Friday, May 14, 2010

The MJ Show 100th Episode Contest!!

Tomorrow, I will be working on the Special 100th episode of The MJ Show with Luke Kenny...but I had to share this with you today. :)

Just had a meeting with Arjun Sankalia, Director, Sony Music and we (Sony Music & The MJ Show) have something absolutely INCREDIBLE that one of you lucky folks is going to get a chance to win in the 100th Episode of the show!

Here's what it is!

David Gilmour - Live in Gdańsk (Limited Edition 5 Disc Set) Exclusive 5 Disc Set - 3 CDs + 2 DVDs

Disc 1
1. "Speak to Me" - 1:23
2. "Breathe" - 2:49
3. "Time" - 5:38
4. "Breathe (Reprise)" - 1:32
(Above tracks are from The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd, 1973)
5. "Castellorizon" - 3:47
6. "On an Island" - 7:26
7. "The Blue" - 6:39
8. "Red Sky at Night" - 3:03
9. "This Heaven" - 4:33
10. "Then I Close My Eyes" - 7:42
11. "Smile" - 4:26
12. "Take a Breath" - 6:47
13. "A Pocketful of Stones" - 5:41
14. "Where We Start" - 8:01
(The above tracks are taken from On an Island - David Gilmour, 2006)

Disc 2
1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" - 12:07
(Taken from Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd, 1975)
2. "Astronomy Domine" - 5:02
(Taken from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn - Pink Floyd, 1967)
3. "Fat Old Sun" - 6:40
(Taken from Atom Heart Mother - Pink Floyd, 1970)
4. "High Hopes" - 9:57
(Taken from The Division Bell - Pink Floyd, 1994)
5. "Echoes" - 25:26
(Taken from Meddle - Pink Floyd, 1971)
6. "Wish You Were Here" - 5:15
(Taken from Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd, 1975)
7. "A Great Day for Freedom" - 5:56
(Taken from The Division Bell - Pink Floyd, 1994)
8. "Comfortably Numb" - 9:22
(Taken from The Wall - Pink Floyd, 1979)

DVD (Disc 3)
* The album comes with a bonus DVD containing a 114-minute film of the concert featuring:

1. "Castellorizon"
2. "On an Island"
3. "The Blue"
4. "Red Sky at Night"
5. "This Heaven"
6. "Then I Close My Eyes"
7. "Smile"
8. "Take a Breath"
9. "A Pocketful of Stones"
10. "Where We Start"
11. "Astronomy Domine"
12. "High Hopes"
13. "Echoes"
14. "A Great Day for Freedom"
15. "Comfortably Numb"
* Gdańsk Diary - a 36-minute documentary.
* Web-pass to download 12 additional live tracks and Wot's...Uh the Deal?

DVD (Disc 4)
Disc 4 contains the following:
* A 5.1 surround sound mix of On an Island (Audio only) - 51:42
* Three never-before heard jams from The Barn, January 2007
o "Barn Jam 166" - 4:49
o "Barn Jam 192" - 2:49
o "Barn Jam 121" - 7:32
(All "Barn Jams" are written by Gilmour)
* "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" - 10:57
* "Wearing the Inside Out" - 8:09
* "Comfortably Numb" - 7:20
(From the Mermaid Theatre performance in 2006)
* "On an Island" - 6:48
* "High Hopes" - 9:10
(From the AOL Sessions, 2006)
* "The Blue" - 6:27
* "Take a Breath" - 6:20
* "Echoes (Acoustic)" - 6:51
(From Live from Abbey Road)

Disc 5
The third CD containins the 12 live tracks that are available free of charge via the web-pass on the DVD from the 3 and 4 Disc versions, taken from the On an Island 2006 tour.

The five wallets from the Deluxe Edition & vinyl edition.

