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Tac Dibar
Apr 7, 2009



There was an earlier thread which I really loved where people posted their favorite local music, so for entirely selfish reasons I'm creating an updated version of that thread. I'm really interested in learning about hits and classics that don't travel outside your country or language region. To keep things on track, the thread has three guidelines:

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1. POST A RECENT HIT. Post a song that recently was a hit in your country / region. Something that drunk people stand up and shout along with when it plays in a bar (or similar) in your neck of the woods. Please provide some context for the song so we understand what's going on.
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2. POST A STONE COLD CLASSIC. Post a song that is a stone cold pop classic for the ages in your country / region. Something that drunk people sit down and happily sing along with when it plays in a bar. Please provide some cultural context. What does this song say about your country?
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3. NO SONGS IN ENGLISH! Sorry Anglos everywhere. Your cultural imperialism dominates the world's music market too much as it is, and as a consequence too many local artists try to be international superstars by singing in english. This thread is for stuff that is truly unique for countries other than USA/UK/Australia etc.
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The definition of what is a "hit" or a "classic" is up for debate, and for you to decide. Try to find something that says something about your country or region.



My contribution

I'm from Finland, so I'm going to annoy Finns everywhere by picking two songs (a hit and a classic) that I like. If you don't like them, make your own post!


THE RECENT HIT: "Ikuinen Vappu" by JVG.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUnd1E2-un8

Context:

JVG is a popular Finnish rap duo, and this song was a real nuisance on the radio last year. Translated, the name of the song is something like "eternal May day". In Finland, celebrations around the first of May are a big deal, and for Finns, the first of May (or "Vappu") celebrations have a particular type of optimistic feeling attached to them. Its spring - soon summer - and the party usually goes on for about two days straight. It used to be a worker's holiday, but nowadays is mostly a student thing.

So, the song is about the two guys in JVG touring around Finland, having something like an eternal Vappu. The main hook is catchy and easy to sing along to.


THE STONE COLD CLASSIC: "Teuvo, Maanteiden Kuningas" by Leevi and the Leavings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCa0bDXyKAo

This is a song that is extremely well known and loved in Finland. In typical Finnish fashion, it's a pitch-black satirical song that tells in first-person about a young guy ("Teuvo") who likes to drive his car fast, has some accidents and finally ends up dead. The title translates to "Teuvo, King of The Highways". The singer was a popular radio comedian back in the 80s-90s, and his band "Leevi and The Leavings" sold an enormous amount of records (by Finnish standards) even though they never played a single live gig. They weren't taken very seriously at the time, as they were seen as more of a "humor band", but their record company recognized that they were a cash cow and basically let them do whatever they liked. The content of their songs typically swings between funny, crass, sexy( /ist?), wistful, poetic and depressed, often within the space of a single song. The singer is often cited as one of the great Finnish lyricists, and the lyrics of this particular song are quite well done and witty, with satisfying rhyming schemes (kaunistus olisi / ajokortin vei poliisi). One line in the song that sticks to the mind of most people can be translated as something like “When I flew from the car’s front seat through the windshield, I rolled along the side of the road. As I spat out teeth at the bottom of a ditch, I vomited blood and cried.”

Needless to say, this is a very popular feel-good song that people love to sing along to in bars if they are drunk enough. Again, the song has a very catchy central hook.

Let’s hear some picks from your country too. I will do Sweden if no Swede steps up. (This is a threat.)

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Jul 17, 2007

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Pollyanna Frank
was well known in my off-mainstream niche

Here's a song honoring are troops with roughly translated lyrics by me.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmzvgbbY09E

quote:

A HERO OF THE I.D.F.
The male loves death
It excites him sexually
Already dead inside
The male wants to die

To tear the road in jeeps/ a Team building run
Smoke a pack of Noblesse/ working on my tan
gently caress them fast/ always finish first
Throw her out in two weeks/ pay the debts

Yes, I too want to be a hero of the Israeli 'Defense' Forces
And I too would have a beautiful woman wait on my mattress
And when I'm done taking care of business
She'll give me a handjob and she'll say
Ohhhhhh! - you're marvelous

To Find that loose girl/ to run and tell
Make lots of money/ driving fast as hell
Knock up the secretary/ drink without a care
Always stink and never ever shed a tear

Yes I too...

