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Pop music reflects the mood of an age, along with societal and cultural issues and values. No-one can argue the fact that Indonesia has undergone enormous changes as a society since the fall of the New Order government of Suharto, but this selection of popular hits from the late 1980's through to the 1990's mirror issues, situations or cultural mores that are still important in the lives of modern Indonesians. Each video clip has been accompanied by the lyrics and their English translation.
Denpasar Moon (English )
The activities for the following two Project Pop songs come to us courtesy of our Indonesian teaching colleagues in Western Australia.
Bohong (Project Pop)
Beda Sama Kamu (Project Pop)
The activities for the following two Gita Gutawa songs are also brought to us courtesy of our Indonesian teaching colleagues in Western Australia.
Cinta Takkan Salah
Please Call Me (Dangdut)
Kisah Kasih Di Sekolah
Aku Suka Kamu
Semua Jadi Satu
Indah Cinta Yang Pertama
Cintamu T'lah Berlalu
It seems to be prevalent in Indonesian society that older men with money have a taste for much younger women who are looking for a sugar daddy. This theme is echoed in the following two popular songs of the 90's.
Tua Tua Keladi
Ai Ini Milik You
Taken in context, this song is possibly Iwan Fals' most controversial (and dangerous) considering that it was viewed by many to be criticizing the activities of Suhato's very powerful youngest son, Hutomo Mandala Putra, more commonly known as Tommy.
Siang Seberang Istana
We are all familiar with the Australian term 'Your shout!'. Indonesia has a similar concept called 'Traktir'. The following song provides a humorous satire of the practice.
Kodokpun Ikut Bernyanyi
The following two songs sent a message to cheating husbands across the archipelago 25 years ago. The message is still as relevant today as it was back then, however, Indonesian audiences no longer have the same passion for the genre of 'lagu cengeng' as they did in the 80's and 90's.