When we entered adolescence during the late eighties, like many others in our age, we were attracted to soft rock, pop and at times heavy metals . In Nainital, a famous hill station of the state, which has been kind of an educational hub in the entire nation, there were many libraries making available the albums of Boney M, Cliff Richard, Carpenters, Duran Duran, Bee Gees etc. General phenomenon was that boys would start with these and slowly move to slightly heavier and faster versions like Beatles, George Michael, Queen, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton etc. or to numbers with more bass guitar and metals. I can now analyze and vindicate the fact that we all started predominantly with British or UK bands primarily for the fact that the British accent was much more familiar and easy for us all. It was only in the college that we kept Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, Guns N Roses, Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits and likes in our “walkman”, an electronic music player device much en vouge those days. I still remember “we didn’t start the fire”, a top Billy Joel number been performed by an Indian band at IITKharagpur where an inter college meet was organized then.
But Phil Collins firstly with Genesis and then solo was our super star when we became fond of rock n roll. It was this number in around 1988-89 that hit the market and was an instantaneous hit. There are total 12 very good numbers in it and a few topped the chart, but this number called ” father to son” with great lyrics, nice chorus humming effect was an absolute treat and remains one of the favorite even today. From then on, there have been a shift of taste at times to Rap, Reggae etc. in between but, this great one which we listened to when we were around 17-18 still seems like a new release.
We shall always look forward to you Phil, like late Lady Diana, the then Princess of Wales would do when she was alive.
Written for : Sadje’s What do you see # 183 #Keepitalive #Whatdoyousee #WDYS
For the first time, I dare participate in Sadje’s popular series and hope she does allow me for the same.
I have four different sets of four lines each pertaining to the Girl’s and supposedly the boy’s ( not in the frame though the palm and the hand seem masculine) perspective, once assuming that the hands slipped accidently and in another one presuming it was done deliberately. All true lovers or best couples would forgive me for two stanzas which they would anyway loathe-