May 23, 2007

Remixes! - Did we ask for them ?

Bollywood is still under the clutches of Remix fever and doesn't seem to get well soon. The remix epidemic has striked tamil film music too and its time to wonder if remixes are really homage or disgrace to the original songs....

Yuvan Shankar Raja , the chip off the old block is the most happening music director with his own unique style. He churns out good variety of music from undiluted folk in Paruthi veeran to Urban kuthu "Saroja" in Chennai-28 to soul stirring melodies in Deepavali.
But for God-only-knows reasons, he has got a craze for remixes and most of his albums have a remixed song. Either it is by the director's compulsion or his own interest, he holds the most number of remix songs to his credit.

Following is the list of his remixes... ( Hope I didn't miss out any)

1. Kurumbu - "Aasai 100 vagai"

2. Arindhum ariyaamalum - "Thee pidikka"

3. Vallavan - "Kaadhal vandhiduchi"

4. Thaamirabarani -"Karupaana kaiyaale"

5. Pattiyal - "Namma kaatula"

6. Dass - "Vaa vaa"

7. Bala - "Theendi theendi"

8. Manmadhan- "En aasai"

Even for his unreleased album "Kannamoochi enada", he has remixed "Andru vandhadhum idhe nila" song from a MGR movie. A talented music director of Yuvan's calibre should avoid such remixes in his future projects. One of the biggest blunders of Yuvan is remixing the L.R.Eswari's famous "Karpoora nayakiye" devotional song as "Karupaana kaiyaale" in Thaamirabarani. The director might have got permission and rights from the original producer, but this remixing does not require a Yuvan. Even a newbie MD can do that.

Rahman, as usual has proven that he is a class apart by his excellent re-tuning of "Thottaal Poo malarum", rather than remixing the same tune and voices with alienated techno music. Hats off to Rahman for that innovative effort.

KarthikRaja who raised his concerns about too much of remixes has recently fallen prey to remix culture and is remixing his dad's songs for a mobile service provider. His recent album also features a remixed song of Ilaiyaraja.

Harris Jeyaraj who is already known for his concealed remixes of Rahman's songs is no exception. He will be remixing "Pani vizhum malarvanam" from Ninaivellaam Nithya for Gautham Menon's "Vaaranamaayiram" starring Surya.

In Bollywood and Kollywood it is the season when the filmmakers are head over heels to remake old classic movies. Here is a humble request from all music lovers to the filmmakers and music directors, to make use of their creativity to the fullest and come out with fresh sounding songs, rather than molesting the original songs.

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