Friday, March 30, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Liking "Elles Demandent" by Medhy Custos which has a real summer sound to it. Not much else happening this week: Fatal Bazooka still no. 1 (why??) and the dreaded Cascada this week's highest new entry.
In the album chart, Calogero's "Pomme C" is the highest new entry but hasn't manage to knock the latest Les Enfoires collection off the top. I promised I'd do a full review of Calo's CD now I've got it and this will probably follow over the weekend. Shock horror: so far I don't like it as much as I want to :-((
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Not that we need a reason, but it's relevant this time as I'm continuing to ask the big burning questions about Prison Break that no-one can answer.
Such as: whatever happened to Michael's cream suit? Where are everyone's clothes coming from? And when is Linc going to take off that shirt??
Can't decide whether I would want to squeeze my eyes shut and stop time like Hiro, turn completely bonkers-nasty like Niki/Jessica, read minds like Matt or maybe just fly like Nathan and Peter.
In the end I settled for being Claire the cheerleader - she gets everything thrown at her and stays indestructible. Sounds familiar after a day like today!!
Anyway am now thinking about all the things I want to do ..... visit Skansen and get our first moose sighting in 11 years, go a boat trip round the city archipelago, discover if there is life beyond "dagens rätt" and get an affordable meal at night, and of course discover the record shops. In the words of the great philosopher Freddie Mercury (or McFly if you are that way inclined) - "Don't Stop Me Now"!!!
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Life On Mars (BBC1, Tuesdays): Enjoyable stuff, particularly for those of us who were in the 70s first time round.
Heroes (Sci-Fi, Mondays): Can't miss an episode, it's so addictive. Hiro is hilarious and Mohinder is hot! We want more Mohinder!
Harry Hill's TV Burp (ITV, Saturdays): there will be a void in my Saturday night when this ends. A true "TV highlight of the week".
Boston Legal (Living, Thursdays): series 3 may not have lived up to previous glories, but it's still a great show. Not enough mentions of Denny Crane though:-(
Also this week, series 1 winner Mans Zelmerlow returned to the show but this time not to dance, but to sing "Cara Mia" which is now no.2 in the Swedish singles charts behind "The Worrying Kind" by The Ark.
Som Om Himlen Brann - Lizette & Bizazz: flashback to 1992. Forget that Christer Bjorkman ever existed!
Sjunde Himlen - Lena Palsson : principal boy chic meets early 1990s key-change schlager, from 1993.
Here - Christina Undhjem - also-ran at MGP but big this week at EC HQ.
Destination Calabria - Alex Gaudino: what do you get when you mix Crystal Waters with a Pigbag-esque sax refrain? Dance heaven.
See What I See - Dima Bilan: Quality Russian pop.
Relax, Take It Easy - Mika: those on the continent got this instead of Grace Kelly; we should get this instead of Love Today....
What Have You Done - Within Temptation: Don't call them Evanescence clones. Will this be the one that finally brings UK success to the Dutch rockers?
New Shoes - Paolo Nutini: Am I becoming a fan? That’s two of his songs I’ve liked now.
The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani: whoo-hoo, yee-hoo. Addictive pop tune which I strangely quite like.
Starlight - Muse: their best song ever, and still worth a listen after all these months.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Suggestions for a Pop Xport Drinking Game:
Open bottle. Fill glass and drink every time host Markus mentions Tokio Hotel.
I guarantee that bottle will be empty by end of the show!!
Did I mention Tokio Hotel? Not only are they superstars in their native Germany but they are now taking France by storm.
There are some good French-language singles at the moment: Thierry Amiel's electro-flavoured "Coeur Sacre", Shy'm's "Victoire" and, well, that's about it. Things can (and must) only get better.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
When The Night Comes Falling - Sebastian
A Little Bit Of Love - Andreas Johnson
Cara Mia - Mans Zelmerlow
Ruby - Kaiser Chiefs
Big Girl (You Are Beautiful) - Mika
Acceptable In The 80s - Calvin Harris
Standing In The Way Of Control - The Gossip
Boogie 2 Nite - Booty Luv
Kom - Jessica Andersson
WHERE DID HUNKALICIOUS BIG BROTHER LINCOLN GET THAT SUNTAN?
Did Fox River Penitentiary have its very own sunbed? Or did he pop into Tan Canaria in between digging for missing millions and going off to get LJ? We must be told!
Oh, and when is he going to take off that shirt? He is teasing us every week and it's getting too much.....
Also, am I the only one to notice the similarity of "Shine" to Andreas Johnson's MF runner up "Sing For Me"?
Will post review once I get the CD. Now off to YouTube to watch his MF2007 final performance of "When The Night Comes Falling" which someone has kindly posted.
The schlager-hell of "Flying The Flag" isn't even so bad it's good. It's so bad it's bad.
Very ashamed to be British today....
