The World is Romantic: Asia

 

Please see the introduction if you haven’t already. Alternatively read on…

AFGHANISTAN – BIG TROUBLE HOUSE
Song of the same name by GARRY HAVRILLAY, KOMYTEA
BACK TO AFGHANISTAN – UPSETS
BICYCLING TO AFGHANISTAN – ROBERT FRIPP STRING QUINTET
FAR AFGHANISTAN – JAMES TAYLOR
AFGHAN BLACK – MUSLIMGAUZE
AFGHAN TAXI DRIVER – MUSLIMGAUZE
GIFTS FROM AN AFGHAN – MUSLIMGAUZE
ARMENIA CITY IN THE SKY – THE WHO
ARMENIAN SONG – ALLA SIRENKO
ARMENIAN SUITE – DJIVAN GASPARYAN
THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE – JULIAN COPE
AZERBAIJAN MUGAM – SCRIABIN
AZERBAIJANIAN SONG – ALLA SIRENKO

BAHRAIN – W.H.Y
Song of the same name by SHAUN BARTLETT
MADE IN BAHRAIN – DAN STONE
BANGLADESH – JERRY ROPERO / CLUBWORXX
SONG OF BANGLADESH – JOAN BAEZ
BHUTAN – ERICK MONTGOMERY
BHUTAN LOGGERS – BRITISH SEA POWER
CROSS FLUTE, FOLK SONG FROM EAST BHUTAN – JOHN LEVY
MAN OF BHUTAN – BRITISH SEA POWER
THE BHUTAN THEME – THE BHUTAN PHILHARMONIC
SOMEWHERE IN BHUTAN – ASTERIX
BHUTANESE PASSPORT – BRAIN ONE
BRUNEI BABYLON – DEREK SHERINIAN
BUSTER BRUNEI – RARE MEDIUM
HYMN TO THE SULTAN OF BRUNEI – ORCHESTRE MURPHY
THE SULTAN OF BRUNEI – KAVIAR
Song of the same name by THE LEGIONNAIRES
MOUNTAINS OF BURMA – MIDNIGHT OIL
BURMESE BELLS – ART HICKMAN’S ORCHESTRA
*78rpm from 1919!!

CAMBODIA – KIM WILDE
CHINA – HUANG CHUNG (later WANG CHUNG)
Songs with the same name by TORI AMOS, JOAN BAEZ, PAUL KANTNER & GRACE SLICK, LAIBACH, RED ROCKERS, SECRET PEOPLE, BOB WELCH, JAH WOBBLE
*some of the following may not be politically correct so apologize to my students and anyone else Chinese tuning in.
CHINA BAY – SHAKATAK
CHINA BIRD – PATTI SMITH
CHINA BLUE – JULIA FORDHAM
CHINA BLUES – WEATHER REPORT
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER – GRATEFUL DEAD
CHINA DANCE – HOWARD JONES
CHINA DOLL – JULIAN COPE
Song of the same name by GRATEFUL DEAD
CHINA GIRL – IGGY POP
Co-written and later re-recorded by DAVID BOWIE
Song of the same name by JOHN COUGER (now JOHN MELLENCAMP)
CHINA GROVE – THE DOOBIE BROTHERS
CHINA IN YOUR HAND – T’PAU
CHINA MY CHINA – BRIAN ENO
CHINA NIGHTS – KYU SAKAMOTO
CHINA RISES – JAH WOBBLE
CHINA SEA – JOHN CALE
CHINA SHOES – BLONDIE
CHINA TEA – MING DYNASTY
Song of the same name by RUSS CONWAY
CHINA TOWN – PERU
CHINA: YELLOW LEADER – ANDY SUMMERS / ROBERT FRIPP
ALL THE TEA IN CHINA – HUGH CORNWELL
Songs of the same name by SUSAN JACKS, KATIE MAC
BROKEN CHINA – DANNY WILSON
COMMUNIST CHINA – JAPAN
FOR ALL THE TEA IN CHINA – SHARON O’NEILL
LIKE CHINA – PHIL COLLINS
LIVING IN CHINA – MEN WITHOUT HATS
ON A MOUNTAIN IN CHINA – JAH WOBBLE
ON A SLOWBOAT TO CHINA – EMILE FORD
PRINCESS OF CHINA – COLDPLAY WITH RIHANNA
RED CHINA BLUES – MILES DAVIS
SILK ROAD TO CHINA – JAH WOBBLE
SKETCHES OF CHINA – PAUL KANTNER, GRACE SLICK AND DAVID FREIBERG
SLOWBOAT TO CHINA – GIRLS NEXT DOOR
Song of the same name by FATS DOMINO
SLOWCAR TO CHINA – GARY NUMAN
SOUNDSCAPE CHINA – LAURENT JEANNEAU / KINK GONG
SOUVENIR OF CHINA – JEAN MICHEL JARRE
VISIONS OF CHINA – JAPAN
WALL OF CHINA – RUNRIG
WEEPING CHINA DOLL – STEVE VAI
CHINESE – LILY ALLEN
7 CHINESE BROS – R.E.M
BOOTS OF CHINESE PLASTIC – THE PRETENDERS
CHINESE ARITHMETIC – FAITH NO MORE
CHINESE BAKERY – THE AUTEURS
CHINESE BLUES – TRAVIS
CHINESE BOMBS – BLUR
CHINESE BURN – HEAVY STEREO
CHINESE DEMOCRACY – GUNS N’ ROSES
CHINESE DRIVER – COCK ROBIN
CHINESE ENVOY – JOHN CALE
CHINESE GHOST STORY – DREADZONE
CHINESE GIRLS – HUANG CHUNG
CHINESE RADIATION – PERE UBU
CHINESE ROCKETS – GREG JOHNSON
CHINESE SLEEP CHANT – COLDPLAY
CHINESE TAKEAWAY – JOHN CALE
Song of the same name by THE ADICTS
CHINESE WHISPERS – GO WEST
Song of the same name by AMORPHOUS ANDROGYNOUS, THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT
LEARN CHINESE – JIN
THE CHINESE WAY – LEVEL 42
TWO CHINESE – OFRA HAZA
*this is from her album of children’s songs
UPSTAIRS BY A CHINESE LAMP – LAURA NYRO
WALKING ON THE CHINESE WALL – PHILIP BAILEY

