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1. WINGS OF DAWN (PREM KAVITA) 3.56
2. TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS 4.01
3. THIRD EYE AND TIKKA TV 2.53
4. EYES 3.41
5.   SHAKI (THE MEANING OF WITHIN) 4.54
6.   EVER SO LONELY 6.16
7.   YOU CAN'T TAKE ME WITH YOU 4.16
8.   AND I YOU 3.28
9.   KASHMIR 4.00
10.   WATCHERS OF THE NIGHT 3.47
11.   INDIAN PRINCESS 3.20
12.   SUNSET OVER THE GANGES 3.16
13.   EVER SO LONELY (HINDI VERSION) 5.55
14.   WINGS OF DAWN (PREM KAVITA) (HINDI VERSION) 4.02
15.   EVER SO LONELY (REMIX) 6.24
16.   EVER SO LONELY (INSTRUMENTAL REMIX) 6.21

 

 

Monsoon Trivia

Monsoonās "Ever So Lonely" was the first Īworld musicā hit.

It was a hit in the UK, Europe and Australia but was never released as a single in the USA.

Imagine.......Sheila was just 16, sheād just left school and her first single was a massive landmark hit!

Sheila became the first Asian singer to appear on the BBC TVās longstanding chart show ĪTop Of The Popāsā.

Even though Sheila wore a sari on ĪTop Of The Popsā to underline how proud she was of this, many Asians refused to believe she was Asian - because "Asians donāt go on Top Of The Pops"- do they?

Sheila nearly never made it to ĪTops Of the Popsā - she was in hospital with appendicitis the week before "Ever So Lonely" entered the Top 20.

Just before the single was released, the record company decided they wanted Sheila to change her name to Boo - not Boo Chandra - just Boo! She politely declined.......

Some people thought Sheilaās name was ĪMonsoonā - Sheila sang all the songs, did all the interviews and the publicity shots by herself - and the media loved it!

Sheila Chandra was the only Asian artist to have mainstream chart success in the 1980's.

Contrary to popular belief "Ever So lonely" was never released as a single on the Indian Subcontinent - perhaps if it had been included in a blockbuster Hindi film.......?

Actually on a trip to India in 1985, Sheila discovered that the track had been pirated and included in a South Indian Telegu film called ĪDarling, darling, darlingā. The soundtrack quality was awful - it must have been taken from a badly copied cassette!

Midge Ure, (Ultravox and Band Aid), directed the video for Monsoonās second single "Shakti" which went Top 40.

Monsoonās sound took Asian communities around the world by surprise - it was so contemporary and so unlike the ĪDisco in Hindiā albums, early Bhangra or James Bond influenced Hindi film blockbusters that were around. For Asian and Western audiences alike Monsoonās sound was a Īevolutionary leapā.

Monsoonās third single "Tomorrow Never Knows" (earlier covered by the Beatles - just joking!), featured guest appearances from Bill Nelson (Bepop Deluxe), Preston Heyman (Kate Bush), Dave Balfe (Teardrop Explodes) and Merrick (ĪAdam and the Antsā).