THE MUSIC OF SOUTH-EAST ASIA
Music I heard in places I went.
God damn near everything from every corner of the globe. I can't be more specific than that, other than to say it all sounded "shiny." Singapore is like one really big, really shiny, well-ordered, neat-and-tidy, extra-shiny rave, (only if you do take drugs at this rave, you die - it's the law, kids).
Kylie Minogue was the big favourite. Incomprehensible Thai techno also rocked da house. There was happy hardcore, but none of it appealed to me. Whereas Singapore doesn't need the drugs, Malaysia could do with some extra happy, but again - the death penalty is regularly enforced.
Thai pop is shiny in all the wrong ways... And French covers of English songs... EVERYWHERE! ARGH! And there was a TV show I watched a couple of times with a group of Thai pretty, young, unbelievably-white-skinned things hosting it, who would randomly burst into song for seemingly no reason... I have no idea what it was all about. A serious Lost In Translation moment... but I also found myself watching it in Vietnam as well... Hypnotising...
Our lord and god: Jeff Buckley... I shit you not. And Powderfinger... Seriously, there is nothing this country does wrong.
More Thai pop. Delta Goodrem was an overwhelming favourite... sometimes there's just no accounting for taste in countries that have tonal languages... a Lost In Translation effect, perhaps.
U2! Tori Amos! Cambodia rocked... right up until Rod Stewart came on it did, anyway... blah... hee. (Hi, Dad.)