Become a high officer, kill the enemy
And always get erect without issues, successfully
If I could have then I would be a farmer
But Meanwhile I am a violent and happy pig

Yes, I too want to be a hero of Israeli 'Defense'* Forces
And I will have a baton, too, I will have a truncheon
And when I'm done taking care of business
She'll give me a handjob and she'll say
Ohhhhhh! - you're marvelous

*Substituted with 'Israeli Assault Forces' on the video

And here's a silly love song to a girl with a bad name and a great chest
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw3GMRZ7v64


E: Meir Ariel -One of the most successful folk singers in Israel who packed his words with lots of subtext.
Terminal Luminalt is one of the most well recognized songs by anyone here over 20.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQJfw9Z5vR0

By popular demand has a new favorite as of 09:19 on Nov 27, 2020

System Metternich
Feb 28, 2010

But what did he mean by that?



Great thread idea, looking forward to learning about local music! I have lots of stuff I could post, but I'll limit myself to one video in each category for now

THE RECENT HIT: "Richtig gutes Zeug" by Deichkind (2019)

Deichkind (lit. "dyke child") are a Hamburg-based hip-hop/electro formation that has been a part of German music for over twenty years. They are masters of combining multi-layered lyrics which often seem really simple at first glance with bizarre and disturbing music videos and shows. This song is about an inane discussion of where to buy "the really good stuff", which could conceivably both refer to bougie types talking about where to get the finest delicatessen and junkies exchanging dealer contacts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1coEIN7safI

THE STONE-COLD CLASSIC: "Schrei nach Liebe" by Die Ärzte (1993)

Die Ärzte ("the physicians") are a pioneers of the (West) German punk scene and have been active for almost fourty years now. This song was written as a reaction to events in the small Saxon town of Hoyerswerda where in 1991, a neo-nazi assault on black contract workers living there led to an almost week-long riot that left dozens injured and saw most non-Germans flee the town. Hoyerswerda is often seen as the beginning of the "baseball bat years" (as they have been dubbed recently), a time where especially in East Germany but in the West as well neo-nazi violence became an everyday occurence. The song is titled "Scream for love" and was the first openly political statement of the band. They sing about the dysfunctional childhood and lack of education of neo-nazis and how their violence and hatred is just "a silent scream for love", only to pivot in the refrain and furiously scream "rear end in a top hat!" at them at the top of their lungs. It has become a staple of anti-fascist anthems since then.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np-3nZe12vw

System Metternich
Feb 28, 2010

But what did he mean by that?



In order to push the thread back on page 1 I'll just do Austria (where I've spent six years of my life) as well, okay?

THE RECENT HIT: "Bungalow" by Bilderbuch (2017)

Bilderbuch (="picture book") are an... art pop, I guess you could say? band originally from small-town Upper Austria who like everything else in Austria have succumbed to the allure of Vienna, the capital city where more than a fifth of the entire country's population can be found. They are strongly influenced in their style by legendary Austrian pop star Falco, but also incorporate more elements of electro and hip-hop than he did. Bilderbuch are masters of irony and pop cultural references; their lyrics mean basically nothing (in this example the singer asks presumably his crush to come home where "Mum has prepared food for us" and they can watch the late-night show before suddenly going into a lament because his phone needs recharging: "I NEED MORE ELECTRICITY!") and, like the videos, celebrate their inane absurdity while still being (eye-)catchy as gently caress.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV-GGCrRcu0

THE STONE-COLD CLASSIC: "I am from Austria" by Rainhard Fendrich (1989)

True story: when during my first year in Austria I hit the clubs for the first time with my new-found Austrian friends this song came on, and literally everyone in the club stopped dancing and just sang along with maximum pathos. My clueless German rear end stuck out like a sore thumb, but you better believe I sat down and memorised the lyrics the next day "I am from Austria" is the biggest hit of Austro-Pop legend Reinhard Fendrich and is often credited with being the inoffical national anthem. You can see that also in its recent usage when the Viennese police played that song through loudspeakers every day at six pm during the first Corona lockdown as thanks for the people doing their part in containing the pandemic. Fendrich isn't totally uncritical in this song; in the first couple verses he hints at Austria's diminished status in the world (entire volumes have been written about the long shadow Austria-Hungary still casts over today's Austria) and refers to "the rats" and "the stupidity screaming to the heavens" but still categorically states: "I stand by you, in light or shadow" and goes on to describe his emotions in stereotypical "Austrian" terms: glaciers, mountains, water flowing towards the valley etc. It remains to be seen how this song will fare in the coming years and decades, now that patriotic symbols like it have come under increased scrutiny.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMSa_xb2h5U

Tac Dibar
Apr 7, 2009



System Metternich posted:

In order to push the thread back on page 1 I'll just do Austria (where I've spent six years of my life) as well, okay?

