On 6th August, critically acclaimed US band ‘Goldspot’ will be making music history with the simultaneous release of a Hindi and English version of their new single ‘Friday’.
The Bollywood influenced single ‘Friday’, featuring the vocal talents of Indian lead singer Siddhartha Khosla and musical arrangements by music legend AR Rahman, is the second track to be taken from the band’s much loved debut album ‘Tally of the Yes Men’. Fans will be able to download the stunning Hindi version of the song when it goes on general release, and are guaranteed to fall in love with ‘Friday’s’ feelgood combination of rousing string intro, strong vocals and guitars.
Asian music lovers will undoubtedly now be spoilt for choice, with the Hindi version of the song giving front-man Sid Khosla the opportunity to reach into his desi roots. The charismatic singer says listening to golden legends such as Kishore Kumar and Mohammed Rafi as a child was one of the inspirations behind the move to create the Hindi version.
Born to first generation Punjabi parents from Delhi, who later settled in New Jersey in the US, Khosla lived in a household where Indian culture was always dominant. When he visited his home country as a child, he encountered the unique taste of Indian soft drink brands such as Thumbs Up and Limca. But it was one, specific fizzy orange drink – Goldspot, which would prove to be the inspiration behind the band’s name.
The band truly came to life in 2001 when Sid met drummer Ramy Antoun. The five members of Goldspot come from very different ethnic backgrounds – from India, Guatemala, Egypt and the US – so all bring their own ethnicity into play and ‘Friday’ is a reflection of Sid Khosla’s cross cultural influences -from the sounds of classic Hindi films to REM, The Smiths and The Cure.
The English version of the single is rapidly gaining popularity, with BBC Radio 2 already naming it their record of the week, being playlisted by Virgin Radio, and has also been Track of the Day on Q magazine’s website.
The track is supported by a video, featuring a little kid who miraculously pulls the band out of box in front of his class, and has already found a fanbase after being featured on VH1, The Box, Hits, Q, and MTV Hits Spanking New Music channels. Their cover of the song ‘Float On’ has also been featured on popular US show The OC.
Goldspot recorded the album ‘Tally of the Yes Men’, which was released on an indie label, before influential Los Angeles based DJ Nic Harcourt fell in love with their sound and played every song on his radio show.
Harcourt’s producer ensured that Goldspot’s record ended up in the Mercury label’s UK offices, and before long the band was signed up to the recently revived Fontana label.
Khosla comments: “I’ve had great fun writing the Hindi version, with transatlantic calls to the whole family, to make sure the translations were right! For me, the highlight was really the trip to India to work with AR Rahman – he added his unique magic to both the English and Hindi versions, giving it that melody and richness that I associate with classic Hindi film music.”
The Hindi version of ‘Friday’ will be available to download from 6th August 2007