Islamabad’s 5th Gift: Vital Signs “POP Gurus”

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Vital Signs, POP gurus of 80’s and 90’s stand as 5th Gift to the world from Islamabad

vital_signs.jpgIn the shadowy days of 80’s … four youths hailed from this city to form the musical Band, Vital Signs, that later became the Passion of Young Blood of that era. Nazia & Zoheb, the two siblings, were already rocking the sub-continent with their sweet … melodious … uniquely new … groovy tunes while Alamgir, Rushdi and Roona Layla already gave way to POP sounds in Pakistan, earlier. But Vital Signs can be remembered as the first sole successful POP Band of Pakistan … hence the Pioneers of POP Music bands in Pakistan.

With the light-eyed seriously looking, less smiling but Rocking Rohail Hayatt on keyboards, Shezad Hassan (aka shahi) with his smiling and less talking attitude used to be on basses, Nusrat Hussain, a similar character, joined in on guitars while JJ (Junaid Jamshed) added richness to the group with his melodic voice. The group saw many transitions in terms of members coming in and going out as Nusrat, Salman, Rizwan, Asad … but JJ, Rohail and Shahi remained there till the VS era came to a halt.

Nadeem F. Paracha writes about start of VS era as:

The Signs were first seen in a cheaply-made video directed by talented television director, Shoaib Mansoor, in late-1987 performing their very first song and hit, “Dil Dil Pakistan.” Despite looking like a home video, it managed to get a lot of air time on PTV. There was something special about the Signs and Shoaib Mansoor was quick to notice it. They were good-looking, educated, middle-class kids, who had grown-up listening to Western pop/rock music. They had a natural feel for melody and mated filmi-disco and Alamgir’s filmi-pop with introverted Floydian and Eagles-like melodicism, and packaged the brew in a refreashing “modern” image.

“Dil Dil Pakistan” was a one-off experiment. The Signs had absolutely no idea that the song would become such a big hit. But times were changing. For the first time after eleven years of Zia’s police state, army men and cops stood aside, letting the youth dance on rooftops and wait for a “brighter, better era of openness”. “Dil Dil Pakistan” vibrated everywhere.

Vital Signs - 80's - 90's Pop GurusIn the years that followed, Vital Signs also set a new Corporate trend in POP industry when they signed a contract with Pepsi … that follows on and on … !

With songs that make you hum even now as Dil Dil Pakistan (almost a national anthem)… Goray Rang Ka zamana … Yeh Shaam Phir nahi aayegi (that later became and is still used as Farewell song in colleges and schools) … Yaariyaan … Tum Mil Gayay … Mera dil nahi available …whether it was VS vol 1 , Vital Signs 2, Aitebaar or a collection “Geetar ’93” all were smash hits and are considered Landmark in Pakistan’s POP industry …!

Shoaib Mansoor added his flavours by shooting some songs at remarkably beautiful sights of Islamabad as Golra Railway station, Attaturk Avenue …. And many others ..!

So the first successful and Huge Hitting POP Band of Pakistan, Vital Signs, hailed from Islamabad … come to our city and enjoy the delightful tones in the calmness and tranquility.

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11 Comments so far

  1. A for Apple (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 1:49 am

    1967: Thanks for this info :>

    Yahya: Nuts & Blts … when JJ was in UET … I’m not sure abt this …

    Monkey: Shukar Hay something in Isloo makes u thankful for this lovely city :>

    Jay: Yah u r rite but then It’s a halwa … so ..!

    Phil: World Cup … there was that song qasam us waqt ki and hum hain pakistani … I guess this latter one came in 96 WC whose quarter final was bombastic :D Thanks for diva correction :$

    1967: Lolz really BS with Bride … Coool!

    Umar: U r old :P n Thanks for coming by !!

  2. 1967 (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 5:21 pm

    Their song “Dil Dil Pakistan” was voted on BBC as the world’s third most favourite song of all times.

  3. Yahya (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 5:23 pm

    JJ had a band before VS called nuts & bolts when he was still studying (at UET?).

  4. Monkey (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 6:35 pm

    Though I am not a fan of Islamabad as a city, this is one gift that really makes me thank Isloo. Without VS, Pakistani Pop is like “la-waris” or something..

  5. Jay (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 6:50 pm

    it would have been better … if you have written the source. A For Apple.

  6. Phil (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 7:07 pm

    Yup, I was a big fan of them once, only when I knew there was one band in Pakistan. Oh, those inspirational songs in the World Cup… LOL, I think it was song that made us win the World Cup :P But no, it came after, shucks…

    Anyways, They are by no means ‘divas‘, as the comment on one picture says.

    Good post.

  7. 1967 (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 10:10 pm

    @Phil I think their pictures have a history like this. When J J was married, a local newspaper showed his picture with the bride titled “Vital Sign with his bride”

  8. umar from karachi (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 10:30 pm

    wow… i grew up listening to vital signs… their songs still bring back the memories of the olden days… great gift islo!

  9. Yahya (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 6:07 am

    From JJ’s bio;

    FORMER BANDS: Knights, Nuts and Bolts, Going Astray

  10. A for apple (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 5:30 pm

    Yahya: good thnx for link

    Adnan Siddiqi: No prob

  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 3:29 pm

    Thankyou Islamabad for giving us first a great singer and now a great Islamic preacher in the form of Junaid Jamshed.

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