THE NEXT BOY BAND?
It had been years since I bought your magazine, mostly because I thought it to be good for teenagers. Your labelling 1974 as a boy band hurt me. Couldn't you just call it a regular band?
Rob Kaji Sherpa (Via e-mail)
WAVE: Don't be so upset. 1974 AD is a band with an all boys line up…doesn't that make them a boy band?
THE MINORITY REPORT
The Cover Story This Gypsy Heart and The Minority Report was great. I truly appreciate Trishna's work.
One message for 1974 A.D: You are one of the best bands in Nepal but you cannot call the best of the world the worst. That pinched me. You can hate them but you must learn to appreciate other's hard work as well.
Nevertheless this edition of WAVE did have the Midas touch. Thank you.
IONSIt was a pleasurersion for them to copy and improve on it with their own indelible image.
About the song Mayalu: Well, Louis Banks did not compose the melody of the song, as is reported in your interview. But I wish he did. Ranjit and I played in Louis daju's band. Ranjit was the drummer, I played the double bass while Ashish Bose was the guitaris to read Tsering Choden's interview with 1974 AD in which The Hillians' hit song of the 60s, Mayalu, was mentioned, adding that the song would be revived by the band.
I did not "approach" the band for the rerecording of the song. Actually, the band approached me through their manager Bijay Manandhar and my son Prem Deep Jimmy - they are extremely good friends - requesting me to write Nepali lyrics for them. I have submitted five songs, and I hope they'll compose the melodies on them. If this happens, it will be a rebirth of the lyricist in me after nearly 40 years. I'm extremely honoured and rarely privileged by the group and its supporters. It is true, however, that in the very first meeting with the group I suggested that Mayalu be rerecorded by them. I taped my vet and Louis played the piano.
Ranjit Gazmer is responsible for the tune of Mayalu, and I wrote the words, and we both arranged the music. I sang the song with The Hillians and we also cut a disc of the super hit at Hindustan Records of Calcutta. However, the 78rpm record seems to be out of stock now, and I don't have a copy with me.
But Louis Banks definitely contributed the interlude music passage of the song after he laughed heartily at our version which he found utterly despicable. He composed the passage on his piano in his house one evening when we had gathered for rehearsals. On that we owe him a big one, and we stuck with his interlude. Ranjit used the original version of the interlude with some changes in one of his compositions recorded by Asha Bhosle.
I have yet to hear, appreciate and lend my suggestions to the 1974 AD version or rendition of the song. This, I hope, will be done after their return from their long US tour. If made public, the song will bring a lot of flashbacks of the 60s' rock explosion and implosion in Darjeeling. Let's look forward to it, with pure justice done to it by the band's original and excellent musicianship.
Peter J. Karthak, Kopundole
The July issue was great. As months go by WAVE is getting better. It's sooo great to see my favorite band on the cover and a big thank you for the exclusive interview. It was so nice of you. Reading WAVE is like an addiction already, especially for the youth in Hong Kong. It's wonderful to be updated on the happenings in Nepal. Hope to see more exhilarating interviews of Nepali pop artistes in the future. Jai Nepal!
Nikki, Hong Kong
When I flip my calendar at the end of every month the first thing that comes to mind is the new issue of WAVE. So by routine I found the 79th issue of the WAVE on time. The interview with 1974 AD band was worthwhile. But to my surprise I found many printing mistakes (like Bimala Rai is printed as "Bimala Ra" on page 30 of Hot Pop). I found contradictory information (page 29) in the column Statistics after the world cup semifinals. In the "fewest cards in match" section you had "Germany v Brazil" 0 but if I'm not mistaken, in that match one of the Brazilians got a yellow card. I consider WAVE to be a responsible magazine so I would not like to see such mistakes in the future.
Nabin Koirala (Via e-mail)
Issue # 79 was indeed innovative, 1974 AD being the best part of it. The band is creating history, and WAVE is a boon. Please feature them on the poster next time. I'm a die-hard fan and their music means so much to me. I wish I could let you know how grateful I am.
Shally (Via e-mail)
THE BIG IMPRESSION
WAVE gives me tremendous satisfaction. The Cover Story - The Minority Report, was 100% amazing. I want to see some more articles like that. However I'm going to mention that it would have been better if you featured Ronaldo on poster. He was the hero of World Cup 2002
ON TIME EVERY TIME
WAVE is an international magazine and so it should be delivered on the first day of every month. Secondly, on behalf of every reader I request you to increase the size of the songbook. Then there was a mistake in the lyrics of Not a girl not yet a woman, by Britney Spears. Please provide original lyrics.
Issue #79 was special to me because you gave us information about The Rolling Stones. Now I would like request a special of Britney Spears in your following issue.
Anil Kumar Gurung, Pokhara
ROCK N ROLL!
REAL AND GREAT DREAMS
I saw the new issue of WAVE as I was walking home from college and there I saw my handsome photo on the cover. I was thrilled! Then I started reading WAVE and on the first page I saw another beautiful photo and some I information about myself. On the next page was my e-mail and postal address on Top Add. My song was on the Hot Pop section and on X Connexions (Exposed) there again was a photo and some more information about myself. My album was featured in New Pinch and I was on every quiz page. My handsome photo also landed up in the middle page and 'on poster'! In place of Pushkar journeys on it read Uday Journeys on and there was a description of my journey to America. I was visiting places and girls were visiting me! I had to literally get away from them and it resulted in a chase of sorts.
At that very point I woke up. There stood my mother reminding me that I had overslept. I got up confused because everything that happened seemed so real. Then I read the latest issue and although my photo was nowhere in the scene and my name wasn't mentioned anywhere. But I thought it was still very interesting, if only dreams could come true. Dream I did.
Uday Babu Shrestha 'WAVE', Nayabazaar
Congratulations Uday! We present you with a WAVE T-shirt so you will always be reminded of your dream.