A Hop on the English Pop Train
Updated: Jun 13, 2020
It was the year of 1988, a Bruce Springsteen human rights concert which was going to happen at the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium, in New Delhi made me curious about the western pop music. I was a 70's child who was growing normally into adulthood without even having a hint of metamorphosis stage called the teenage in today's hip culture. Growing under the umbrella of conservative parents my musical antennae were up only for Kishore Kumar, Asha, Lata and RD Burman, who were the epitome of memorable music.
After seeing the Springsteen hoardings, my senses were awakened to the English music. My mind started to race around all my younger cousins (with whom I had a generation gap) who were more enlightened about the English pop . Being the eldest one of all cousins, I asked them to record some of the pop songs for me in a cassette and they were obedient enough to do so. And OH MY EARS! They were so honored after I heard “Right here waiting” by Richard Marx, “Said I loved you..but I lied”, “How am I supposed to” from Michael Bolton and the angelic voice of Celine Dion. Then I got addicted to all the music of Bryan Adams, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Beatles, Queen, Roxette.
That one concert opened up a Pandora's box of a whole new world of English Pop Music. I often felt a burst of happiness whenever I used to visit Archie's card gallery which was among the few stores that played English love songs as their background music for their customers. My new found passion had grown strong throughout my teen years and by the time I hit adulthood I had my own cassette tape wall shelf with all the classics from the English world. That 80’s evergreen music still causes ripples in my heart. And the Story continues with my teenage daughters still playing those old melodies on the archaic dusty and garbled black cassette tape recorder whenever they visit their grandparents. My girls from the 'Youtube' and 'Spotify' generation have started humming to the musical notes of English pop songs while I, like a sheep, follow them to the likes of “Rolling in the deep” by Adele and other similar tunes.
For all the music lovers out there, you should taste the music of the golden era, sharing a few personal favorites down below :
How am I supposed to live without you- By Michael Bolton
Right here waiting- By Richard Marx
Please Forgive me- By Bryan Adams
Nothings gonna change my love for you- By Glenn Mederios
You’re still the one- By Shania Twain
It must have been love- By Roxette
I want to break free- By Queen
I want it that way- By Backstreet Boys
Can't help falling in love- By Elvis Presley
I wanna dance with somebody- By Whitney Houston
Staying alive- By Bee Gees
Like a prayer -By Madonna