Disco Deewane

Its just a memory now. I cant even say for sure whether its true. But I remember that in the 80s, in Bombay, my parents used to host awesome parties. Red and yellow chandeliers, breezy atmosphere, latest Phillips cassette player with two separate stereophonic box speakers. Lilting music of ABBA, BoneyM and Nazia and Zoheb Hassan. Why is it important to me now? I was born in 1977 and the entire 80s was the time when I registered impressions that were going to stay with me forever. 80s was the age of Disco. I became a willing slave to that music for the rest of my life.

My eyes started heavily lacrimating, as I listened to \’Tere Qadmon Ko\’ by Nazia and Zoheb, today morning. I was teleported to that drawing room with dim lights. I can see my parents and their friends dance to \’Dancing Girl\'(I don\’t know if thats how it really was. But thats how I\’ll always remember it.) . I can see myself jiving to \’Sunny\’! I was living that joy, that hope, that carefreeness, that love, that warmth, that energy, that rhythm… that D.I.S.C.O. I was a Disco Deewana. And I still am. It would be cliched to say that they don\’t make music like that anymore. But let me still say for the sake of my childhood- they don\’t make music like that anymore.

I remember my mom loved to sing \’Tere Qadmon Ko\’ with a look of intense pleasure. I think she had a crush on Zoheb. But me, I was madly in love with Nazia Hassan. Ah! Nazia! I deeply loved her voice. If you could make love to a voice, listening to Nazia made me feel like hugging that voice, kissing every modulation of it, caressing every intonation of it; my soul rolling with the amplitude with its rise and fall and an orgasm at every high pitch. That smooth, finely balanced, delicate, beautiful, wise, innocent, stable, pure and slightly nasal voice in the modern, liberated, sexy setting of disco. That voice that gave you an intense emotional erection, yet instead of making love to her you would love to just keep looking at that heavenly mirage bursting with sexuality that was waiting for the slightest touch of yours. I think that voice shaped my own sexuality to a large extent. I still imagine my ideal mate exactly like that voice.

And what was about that music? That immortal, ethereal, infinite, that here to forever, that inside and everywhere music. That music that hit your head and splashed it across all known universes. That music that had just the right amount of echo. I always felt that Biddu was possessed when he composed \’Baat Ban Jaye\’. And if you get the hottest item babe of that time, Zeenat, to perform that on big screen, then man!Main Insaan Hoon, Farishta Nahin…

I really don\’t know who that Brown Girl in the Ring was, but I sure felt like playing with her every time I heard her song. Those were good days. You could write a song on just about anything. Ma Baker or Sunny, Belfast or Rasputin. Today if Avril or Christina sang about Darfur or Putin, the music company will perhaps go out of business. Remember \’Oceans of Fantasy\’? I remember. I remember while listening to that song I could always imagine myself surfing away on a wave of psychedelic lights in a river that led into dark and vast eternity dotted with a billion little twinkling stars. Man! What was with that music?? The composer surely composed it when he/she was high on LSD or Marijuana. You could tell. You could feel.

\”Can you hear the drums Fernando…\” I lost touch with that music in the late 80s and entire 90s. There was a long long pause. Then, suddenly, one day in the late 90s, while watching an Australian film, Muriel\’s Wedding, on Star Movies, I heard \’Dancing Queen\’ and I sat up. As usual, whenever there is such an instant regression, my eyes welled up, goose bumps all over and throat choking, involuntary and without warning. I said what the heck! I know that music! I\’ve heard it before. I\’ve danced to it. And I went to the music store, bought ABBA and danced to it. \”You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life…\” I dug in the Dancing Queen so much that she never fails to inspire me. Although now I know that she wasn\’t trying to inspire a boy of 5 or 6. 😉 Why did I let her go??

\”Yes, I\’ve been brokenhearted
Blue since the day we parted
Why, why did I ever let you go?
Mamma mia, now I really know,
My my, I could never let you go.\”

Published by Anupam Choudhury

I'm a writer, editor, and blogger from New Delhi, India.

One thought on “Disco Deewane

  1. Hey AC, this is one emotionally charged piece!If Nazia could have read it, she would have fallen for you. ;DAmusing. :)AP


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