GEORGIA – TSISPERI TRIO

INDIA – ROXY MUSIC
Songs of the same name by 1200 MICROGRAMS, GATO BARBIERI, VINICIUS CANTUARIA, MICHAEL HEDGES and THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS
A MACHINE IN INDIA – THE FLAMING LIPS
ALBERT OF INDIA – SPLIT ENZ
IN THE TIMES OF INDIA (BOMBAY VALENTINE) – IAN ANDERSON
INDIA ARAB – CHRIS REA
INDIA HAS JUST TESTED A NUCLEAR DEVICE – VATICAN SHADOW
INDIA RUBBER BUDDHA MELTS AND FORMS A POOL – MUSLIMGAUZE
INDIA RUBBER MAN – STEVE HACKETT
SHIVA’S INDIA – 1200 MICROGRAMS
SONG OF INDIA – CHARLIES ROOTS
Song of the same name by TOMMY DORSEY
TASTE OF INDIA – AEROSMITH
VOYAGE TO INDIA – STEVIE WONDER
INDIAN – THE CULT
Song of the same name by EG and ALICE
DEEP INDIAN LONG – BRIAN ENO / ROBERT FRIPP
INDIAN BURN – KAVIAR
INDIAN GIN AND WHISKY DRY – BEE GEES
INDIAN GIRL – THE ROLLING STONES
INDIAN GIVER – JUDIE TZUKE
INDIAN GIVERS – NEIL YOUNG
INDIAN LOVE CALL – CHET ATKINS AND HANK SNOW
INDIAN MYNA – BEN LEE
INDIAN ROPE – THE CHARLATANS
INDIAN STRINGS – SUEDE
INDIAN SUMMER – THE DREAM ACADEMY
Songs with the same name by AMERICA, IVA DAVIES, STAN GETZ, AL STEWART, THE DOORS, GREG JOHNSON and MANIC STREET PREACHERS
INDIAN SUMMER SKY – U2
INDIAN SUNSET – ELTON JOHN
INDIAN SWING – AMORPHOUS ANDROGYNOUS
INDIAN WHISTLER – ROGER WHITTAKER
INDIAN WOMAN – DAN HILL
LOUP (1ST INDIAN ON THE MOON) – PAUL McCARTNEY AND WINGS
MEET ME IN THE INDIAN SUMMER – VAN MORRISON
PICTURES OF AN INDIAN CITY – JAKKO M. JAKSZYK
WEST INDIAN REVELATION – TAJ MAHAL
SEVEN LITTLE INDIANS – JOHN HIATT
INDONESIA – AUGUST BURNS RED
Song of the same name by BELOCCA, GATO BARBIERI
INDONESIAN WHISTLER – ROGER WHITTAKER
*Loren Nerell’s Indonesian Soundscapes – no title song
IRAN (PERSIA)
I RAN IRAN – DAVID LAMPELL
IRANIAN FEMALE OLYMPIC TABLE TENNIS TEAM THEME – MUSLIMGAUZE
IRANIAN KLAN – FEARLESS IRANIANS FROM HELL
SHAH OF PERSIA – MUSLIMGAUZE
IN A PERSIAN MARKET – THE RITCHIE FAMILY
Song of the same name (may be a cover) by TARAF DE HAIDOUKS
PERSIAN LOVE – HOLGER CZUKAY
PERSIAN LOVE SONG – LISA GERRARD
*Iran is rather unique in that there are as many odes to its former name than its present one.
IRAQ – SHAKARCHI & STRANEUS
NEW IRAQ – MUSLIMGAUZE
WHY IRAQ – MUSLIMGAUZE
IRAQI HITCH-HIKER – JEAN MICHEL JARRE
LOVERS WITH IRAQIS – FOOT VILLAGE
THE IRAQI WHO GREW ORCHIDS – MUSLIMGAUZE
ISRAEL – SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES
Songs of the same name by BEE GEES, GREG JOHNSON, LAIBACH, TOYAH
ISRAELISM – ARMY OF LOVERS
ISRAELITES – DESMOND DEKKER & THE ACES
Cover by TYPICALLY TROPICAL

