Some more memories about my cousins & music:
My sister Sherine liked this trio called Johnny Hates Jazz who were British I think. Well based in the UK anyway. I guess they were her favourite band during the late 1980s when she was in college. The band had one hugely popular & successful album – their 1987 debut Turn Back The Clock, which featured 3 really good pop songs. The title track, Shattered Dreams & I Don’t Wanna Be A Hero all of which were big hits for the trio. The thing is they were really good which is why even all these years later, I can still remember these songs despite not having heard them since atleast 1992.
Another favourite of hers was George Michael. Sherine and my cousin Sandhya used to spend a few hours listening to their favourite songs and writing down the lyrics, pressing pause, play & rewind as often as possible, and then singing along. This is the way I used to get lyrics of my fav songs too. Now I just google them. We had this huge book of lyrics at our old house in Thrikkakara, bought from some store, and they had lots of lyrics mainly from hit songs of 1986, 87, 88, 89 & 90.
Back in 1991 (I think) some of us with our folks went to this exhibition in town where they were showing the new satellite systems, and we got to see MTV Asia for the first time ever! This was just as cable tv was being launched in India and we got to experience the pleasure of having more than the two dumb government owned & run channels on tv. Anyway, as my cousin Manoj reminded me, we stopped to watch two songs that are classics. The videos we saw that evening were for the songs Wind of Change by the Scorpions followed by Black Or White by Michael Jackson.