1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" - 13:09
Venice, 12 August 2006 & Vienne, 31 July 2006
2. "Dominoes" - 4:53
(Taken from Barrett - Syd Barrett, 1970)
Paris, 15 March 2006
3. "The Blue" - 6:21
Vienne, 31 July 2006
4. "Take a Breath" - 6:43
Munich, 29 July 2006
5. "Wish You Were Here" - 5:17
Glasgow, 27 May 2006
6. "Coming Back to Life" - 7:10
(Taken from The Division Bell - Pink Floyd, 1994)
Florence, 2 August 2006
7. "Find the Cost of Freedom" - 1:27
(Taken from 4 Way Street - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, 1971)
Manchester, 26 May 2006
8. "This Heaven" - 4:27
Vienne, 31 July 2006
9. "Wearing the Inside Out" - 7:32
(Taken from The Division Bell - Pink Floyd, 1994)
Milan, 25 March 2006
10. "A Pocketful of Stones" - 6:27
Vienne, 31 July 2006
11. "Where We Start" - 7:37
Vienne, 31 July 2006
12. "On the Turning Away" - 6:06
(Taken from A Momentary Lapse of Reason - Pink Floyd, 1987)
Venice, 12 August 2006

The Deluxe Edition also contains a twenty page booklet (the other versions have a 12 page booklet) and these items of memorabilia:
# Reproduction postcard
# Ticket
# Backstage pass and artist's pass
# A large double-sided poster
# A guitar plectrum
# Seven photographs

So...what do you think?

Are you excited?! :) Are you ready for the 100th show!? :)

Oh by the's all you have to do to win this set.
Add yourself on to the official Musicman Mihir Fan Page on Facebook -
And under the current status update there just tell us what you feel about The MJ Show. A winner will be picked out from all the people who comment there.

I'm keeping this contest really simple. No complicated questions. No googling or wikipedia work. One of you lucky guys or girls is going to take away this box set that costs nothing less that 4000-5000rs. (About 80$ in the US and so after import duty it's about that much in India.)

All I want to know is what you've felt about The MJ Show. I want to continue this and have many many more shows...but I need to know that YOU are liking what you're getting here :)
So yeah...feel free to give me whatever feedback you want...but make sure you write in to the comments here:

Oh yeah, do help spread the word. Luke and I will pick the winner for the contest by the end of this month. And I will only declare the winner for this contest when I see at least 100 comments under that status update ;)

Music Lovers Unite! :) Only if you get behind me and the show, can I keep doing this in the days to come! :)

See you all in the 100th Episode! :)

Rock n Roll!!!

Musicman Out! :)

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The MJ Show #99 (Songs from the Coke Studio Sessions - Season Two)

You saw the awesome Season 1 of the Coke Studio sessions in Episode 98
Now...get ready for something even more awesome.

Here's the official take once again:
This year, after the unprecedented critical acclaim and huge popularity of Season 1, Coke Studio reignites our passion and returns to the heart of the live recording studio with a new artist line up, a different sound, an innovative house band and a brand new set of performances and episodes. This season, Rohail Hyatt’s musical genius draws together the fundamentals of collaborative music that will showcase Pakistan’s rich music culture by stitching into its fabric, traditional artists, folk music influences and regional instruments in collaboration with Pakistan’s contemporary mainstream artists.

Coke Studio’s Season 2 had electrifying performances, surprise collaborations between artists and be part of their interpretation of Pakistani music on a reinvented signature Coke Studio set. Season 2 demonstrates how creative boundaries can be defined, redefined and bridged through musical improvisation reflecting the vibrancy and artistic harmony of Pakistan’s artists. Listen to the plaintive sounds emanating from the mountains and valleys of the Frontier and Baluchistan, reverberating through the rivers of the Punjab and breaking out triumphantly into the sands of Sindh and out across the open seas.

Who is Rohail Hyatt you ask me? Here's the answer...
A Pakistani legend in his own right, Rohail Hyatt is an award winning artist and producer par excellence whose art is in a state of constant dynamism, from his formative years on the 1980’s pop scene, to his leadership of the pioneering band Vital Signs, to his collaborations with icons ranging from Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Ustaad Saami to film-maker Shoaib Mansoor.

This visionary produced the definitive, critically acclaimed and now iconic music project Coke Studio’ in 2008 which captured the essence and nature of the collaborative relationship between eastern and western music in Pakistan.

Basically, he's the man behind Coke Studio!

What I'm going to give you here tonight, are the songs played in the 5 episodes that ran in Season Two of this brilliant show. I hope you love them. I thought that they were absolutely stunning!