Monday, March 12, 2007
Today saw the release of Calogero's 4th studio CD, the strangely titled "Pomme C". First impressions? Well here are my random thoughts which I want to share following my very first hearing of it (ok not the full thing, just the 30 sec clips off the indispensable FNAC website :-) )
1. Pomme C - a dramatic opening, Calo's vocals almost operatic here on the chorus.
2. Le Saut de L'Ange - first single, safe choice although lacks the memorable hooks of such classics as "Yalla" and "Face A La Mer".
3. Game Over - an English title for a French song with an electronic rock beat.
4. Suis-Je Assez Clair? - Maximum dramatic vocals. Fans of Keane would also enjoy the music of Calogero as he has a similar soaring voice to Tom Chaplin.
5. Drole D'Animal - slowing down the pace here, another pleasant number.
6. Me Dit-Elle - Calo rocking out again on this one. The whole feel of the album is more rocky and might take a wee bit more getting used to, but it's hard to tell on only 30 second clips.
7. Sans L'Amour - The heavier sound continues here.
8. Danser Encore - He is taking more chances vocally here, although it's a little cheesy with its waltzing rhythm.
9. Melodies En Sous-Sol - Yet more chiming guitars and pianos again. He's definitely been listening to Keane!!
10. Je Sais - Acoustic flavoured slowie and deliciously sensitive vocals. Really want to hear this one all the way through.
11. Hypocondriaque - A big anthemic finish, the backing track reminds me of ELO !!
I will post a full review when the CD arrives at EuropeCrazy HQ. Calogero's music generally doesn't always grab you on first hearing and you need to hear some of his songs a few times but I guarantee you will be well rewarded for your patience.
Au Milieu des Autres (2000)
Calogero (L'Album) (2002)
Live 1.0 (2005)
Pomme C (2007)
10 Calogero songs we can't live without:
1. En Apesanteur
2. Face A La Mer
3. Prendre Racine
4. Des Cendres et de Terre
5. Il Bat
6. Safe Sex
8. Tien An Men
10. Si Seulement Je Pouvais Lui Manquer
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Ever dreamt about MF? I had a dream last week that Mans Zelmerlow won it with his cara-cara-mia thing. So much for dreams, bring on reality...
1. A Little Bit of Love - Andreas Johnson
Nice leather suit Andreas, even if you're not as hot looking as you used to be when "Glorious" was out. A thought struck me during this one - you could imagine the late great Roy Orbison singing this nostalgic number.
Plagiarism watch: See if you can get through it without thinking of "that's the story of/that's the glory of love" however we can forgive Mr Johnson anything.
2. For Att Du Finns - Sonya Alden
In the absence of Dame Shirley Clamp here was one of schlager's newest big hitters. She looked lovely and sang very well however it stopped short of showstopping.
3. Samba Sambero - Anna Book
First OMG moment of the evening. Filling the hasbeen-position at MF normally reserved for Danielsson/Engberg, a joke's a joke but it ain't funny anymore.
4. Trying To Recall - Marie Lindberg
The fairytale story of the singing schoolteacher from the west coast wasn't destined for a happy ending, but she enjoyed every single moment nonetheless, even if the song was directionless.
Plagiarism watch: not too obvious here but anyone getting "Ghetto Gospel" or that Lisa Loeb tune? Is it the glasses maybe?
5. When The Night Comes Falling - Sebastian Karlsson
My love for this man is overwhelming my rational ability to pick out a good tune, but the song is very good as well. Wisely he has sacked his stylist and got shot of the red disaster of an outfit in favour of something more low key. Lovely lovely gorgeous man. I'm not into receding hairlines but Sebastian darling for you I make an exception. Love u loads!!
6. Cara Mia - Mans Zelmerlow
Don't know how to do those little dots above the o and the little o above the a yet so apologies to Nordic readers. Anyway poor Mans was under the weather and for a man who foxtrotted and samba'd his way to "Let's Dance" glory he seems a little too static. Fredrik Kempe wrote this, wouldn't you know. The end is great though - Come! Close! Er! Cara-Cara Mia.... Fans favourite of course, but only 4th fave with me.
7. Jag Tror Pa Manniskan - Tommy Nilsson
Mr Past Glories of this year. "En Dag" was fabber than fab, this is just a cure for insomnia. How the hell did this make it to Globen?
8. Vagar Du, Vagar Jag - Sanna Nielsen
Little miss perfect with the most slappable face since Carola, yes it's that slappable. Dire, but if there is a place for schlager tonight then this would be it.
9. I Remember Love - Sarah Dawn Finer
Simple, Jill Johnson-styled performance which gave me goosebumps. If they want a ballad this is the one.
Plagiarism watch: "The king of wishful thinking"
10. The Worrying Kind - The Ark
Joyful over the top tribute to 70s glam rock. Great fun although a little casual performance from Ola Salo which could have cost them the win. He needs to get his act together in time for Helsinki. And ditch the glittery chest heart thing.
Plagiarism watch: "Love Grows"/"Shang-A-Lang"
In the end the Ark won, both with the juries and televoters. Andreas was 2nd.
Hooray! Well done Ola and the boys and good luck in Helsinki.