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Bombay the Hard Way: Guns, Cars & Sitars
     

Bombay the Hard Way: Guns, Cars & Sitars

 
Kung fu with your curry? Or hard-boiled detectives vindaloo? This riotous reappropriation of '70s film music from India delivers the goods with a one-two punch. India's vast film industry, the engine of subcontinental pop culture from music to fashion, went through a funky period post-1960s. The sweeping romantic tableaux of '50s films gave way to the era of the

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Kung fu with your curry? Or hard-boiled detectives vindaloo? This riotous reappropriation of '70s film music from India delivers the goods with a one-two punch. India's vast film industry, the engine of subcontinental pop culture from music to fashion, went through a funky period post-1960s. The sweeping romantic tableaux of '50s films gave way to the era of the Masala film and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, of hard-edged, action-packed buddy flicks. And the era's music directors, while perserving the de rigueur folk songs and cabaret numbers, dove headlong into wah-wah guitars, funky bass lines, car crashes, gunshots, and general brownsploitative mayhem. BOMBAY THE HARD WAY collects the hippest soundbites from those bell-bottomed days and turns them over to hip-hop producers Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and DJ Shadow. But the sweeping productions of Kalyanji and Anandji Shah hardly need the retrofitting; the Shah brothers, masters of the genre, have enough spice to power tracks like "Ganges a Go-Go," "Fists of Curry," and "The Good, the Bad and the Chutney." How's that for subtitles?

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This collection of tracks comes from the bungalow of legendary Indian masala film director Anandji V. Shah after sitting and rotting for nearly 25 years. The director, along with his brother Kalyanji, not only wrote and directed dozens, perhaps several hundreds of films (no none knows for sure, not even them), and scored them as well throughout the '60s, '70s, and '80s. These were not just any Bollywood movies -- these were masala "mixed spice" films, the Bollywood version of cheap action and blaxploitation movies, B-movies, or James Bond-type thrillers. What is so remarkable about these tracks is how well Kalyanji and Anandji were able to take the old traditional and folk melodies of Rajastan and combine them with the deep grooves prevalent in their American and European, and even Caribbean, counterparts. To that end, these tracks are remarkable, works of groove genius, non-incidental even though they are incidental music that reflects the '60s and '70s movies they came from. Producer Dan the Automator had DJ Josh Davis and Nana Simopoulos add some nu-groove beats and a few extra sitars to the already drenched in groove and rhythm tracks. It wasn't so much to update them as to celebrate what was already happening in the music. Here is surf music, blues, go-go, discothèque, psychedelia, cheesy R&B, and exotica all wound together with spoken bits from the films that accent the wildness of these pieces. Tough, freaky, and completely enjoyable, Bombay the Hard way is a celebration of a particular kind of mad genius, the kind it takes to throw everything into a mix and make it work no matter what the circumstances or outcome! This is truly groovy, funky, tripped-out music from the movie capitol of the world, and showcases how the Americans and the Italians may have invented the noir and cheap thrill movie soundtrack, but the Indians took it to a whole different level. Oh yeah, some of the titles: "The Good, The Bad, and the Chutney," "My Guru," "Ganges A- Go-Go," "Fists of Curry,"" and "Punjabis, Pimps, and Players." The package is killer, too. I'm telling you, you need this!

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Release Date:
03/30/1999
Label:
Motel Records
UPC:
0060259800325
catalogNumber:
3

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