I f there were any period in history when the music liked by the father, was also liked by the son, and that too with the same intensity, it would have to be the 21st century! I am talking about the situation in my very house. My 12-year-old son, Akshay is an avid music fan and the showing of live music concerts on TV has greatly improved his knowledge about the best in music abroad. It was last year when, with much fanfare, one of the greatest music acts of the sixties, seventies and the eighties appeared on a TV special. It was the brothers' team of the Bee Gees and I remember being very excited that I was to get the chance to see one of the finest composers/singers in Pop music perform live. I could never have expected the reaction that my son would have to this concert. For the next six months, the only music that could be played in my home was the "Best of Bee Gees" album that I was forced to buy the very next day!
The Bee Gees have always conjured up visions
of excellent singing, meticulous harmony and great songwriting, a combination
that was rare to find in any one band. The Bee Gees have exceeded everybody's
expectation in all these departments and as a result, their career has
stretched over three decades. With every new album, they have extended their
hold over their fans and even today, they command healthy respect from all the
artistes of today. In fact, there would hardly be any present day Boy band that
has not covered their songs and their duets and songs for great singers like
Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Olivia
Newton John etc. are legendary. Even the great Janis Joplin covered the second
When we started our band "Velvette
Fogg" in the late sixties, the Beatles were reigning supreme. The English
Naturally the people knew differently and
their career took off almost as soon as they landed from
I have always felt that the Disco era resulted in the Bee Gees being treated rather unfairly by the press. The enormous success of "Saturday Night Fever" and the immediate identification of the Bee Gees with the rise of Disco in the music scene all over the world made the Bee Gees appear to be just pandering to the superficial needs of market forces. The Bee Gees wrote great songs and the fact that they were great dance songs was an added advantage. Unlike in the present age where there is special dance music like techno, trance etc. created just for the dance floor, we always danced to all the great Rock songs of our time. Movement always played a great role in the enjoyment of any song and even the metal heads of today need to head bang to feel great!
The Bee Gees, I'm sure did not mind as it signaled their second coming into the world of Pop stardom. It was great for their bank balances too and the Bee Gees now have the world record for the biggest selling soundtrack album of all times. They are also the only group that has had six consecutive albums in the Top Ten. Today, their music from the sixties, seventies, eighties and the nineties enthrall audiences from kids to grandfathers. We even have Indian Bee Gees cover bands as was demonstrated recently in Pune's 'Grease', the retro club, by the excellent Goan band, a few days back. If that is not proof that today, they are one of the finest songwriters and performers of the century, I wonder what is!