Episode One - Individuality
Javed Bashir - Aj Latha Naeeo

Zeb & Haniya - Paimona

Atif Aslam - Jal Pari

Shafqat Amanat Ali - Khamaaj

Saieen Zahoor and Noori - Aik Alif

Episode Two - Harmony
JoSh - Janay Do

Ali Zafar - Dastaan-e-Ishq

Saieen Zahoor - Toomba

Shafqat Amanat Ali - Aankhon Kay Sagar

Atif Aslam & Riaz Ali Khan - Kinara

Episode Three - Equality
Ali Zafar - Yar Daddi

Noori - Jo Meray

JoSh - Bari Barsi

Atif Aslam - Wasta-e-Pyaar Da

Zeb & Haniya and Javed Bashir - Chal Diyay

Episode Four - Spirit
Atif Aslam - Mai Ni Mein

Riaz Ali Khan - Bulleya

Zeb & Haniya - Chup

Noori - Saari Raat

JoSh & Shafqat Amanat Ali - Mahe Ve

Episode Five - Unity
Arieb Azhar - Husnehaqiqi

Strings - Titlian

Zeb & Haniya & Javed Bashir - Rona Chor Dia

Ali Zafar - Nahi Ray Nahi

Shafqat Amanat Ali - Kuch Ajab Khail

Noori - Keedar

Atif Aslam - Humain Kya Hua

Just how brilliant was that eh?! I can't wait for the next season to air!!
Check out: for more on this brilliant series!

So then...this was Episode 99!! Next up is the Big 100th Episode.
Like I promised you on twitter. The 100th show is going to be something special! I can't WAIT to get started on it!
I will have a guest host for the 100th show. An extremely talented good friend...Luke Kenny! :)

Right is now time for me to say...take care...and Good Night! :)
This is your Musicman Mihir...signing off!

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The MJ Show #98 (Songs from the Coke Studio Sessions - Season One)

I just tweeted this yesterday:
"Holy SHIT! Every now and then, as a music lover, I chance upon something so spectacular...something so makes the jaw drop."
"Today' I've found one such thing. It's going to make you melt in your pants if you're a real music lover. Can't wait to share it with you!"

I swear to God! I'm not kidding you. This is so phenomenal...I'm having a musical orgasm of sorts!

Here's the official story:
Coke Studio embodies a musical fusion of exciting elements and diverse influences, ranging from traditional eastern, modern western and regionally inspired music. Bringing alive the magic of live recordings and performances, Coke Studio prides itself on providing a musical platform which bridges barriers, celebrates diversity, encourages unity and instils a sense of Pakistani pride. Coke Studio is an inspired step by Coca-Cola for having created a platform where renowned as well as upcoming and less mainstream musicians from various genres can collaborate musically.

With Season 1, Pakistan witnessed fusion in its natural essence and form combining not only classical eastern and contemporary western style vocals but instruments and musicians. Live collaborations were staged all summer aired every fortnight, on every television screen, simultaneously, across Pakistan.

What I've got for you in tonight's show are the songs from Season 1!!
Here we go!

Episode One - Ali Azmat, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Mauj
Rahat Fathe Ali Khan - Shaman Paiyan

Ali Azmat - Deewana

Mauj - Pahelian

Ali Azmat & Rahat Fateh Ali Khan - Garaj Baras

Ali Azmat & Rahat Fateh Ali Khan - Balaman

Episode Two - Strings, Ustaad Hussain Bakhsh Gullo and Saba & Selina.
Strings - Sar Kiyae

Saba & Selina - I'm In Love

Strings - Anjane

Strings - Zinda

Strings & Ustaad H.B. Gullo - Duur

Episode Three - Ali Zafar, Saeen Tufail Ahmed and Sajid & Zeeshan.
Ali Zafar - Janay Na Koi

Sajid & Zeeshan - My Happiness

Ali Zafar - Chal Dil Meray

Ali Zafar - Channo

Ali Zafar - Rangeen

Ali Zafar & Tufail Ahmed - Allah Hu

Episode Four - All Artists
Rahat Fateh Ali - Dildara

Ali Azmat - Mein Challa

Strings & Ustaad H.B. Gullo - Dhaani

Coke Studio House Band - Flute Jam

How awesome was that eh? Next episode...season 2!! :)
Check out: for more on this brilliant series! 