JAPAN – THE PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Song of the same name by LAIBACH, PHAROAH SANDERS, JAH WOBBLE
A DOLL THAT’S MADE IN JAPAN – STEVE HACKETT
BIG IN JAPAN – ALPHAVILLE
I’VE GOT A LOVER (BACK IN JAPAN) – EURYTHMICS
LOVE LETTER TO JAPAN – THE BIRD AND THE BEE
LOVERS IN JAPAN – COLDPLAY
MOVE TO JAPAN – THE BAND
MYSTIC JAPAN – JAH WOBBLE
JAPANESE BOY – ANEKA
JAPANESE HANDS – ELTON JOHN
JAPANESE PARASOLS – LES BAXTER
JAPANESE RESTAURANT – LAURA NYRO
JAPANESE TO ENGLISH – RED HOUSE PAINTERS
JAPANESE WHISTLER – ROGER WHITTAKER
SMOKIN JAPANESE BABE – FSOL
THE JAPANESE EXPERIMENT – 1200 MICROGRAMS
TURNING JAPANESE – THE VAPORS
JORDAN – JUNIOR BYLES
JORDAN: THE COMEBACK – PREFAB SPROUT
FLIGHT TO JORDAN – DUKE JORDAN
HALLELUJAH JORDAN – HOTHOUSE FLOWERS
KING OF JORDAN – DEBORAH CONWAY
JORDANIAN HOLIDAY – JIM AND MIKE AND THE LEAD SWINGERS
JORDANIAN WALK – RICKY FORD

KAZAKHSTAN (nothing yet)
KAZAKH SONG – ALLA SIRENKO
KIKZU (KAZAKH HUT) – KINK GONG
KOREA – ABEL
Song of the same name by EUROPEAN TOYS
BLACK KOREA – ICE CUBE
HILL IN KOREA – JAH WOBBLE
I BOMBED KOREA – CAKE
LETTERS FROM KOREA – MIKE MONTANO
NOCTURNAL KOREANS – WIRE
KUWAIT – SECONDO
KYRGYZSTAN – MANAS
KYRGYZSTAN SONG – ALLA SIRENKO
KYRGYZ WISDOM SONG – AKIL SEKEBAEV

IN LAOS – DAVID McALMONT and MICHAEL NYMAN
LAOS VEGAS – ORIGAMI GALAKTIKA
LEBANON – NAHEM SIMON AND GARAM CHIBA
CEDARS OF LEBANON – U2
Song of the same name by STEVE HACKETT
THE LEBANON – HUMAN LEAGUE
LEBANESE BLONDE – THIEVRY CORPORATION
LEBANESE DANCE – GARAM CHIBA AND TYPICAL ORCHESTRA
LEBANESE NIGHT – CHRIS DE BURGH

MALAYSIA – LORBI
EPSILON IN MALAYSIAN PALE – EDGAR FROESE
LES ILES MALDIVES – PATRICIA BOTTON
MONGOLIA – DON GRUSIN
REVUELTA JUVENIL EN MONGOLIA – ILEGALES
MONGOLIANS – THE GODZ
MYANMAR – MIKE DANIS
MISSION OF MYANMAR – BURMESE
See also BURMA

 

 

NEPAL – GROOVAHOLIC
Song of the same name by YOEL LEWIS
COFFEE IN NEPAL – JEFF KELLY
THE WAY TO NEPAL – AKE HODELL
NEPALESE BLISS – THE IRRESISTIBLE FORCE
NEPALESE CARAVAN – RYUICHI SAKAMOTO

OMAN – JACKIE JAMES
Song of the same name by DEAD CAN DANCE
OMAN BEYE YIE – ADU KWASI, SWEET SOUND INTERNATIONAL BAND
OMANI – VARTTINA
OMANI RED LIGHT – SUN CITY GIRLS

