Luke Kenny releases a compilation of his favourite songs
Luke Kenny's name will sound familiar if you scroll through the after-show title credits on Channel V. His latest contribution to the channel is Luke's After Hours, telecast every weekend post 11 p.m. The show has no VJs and does not interrupt the viewer with too many ad breaks. The `no rules, just good songs' show plays back-to-back music videos with no categorisation whatsoever. This means you can hear (or rather watch) Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall, followed by Modjo's Lady. You don't get your regular dose of Ricky Martin and Britney Spears too often, but the show features an excellent collection of songs, which can best be described as `mature'
The show has been hugely successful, and cashing in on its popularity, Luke has released a compilation album of 17 tracks that are his personal favourites. Luke's After Hours: The Album (EMI, CD, Rs. 395), at first glance is a compilation, which lacks consistency, as there is a lot variation in mood, tempo and genre between each track. But, once you begin to listen to the album you tend to admire the musical genius of Luke in handpicking one particular song to match a specific sentiment - Hey Boy, Hey Girl by The Chemical Brothers, one of the darkest and captivating dance songs of recent times, Mr. Wendal by Arrested Development, The King of Wishful Thinking by Go West and Eyes Without a Face by Billy Idol. A detailed observation of the chosen tracks reveals a deep sense of darkness, fear and unhappiness. But each track is a gem, and the actual darkness is hidden underneath the good melodies and explosive sounds. A. VISHNU