Friday, November 06, 2009

Dick Dale's Miserlou adapted for Bollywood film soundtrack : Kaminey - song "Dhan te nan" - and other popular songs riffing off this famous riff


i recognized it pretty quickly, maybe the second time i heard this hit song
Dhan te nan
but according to this cool and informative blog post echoes can also be heard in the Bollywood title cut for last year's CASH - and also, note for note in the Black Eyed Peas' "Pump it"


UPDATE ---
thanks to Anirudh for his explanation of the origins of this song... READ HIS ARTICLE HERE

also see comments for discussion of my recently alleged adaptations of this song

7 comments:

Anirudh Patil said...

Not really.. they both just use the surf guitaring style..and neither is Cash.. I just heard all three songs.. All songs using this style sound the same.. Although "Pump it!" definitely used the Misirlou theme.. In any case Misirlou is not Dick Dale's original work but is a folk song from the middle east..

Anirudh Patil said...

I guess they have similar beats.. but the tunes are definitely different..

DJ Carlito said...

Hi Anirudh,
well, i guess you're right... I think im being more general here.. thats why i say "adapted" and not "copied" .... yes, the beats are definitely all in that same surf rock style... and in both songs, Cash, and Dhan te Nan the guitar has many the same "melodic notes" but not in the same exact order of notes.. so maybe i was exaggerating..
I think Dhan te nan and Cash are excellent songs that stand on their own by the way - so not taking away from the song writer's talent..
i did also hear that about the origin of Miserlou.. thanks for the clarification.. Now Im curious to hear an older more traditional version of the middle eastern song that Miserlou was based on... do you know what the original tune was called? im interested in tracking a recording down... thanks for your comment!! take care
-C-

Anirudh Patil said...

Hey Carlito,
Miserlou has been traditionally called Misirlou (literally meaning an Egyptian girl). I had written and article about the song a while back.. Maybe you will be interested in reading it..
http://www.musicaloud.com/2009/09/26/a-song-a-day-misirlou/

DJ Carlito said...

i also said "echoes can also be heard" in CASH.. when im DJing, sometimes i hear two songs that "remind" me of eachother... but arent exactly the same --they usually mix well together.. i think there are many songs wich have "inspired" other great songs.. so thats all i was really saying.. its hard to say what actually inspired Vishal-Shekhar to write that song..

take care

C

DJ Carlito said...

Hey Anirudh! thanks for the link-- this is a pretty cool article... I'll link to it here if you dont mind. . thanks again for the info!

C

Anirudh Patil said...

Cool.. I would like it if you link it here..

Anirudh