Jailhouse Rock was born on September 24, 1945. This hit of Elvis was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and was on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of all times.
And now, Karan Johar buys this song for his remake of Stepmom and gets it almost killed by one of the country’s finest musicians, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Oh, I do count them one. 🙂
Talking of the new version, it’s clear Kajol, Kareena and Arjun are shown trying to sing the song while they don’t remember the words from the song, as Kajol (actually Anushka Manchanda) says chalo hato pare nacho dil khol ke let’s rock, hello ji let’s rock, main to bhool gayi phir kya wordings the, something something Jailhouse Rock. Interestingly, while Anushka does the job of being causal perfectly (as shown in the video on Kajol), Suraj Jagan who has been a lot into rock a lot, and my thinking is, could well have been a big fan of Elvis, doesn’t get all that casual, as he seems to be giving his best to the song, result of which is that he doesn’t really sound casual unlike Anushka. Frankly, I did not like the song after the original version but still the best part of the song for me was where Suraj sings alone, especially where he says ‘yo mama let’s rock.’
And now, after saying such negative things about the song, I’ll tell you why this song will be a hit.
1. It’s a song in a Karan Johar movie with SEL’s music, so any relatively weak song would also have a chance of lasting much longer than it would have had in some other movie.
2. The music is still the same. The one that was there in one of World’s top 500 songs.
3. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy know what they do. They might have made the song a bit irritating, but it certainly is very tongue sticking. Listen to it thrice and bingo! you’re humming it.
So don’t get irritated, nor try to get used to the song. It’ll be there on your tongue in some time, as long as you’re in contact with TV or radio.
PS: I don’t know how Akriti Kakkar seems to have gone a bit down in the song, most probably it’s Anushka who has been in too high a voltage to let me concentrate much on Akriti’s voice.