Hey, thanks System, both the Germany and Austria posts are super interesting and just the kind of thing I was hoping for! Very cool post about Israeli music as well. Anything local playing in the clubs or on the radio right now in Israel?

I will soon do a post about Sweden, when I have a bit more time.

Tac Dibar has a new favorite as of 13:06 on Nov 28, 2020

By popular demand
Jul 17, 2007

IT *BZZT* WASP ME--
IT WASP ME ALL *BZZT* ALONG!




Tac Dibar posted:

Very cool post about Israeli music as well. Anything local playing in the clubs or on the radio right now in Israel?

unfortunately I've been avoiding both these venues for the last 20 years, maybe some other Isragoon can help?

System Metternich
Feb 28, 2010

But what did he mean by that?



I’m not an Isragoon but my cousin lives in Tel Aviv and is married to to the bassist of Tatran, a band that does instrumental-only experimental rock. I dunno how well-known they are in Israel (probably just a niche thing) but I really love their music and just gonna plug them here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x79F2L-4ZLM

By popular demand
Jul 17, 2007

IT *BZZT* WASP ME--
IT WASP ME ALL *BZZT* ALONG!




Well that was very nice, Thank you.

Tac Dibar
Apr 7, 2009



All right, I promised I would do Sweden, so I'll do that.

I'm from Finland, and for us Sweden has always been our cooler, more successful cousin. We make fun of the swedes but secretly also admire them for being everything we are not: well dressed, worldly, extroverted, confident. That's how it looks to us, at least. However, when you spend some time with swedes, you realize that they also have a strong consensus culture - you shouldn't stick out or be too different. Being uncool is terminally embarrassing. In Finland being weird or different is perfectly fine.

So I''ll try to pick some songs that I think are interesting or meaningful. I spent my childhood on the Finnish coast, listening to Swedish radio, so I I'll try my best.


THE RECENT HIT: "Passa dig" by Miriam Bryant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KSaytO6ozU

This was very difficult as I'm not directly in contact with Swedish radio on a daily basis, so I picked this song from the Swedish toplists. I considered picking a song by Laleh, who I think is an interesting artist (here she sings to some kids about how kids are the future and she is unimportant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyvtLSuiK1M). But in the end I went with this other song instead.

The song is called "Passa dig", which means something like "watch yourself". It's basically a song about being hurt by the one you love and saying to them "be careful of who you hurt". This is juxtaposed with ordinary-looking Swedish women of different ages and from different backgrounds. I liked it!

Apparently Miriams mother is Finnish. Yay!


THE STONE-COLD CLASSIC: "Sommartider" by Gyllene Tider

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kVRF0hTeyQ

Man, this song is not really a song anymore. The song is so ubiquitus that It's like a piece of furniture that's been standing in a corner for ever. You don't really reflect on it. If it plays on the radio, it's difficult to really even hear it - rather you kind of nod in acceptance and think "yeah, this old thing".

The name of the song means "summertimes" and it's just a happy song about summer, and something's going on, the city is glowing and there's lips against lips, and then there's a gigantic chorus that everyone can shout along to. If you look closely at the picture, you might see that the guy on the left is Per Gessle of Roxette fame. This was his earlier band, and they were enormous in Sweden at the time with many hits that are still played on the radio. I believe this was the biggest of them all. I don't think there are many Swedes over thirty that don't recognize this song.

okkie
Oct 3, 2005

play nothing



Alright, some dutch garbage then.

edit: oops, recent hit, I guess this song was huge!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBmhCIW7KCA

Probably the biggest pop sensation in the netherlands was Doe Maar who were Beatles level famous in the early eighties:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nIOOiGDNFE

Of course the biggest soul singer ever from the Netherlands is André Hazes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7kYuT8ds2w

And these guys have been active for 15 years now, probably the most popular dutch rap group:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjER3EX948w

Nice piece of fish
Jan 29, 2008



Ultra Carp

You asked for this so sure, here you go:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klMa8Sgi2rc


Huge smash hit about the hard life of an immigrant kid in a rough neighbourhood in Oslo, Haugenstua. Instant and unexpected hit especially with young audiences struggling to find an identity.