Right is now time for me to say...take care...and Good Night! :)
This is your Musicman Mihir...signing off!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The MJ Show #97 (The Ladies Special)

I used to do these when I was back on air. :)
Called em The Ladies Special :) Basically some great pop songs that were sung by some of finest lady pop singers around.
Here's what we're going to have here. I'm going to have some brilliant young lady singers and some of their latest hit songs for you tonight.

First up from Norah Jones's new album "The Fall" here's the lead single...
1st Song - Norah Jones - Chasing Pirates

And next is the lead single from Corinne Bailey Rae's new album "The Sea"...
2nd Song - Corinne Bailey Rae - I'd Do It All Again

Joss Stone's first album was stunning and her new album's not too bad either. Here it is...a song from her new album "Colour Me Free".
3rd Song - Joss Stone - Free Me

KT Tunstall's last album was "Drastic Fantastic" way back in 2007 but I thought I'd have that here as well because I really liked this song from it.
4th Song - KT Tunstall - Saving My Face

Adele hit it big with her debut album.
The album was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Prize in the category of Best Album. On 3 December 2008, the album spawned four Grammy Award nominations: Best New Artist, and Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Chasing Pavements". And she won two Grammy Awards: Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the single "Chasing Pavements".
Not bad for a first album eh? Not as good as Norah did with her debut album but definitely cool without a doubt.
So here's the big song from her debut and only album "19".
5ht Song - Adele - Chasing Pavements

"It's Not Me, It's You" was Lily Allen's last album and that could actually be a pun. Because it was her last album...and it could be her last album period.
It had some really nice songs in it though. Like this one here...
6th Song - Lily Allen - Not Fair

Leona Lewis was one of Simon Cowell's big finds. Her single "Bleeding Love" from her debut album was a massive bleedin' success :) And her new album "Echo" ain't doing bad either.
Here's a song from that album.
7th Song - Leona Lewis - Happy

Colbie Caillat's second album was called "Breakthrough" and it's lead single "Fallin' for You" did quite well on the charts. Here's the song...
8th Song - Colbie Caillat - Fallin' for You

Taylor Swift is another massive contemporary pop singer.
Her last album, "Fearless", debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums charts. The release sold 592,000 copies in the United States its first week—the largest sum for a country album since Eagles' Long Road Out of Eden in November 2007! Fearless later became the first album to sell one million copies in 2009, and earned the title of top-selling album of 2009. As of February 11, 2010, the album has been certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA, and has sold over 8 million copies worldwide.
The album's lead single, "Love Story," was her first song to achieve commercial success outside of the United States.
Here it is...the big single from "Fearless"...
9th Song - Taylor Swift - Love Story

Janet Jackson hasn't had anything out in a while but this was the lead single from her 2008 album "Discipline".
10th Song - Janet Jackson - Feedback

Madonna's last album was also released in 2008. It was called Hard Candy and it had this big hit:
12th Song - Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland-4 Minutes

Everybody's favourite Fashion wierdo rock-chick is Lady Gaga...and irrespective of how insane she looks, she's had some really catchy tunes...though I DO NOT understand her latest video. AT. ALL.
Have a look in any case :)
13th Song - Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé - Telephone

Fergie's last album was massive for her. The album produced 5 top five singles in the U.S., including three number-one hits on the Billboard Hot 100, "London Bridge", "Big Girls Don't Cry", and "Glamorous", as well as the number two single "Fergalicious" and the number five single "Clumsy". The album was called "The Dutchess" and here's one of the big hits:
14th Song - Fergie featuring Ludacris - Glamorous

By the way, just an observation, the folks at the Black Eyed Peas love to spell words don't they? :)

I officially HATE this next song :) But I'm going to give it you nevertheless...and yes yes...I know. The womens they loves it!
Here it is...from Beyonce's last album
15th Song - Beyonce - Single ladies

Here are a couple of fun versions of the song:

and this one:

and this one's the best:

Oh the joy! hehehe :D
Full on! I think I just started liking the song. Just a wee bit :) heh

Shakira's last album and it's first single was called "She Wolf". This is another woman I DO NOT get...but she's good to look here it is.
16th Song - Shakira - She Wolf

Rihanna decided to go Rated R with her new album. I mean that. That's the name of her last album...but I'm sure you knew that. Here's one of the hit singles from that album.
17th Song - Rihanna - Rude Boy

Pink's last album was called "Funhouse" and it had "So What", which is considered as Pink's most successful song to date. It is her first to ever reach the top spot in the United States.
18th Song - Pink - So What

Britney had a "Circus" in 2008. Apart from the madness that was her life, that was also the name of her new album. Here's the hit single from that album!
19th Song - Britney Spears - Womanizer

Christina Aguilera's new album "Bionic" is set to be released worldwide in June 2010...but here's the brand new single from the album!
20th Song - Christina Aguilera - Not Myself Tonight

Right is now time for me to say...take care...and Good Night! :)
This is your Musicman Mihir...signing off!

