The bhangramuffin era in the nineties spawned many reggae bands that came and went, but none were as good as Stereo Nation.
Taz was one of the pioneers of the bhangra fusion scene in the UK. His first album, “Hit the Deck” in 1989, was released under his quirky moniker, Johnny Zee. The album was an amazing mix of bhangra and reggae tracks produced by Neville Staple, one of the main singers from the ska band, “The Specials.”
“Hit the Deck” was a monster success, which landed it on the UK Asian pop charts at #1 for 36 weeks. At the time, Taz, and Staple received many threats from militant groups who were wary of the black influence on Bhangra music. Yet, when Taz formed Stereo Nation with DJK in 1994, this early criticism was set aside, because no one could deny their appeal on the charts.
Which brings us to “I’ve Been Waiting,” the perfect summer track.
The song has been remixed and reworked many times. Most recently, Rishi Rich and Mumzy remixed the original song, “Larl Larl Buliyan,” for Gurinder Chadha’s film “It’s a Wonderful Afterlife.” That track is way more upbeat and fun, which isn’t to deny the original’s appeal, but it does seem that there’s no song Rishi can’t make better! The chorus “Oh Baby Don’t Break My Heart,” showcases Taz’s smooth and slightly cheesy vocals. The song was later used in “Mohabbat,” a Bollywood film with Madhuri Dixit and Akshaye Khanna, who jumped around and danced to the song in White Rock and the marina in Vancouver.
The video showcases some hilarious 90s-era fashion, with bikini-clad ladies gyrating and Taz and DJK wandering around the island, waving their arms to the beat. The song is tons of fun to listen to, whichever version you choose.