Jaan Pehechan Ho – Song Of The Day

Jaan Pehechan Ho

Many will know this tune from the opening scene of the film Ghost World but Jaan Pehechan Ho” is more widely known as the hit song from the 1965 Bollywood thriller Gumnaam starring Nanda, Manoj Kumar and Pran. To say that the scene in which the song is depicted is pure 60’s bliss would be an understatement. With its genius choreography, its catchy chorus and its mostly masked (a la Green Hornet) cast, this is just a bloody good, very fun song delivered with tons and tons of energy.

The song is sung by Mohammed Rafi and the main dancer in the scene is Laxmi Chhaya.

Secrets – Song Of The Day

Cure

Our Song Of The Day for today is “Secrets” by The Cure. The track can be found on the band’s second album Seventeen Seconds, which was released back in 1980, and it’s a dark, fast-paced tune with a relatively restrained Robert Smith and a simple beat hammering in throughout. This is the band at their best delivering some quality early gothic rock without overdoing it.

Stray Cat Strut – Song Of The Day

Stray Cats

From the Stray Cats‘ self-titled 1981 debut album comes “Stray Cat Strut”, one of the rockabilly band’s earliest hits. This is one cool, old-fashioned, bluesy track which is just as good and as catchy today as it ever was. You usually can’t go wrong with Stray Cats but this is definitely one of those classic, instantly addictive tracks even non-rockabillies should have a ball with.

 

Nantes – Song Of The Day

Nantes

Beirut‘s 2007 album The Flying Club Cup was pretty perfect and the second track on the album, “Nantes”, was not only one of the best on it but remains one of Beirut’s most recognisable tracks. The usual Balkan folk-influenced vibe is there along with a whole bunch of accordions, trumpets and other relatively exotic instruments. The music video, which sees maestro Zach Condon walk down a flight of stairs behind the rest of the band is also particularly inspired.

Hey Stoopid – Song Of The Day

Hey Stoopid

The title track from Alice Cooper‘s 1991 album Hey Stoopid certainly has a lot going for it: a silly, instantly memorable title, cameo appearances by Slash and Ozzy Osbourne, who provides some backing vocals on the song, but also a reliably absurd and fun video. It was the most successful single on the album and it’s easy to see why.

Check it out, stoopid.

Full Circle – Album Review

Full Circle

After the release of Creed’s 2001 album Weathered, it looked like this was going to be the end of the post-grunge band but, 8 years later, Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti reformed the band for a fourth album: Full Circle.

While said album didn’t receive the standing ovation that their first two outings enjoyed and received about as many mixed reviews as Weathered, it was still a full-on comeback with the band firing on all cylinders.

But there hasn’t been a follow-up yet, save for a Scott Stapp solo album, so was the album just not good enough to warrant another? Or is it mostly just a case of the band being too broken to literally get their act together?

The first single “Overcome” opens the album in an appropriately explosive way. Fans of the band should have been pretty satisfied with this comeback track which included a shamelessly catchy chorus and even a “Stapp rap” which the singer somehow pulls off without making a fool of himself. It’s a commercial track but a cool track all the same.

“Bread Of Shame” follows with an initially messy, off-beat guitar beat which ends up working surprisingly well when the vocals and the chorus kick in. It’s a very heavy track clearly designed for going nuts at live shows. Incidentally, it is followed by a much softer track.

“A Thousand Faces” boasts a genuinely beautiful melody and, all in all, it’s a bittersweet, heartfelt track which may just be the album’s highlight. The song goes in an unexpected direction towards the end before the terrific chorus kicks in one last time.

A heavy riff then kicks in as next track “Suddenly” begins. There’s a Middle-Eastern vibe to the chords in this one and we soon get another catchy, powerful chorus which makes the song. A clever key change halfway through also helps keep it worthwhile throughout. “Rain” is next and it’s a softer, more chilled-out track which certainly sounds closer to Christian rock, a subgenre Stapp would later embrace fully, of course. Though the song has an admittedly appealing chorus, this is still one tame, cheesy effort.

The sixth track, “Away In Silence”, starts off slow but hooks you in thanks to a catchy melody. This is another poppier, more commercial track but it’s pretty enough to still be likeable, though fans of the band’s heavier material might start to lose patience. Not for long, though, since we’re soon back to rockier stuff with “Fear”, an energetic but rather shapeless track which is nevertheless kept afloat by some good glammy guitar work and a solid chorus.

A strong contender for best song on the album has to be “On My Sleeve”, a moodier song with some hugely creative guitar moves, a kickass melody with a softer, yet still effective, break and a powerful chorus. Arguably one of the band’s all-time standout tracks. Title track “Full Circle” opens with a chilled bluesy riff which ultimately leads us to a solid chorus. It’s an optimistic, personal song about how the band finally got back on track but, ironically, it sounds more like a Puddle Of Mudd song than anything else.

I guess there’s worse bands to sound like!

Track number 10, which is simply called “Time”, is more melancholic but although the chorus is admittedly poetic, the song ends up sounding way too emo for its own good. “Good Fight” is a more entertaining but much messier track with a heavy chorus. The main problem with this one is it’s not too memorable. Finally, we have “The Song You Sing”, which is probably the closest Creed have come to a folk song with its acoustic riff. The track and its chorus seem to criticise artists who sing pointless songs with no message. This makes the track come off as a bit preachy but its point is not untrue.

Following the underrated Weathered this many years after was always going to be a challenge but Full Circle does a good job at reminding us why some of us liked Creed back in the day: Tremonti’s inventive riffs, Stapp’s unique tones.

The album itself may be a little uneven and unfocused at times but it’s got some good tracks in there, some of which are right up there with the band’s best work so if you like Creed, there’s a very good chance you’ll enjoy this one.

That’s a high 3 Happy Cobains out of 5 for Full Circle.

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