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The MJ Show #96 (My Favourite Boyband Songs!)

I see many a shocked faces (if you're in front of people or if you are a poser for life) but mostly I see a ton of happy faces.
Face it chaps and some point of time in our lives...we have ALL loved Boy Bands. :)
I grew up on pop music and all of these bands here were a healthy part of my music listening back then. And I say, why the hell not. These are some really awesome songs :) Agreed that boy bands had a lot of shit...but there were some brilliant songs and no one can deny that.

Anyhow, tonight, I'm taking you through boybands over various decades. Hope you love the songs :) Have fun. Don't be a snob ok :) Have fun :) ;) I know you want to.

Jackson Five - Medley

The Monkees - I'm A Believer

The Temptations - My Girl

The Bee Gees - Night Fever

The Osmonds - Love Me For A Reason

Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

Boyzone - No Matter What

Take That - Never Forget

Westlife - Swear It Again

*NSYNC - Bye Bye Bye

3T - I Need You

98 Degrees - Because Of You


New Kids On the Block - Step By Step

Bed & Breakfast - If You Were Mine

C21 - Stuck In My Heart

911 - The Day We Find Love

Blue - One Love

Hanson - Mmmmbop

Five & Queen - We Will Rock You

Human Nature - Telling Everybody

All 4 One - I Swear

Color Me Badd - The Earth The Sun The Rain

Let Loose - Crazy for you

Savage Garden - I Want You

Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around

Il Divo - Regresa A Mi

By the way, I have some boundaries. :) I refuse to put in a Backstreet Boys song. If you really really really want a BSB song in're going to have to ask for it. Real nice :) And maybe...just maybe...I might put one in...if you're really nice :)

Oh hell. Okay. Here it is. The best I could do for all you BSB lovers :)
Backstreet Boys - As Long As You Love Me

Anyhow. This was good fun. A jog down memory lane :)

Right is now time for me to say...take care...and Good Night! :)
This is your Musicman Mihir...signing off!

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Monday, May 10, 2010

The MJ Show #95 (Lynyrd Skynyd - Their First 2 Classic Albums!)

I've always loved Southern Rock. Remember Episode 93 - A-Z of Southern Rock
That was an episode to introduce you all to a host of fabulous Souther rock bands.

Of all the Southern Rock bands, my favourite is possibly Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Tonight, I'm going to share their first 2 albums with you! Both of them are absolutely brilliant and I do hope you love em. Here we go.

1973 - (Pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)
Pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd, released in 1973, is Lynyrd Skynyrd's debut album. Featured songs included "I Ain't the One," "Gimme Three Steps," "Simple Man," "Tuesday's Gone" and "Free Bird," the rock anthem that first brought the band national attention.

I'm sure you must have heard "Play Free Bird" chants at many concerts.
It has become a joke for the audience in many concerts to shout "Free Bird" as a request to hear the song, regardless of the what's going on on the stage :) Next time you're at a gig...go ahead and shout "Play Free Bird" :) heh. It's fun! :)

Anyhow, the album was re-released in 2001 as an expanded version with bonus tracks, including demos of many of the songs on the album.
You're gonna get to hear ALL the songs from this epic album right here...on The MJ Show! :)

I Ain't the One

Tuesday's Gone

Gimme Three Steps

Simple Man

Things Goin' On

Mississippi Kid

Poison Whiskey

Free Bird

2001 CD reissue bonus tracks
Mr. Banker (Demo)

Down South Jukin' (Demo)

Tuesday's Gone (Demo)

Gimme Three Steps (Demo)

Free Bird (Demo)

1974 - Second Helping
Second Helping released in 1974 was Lynyrd Skynyrd's second album, and featured their biggest hit single, "Sweet Home Alabama", which was an answer song to Neil Young's "Southern Man" and "Alabama". The song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August 1974. Second Helping also featured "The Ballad of Curtis Loew," "Don't Ask Me No Questions," "Workin' for MCA," and "Call Me the Breeze," the latter of which includes an acclaimed piano solo. This was the first Lynyrd Skynyrd album to feature the band's trademark triple guitar attack.
The album reached #12 on the Billboard Album charts, eventually becoming multi-platinum.

