Kofi Annan’s Neighbor
It’s that time again for more obscure music. Only one of the songs is in English this week (if you can call what they’re singing English), but all the songs are great, even if you have no idea what they’re saying.
Abel - Onderweg
I was searching once years ago on the original Napster for some music by Morten Abel of Norway, but accidentally downloaded this song by a Dutch boy band named Abel. It has a really beautiful, intricate musical arrangement, not unlike Morten Abel’s music, so I thought maybe it was a song by him in Norwegian or something, but I listened to it and I thought to myself, that guy’s not singing in Norwegian. So, I did some investigating and found out who the band Abel is.
Other Abel Songs to check out: Neem Me Mee, Verleden Tijd, Zonder Een Woord, Als Ik Je Zie
Carmen Miranda – Mama Eu Quero
This has long been a favorite of mine. I was watching the Olympics the other night and one of the couples did their ice dancing routine to this song, although it was sung by a different person and not sung as well as by the Brasillian Bombshell Carmen Miranda.
Other Carmen Miranda Songs to Check Out: Yi Yi Yi Yi (I Like You Very Much), Chica Chica Boom Chic, When I Love I Love, Dona Balbina
Cecilia Vennersten – Det Vackraste
“Det Vackraste” which means “the most beautiful” is one of the most beautiful songs I know. When I lived in New York, I used to love going to the Virgin Megastore in Times Square and poking around in the International section. I’ve never been very much into the mainstream US music, preferring rather music from every corner of the globe. That’s where I first discovered the Swedish Cecilia Vennersten on a compilation disk called “Sisters of Garbo.” Hers was about the only good song on that album, though.
Other Cecilia Vennersten Songs to Check Out: Kapten Nemo, Innerst i själen, Lämnad i mörkret, Du är min religion
Tajci – Hajde da ludujemo
I was watching a rather ho hum “Eurovision Song Contest” on TV in Norway once, pretty much bored by some bad songs when all of a sudden a woman came out dressed as Marilyn Monroe in a hot pink dress and sang this rockin' song in Croatian. Wow! I only knew one word that Tajci sang “shokolade” (chocolate), but I loved the song. Later I learned part of what she was singing was: “Let's go crazy tonight, fall in love with my eyes, your lips are like chocolate, I like that.”
Other Tajci Songs to Check Out: Bube u glavi, Djecko ajde oladi, Dvije Zvijezdice, Moj mali je opasan
Stereo Total – I Love You Ono
This song by the Berlin band Stereo Total is one of those wacky, clever songs that you fall in love with instantly within the first few seconds of the song. It reminds me of a similarly eclectic song from the Sixteen Candles soundtrack. It has a great beat, and a catchy chorus. Even though Brezel & Francoise live in Berlin, Francoise brings the French pop sound to their music, as she is French.
Other Stereo Total Songs to Check Out: Supergirl, Cosmonaute, Push It, Moviestar, Dilindam, Moustique, Nouvelle Vague