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Albums That Changed My Life Part 2: Cornershop “When I Was Born For The 7th Time” 

 

Rock’n’roll is a white man’s game. I do not say this to be controversial… just ask Sam Phillips

(http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,135845,00.html).

Growing up as an Indo Canadian, I had a hard time figuring out where I belonged. Music was the escape, the fantasy. In my case, I connected with rock’n’roll.The majority of my other desi friends gravitated towards R&B/Hip Hop. Being a teenager in the 90s, there was a pretty clear divide btwn different music styles… they defined your style and who your friends were. So, in my case, the majority of my friends were suburban white kids who listened to Mudhoney, Supergrass, Blur, Teenage Fanclub, MBV, Nirvana, Pixies, Swervedriver…. you get the point. Alternative bands made up exclusively of white, male (Pixies aside) musicians. I never fully flaunted my Indian-ness… I actually tried to mask it. I’d go to temple and sunday school on the weekends, but during the week I’d be hanging with my friends trying to be like them. I picked up the bass in ‘93 and started playing around in bands and tried to fit in. In ‘97 I took a family trip to India (first one 15 years). Meeting my extended family and travelling started stirring something up inside of me. I came back to Montreal with sitar in-hand and a strong sense of self. Then I heard Cornershop’s single “Brimful of Asha” (https://youtu.be/lM7H0ooV_o8) their ode/commentary to/on Indian cinema (http://www.cornershop.com/2012/01/brimful-explained). A Velvet Underground-ish pop tune about Asha Bhosle?? My mind was blown. I bought “When I Was Born For the 7th Time” as fast as I could and tried to learn everything I could about Cornershop. Here was a band, with a first generation Indo (British) leading them. Tjinder Singh was no follower; he had a clear vision and identity. He was singing about things that mattered. He did not hide his culture. He sang about things that mattered to him: society, racism, being Sikh/Punjabi… And the music covered so much ground: funk, disco, hiphop, VU moments, DJ moments, The Beatles (I mean, Norwegian Wood in Punjabi???). This was an album about the history of rock and roll.

All this to say, this album taught me to make art/music that is real and has meaning (and that a little sitar never hurt anybody). I can’t thank Tjinder & co enough for this.

So, in the end, maybe R’n’R doesn’t have to be just a white man’s game…

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6U6Z_fdvdpEDLOk8I6qmA6XfZV-dnUIr

Albums That Changed My Life, Part 1: Teenage Fanclub's "Bandwagonesque" 


The year was 1991 and grunge was hot. I was 13 years old and never felt totally at ease with all the angsty/tortured music taking over the airwaves. I couldn’t get into Metallica (I did try) I loved the fact that there was an Indian guy in Soundgarden, but I was longing for something that aligned more with my more pop sensibilities. My brother, Anurag, suggested I check out this band Teenage Fanclub. I was turned off by the dorky name. I noticed they would be playing Saturday Night Live that coming Saturday. The were all long hair and grungy (very 90s) and played their big hit at the time (The Concept). As the song came to an end they switched gears and started thrashing about (they played “Satan”). I wasn’t too impressed. I thought they were trying too hard. I decided to write them off and continued the search for “my” band.
A couple of weeks later I was doing some schoolwork with a friend and CHOM FM (Montreal’s classic rock station) played a song that sounded VERY familiar. I became completed immersed into the song… it was everything I wanted: catchy, rocking, sad, uplifting… it had it all. Suddenly, I realized that this was Teenage Fanclub. I couldn’t believe it. That night I went to the Champlain Mall in Brossard (suburb of Montreal) and bought a cassette copy from Discus (RIP). I played that album to death. I learned every song. Finally, I had found “my” band. 25 years later and they’re still my band.
Bandwagonesque: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98T3lkkdKqk
Fannies on SNL: https://vimeo.com/18936423

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