Sweet Home Alabama

I Need You

Don't Ask Me No Questions

Workin' for MCA

The Ballad of Curtis Loew

Swamp Music

The Needle and the Spoon

Call Me the Breeze

1997 CD reissue bonus tracks
Don't Ask Me No Questions (Single Version)

Was I Right Or Wrong (Demo)

Take Your Time (Demo)

How bout that :) Hope you enjoyed these classics. Now go pick em up and the other albums of Lynyrd Skynyrd as well. You CAN NOT go wrong with them :)

Right is now time for me to say...take care...and Good Night! :)
This is your Musicman Mihir...signing off!

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Sunday, May 09, 2010

The MJ Show #94(.3) (My playlist on Miss Malini's Pirate Radio Show & then some)

I had the awesome pleasure of being with Miss Malini (@MissMalini)on her show - Pirate Radio on 94.3 Radio One.
First up, Malini, thank you very much for having me on your show. It was a LOT of fun (Despite the fact that two songs got repeated twice in the broadcast. No idea how that happened by the way. 'Tis cool though.) and I would love to come back and do it again :)

These are the 13 songs I had chosen for the show. I'm going to give you those 13 songs and a few more that I would have LOVED to play on the show right here on this special episode of The MJ Show.
The songs I've chosen show you my influences...the bands and artists that have a)got me into music and b)helped me figure out that more than anything else in the world...I want to be a singer and a performer! :)
So yeah...we'll be going through loads of different styles and artists...and I love em all!

I used to often open my rock music shows with this song. LOVE LOVE LOVE this one. What a way to kick things off! This is for all the people who used to listen to me when I was back on All India Radio's FM Rainbow. Good days eh? :) I really really miss doing those shows.
1. Aerosmith - Back In The Saddle

Bonus Song:
Another song I often used to open shows, and one that I was really considering for tonight's Pirate Radio show as well is:
ACDC - Back In Black

(Speaking of can win yourself 5 Iron Man 2 soundtrack ACDC cds right here. Check out: ACDC Iron Man 2 CDs Contest )

The Beatles was one of the first bands I heard growing up. I love their music and it's been a HUGE influence on me. And I've kinda grown up around their music in a way.  I remember that back when I began listening to them I LOVED their earlier stuff and as I grew up my tastes moved towards the latter half of their career. I love all of their songs but here's a good fun song to match the first song.
Ass kicking is what they were...The Beatles!
2. The Beatles - Helter Skelter

If I could choose another song though it would be..."Something" :)
Check out the version I have for you here!
The Beatles (George Harrison) - Something

There are so many more Beatles songs I can choose but we'll take that to another show eh? :) if I had to choose ONE band that has been the BIGGEST influence on me as a rock would have to be Queen. Freddie's a big influence as a singer too but I think he truly was one of the greatest performers in the world...and this here song, it shows you just why he was both. One of the greatest performers in the world and possibly the greatest rock singer as well.
This one's for all you Queens (fans) out there ;) :) Enjoy!
3. Queen - Somebody To Love (Live from Rock Montreal Concert)

Two bands that I loved growing up and that were also big influences were Pink Floyd and Dire Straits.
I had the pleasure of meeting Roger Waters and Mark Knopfler!! :)
One of the joys of being a radio jockey and a freelance writer I guess. It was incredible meeting them both.
Also had the pleasure of meeting other great bands and artists I've admired and liked. Engelbert, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Bryan Adams, Ronan Keating, Joe Satriani to name a few :)
And how can I forget the Indian bands I've loved like Zero, Parikrama, Pentagram, Soulmate, Buddha Blown and all ther others.
This songs for all of them and for my band, The Works. We LOVE doing this next song. So this goes out to Partho, Shannon, Hansel and Michael :)
4. Pink Floyd - Coming Back To Life

