It’s still Summer of '69 in city’s karaoke bars
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It’s still Summer of '69 in city’s karaoke bars

Bryan Adams’s 1984 hit Summer of '69 comes on top in our survey on what’s hot in Mumbai’s karaoke bars. Find out more about it.

music Updated: Oct 22, 2010 15:58 IST
Collin Rodrigues
Collin Rodrigues
Hindustan Times

As a country, we may be mad about Bollywood songs, but Mumbai’s karaoke audience still seems to be hooked to English hits, especially retro chartbusters from the 1960s to the ’80s. Bryan Adam’s 1984 anthem, Summer of ’69, is popular almost everywhere. And no one seems to know why. The Canadian singer’s song is a regular feature at Firangi Paani. “Summer of '69 is sung by almost all our patrons. Here I am is the second most popular song by Adam,” says DJ Brian Qurinney.

Admitting that Bryan Adams still reigned supreme, Meldan DaCunha of Soul Fry Casa adds “We have been playing English karaoke songs for a very long time. Once, during Diwali or Holi, we tried something new and introduce Bollywood songs. To our surprise, patrons booed us all. That was our first and last tryst with Hindi songs.” Meldan’s Bandra restaurant Soul Fry plays Bohemian rhapsody the most, due to repeated requests.

Marine Drive’s Not Just Jazz By The Way also hosts karaoke sessions and here too Adams’s anthem rules. Says manager Ganesh Shenoy, “The only new songs that guests prefer these days are Sexy b**** by Akon and Angel by Shaggy, which are relatively new.”

Bandra’s WTF is one of the newest joints to host karaoke sessions. Says DJ Brian Menezes, “Though most songs on karaoke nights are old hits, there some new ones too. We have a group of regulars who always request Chicken fried by Zac Brown.”

For some strange reason, Bandra’s Boat Club, which is a hub for Goan youth from all over the city, refuses to acknowledge that they have karaoke sessions. Says DJ Russell who works here, “We are not allowed to talk about karaoke songs.” Their manager Rajesh Mane sounded spooked, saying “What karaoke, we don’t know what you are talking about,” he says. But regulars Maradon D’Souza and Boney and Kevin Fernandes were very forthcoming, “We usually sing Summer of '69 after we’ve downed a few pints of beer.”

Surprisingly, the younger crowd is hooked to retro karaoke numbers. Adds Meldan, “Most of the patrons that visit karaoke sessions at both my outlets are teenyboppers and people in their mid 20s. They love their oldies.” At WTF, “The older generation are into rock from the 1960s, while guests in their 20s prefer hip-hop or Eminem. But Summer of ’69 is the one song that is popular across all age groups,” says Menezes. Not Just Jazz By the Way gets its patrons involved in singing by placing a book with the most popular 200 songs. Says Shenoy, “Guests write down the songs they want to sing on a piece of paper. The hosts then calls them on the stage.” Collegians are regulars at karaoke nights. “They come after college or even at night to sing,” adds Shenoy.

Soul Fry, Bandra
I’m a believer-Neil Diamond (1966)
Temple of the king-Rainbow (1975)
Bed of roses-Bon Jovi (1992)
Sweet Caroline-Neil Diamond (1969)
We are the champions-Queen (1977)
Annie’s song-John Denver (1974)
Vincent- Don Mclean (1972)
Bohemian Rhapsody-Queen (1975)
Objection tango-Shakira (2002)
Hey Jude-Beatles (1968)

Firangi Paani, Andheri
Nothing gonna change my love for you-George Benson (1984)
One love-Bob Marley (1977)
Hello- Lionel Richie (1984)
Tequila sunrise-Eagles (1973)
Hotel California-Eagles (1977)
Love will keep us alive-Eagles (1994)
Summer of 69-Bryan Adams (1984)
Here I am- Bryan Adams (2002)
Dreams-Cranberries (1993)
That’s why-MLTR (1995)

WTF, Bandra
Summer of 69-Bryan Adams (1984)
Californication-Red Hot Chilli Peppers (1999)
I’m yours-Jason Mraz (2008)
Living on a prayer-Bon Jovi (1986)
Chicken fried-Zac Brown (2003)
Proud Mary- Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
Lodi- Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
Patience- Guns N Roses (1989)
To love somebody-Bee Gees (1967)
Sweet Caroline-Neil Diamond (1969)

Not Just Jazz By The Way, Marine Drive
Summer of 69-Bryan Adams (1984)
Someday-MLTR (2006)
Sexy bitch-David Guetta feat Akon (2009)
I will survive-Gloria Gaynor (1978)
Oh Carol-Neil Sedaka (1959)
Living la vida loca-Ricky Martin (1999)
Living next door to Alice-Smokie (1976)
Angel-Shaggy (2001)
My Way-Frank Sinatra (1969)
Strangers in the night-Frank Sinatra (1966)

Soul Fry Casa, Fort
Mustang sally-Sir Mack Rice (1965)
Have you ever seen the rain-Creedence Clearwater Revival (1971)
The gamber- Kenny Roger (1978)
American pie-Don Mclean (1971)
Dancing queen-ABBA (1976)
You are still the one-Shania Twain (1997)
Summer of 69-Bryan Adams (1984)
Back to you- Bryan Adams and Eliot Kennedy (1997)
Simply the best-Tina Turner (1989)
Ceceiia- Simon and Garfunkel (1970)

Irish PUB, Ramee Guestline, Khar
Musafir hoon Yaaron-Parichay (1972)
Hum tumhe chaahte hain-Qurbani (1980)
Dil mein ho tum-Satyamev Jayte (1987)
Aur is dil mein-Imaandar (1987)
Ek haseena thi-Karz (1980)
Oh Carol-Neil Sedaka (1959)
Summer of 69-Bryan Adams (1984)
YMCA-Village People (1979)
Sweet love-Anita Baker (1986)
Material girl-Madonna (1985)

Tavern, Hotel Fariyas
Summer of 69-Bryan Adams (1984)
Eye of the tiger-Survivor (1982)
Zombie-Cranberries (1994)
Coming back to life- Pink Floyd (1994)
We will rock you-Queen (1977)
Living on the edge-Aerosmith (1993)
Time of my life-Dirty Dancing (1988)
Here without you-3 Doors Down (2003)
Roadhouse blues-Doors (1970)
I will survive-Gloria Gaynor (1978)

Hawaiian Shack, Bandra
Pause, Bandra
Score, Colaba
Sun N Sand, Juhu
Cafe Bohemia, Juhu
Tetsuma, Colaba
Club Synergy, Fort
The Flute, Grant Road
Bootleggers, Colaba
On Toes, Malad

First Published: Oct 22, 2010 14:11 IST