Cornershop

Brimful of Asha

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It is likely that few Americans were familiar with the artist that Cornershop's "Brimful of Asha" paid tribute to on their breakout single in the U.S. But the funky, hooky beat and the repetitive lyrics made it seem like a hip love song. Which in a way it was. Honoring Asha Bhosle, the great Indian film music singer (who, with over 12,000 songs, is also the most recorded artist on Earth), the boys in Cornershop managed to make the whole of Indo-British culture seem cool. In line with their strong anti-racist politics, the band seems to constantly project its ability to surf on top of the great sea of London culture, pulling elements from a variety of musical styles, as well as honoring the odd, old, kooky, and geeky elements all around them. "Brimful of Asha" shows a band that had grown to the point where such sampling no longer seemed random or messy, but deliciously full and chaotic, while still tied around a central laid-back groove.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1997 Wiija
When I Was Born for the 7th Time 1997 Warner Alliance / Luaka Bop / Warner Bros. 5:17
Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook Remix) 1998 Wiiija 7:35
Essential Selection Spring 1998 1998 Polygram / FFRR 5:59
The Best Album in the World...Ever! Vol. 7 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:15
Nitsa 1998
Various Artists
Satélite K 4:03
Shine, Vol. 10 1998
Various Artists
Polygram 4:02
Triple J Hottest 100, Vol. 5 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:04
The Best Anthems...Ever! [1998] 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:00
The Best of Shine 1998
Various Artists
Polygram 3:59
Now Dance '98 1998
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 3:58
Plastic Compilation, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
Nettwerk 7:34
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 4:00
Absolute Music, Vol. 27 [1998] 1998
Various Artists
Eva 4:01
Now That's What I Call Music! 39 [UK] 1998
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 3:15
Ka-Boom! 1999
Various Artists
Beast Records / Simitar Distribution 5:17
Kiss Anthems '98 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 3:55
World Moods [Import] 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:14
Dance Nation, Vol. 5 1999
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:55
Very 90's: Biggest Hits Of... 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:01
Now: 1998 1999
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 4:02
Luaka Bop 10th Anniversary: Zero Accidents on the Job 2000
Various Artists
Virgin 4:01
Essential Club Anthems 1998 2000
Various Artists
BMG International 4:01
Club Nation 2000 EMI Music Distribution 0:00
The Very Best of India 2003
Various Artists
Nascente 4:07
Bombay Mix 2004
Various Artists
Telstar TV 4:23
Played in Full: 90's - Definitive 12" Collection 2006
Various Artists
Resist 7:35
The Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder 2006 Astralwerks 4:00
The Brit Box: U.K. Indie, Shoegaze, and Brit-Pop Gems of the Last Millennium 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 5:17
Kisstory Club Anthems 2009
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:58
Chasing Mavericks [Original Soundtrack] 2012
Original Soundtrack
Relativity 5:17
Digging In The Crates: 1998, Vol. 1
Various Artists
3300 / Warner Bros.
Hi-Five: Modern Rock Blender
Various Artists
Rhino 5:17