I was this close to posting about the original movie Disco Dancer and the song Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja which M.I.A. has reclaimed in her truest fashion, but as is often the case, I was pipped to the post by the boyz at Club Contact.
A classic bollywood film, not just for its’ soundtrack but for the terribly choreography and terrible dialogue – the film is firmly embedded in my psyche (mainly because I was forced to perform the title track as a youngster in front of all the ‘aunties’ at some wedding. Even in my tragedies, disco plays a role). (Interestingly enough, as quite a few bloggers have pointed out, the film was huge in the Soviet Union). I really struggled to choose a clip to share (youtube is full of them) from the film, so I encourage you all to take 30 mins out of your life to go and enjoy the delights of the film).
The soundtrack to Disco Dancer was composed by Bappi Lahiri who, perhaps single handedly is responsible for bringing 80s eurodisco to indian cinema (and for stealing melodies outright from other artists – Jimmy is based upon the 80s hit You’re Ok by Ottawan, Auv Auva borrows from The Bugles ) – a trend that stayed around for a decade when the rest of the world had claimed disco had died.
MP3: M.I.A. – Jimmy (expired)
MP3: Ottawan – You’re OK (expired)
Disco Dancer OST
MP3: Vijay Benedict – I Am A Disco Dancer (expired)
MP3: Parvati Khan – Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja (expired)
MP3: Usha Uthup, Basavalingiah Hiremath – Auva Auva: Koi Yahan Nache (expired)
MP3: Basavalingiah Hiremath – Yaad Aa Raha Hai (expired)
MP3: Nandu Bhende – Krishna Dharti Pe Aaja Tu (expired)
MP3: Kishore Kumar – Ae Oh Aa Zara Mudke (expired)
MP3: Suresh Wadkar, Usha Mangeshkar – Goron Ki Na Kalon Ki (expired)
MP3: Suresh Wadkar, Usha Mangeshkar – Goron Ki Na Kalon Ki (part 2) (expired)