Titiek Sandhora on Mutiara Records

For about a decade, roughly the late 1960 to mid 70s, Titiek Sandhora was the reigning queen of Indonesian bubble-gum pop. Eventually she married a man named Muchsin Alatas and the fun pop turned schmaltzy. However, when she was still quite young Titiek had a string of hits on Mutiara Records that were broadcast on the newly licensed private urban radio stations in Indonesia.  Apparently her popularity was so great the unusual name ‘Titiek’ became popular for new born girls during this period.

I’ve picked up maybe a half dozen 33 1/3 of Sandhora but here are my two favorites. Fujiyama is a fluffy confection representative of her early style as well as the style of light radio pop of the period. Djangan Ngintip is a little later and mellow and in odd ways the instrumentation prefigures the pop music of Beck when he’s depressed (Sea Change, the recent Morning Phase). N.B. The phrase ‘djangan ngintip’ literally means ‘peering around a corner’ in a sort of surprise, sneaky manner (like peering around a half-open door).

 Full track listing and other info are on the youtube pages.

Fujiyama

 

Djangan Ngintip

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