It's been all over public broadcasting (source video), radio, online for the last year. It's been criticized by some for glorifying violence, gang culture and military attitudes.



As for the classic that will start a drunken song by all attendees:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDLaO4FWiQg


This one gets played every year at certain traditional occasions, and never fails to get everyone singing along. The amount of beer contributes.

It's a song commemorating the defence of Hegra fortress during the Nazi invasion. A handful of dudes killed A LOT of germans. I don't know how else to describe it.


I think that fulfills the spirit and the letter of your request.

oscarthewilde
May 16, 2012


I would often go there
To the tiny church there


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTVnMO6cRfg

No other song better showcases the Dutch outlook in the 80's - and is a rare example of pro-Belgian sentiment in the Netherlands, usually we just make fun of them for having awful roads and being dumb. It's essentially about the lead singer looking for a place in a world that is a gently caress and every country sucking poo poo. He's looking for somewhere to go and no country can meet his expectations. China, for example, is too busy; Chile is too scary - Pinochet was in charge of course-; and lead singer makes the rather prophetic claim that America doesn't really exist. 40 years on, the song feels incredibly outdated and one of the main singers has turned into a complete rear end in a top hat, but it's still just a fun synthy pophit. But what's even better is the English version, filled with rather strained rhymes and translations (they've even translated the name of the band!) and a clip that's 100% pure, compressed 80's. It's honestly so bad it's good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wdi0aKM9rvc

Cynicus
May 1, 2008


owling furies.



you want an absolute banger all Dutch know by heart and will happily shout along with whilst drunk?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPOfiUt5f6k

you'll get a song about rabbits and how the singer wishes to see them:

A) wiggle.
B) prance about as if they're in a forest.

okkie
Oct 3, 2005

play nothing



D-d-d-dutch thread takeover!

Here the best song ever made about the only youth subculture that originated in the Netherlands, gabber:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kfzgYuw6Qw

System Metternich
Feb 28, 2010

But what did he mean by that?



In a desperate attempt to stop the Dutch takeover () I'm going a bit more local with this post and talk about my native state of Bavaria in southern Germany! Bavaria is of course part of the wider German music scene and generally speaking listens to the same songs as everybody else. At the same time Bavaria is probably the state with the strongest sense of independence and being Bavarian first and German only second. Its dialect, culture and history sets it apart from the rest of the country and therefore it isn't too surprising that many Bavarian bands also choose to incorporate traditional elements and styles into their music or to sing in dialect instead of standard German. This sentiment can also be found in Austria and Switzerland (and I guess Liechtenstein and South Tyrol too?), who together form a shared cultural zone in many respects. I'll post a bunch of videos who showcase this Bavarian music scene and also two songs from neighbouring Austria that also belong into this wider category

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS0iYM4mPro

LaBrassBanda - Nackert. LaBrassBanda are probably the most successful of this new crop of Bavarian bands, combining reggae-style brass music with the thick dialect of their native Chiemgau area. In this song ("nackert" is Bavarian for "naked") they sing about summer romance in rural Bavaria.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwVwV3IiJb0

Django 3000 - Heidi. Similar to LaBrassBanda in many respects (they hail from the same area), Django 3000 combine Bavarian dialect with a Balkan-inspired music courtesy of their Slovakian-Bavarian guitarist. This song, where they sing about dancing with a girl named Heidi, was both their first one and their greatest hit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsW6mFZ94dY

Kofelgschroa - I sog ned. Kofelgschroa ("Kofel screaming") is a band from Oberammergau known for their more melancholic sound and lyrics reminiscent of legendary Munich comedian Karl Valentin. This song ("I sog ned" is Bavarian for "I don't say") consists entirely of variations of one single sentence: "Und I sog ned a so, und aa ned a so, ned dass irgendebba song kant i sog so oder a so" - "And I don't say it this way nor that way so that nobody can say that I say it this way or that"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJ7o4mmsi_0

