Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Sodding public transport

I'm not the happiest of metaphorical bunnies today.This is mostly because the public transport in Guildford is shocking,and seeing as I'm not really prepared to get up at daybreak to walk through Surrey's answer to Soviet Russia,I've missed my Russian lesson (well,one of them anyway),and am sat at home in the freezing cold trying to think of things to do.
Still,on the happy side of things,Aleksander With is in the semi final for the New Sounds of Europe MTV awards thingy,hurrah!What better excuse to post a lovely picture of him :)


Also,if you think your eyes can handle it,have a look at this video

I never thought I'd actually enjoy a Filip Kirkorov song,but it seems I was mistaken.

Friday, 21 September 2007

Hör mir zu, was mir in diesem Leben fehlt bist du

Let's just say that I'm appreciating a lot of German things at the moment,not least their wonderful pop music :)

Yvonne Catterfeld- Du Hast Mein Herz Gebrochen

I love this song,as much as it's normal to love a sad song about breaking up with someone...I heard it for the first time years ago (probably in Croatia) and for some reason I still feel myself drawn to the clichéd yet wonderful lyrics.I've been listening to quite a bit of Yvonne's stuff lately actually,and in general I'm thinking she's quite good.She used to be in a funky (rather badly acted) German soap called Gute Zeiten,Schlechte Zeiten,something with has become as synonymous with my holidays in the Balkans and Africa as the obligatory fit waiter...

Azad feat. Adel Tawil - Ich Glaub' An Dich

Keira introduced me to this one.It's the theme tune to the German version of Prison Break (something which I've never actually watched in any language,as much as my mother is obsessed with it).We've decided that the German language+rap+piano= a winning combination.Although to be honest,this statement is only based on this song and the wonderful Warum Nicht? by Curse...Anyway,this song has lovely lyrics,which is probably the real reason why I like it.However,as always,the internet connection here at Europop Mansions (Surrey Branch) is being painfully slow,so I can't actually find any lyrics to write here.

Culcha Candela- Hamma

Why I like this song,I have absolutely no idea.As Keira correctly identified,if it was in English,I'd hate it.Seems the Germans are having a strange effect on me.Anyway,I have it on good authority that 'Hamma' in fact means 'cool/very good/fabulous.' I prefer to go with the latter translation,as I really like the idea of a hip hop song called Fabulous :)

Ooh,and in other news,I'm very excited,because not only am I now a member of the Polish Society at my university,I'm also starting my Polish course in 2 weeks time.Happy times!

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Thursday, 6 September 2007

Tu me parleras d'avant,de ton Espagne,de ton enfance

Today has been a wonderful day (apart from the fact that I discovered I have to spend 45 whole pounds on Russian textbooks.NOT happy about that...),but not only has the weather been rather fabulous,I saw some Norwegian men (you don't see many of them around here),and,most excitingly,I finally got Jonatan Cerrada's second album.I've listened to it about 6 times already,I'm liking it more than Siempre 23,although I didn't think I would.I'm particularly loving Amore,not least because there's some Italian lines in it (and it seems Italian in a French accent is very sexy indeed).I also like Pas Le Temps (I think that one is about as rock as Monsieur C is going to get.I hope so anyway),and Un Dimanche d'Automne is a lovely song,possibly my favourite one so far.
I've also acquired about 70 new Romanian pop songs,but I shall write about them another time,as I need to go and wash my hair now.I'm meeting some Russians tomorrow.I'll try hard not to scare them by banging on about Dima Bilan...

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

I know I'm nothing without you

I'm so bored at the minute.I've had 3 hours between lectures today and have been trying desperately to find things to do.So I went to Tesco,sat in a grotty park for a while,read some Norwegian magazines...and I still have 15 minutes left :/.So I thought I'd come up here to the Language Centre and do a blog.Well,surely there's a tenuous link between my degree and Europop somewhere :) This is Call Me by Anna Vissi,I know it's old but I only discovered it last night.Either way,I think it's cool.I can see why some people compare her to Madonna,although Anna is of course,far more fabulous.

Monday, 3 September 2007

Europop of the Week

The Jonatan Cerrada frenzy has subsided a bit for now.Until those lovely people in Germany send me La Preuve du Contraire anyway :) So I've been listening to some other things this week,namely these...

Lichtenfels- Sounds Like A Melody

I heard this a lot when I was in Croatia a few years ago,on the German music channels anyway (I love VIVA,it makes a holiday even better).It samples the original by Alphaville (check out that video too,it's weird),but I'm thinking this version is actually infinitely better,which isn't usually the case for songs that sample other songs.(Thank God I'm studying European languages,my English is awful!)But anyway,for a country where mainstream music is more on the rock side of things,the Germans also make some pretty good dance music.

Dima Koldun- Na Volne

It's been far too long since I've mentioned Dima Koldun on here.I've been meaning to write about this song for a while actually,but keep forgetting.It's a proper pop song,a bit more reminiscent of Dima Bilan than Mr K I think.Now I do like Dima's 'rockier' stuff like Get Up Get Down and that duet Still Loving You that he did with Scorpions on Fabrika Zvëzd,but let's face it,you can't beat a good old bit of pop :)

Nek- Se Una Regola C'è

I'm not too sure why I'm putting this one on here,I haven't listened to it for absolutely years (well about 5 years anyway),but I just came across it last night and remembered how cool it is.I love my Italian pop,and I just hope my mother will bring me some good stuff back from Sorrento.Admittedly,this isn't the greatest version,it's pretty long,and to be honest,I'm not the biggest fan of live versions of songs,not pop ones anyway.Still,I quite like it.

Sportfreunde Stiller- Ein Kompliment

Not exactly Europop,but I'm loving it all the same,if only because it contains the best,well,compliment ever- "you're the sweet aisle in my supermarket".Poetry!