Europopnewsletter July 2013



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Newsletter, July 2013


"Hello Europopmusic fans..."


Summer in Europe. With the tempature soring in our little Europopmusic office I commit myself to delivering you our monthly newsletter. Talk about dedication. Much better outdoors at the moment. On one of the summer festivals that take place almost every weekend somewhere in Europe, When we write this festivals like Pinkpop and Roskilde have already taken place there is yet more to come. And with the borders in Europe lowered you see lots of kids travelling further abroad to celebrate a weekend of fun and music. In previous years Sziget became the popular destination but this the word was 'Exit' if you wanted to get truly ahead of the crowd. The Belgrade festival got positive reviews in the international press and will probably grow out into one of the popular festivals in the coming years. The fun thing about the festivals taking placing in central or southern Europe is that they usually feature a number of local acts. And that's when it's getting interesting. I mean, I am really not tempted to travel for three days to see Editors or the Prodigy live, when I can catch those act around the corner as well. No, the vague local heroes is what makes those festivals interesting. So get that festival gear ready, pack your sunlotion, book a ticket and go crazy. And don't forget to drink enough water!

Are you one of those sorry persons (like us) that have a daytime job and can't go travelling around Europe like a festival hippy. No worries, we dug up some local news, some new releases to get you in check with what's going on. See you all back in september (no newsletter in August), have a great summer and as always: ENJOY THE MUSIC.


  Music news and background articles  

Turkey in 1968: 'Iki Yabancı'- Two strangers in Istanbul

With the recent events in Turkey and on Taksim square it was high time we devoted our search for the effect of the protests of 1968 on European (music) culture and focus on the events in Istanbul in that timeframe. And like the previous chapters, when you dig in you’ll find connections and sparks of political schism’s that are still active until today. In Turkey it is the division between Kemalist (a strict separation of religion and politics) and the more right-conservative wing. Currently known as Neo-ottoman. In the sixties this division started deepening and also started to get violent. By 1968 extremist groups on either left and right were developing. Also here the US and USSR pulled on some strings in the wings of the political stage. Mid sixties the division between kemalists and the conservatives was also present in the arts. Popular music could be divided into two groups, traditional and popmusic. Under initiative of the left newspaper Hΰrriyet the talent hunt Altin Mikrofon became the perfect platform to kick start a career in popmusic. In the talent show musicians had to compose a song in Turkish or a re-arrange traditional tune. Also they had to perform their song with western instruments. Late sixties artists like Cem Karaca, Erkin Koray, Barış Manço (solo and with the band Kaygisizlar) and Moğollar emerged from this talent show. The late sixties and early seventies also saw the start of a feminist movement with song lyrics sung by Adja Pekkan, Hümeyra and Fikret Şeneş that defended the idea of equal relationships between man and woman. Go to Turkey in 1968

Exit is the new Sziget

While Sziget in Budapest, this year from 5 - 12 august, is growing in popularity as thé festival to be for European kids the true Europop entrepeneurs already packed up camp and relaid their focus to Belgrado where the yearly Exit fesitval is getting more and more visitors from around the continent. And with a month in between (Exit is always in July) why not do both? The headliners are the usual Anglo-American acts you can see on any arbitrary festival around Europe. With Nick Cave, Editors, Atoms for Peace and Bloc party showing up on almost every bill. The interesting acts are the ones bubbling under on the smaller local stages. Acts like Darkwood dub, Die Ärtze, Antonia Font, Blaudzun and Samostalni Referenti perform there and probably nowhere else. And these are the two booming festivals for foreigners. You can spend your whole summer on your own personal Europop tour and also catch Poland's Woodstock or Spain's Arenal Sound (both on the first weekend of August).