I would be remiss not to mention the most influential folk music/satire band to come out of Bavaria: Here you can see Biermösl Blosn at the 5th Anti-WAAHNSINN festival in Burglengenfeld. The group (their name basically means "group of friends from the Beerenmoos region in Bavaria") consist of three brothers (out of 15 siblings!) who grew up in a tiny 100-people hamlet nestled deep in the woods and bogs of western Upper Bavaria. In a world that basically only consisted of Catholicism, agriculture and the conservative CSU party they originally formed as a protest group against plans of the state government to destroy precious nature resorts in order to build an airport nearby. Their core idea was to weaponise their deep knowledge of rural Bavarian life as well as traditional Bavarian folk music and dance, and boy did they suceed in that. They performed from 1976 to 2012 and used every opportunity for jabs at the various Bavarian governments, the ossified hierarchy of the Catholic church or the bigotry and silent insidiousness hidden behind the outwardly idyllic nature of Bavarian villages. That's not to say that they hated it, far from it - they loved the world they grew up in and wanted to use their satire to turn it towards the better. The video shows them perform in front of a huge crowd of 100,000 at a festival in 1986, singing against the planned construction of a reprocessing plant for nuclear fuel in Wackersdorf. This is also where they struck an unlikely friendship with Die Toten Hosen, a Düsseldorf-based punk band with whom they would often tour together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmI2m06YFfc

Sorry for gushing so much This is HMBC - "Vo Mello bis ge Schoppornou", a band from Austria's westernmost state of Vorarlberg where they speak a really weird dialect that's more Swiss than anything else and pretty much unintelligible to those like me speaking an Austro-Bavarian dialect. This song was huge back in 2010; HMBC sing about the relatable situation of getting shitfaced and having to walk back from one village to the other because you've missed the last bus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-XYBJOKNMg

Hubert von Goisern is a staple of the "new folk music" style, having performed for almost fourty years. As a young adult he spent a couple of years in South Africa where he got involved in anti-Apartheid movements. This 2011 song of his was and still is a huge hit. Goisern sings about how money won't grow on trees but makes for nice fuel, but instead people keep burning wheat and corn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StgXz5S8g48

And finally, as an apology for posting a ton of videos not even people from northern Germany want to watch I'll give you another stone-cold classic: Skandal im Sperrbezirk by Spider Murphy Gang. The 1981 song satirises the futile attempts of the conservative government of Munich at the time who wanted to ban prostitution in all forms. The results were predictable: they just moved to areas immediately outside of city limits. This is a song where pretty much everybody in Bavaria (and Austria too, I guess) above the age of 25 or so immediately runs for the dance floor/drunkenky sings along. Fun fact: For a while many radio stations in Bavaria refused to play the song because it contained the word Nutten ("hookers").

Phlegmish
Jul 2, 2011




I was going to post something in Dutch but uh, never mind. How about Spanish instead. Alaska y los Pegamoides and her 1980 power pop song Horror en el Hipermercado:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNlA3DAdnQo

Some punk songs that are classics (to me at the very least):

La Polla Records:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tYMHnpVSRY

Eskorbuto:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7h9I1ljCEA

Kortatu:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqgOWHMCB7w

^ Stone-cold classic, even if the opening riff was stolen from the UK Subs.

Bonus cover by Sekta Core:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FEirmE1LZc

Elektroduendes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ST3nn_ef3U

That breakdown at 1:36

Suspenders:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WySS7kxPZ8

Most of these are from the Basque Country for some reason, probably due to them having been hit especially hard by Franco's rule + Basque nationalism.

Ssthalar
Sep 16, 2007



Here's an oldie from Denmark.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuyKWtF5aqU

Alhazred
Feb 16, 2011






Some songs by Karpe (previously Karpe Diem), a group so big that they can make a song about skittles into a hugely popular song:

Vestkantsvartinga (Upper Class Darkie), a song about how it was to grow up in a upper class part of town when your parents were immigrants.
Toyota'n til Magdi, (Magdi's Toyota) a song about how they got popular and also about the old car to one of the artists in the group.
Lett å Være Rebell i Kjellerleiligheten Din (Easy To Be a Rebell in Your Basement), a song about the prejudice they've faced.