Bonus Song
Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms

Another genre that has been a BIG influence on me is the Blues-Rock. Well simply put they're bands that took the blues and did a LOT more with it. Amplified it...sexied it up...made it...well rock n roll music! \m/
Here's Eric Clapton doing one of my favourite songs by him though this is more bluesy than Blues-Rockish. Incidentally his various bands and songs are all big influences on me.
5. Eric Clapton - Old Love

Bonus songs
Blues Rock/Rock n Roll music isn't complete unless I feature these next two bands:
Led Zeppelin - Trampled Underfoot

The Rolling Stones - Angie

The Doors - When The Music's Over

This next one's for good friends - new and old :)
It's for Nandan, Tom, Rahul and Ashwin.
Also very specially for Vishal (@allVishal) who has designed the most ass kicking logo I could ever imagine having :) Thanks man :)
And for Mihir (@mihirlakhani) for helping me get back on it's feet. It's not completely back up yet...but it's getting there :)
And for Parag Kamani - who's been a friend and a guide for so many years.
And for Luke Kenny whose friendship I truly and deeply cherish. It's not easy finding so much in common with a guy in this world. It's awesome having you as a pal :)

The song represents my love for modern rock and the blues. John Mayer is in my opinion the most incredible songwriter and blues guitar player of this generation and he represents the young generation here and then you have B.B.King. What can I say about him. He's THE King! :)
Together...they make magic. Here's a song I LOVE. :)
6. John Mayer & B.B.King - Hummingbird

Bonus Songs
I have to say that there are some other brilliant new bands out there as well that have completely blown my mind. I've gotta give you a few of those songs too. I'm picking songs from albums that were HUGE for me growing up.
Oasis - Cast No Shadow (From What's The Story Morning Glory - must do special!)

Pearljam - Release (From Ten...already planned this special)

The Killers - All These Things That I Have Done (From the album Hot Fuss. Brilliant!)

Kid Rock - All Summer Long (This is the only song I could get a good video for but I would have loved to give you Cowboy or Cocky or Only God Knows Why. But this man's voice and attitude. Ass kickin' all the way!)

Kings Of Leon - Manhattan (From the album Only by the Night. This is one of the new bands I'm loving!)

This one's for everyone who's following me on twitter :) For each and every one of you! :) Thank you for supporting The MJ Show...even if you may not really have heard me on radio when I was on it back in the day :)
Hope you guys and girls enjoy this one :)
7. George Michael & Mary J. Blige - As - Pop

This next one's for the country music lovers out there :) I still remember the days when I used to do complete one hour country specials! :)
Remy, Triza, Anwesha, Yatrik, Richard, Punit, Aditi, Jangu, Bana, Firoz, Amy, Jeff, Maureen, Coretta, Dr.Kamath, Gertrude, Glenn, Mehul and all the wonderful people who used to call me back then. Thank you all for supporting me back then and now. 
Also for everyone else on the Musicman Mihir Fan Club on Facebook!
(You know how my memory is right? :) Please don't be upset if I didn't mention your name. It's my stupidity that I have a bad memory. My brain may forget...but my heart has felt your love and it wishes you all well and wants to say thanks) :)
8. Brad Paisley - Ticks - Country

Bonus Songs
I had a really tough time choosing between Brad Paisley, George Strait and Willie Nelson for my country here they are...the other two songs that almost made the cut.
George Strait - The Chair

Willie Nelson & Lee Ann Womack - Mendocino County Line

Another genre that is a huge influence on me is Southern Rock. Just the last show here was a Southern Rock special and I do hope you saw it. Ep #93 - The A-Z of Southern Rock
Here's a guy who featured on that as the singer of a Southern Rock band called Pure Prairie League. He also had a brilliant solo career.
The version you heard on Pirate Radio was on an album called Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles

If you can lay your hands on get it.
9. Vince Gill - I Can't Tell You Why - Southern/Country Rock
Unfortunately I couldn't get Vince Gill's version on you get the Eagles Version here but I hope you caught Vince Gill's version on Pirate Radio! It's incredible!!

