Lollywood, the Pakistani Movie Industry based in Lahore, can be approximated as a scaled-down version of its big brother, Bollywood. Lollywood didn't have the same amount of money, and had smaller distribution, smaller studios, smaller groups and even smaller records. (Pakistan only made 45 singles, with longer programmes divided into volumes as opposed to full LPs)
In the 1970s, Lollywood produced a slew of what were essentially exploitation movies, with titles such as Spy, Society Girl, Night Club and Miss Hippy among others. Musically, film soundtracks quickly interpolated electric and electronic keyboards, multi-tracking and re-sampling, because it replaced larger, more expensive “human� musicianship. To date, the excellent folks at Finders Keepers have released two collections of chOOns from the Lollywood vaults covering this period (1973-1980). These compilations were driven by mind-boggling percussion, analogue synths, electronic organs, “urd-glish� choruses that straddled jazz and surf and supplied plenty of clues about the characters involved in making these fantastic soundtracks. The Finders Keepers collections definitely gave the impression a golden age ended with the 1970s, and the little I’d read elsewhere had mentioned Lollywood’s decline in the 1980s as it tried to come to terms with censorship and restrictions on what was allowed.
Working with my man in Pakistan Farooq Muhammad and his library of original recordings from the Lollywood Archives I have put together a collection of Disco Classics and frenzied Mutant Pop that span the years 1980-1990 – a period largely overshadowed by an increasingly potent religious right allied to Pakistan’s military dictator, Zia ul-Haq. As we will soon hear, people will always find a way to entertain, even under oppressive conditions – I present a set of wonderful pieces of high energy, camp as hell, head scratching nonsense... or, as I see it, high art party music! I salute those involved for what they got away with! Dil Dil Pakistan and chOOn!! me down!11:30 - 13:30