PALESTINE – MUSLIMGAUZE
EVERY GRAIN OF PALESTINIAN SAND – MUSLIMGAUZE
PAKISTAN – ELEPHANT MAN
Song of the same name by JOHNNY HAWKER BAND
DIL DIL PAKISTAN – VITAL SIGNS / MIZRAAB
MAN FROM PAKISTAN – THE FLAMING LIPS
NAYA PAKISTAN – ALAMGIR
PAKISTANI BLISS – HEVY GUNZ INDUSTRIES
PAKISTANI MAN SAYS – THE FLYS
PAKISTANI NUCLEAR BOX – MUSLIMGAUZE
PAKISTANI POMADE – ALEXANDER VON SCHLIPPENBACH TRIO
PAKISTANI SPACE MISSION – DAVID FENECH
PAKISTANI TORY – LITTLE NOBODY
PHILIPPINES – CUSCO
A GIANT RAFT IN THE PHILIPPINES – IT’S IMMATERIAL
*Well it’s not quite the atmospheric masterpiece I was hoping for it at least gives the Philippines a rare song reference.

QATAR – VANGELIS
SANDS OF QATAR – PACO BUGGIN AND JOY MARQUEZ
QATARI VICE – RAZORSNATCH

RUSSIA (See Europe)

IT’S STILL CLOUDY IN SAUDI ARABIA – LUCKY PEOPLE CENTER
*There is a lot of Arabia or Arabian but this is the only one I could find with Saudi Arabia listed.
SAUDI BLUE – CHRIS REA
ARABIA – PERE UBU
Song of the same name by ICEHOUSE
NIGHTS OF ARABIA – MIRO MIROE
SONG OF ARABIA – CLAD
THE SECRET LIFE OF ARABIA – DAVID BOWIE
ARABIAN DISCO – FAITH NO MORE
ARABIAN HORSE – GUS GUS
ARABIAN KNIGHTS – SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES
ARABIAN LOUNGE – THUD
ARABIAN SACRIFICE – NEMESY
SINGAPORE – MPUMI
Songs of the same name by FREDERIK, I NUOVI ANGELI, LOWLAND TRIO
BACK TO SINGAPORE – MAGENES
ON A LITTLE STREET IN SINGAPORE – THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER
SRI LANKA – HARD-ONS
SRI LANKA… MY SHANGRI-LA – JACK JERSEY
SRI LANKAN MEDICATION – ARSON ANTHEM
SYRIA – UNDERS
Song of the same name by PHIL DINNER
SYRIA (THE SEA WAS FULL OF ARTIFICIAL THINGS) – SYRIA
SYRIA COUNCIL – THE SEVEN ARTS
THE SYRIAN MAJISHAN – MUSLIMGAUZE

TAJIKISTAN – JOHANN LUKAS
MOONDANCE IN TAJIKISTAN – MARTY HALL
Song of the same name (cover?) by LONG JOHN BALDRY
TAJIK SONG – ALLA SIRENKO
THAILAND – OTTIS
Song of the same name by FUTURE FUNK
Also…
SIAM – SAVAGE REPUBLIC
OLD SIAM SIR – WINGS
EAST TIMOR – MORTEN HARKET
TURKEY – LAIBACH
PICTURE OF TURKEY (PARTS 1-5) – VICTOR CAVINI
TURKEY TURKEY – DIZZY MAN’S BAND
TWILIGHT IN TURKEY – THE RAYMOND SCOTT QUINTETTE
TURKISH BAZAR – EMMANUEL TOP
TURKISH DELIGHT – LINDSTROM AND PRINS THOMAS
Song of the same name by MARK ISHAM
TURKISH MARKET – TRO KHAN
TURKMENISTAN DANCE – FERNANDO MAINARDI
TURKMENISTAN FOR TURKOMEN – GLYPTODON

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (nothing yet)

VIETNAM – JIMMY CLIFF
Song of the same name by KOMYTEA
A BALLAD FROM VIETNAM – MITCH MILLER AND THE GANG
A BALLAD FROM VIETNAM THE RAIN ON THE LEAVES – ADDISS AND CROFUT
A FOGGY DAY IN VIETNAM – JOHN PAUL JONES
BACK IN VIETNAM – LENNY KRAVITZ
HELLO VIETNAM – JOHNNIE WRIGHT
JUDY IS YOUR VIET NAM – THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS
LETTER FROM VIETNAM – SSGT BARRY SADLER
NEAR THE MEMORIALS TO VIETNAM AND LINCOLN – PJ HARVEY
OLD VIETNAM – KOMYTEA

YEMEN – YEMEN
SHADOW WAR IN YEMEN – VATICAN SHADOW
YEMEN BLUES – YEMEN BLUES
YEMENI – MUSLIMGAUZE
YEMENI TELEPHONE NUMBER – VATICAN SHADOW

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