Every night in my dreams, I see you, I feel you
Wherever you are... (oops I just vomited)
Thais love phukin' love ballads. Karaoke every night!
The two most popular cover songs in Thailand are Zombie/Cranberries and Killing Me Softly With His Song/Roberta Flack
N.B. (I will survive! ... hey hey!!!)
And they still love the German band "Scorpions" (The Wind of Change, etc.) Heaven help us.
Posted: 13 Dec 2006
That really, really, really depends on the kinds of clubs you go to. Thai music is extremely diverse.
Assuming you're talking about Bangkok, or elsewhere in the central plains, there's a fair amount of house and electronic stuff in dance clubs, particularly those with international clienteles, along with a small amount of hiphop. Thai tastes mostly favor the lighter or poppier end of the spectrum rather than the harder or weirder dance stuff you hear in some dance clubs in North America, Europe, and elsewhere.
In most clubs patronized by Thais, there's also a lot of Thai pop, dance, and rock music, which sounds a lot like the sugary, bland pop music you find in other parts of Asia. Many of the clubs along Royal City Avenue (a BKK nightclub district where rich Thai teenagers go dancing in large groups) and elsewhere feature live rock bands that cover whatever's in the Thai Top 40 at the moment.
But there are also countless clubs and bars and restaurants that feature other musical styles, both local and international. If you'd like to hear something different, seek out a club dedicated to one of the more indigenous styles of popular music such as:
A. Luuk thung (literally 'child of the fields,' and sometimes called Thai country, made up mostly of sad odes to the village that the singer left behind, or sad ballads about the girl or boy he/she abandoned or was betrayed by when someone moved to the city);
B. Molam (northeastern dance and party music, also indigenous to Laos, fast, fun, sometimes bawdy, phenomenally popular among rural Thais from Isaan, but generally considered bumpkinish by Bangkok denizens -- it's also my favorite kind of Thai music); and
C. Phleeng phua chiiwit (songs for life, basically Western-influenced folk-rock tunes, often featuring social or political commentary, that had their origins in protest songs of the 1970s. Good stuff.)
To get a sample of some of these styles, check out the website of this Thai restaurant in Florida, which features a great selection of online radio stations: http://www.laithaitampa.com/restaurant/. They're on the lower left.
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