France Gall pissed off by Jenifer's tribute

Or how good intentions can go completely wrong. A few days after the release of Jenifer's cover album and tribute to France Gall called 'Ma Déclaration', the 65-year-old singer got so pissed off by this 'honour' that to the suprise of the French press she broke her seclusion and pushed a rant in Le Parisien. She told the paper she had never given her approval for the album since she was never asked. During the promotion, Jenifer had told anyone who would listen that the muse of Michel Berger was someone she admired, adding: " This is not a cover album but a tribute album I wanted to make for a long time . "Gall responded "I'm getting tired Jenifer promotes my songs, which she recorded in secret, without my consent. I can not oppose such projects as the melody and texts are not changed. But she tells lies. She says I 'm hard to reach. She says I am aware that I approve and has my approval. It irritates me. I found out about the project on the Internet: " I said to myself: ' It's bizar, it's as if I was dead. I like Jenifer and I'm not against this kind of project, but I would have liked to know. I defend my music and that of Michel . " A tribute is supposed to be fun but this turns more into a clash of popdiva's. Asked what cover version she dislikes the most Gall admits she detests Jenifer's version of her ESC classic 'Poupée de cire.." de most. Poor Jenifer, and all she wanted to do was make an impression. And not all covers are that bad. Her version of more unknown songs like 'Laisse tomber les filles', 'Comment lui dire' and 'Ca balance pas mal à Paris' are actually not bad. But with the album on its way into the French charts both artists will at least have financial benefits.


Classic Europopmusic Album:
Alice - Il sole nella pioggia (1989)

Many people might only remember Alice from her Eurovision Songcontest duet with Franco Battiato 'I treni di Tozeur' (1984). But she already started her recording career in the beginning of the seventies and she still releases a new album every once in a while. She has not recorded a bad album, so it is quite hard to determine which of her albums is actually her best one. In the end, I definitely have to say it's 'Il sole nella pioggia'. On her former record, 'Park hotel', she decided to explore new musical directions. On 'Il sole...' it all comes to a perfect fit. The great, great voice, the beautiful songs (composed among others by Juri Camisasca), great lyrics, telling us about nature, meditation and light. On the album, she collaborates with many important artists, like Peter Hammil (Van der Graaf Generator), Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri (Japan). But first and formost it is Alice herself, the completely unique singer/artist, that impresses us the most on this 1989-gemm. Satisfaction guarenteed!

Click here to go to Alice's page in our encylcopedia


Nowy Port
Rasmus Walter
Lige her lige nu
Håkan Hellström
Det kommer aldrig va över för mig
Gleis 8:
Bleibt das immer so
Xavier Naidoo:
Bei Meiner Seele
Tim Bendzko
Am seidenen faden
  Europopmusic artists (added to the encyclopedia)  

Bots (Netherlands)

Bots has been almost forgotten in the Dutch pophistory. And that while the band was one of the few at the start of the seventies to decide to sing in Dutch and was able to become popular with that. Maybe mostly due to the very left orientated song material. No wonder the DDR was interested in the band. They were even one of the few Western bands that toured former East Germany. But possibly the folk orientation also became a handicap when punk knocked on the door and the Dutch left found a new sound. Suddenly their folky-cabaresque pop was outdated. Lucky for them they were able to prolong their demise in Germany but eventually they became a relic of the seventies. Still, those old albums, when you give them a spin are undeniably a display of good craftsmanship and intelligent songwriting. In 2013 the National Television made a documentary about the band which forms an interesting tribute..Go to artist page


Peter Cornelius (Austria)

With millions of copies sold of the Enigma albums a lot of Europop music fans will have an album by Peter Cornelius without even knowing it. His guitarwork forms an essential part of the atmospheric sound on those albums but in fact have nothing to do with his solo output. His solowork is more mediocre pop. In the Austropop book Cornelius utters the compliant that the German market pushed him in the Schlager segment while he wants to be known as a popsinger and songwriter. Fact is that indeed he is not the most adventurous musician on the block. His albums are regular well crafted Liedermacher pop albums with mainstream melodies and themes. Good nor bad. Radiofriendly. .Go to artist page


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