marine Drive
Pizza By The Bay, Marine Drive
Hawaiian Shack, Bandra

Special nights:
Miro Lounge, Andheri (every Wednesday)
Shiro, Worli (every Friday)
Blue Frog, Lower Parel (last Saturday of the month)