Carbon dioxide
Oct 9, 2012



oscarthewilde posted:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTVnMO6cRfg

No other song better showcases the Dutch outlook in the 80's - and is a rare example of pro-Belgian sentiment in the Netherlands, usually we just make fun of them for having awful roads and being dumb. It's essentially about the lead singer looking for a place in a world that is a gently caress and every country sucking poo poo. He's looking for somewhere to go and no country can meet his expectations. China, for example, is too busy; Chile is too scary - Pinochet was in charge of course-; and lead singer makes the rather prophetic claim that America doesn't really exist. 40 years on, the song feels incredibly outdated and one of the main singers has turned into a complete rear end in a top hat, but it's still just a fun synthy pophit. But what's even better is the English version, filled with rather strained rhymes and translations (they've even translated the name of the band!) and a clip that's 100% pure, compressed 80's. It's honestly so bad it's good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wdi0aKM9rvc

I googled this and it turns out they even made a German version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSRDTUWxprc

Anyway, for original content, if we're doing all sorts of cross-language stuff, you can't miss out on Salsa Tequila.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77Ms1oCiDH4

It's basically a Swedish parody of a Spanish summer hit.

And if that wasn't enough, this loops back to the Netherlands, who then made a parody of the Swedish song, which as actually about Sweden. Sort of.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyElDH2MX7k

The whole joke is they don't understand the language so you don't need to either to 'understand' these songs.

Carbon dioxide
Oct 9, 2012



Actually, after that shitpost let's do some serious recommendations.

Since we've had plenty of Dutch stuff already I'll focus on some favorites from our eastern neighbour, Germany.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aLiT3wXko0

Nena with 99 Luftballons is of course a famous classic. There's an English version but it just doesn't pack the same punch. Wikipedia does a good job at explaining the story in the song:

quote:

99 balloons are set free and are mistaken for UFOs, causing a general to send pilots to investigate. Finding nothing but balloons, the pilots put on a large show of fire power. The display of force worries the nations along the borders and the war ministers on each side bang the drums of conflict to grab power for themselves. In the end, a cataclysmic war results from the otherwise harmless flight of balloons and causes devastation on all sides without a victor, as indicated in the denouement of the song: "99 Jahre Krieg ließen keinen Platz für Sieger," which means "99 years of war have left no place for winners." The anti-war song finishes with the singer walking through the devastated ruins of the world and finding a balloon. The description of what happens in the final line of the piece is the same in German and English: "Denk' an dich und lass' ihn fliegen," or "I think of you and let it go."[8]
It's decidedly anti-war. I love it.


Another famous band from Germany is of course Rammstein, who wrote many hits. Rammstein has been controversial in places and that's mostly because they're not afraid to tackle political issues head on, and because of their rather outrageous video clips and live shows, but that doesn't make their music any less good.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rr8ljRgcJNM

To start with, Amerika. Mostly German lyrics, with the occassional line in English. I hope I will be forgiven though since it's specifically a song making fun of American cultural imperialism, the same thing the OP says they want to fight with this thread.


Another one is the much more recent song Deutschland.
I'm gonna give a trigger warning for this one because the video clip contains some extremely dark themes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeQM1c-XCDc

This song is about the love-hate relationship a lot of Germans have with their own country. On one hand they love their country, the same way most people in the world love the place they live. On the other hand they're deeply ashamed of their country's past, so much so that public showings of nationalism that are normal business in other countries are frowned upon in Germany.

Kamrat
Nov 27, 2012

Thanks for playing Alone in the dark 2.

Now please fuck off


Let's do some Swedish classics

This is LOK (Locomotive), they where big in the late 90's/early 2000's, they're style was Rap Metal/Nu Metal, this is their biggest hit Lok står när dom andra faller (Lok stands when everyone else falls), which is ironic since they split up just a few years later
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXs8XwHGuWg

In 2007 the singer and bassist of LOK created a band they call Lillasyster (Little sister), they never quite reached the fame they had with LOK but as I understand it they're doing ok, this song is called Total Panik (Total panic), the bassist left the band later but the singer is still there, they also play LOK songs on their live-sets
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY7koMHxD24

Mimikry (mimicry) is a Swedish band started by the b-list celebrities Hjalle och Heavy, it's quite normal metal, this is the song that you can hear people sing at parties and the like it's called Alla vill till himmelen men ingen vill dö (Everyone wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jESims3sttc

That's it for metal, I'm not the biggest metal head but I like these songs and they're popular enough for this thread.

