Monday, August 07, 2006

The inevitable SPB…

We remember that we had made a special mention of SPB in this post. But as a blog that is of the southie flavour, we really don’t think we are doing too much justice to this wonderful singer. So here’s a post about my favourite singer “S P Balasubramaniam”… also known as SPB to almost all the southies. So if there any of you here who think SPB is some sort of chemical compound to cure the allergies of skunk fur, we are sorry to have disappointed you.

Firstly, you go and read all that knowledgeable people have to say about SPB out
here. We suggested this because what we have to say about him is anything but knowledgeable and would add no value to whatever the above people had to say about him. We are here to just unravel our thoughts about this great singer. Also being a southie, we really can’t write this man off because 90 out of 100 southie (excluding mallu) songs were sung by SPB. And the other 10 never made it to the audiences… So here’s our ode to south-india’s most favourite singer SPB.

First and foremost SPB is a singer of ALL BASS AND NO TREBLE. You can take sometime to re-read the above and try and make sense out of it. SPB doesn’t have an ounce of treble in his voice. You can try and keep your bass settings to 0 and keep your treble settings at the highest and listen to an SPB song. And it is our promise that this gentleman’s song will still make it sound like you have bass at its highest. All his songs will sound like they are being played on 3D Dolby Surround Sound. (Bryan Adams is on the other extreme of the scale with all treble and no bass… just in case you needed this piece of info)

Secondly, we think, he is the only singer after Kishore Kumar who has his own signature. You’d ask what? We will explain… Kishore Kumar had yoddling as his signature and he used to randomly add yoddles to his songs making them all the more interesting. SPB doesn’t yoddle, but he has signature lines like “hay hay” and “dhat teri ki”, generous dosages of which are added to selective songs and which makes the songs all the more wonderful.

Thirdly, we think SPB is the only singer alive who can make waves out of a particular line of a song. Let us explain… SPB may be the only singer in this country who, when provided with a line of song that needs to be sung like it is moving in a straight line will end up sounding like the line is a moving ECG Graph.
And that is no easy task we tell you… Listen to any of his songs and you’ll come to know what we are talking about… (We added images to depict the same, but there is some sort of incompatibility between Blogger and Internet Explorer)


Lastly, we suggest that you listen to the following songs truly gauge the potential of this singer.

Hum Bane Tum Bane from Ek Duje Ke Liye
Batata Wada from Hifazat
Aake Teri Baahon Mein from Vansh
Aaya Mausam Dosti Ka from Maine Pyaar Kiya

And you will find each and everything that we have stated in here. We are proud to have written something on a truly living legend.

adios…

11 comments:

Sanjay said...

Saar, my knowledge of these things is very weak, but if memory serves me right Iy believe that the great man that you have chosen to describe here had 1st right of refusal to sing for non other than our great Sallu bhai...another tribute to his genius.
If I am wrong please forgive me

HP said...

@Iyer,

Moi too believes SPB is one of the underrated singers in the Hindi film industry.

Used to intermittently watch his talent-hunt show on Udaya TV.

Your choice of songs is real good and varied. But, forgive me, Is Batata Vada not from the film 'Ghar Jamai'?

Cheers,
HP

Kautilya said...

hey.. SPB has sung the original "breathless" song from some Tamil movie, I dont' remember the name... He also acted in that movie...

mojindro said...

hello iyer, thnx for coming to my blog n abt mr.SPB, he is really alegend..i dont have much knowledge of this area but my frens do talk abt him n the songs sung by him....

keep it up..
bye
take care

anita said...

this was an excellent post on SPB, a very good singer with a lot of talent...hey iyer, do u think its possible to do one on Hariharan? i think he's pretty good too...just wondering

anita said...

OH and i forgot to mention mere rang mein rang ne wali, from maine pyar kiya is one of my favorites...anyways laterz mr.iyer!

iyer education said...

@sanjay, did he refuse sallu bhai... mereko nahi bataya... kasam se :)

@HP, havent listened to any of his southie songs except for shankarabharanam... so our knowledge is restricted to hindi songs by SPB... and batatawada is from HIFAZAT... the song from jamai raja is "ACHEEE lagti hai" :)

@kautilya, thanks for the info...

@mojindro, he surely is a legend in his own rights... not as famous as the other singers... but still managed to carve a niche for himself...

@anita, let us just see if we could do something on hariharan... not very optimistic on that though... and mere rang mein had the music of "Final Countdown" right?

SCRIBBLEZ TO WAKEUP said...

Hey...This sure is info...I lnow he is a great singer but me not too much into music details n really dont know the bass vs treble part....I like the Maine Pyar Kiya song...its kinda cute! :)

The Comic Project said...

How about Khaat ke wunglee..khalam banau..dil ke laahuu se likh doon..naam tere...lavv letder

Mohan's Musings said...

i have posted...SPB narrating an incident about MSV/Kannadasan/NT etc....and singing/humming neerodum vaigayile ..it is really nice, please check that out too and leave your comments.....both Blog and youtube....
The you tube details are
SPB sings a rafi number
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYiJg_ugGv0

SPB on MSV and kannadasan/TMS/NT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiT-X33VZ0k

SPB - sings Ilamaienum poongaatru
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW0SHBHWJEc

My blog is http://mohanramanmuses.blogspot.com/

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