As you know, I've just released my first single. Well maybe you didn't know. So you know now :) You can find it on my page. They're the good folks who've launched the song. The song is called The Mumbai Indians Song...and you can see it here: Mihir Joshi Page
You can download the song from there or you can soon have the song as your callertune or ringtone as well. I'll tell you when that'll begin very soon. :)
So yeah, I want to dedicate this next song to the whole gang at and to the guys who helped me make this song. DJ Roane who's produced the song and for Ankur and Prasad the awesome engineers who've worked on the song :)
I also want to dedicate this to Pratyush and Raj who helped me out with the song before it became what you're hearing now. Thanks guys :)

I hope you all love the song by the way :) Do get the song as a caller tune even if it's for just a little while once it's available :)
Oh yeah...this song also obviously goes out to all the people who've supported and loved the song already. Also want to officially say thanks to Red FM for playing the song in a big way, to Radio One and to Star Majha for having me in the studios and getting me to sing the song live on national television :)
In case you missed that you can see it here:

Yes, I can talk in Marathi! :) I don't understand why it surprises so many people. My name is Mihir Joshi! Joshi as in Maharashtrian :) So yeah. :)

Right then. Back to the song. I love Motown, soul and R&B in a big way too and again I had a LOT of great artists to choose from but I chose the blue-eyed soul singer whose voice I just completely adore. Here's Rod Stewart with a Jackie Wilson classic!
10. Rod Stewart - Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher - Motown/Soul/R&B

Bonus Songs
Here's the original singer of this song.
Jackie Wilson - Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher

Some other Motown/Soul/R&B guys I have to mention are:
Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On

Michael Jackson (The Jackson Five) - Ain't No Sunshine

Bill Withers - Just The Two Of Us

Barry White - Just The Way You Are

Lionel Richie - Easy

I would LOVE to do what Michael Buble does. Sing old jazz standards, love songs and ballads. Really :) I think I'm more of a ballads singer and oldies lover than a rock music lover :) But hey...I can't deny that the love for rock n roll is BIG too :) So yeah...someday maybe, I'll record an album of old songs I love :)
Here's hoping that, that day comes soon :)

This one's for Neha, she's the one who gives me "love love love love...crazy love". :) Thank you for being my "Everything" and supporting me always. This one's for you :)
11. Michael Buble - Crazy Love - Jazz Standards/Redoing Old Songs

Speaking of "Everything" here's...
Michael Buble - Everything

"Walk a mile in my shoes
Just walk a mile in my shoes
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Then walk a mile in my shoes"
I love the words in this song. What a song. Totally tells you something I really want to say about my life :) And well I guess what can be said about a lot of people in the media/music business.
It's not easy doing what we do. There's a LOT of crap slung around...hard times...really hard times...and believe's not just about the glitz and glamour. A lot of us are doing what we do...because we really really love doing what we do. 
I know I can't imagine being anywhere else or do anything BUT what I'm doing right now :)

This one's for all my friends in the entertainment world :) And from all of all of you :)
(Lyrically, the song is a lot more than what I've pointed out here...but the chorus...well it's perfect for what I'm saying.)
12. Elvis - Walk A Mile In My Shoes - Rock & Roll - My biggest idol

Bonus Songs.
Two more Elvis songs. I had to give you these. These is two of my absolute favourite songs to sing when I'm on stage.
Elvis - Burning Love

Elvis - Trouble

My other gurus:
Dean Martin - The Man Who Plays The Mandolino

Bing Crosby - True Love

Nat King Cole - Too Young

Cliff Richard - When The Girl In Your Arms

Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind

Frank Sinatra - Someone To Watch Over Me

And finally I want to dedicate this last song to the man who got me started on my musical journey. Mr.Roger Whittaker.
Dear Mr.Whittaker...know that I will for ever and ever be indebted to you...for getting me started in music and for being my best friend in my teenage years. God knows what I woulda turned into if not for you :)
Thank you. :)
You will always be #1 with me.
13. Roger Whittaker - The Last Farewell - My beginning - The reason I got into music - the first person I heard!

A last thanks :) (God! You must be thinking that I won an Oscar or a Grammy or something...but really now, how often does one get to do something like this eh? Since I've got this opportunity today, I want to do it.)
A big big thanks to my mom, dad and sister for believing in me and letting me do what I do.
Without their support, I would probably be nowhere...or well...atleast not this happy :)

Right is now time for me to say...take care...and Good Night! :)
This is your Musicman Mihir...signing off!

(For the new viewers of the site: If you're wondering why I end all my shows this way, it's because this is how I used to end them when I was on radio in my late night shows. I've just held on to the end in a nostalgic sort of a way.) :)

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