Imperiet (the empire) was a Swedish post punk/alt rock band created by one of Swedens biggest rock stars Joakim Thåström in the 80's, he was previously a member of the punk band Ebba Grön, the hit Var é vargen (where's the wolf) was one of their biggest hits.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbwqbJG27JM

Magnus Uggla is a Swedish comedic singer, he got really big in the 80's and is still a big name in Swedish music, this song Kung för en dag (King for a day), in Sweden most people get their paycheck on the 25th and this song is about wasting all that money because you feel rich
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aOc2fL2pRM

That's it for now, hope some people are interested at least.

Tac Dibar
Apr 7, 2009



Yeah! Lok and Lillasyster are great. I didn’t know they were the same guys. I especially like that a group of big sweaty dudes picked the name Little Sister for their band.

SurgicalOntologist
Jun 17, 2004



Stay Homas was a YouTube hit here in Barcelona at the beginning of the Covid lockdown. The laid-back Reggae/Latin/Swing/R&B/whatever vibe of just some roommates hanging out was perfect for the moment. Most of the songs are about Covid and the lockdown, so I presume most everyone can relate. They have local guests popping in via their phones and cover a bunch of languages (Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese, and yes English). At some point they got a better camera and instruments and I think lost some magic, but I suggest to listen to the whole "Songs from the terrace" playlist for that great Coronavirus vibe!

Their catchiest songs are mostly in English, but can I circumventing the rules by linking to some non-English verses? (IMO it meets the spirit of the rules; even in English it's decidedly local)

Stay homa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkJXh52fF8c#t=39s

Gotta be patient
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd0cN9HZIK8#t=66s

The Bright Side
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=An_TJ4KF310#t=57s


OK, here's some without English (except maybe some words here and there, I didn't check the lyrics )
En primavera
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oulSCBMSXH0

Si puedes, quédate
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP5u0nh48gs

Confineo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwIbSIupvwc

Estamos mal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFLwgs5iV8s


Edit: overdid it a little with the links, sorry! I was getting nostalgic for a time when we couldn't go outside (despite fewer people having Covid than now )

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matti
Mar 31, 2019


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finland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NpMEG8_YZg

litku klemetti is the current finnish indie darling babe, theyre great

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRiGlXatXIs

as for an classic 70s punk adjacent tampere rock is very much in vogue again

His Divine Shadow
Aug 7, 2000

I'm not a fascist. I'm a priest. Fascists dress up in black and tell people what to do.


Finland, but a tiny part of it.

Ultra regional metal band from Närpes, singing in local dialect (archaic swedish with finnish influence), 1G3B. I think this is extremely obscure band not known outside the swedish region in ostrobothnia, Finland. Often their songs are covers on bigger hits, often times if there is a message I am not sure what it is. Often it's humor and being mentally unhinged.

Uhm something about playing in the local soccer team.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqLC6sK7kvU#t=5s

This one apparently was successful enough that swedish group Knogjärn made a cover of it called gulligull:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nipUQJJBARA

Cover:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt8e5gxarOU

I'd say 1G3B are extremely local and impenetrable, probably mostly interesting for swedes who want to hear how much understanding they can gleam from the songs. They have songs with themes like, if I owned cows, sausage rules, the joys of wrestling in Kaustinen.


Then there are also these guys, KAJ, another very local band but which have had a lot more success (by our standards), doing all kinds of songs in dialect and singing/parodying smalltown / rural life in ostrobothnia mostly.

Kom ti byin (come to the village)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDWuhjKO8nI
About the small town life basically. Rap song.

Jåo nåo e ja jåo YOLO ja nåo (yes, I am still yolo yes!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UPv4Bh0bxk
An old man is feeling his 50th birthday so he sneaks out to a night club to try and relive his youth, his impenetrable dialect is part of the humor, some ripping on the whole YOLO stuff.

Pa to ta na kako (Take some cake?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FgCNV2yYOk
About your stereotypical grandmother who keeps wanting to feed you. K-pop style, and of course dialectal humor.

