Sunday, July 31, 2016

Thai VS Bollywood II: Ultra rare Suang Santi (Iron Man) / Sumit Stachatape, full album!

You would never suspect it from the look of the cover - this is Suang Santi's record with the Black Sabbath cover "Iron Man" (Kuen Kuen Long Long) on it. The guy on the cover is of course not our cool hero Suang, but Sumit Stachatape, who is found on the A-side... and to my surprise it is a real find! It's a blend of Indian music and Luk Thung, hence I feature it in my little series of reports about thai-indian musical relations. Side B then is probably some of the most recent stuff from Suang Santi before his untimely death, and definitely some of his finest. Have fun!

...and if you have the chance to find it - there is a 7 Inch re-issue from Finders Keepers with "Kuen Kuen Long Long" on it, this time Suang Santi on the cover:

Our friend Chon a.k.a. Big Tiger opened bar & records studio in Bangkok!

Big Tiger Record Studio - open every day, located in Bangkok, Lad Prao Wang Hin, Soi 48.
If you love Thai Funk, Molam, Luk Thung and Reggae it is the place to be! Vinyl and drinks! For more info check Chon's Facebook page:

Friday, July 8, 2016

Thai VS Bollywood - Lata Mangeshkar VS Ream Daranoi

During the 70ties Indian movies were very popular in Thailand, so popular in fact that the music in some of these movies was dubbed as well. For Bollywood the dominant female voice of this time was that of Lata Mangeshkar, who sung what feels like half of all Indian movie songs from the 60ties to the 80ties. Her voice is truly remarkable. The song "Tanhai Men" was dubbed in Thai, sung by Ream Daranoi and called "Fai Yen" (cool fire), and is featured on Paradise Bangkok's excellent "Sound of Siam" compilation. For this post, I gathered the Indian Original and the Thai version. I will post more music at the intersection between Thai and Indian Culture in the next weeks... so here's "Fai Yen" and "Tanhai Men"... enjoy!