A.R. Rahman featuring Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls
This one is so amazing to me. “Jai Ho” wins the Oscar for Best Song on Sunday, Feb. 23, then I wake up Monday morning to Nicole Scherzinger on LA’s KIIS FM talking about how much she loved the movie and how moved she was to write her own version of the song for pop radio. I’m laying in bed mortified and titillated simultaneously all while being half awake and just waiting to see what this potential abomination sounds like. Needless to say, my Monday was starting off with a bang.
What then came out of my clock radio was pretty interesting. Nicole takes the song, which of course I nor most of America can understand anyway because we don’t speak the language, and turns it into a Pussycat Dolls relationship pop ditty with a couple of the lines from the original song. The beat sticks with what comprises most of the original (the original actually goes through about 4 different musical atmospheres), and adds in a few poppy elements to make it a little more radio-ish. My personal favorite line is, “I’ll make you wanna say (Jai Ho!)”. Only a Pussycat Doll could turn Jai Ho into something you scream out during sex. Go Nicole go.
Oddly enough KIIS only played the original version, and for only about two weeks following the Oscars, and then forgot about the song entirely. But whatever, it’s fun, it’s poppy, it makes you dance, it doesn’t mean a whole lot, but who’s complaining. Just dance.
Love that song and loved the film!
By Gary Steinberg on 04-03-2009