UPDATED 21 JAN 2016: I am planning on revisiting this post to update the material and correct a couple of bad links. I am in the process of updating the whole site at this time so it may be a few days before I get back to this post.
If you wanted a cultural thesis with examples of the historical and regional styles of Thai music you are going to be seriously disappointed with this post 🙂
I have and will continue to add music to this page that either has a story in it for me or what I call Thai driving music – probably nonsense pop stuff but with a good beat and fun. Deep and meaningful it ain’t.
I will replicate below some of what I wrote in my blog post “12 Months in Thailand”, read HERE, rather than create something new to say the same thing:
I have found that I enjoy some of the Thai music on offer. Gaun’s daughter Peng is up on all the latest of course and each time we visit she updates Gaun’s phone with the best in her opinion, although the result is a bit debatable. As far as I can make out 95% of Thai songs are based around love lost, love about to be lost, man has new lady, I am too sad to sing etc. It is the Thai equivalent of Country and Western.
On the upside there is that other 5%, which is racy – is that a musical expression – well it doesn’t have you looking for a long piece of rope, a beam and a chair anyway.
Many of the songs Gaun listens to are from Isaan, which has its own distinctive sound. Some of the entries here won’t have much or any information but I have provided as much info as I can:
UPDATED 7 JULY 2015
To illustrate the difficulties in obtaining information that relates to English readers this Isaan song translates to Eaign Ai Nan Golden guard hangs her – oh, dictionary of Siam, which might surprise a Thai reader. Anyway whatever the shortcomings of online translations it is one of the current songs you will definitely hear at any Isaan festival in 2015.
Another one you hear at any party here:
A foot tapper. The YouTube video is HERE
One of my favourite is definitely racy as according to Gaun the song is all about a girl who fancies a handsome guy with a long, hard, white dick that she wants to eat! Truly. I have provided the soundtrack below and if you have any broad-minded Thai speaking friends over 18 you can ask them to translate and here it is:
This is a more a traditional Isaan styled song, slow and moody which I really enjoy เพลง_ขอใจฉันคืน by Jintara Poonlarp:
Another foot tapping song whose inclusion you can blame on Peng:
A quieter one played live by Tai Orathai called “Gin Kao Ler Yang”:
One of my absolute favourites – a Thai reggae song – brilliant. Liven up your next party with something different. Mocca Garden “I Love Thailand”:
The YouTube video can be found HERE
The next song has a special significance for me. Called Isaan Ban Hau (Isaan My Home) it is one that you will mostly likely hear in any mix of Isaan music and Gaun danced it for me shortly after we met incorporating traditional graceful Thai dance moves with some more updated ones. I was hooked on both the music and Gaun!
เพลง อีสานบ้านเฮา Mon rak mae nam moon:
Just for interest the opening words of this song sound something like Packa Yeng. Now knowing what you do about Thais and Isaan people in particular what do you think it refers too? Food of course! Packa Yeng is an edible plant. There is also a part in the song where you will hear words sounding like “phone tok”, which translates to rain in Isaan. This bit celebrates the rain which bring out the frogs and we can all guess where this is taking us…..food!
Added 31 Aug 2014:
The next three songs have minimal information. Enjoy anyway.
First is this one by Ying Lee called “Your Heart for my Number”
A very bouncy video for this song can be found HERE. Watch the video and you will understand what I’m talking about.
I only have Thai text for this so it is all a mystery. It is less boppy and more Isaan. A guy sings it.
Another one by Ying Lee:
Added 11 September 2014
This is another Isaan Ban Hau version and my favorite of the two. The guy singing it isn’t that old but he sounds like an ancient Isaan farmer with lots of Thai whisky under his belt. A great version.
If I ever leave Thailand these songs are the ones both traditional and modern that will take me straight back to my time here.
Keep an eye on this post as I will be adding to it from time to time.
Thanks for listening!