Stupid Ditties, the annual compilation of ‘unmetal’ independent Indian music, is releasing a third edition titled, Stupid Stupid Stupid, today. The compilation album will feature 21 handpicked songs from bands across the country by Rishu Singh, of ennui.BOMB, and Arjun S Ravi, editor of Indiecision.com, and will be available for free download on the Indiecision website, in MP3 format with artwork and liner notes.
The popular compilation was first launched by Singh in 2007 as an album, featuring new bands like The Superfuzz on it. Indiecision.com, which ranks 37 in the best worldwide music blogs by Blogrank, joined hands with Singh in 2008, and a second edition of the CD was put up for free download. Featuring 13 bands that included The Supersonics, Menwhopause, Half Step Down, Split, Lounge Piranha, the album crossed 25,000 downloads in three months, from 57 countries.
Says Ravi, “Our effort was to make Indian indie music available around the world with Stupid Ditties 2, so we approached popular music blogs across the world. And it was a massive success, with people from as far as Estonia downloading the album.”
But instead of featuring well-known bands, Stupid Stupid Stupid will feature relatively newer bands that have been around for only a year or two. “The earlier compilations were efforts to make people support the indie scene,” explains Ravi. “This time, we don’t want people to download the songs only to show their support, but because it’s quality music. I can say that this is the best volume of Stupid Ditties yet. It’s got all kinds of music on it – from alternative to punk to humour metal.”
The final 21 songs on the album, by bands like Aftertaste, Dischordian, Gravy Theory, Khiladi, Meduse, Sridhar/Thayil and Workshop, were selected from hundreds of entries from around 80 bands across India. “I have to admit there was a lot of Nirvana/Rage Against The Machine inspired music, that we’ve been listening to for donkey’s years,” laughs Ravi.
“But we’ve finally selected 21 songs that don’t adhere to the formula. That’s how the album’s got its title. It’s about exposing people to music they wouldn’t believe exists in India. For example, there’s a boy-girl punk band from Delhi called Seven Degrees, that makes you wonder when India became so cool!”
Limited edition CD
Ravi and Singh have also come up with a limited edition mastered CD of the album, complete with artwork, inlay, band profiles as well as a pullout poster, that they would be handing out at the launch gig tonight at Zenzi Mills, Lower Parel. “We’ve put in our own money on the album, because we believe in the music and really hope people find it worth the effort,” Ravi says.