Tac Dibar
Apr 7, 2009



Kva fan, jie närpesbouar schenn? (Not a Närpesian.).


Here's the only song from Belgium that matters (past, present or future). Also a potential goldmine of gifs.

"Tanzen" by Tragic Error

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Amun881JSdU

RillAkBea
Oct 10, 2008



Stone cold classics from Japan's past? Here's a few that steer well clear of the usual anime/idol tropes that you may be painfully familiar with.

The Blue Hearts - Linda Linda
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcvYz1xK7WI

The Blue Hearts - Train Train
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxlJld2AxSo

Very popular punk band, still very popular for karaoke and often used on tv/commercials. They're a lot tamer than their western contemporaries but they know how to make a tune. While the band split up a long time ago, some of the core members are still rocking in admittedly very similar sounding bands.


C-C-B - Romantic ga tomaranai (Romantic doesn't stop)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oo71KT4SUhw

C-C-B was pretty much a one-hit wonder but their rhythm and sound is the epitome of Japanese mid-80's pop.


Ringo Sheena - Koko de kiss shite (Kiss me here)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV1HLjeOEL4

A multi-genre singer-songwriter, she's gone on to much bigger, better and more famous projects but this was her first hit.


Pink Lady - Nagisa no sindbad (Sindbad of the beach)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y6OihAlq-s

One of Japan's first idol sensations, for an era in the late-70s Pink Lady was on TV and radio every day. Literally every day. They flew between studios by helicopter and didn't even take time off to allow one of the girls to recover from surgery. UFO is probably their most famous hit, but this is my favorite.

Kamrat
Nov 27, 2012

Thanks for playing Alone in the dark 2.

Now please fuck off


His Divine Shadow posted:

Then there are also these guys, KAJ, another very local band but which have had a lot more success (by our standards), doing all kinds of songs in dialect and singing/parodying smalltown / rural life in ostrobothnia mostly.

Kom ti byin (come to the village)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDWuhjKO8nI
About the small town life basically. Rap song.

Jåo nåo e ja jåo YOLO ja nåo (yes, I am still yolo yes!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UPv4Bh0bxk
An old man is feeling his 50th birthday so he sneaks out to a night club to try and relive his youth, his impenetrable dialect is part of the humor, some ripping on the whole YOLO stuff.

Pa to ta na kako (Take some cake?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FgCNV2yYOk
About your stereotypical grandmother who keeps wanting to feed you. K-pop style, and of course dialectal humor.

Wow, these guys are great!

Kamrat
Nov 27, 2012

Thanks for playing Alone in the dark 2.

Now please fuck off


I don't really listen to popular music that much, I'm gonna share some ebm/industrial style music from Sweden

This is Spark! (kick!), they're a ebm band from Sweden, whenever you listen to music in your own language it doesn't sound as hardcore as it does for people outside of the country, that's why german ebm is so much bigger here, this song is called Zombie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdWze5qf08A

Tyskarna från Lund (The Germans from Lund) was a comedic group that sang in a mix of German and Swedish with some English sprinkled in for comedic effect, they also pronounced Swedish words in a German way to add to the comedy, this song Achtung Xmas I listen to every Christmas.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A3kMTZwSQ8

Wulfband is a Swedish band that sing exclusively in not so good German, they do this because it sounds more hardcore in Swedish ears, their biggest "hit" is 3, 2, 1, NEIN and as I understand it they've played shows in Germany as well so I guess their not so good German is good enough
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j-17Vh_XAo

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Oct 15, 2005

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Denmark


RECENT HIT
Barn af min tid "Child of my time" (2014) by The Minds of 99. It's about overcoming the "bastards laying me down". The live video is a bit funny cause the audience aren't yet familiar with them but you can tell they are getting into it (e: lol i forgot a guy from another band comes in to spice it up in the second half)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24cclqwu7Hw (album)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkNdC1S1DnI (live)


STONE COLD CLASSIC.
Kvinde min "My Woman" (1975) by Gasolin' (fronted by Kim Larsen who had a long solo career afterwards). Plain old love song, very simple, very dumb, but it works. The live version is from 1982 and has English subtitles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrxAce1tVJI (album)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMuQNFef32c (live)

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