Europopnewsletter March 2013



the online magazine and encylopedia about european pop and rock music


Newsletter, March 2013


"Hello Europopmusic fans..."


We often get the comment that it must be nice to have a musicblog, we probably get all those cd's for free. Well, dear followers, actually we don't. The website is mostly build from our own record collection. And yes, we do sometimes get samplers. We are even showered daily with bands and artists that beg us to promote their music on our blog. But about 75% of these promo's come from American PR-agencies. Hello...EUROpopmusic. So they usually disappear in the digital dustbin. Then we have some European acts that send us promo's but for the most part these are usually songs sung in English. At least they're warm but the fact is that we focus on pop and rockmusic sung the individual languages of each country. Still, between the piles of music that doesn't comply it is the thrill to find the music that does. And for us to point these suprises and little gems to you. Added with some of the latest local popnews this ads up to your own personal monthly newsletter from us that just fell into your mailbox.

So what do we have in store for you this month. Some historical flavour with a look at Norway in 1968, some gossip from San Remo, sad news from France with the passing of Daniel Darc, an anniversary party from Hey and some social awareness from Kayah. And of course to top it off reviews of new music to enjoy and yet more additions to our ever growing encylcopedia. As always: ENJOY THE MUSIC.


  Music news and background articles  

Norway in 1968, Ragnarock and freedom for all nations

In Norway the protest movement of 1968 is mostly about the people urging the authorities to take a stand against suppression of that human right in other countries and not their own. In a way the lack of truly internal issues to protest against seems to support our theory. The urgency to write protest songs in your own language as a musical expression to the shared commitment of protest seems to be lacking in Norway. And thus also the need to express your self in your own language and musical style. As a result, and in contrast to many other European countries in 1968, the development of a local scene initially stayed somewhat absent in Norway. Bubbling under is the folk and beat movement but even they irregurarly sing in Norwegian and mostly copy their British and American idols. It would take five more years before the inspiration of the Woodstock and protestgeneration jumps over to Norway and they create a celebration of local rockmusic called Ragnarock. Read more on Norway in 1968 and how it influenced Norwegian pop culture


Daniel Darc (53) dies of drug overdose
Another French rocksinger of doom and gloom has passed away last thursday (28 februari). After Jacno, Alain Bashung and TinTin (of Les Rita Mitsouko) this is the fourth of the generation of French New Wave that switches his excistence one earth for an eternal one. Darc achieved success with his new wave band Taxi Girl (together with Madonna producer Mirwais Ahmadzaï) between 1978 and 1986. For many French, Canadian and Belgian music fans of that generation he will remain best known for the only Taxi Girl album "Seppuku" from 1981 which was produced by Jean-Jacques Burnel of The Stranglers.The last album Darc released was "La Taille de mon âme" (2011). Read our In Memoriam

Kayah the face for Polish blood donor campaign

Polish singer Kayah agreed to support the Campaign Honorary Blood Banking. In a TV commercial and through social media she encourages everyone to donate and to participate in the programm set up by Bank Polski (PKO BP). In respons to the question why she answered: '  It is important that people are aware that blood is life, it's worth selfishless aid. The strange mathematical principle abot blood is that when you give just a little, when it divides, it multiplies and a lot of people can be helped when they are in need". Watch Kayah endorsing the campaign on Youtube.

Marco Mengoni wins San Remo 2013

In February Italy has traditionally been enthrawled by the
oldest songcontest in Europe, the San Remo Festival. The 63rd edition was won by Marco Mengoni with his song ‘L’essenziale’ with 36% of the votes. Mengoni won Italy’s X-factor in 2009 and was chosen Best European Act (from Italy) for the 2010 MTV EMA’s. At second Place and third place Moda’ with ‘Se si potesse non morire’.and Elio e le storie tese with ‘La canzone monotona’. Mengoni will subsequently represent Italy at the Eurovision song contest in Malmö later this year. But no San Remo is complete without a good riot. In advance of the festival there was much ado about the fact that Toto Cutugno, Ricchi e Poveri and Al Bano (without Romina Power) were the ‘legends’ that would perform during the festival. Anna Oxa, herself multitime participant of the festival, was infuriated and did nothing to hide her frustation. During an interview to the Italian Le iene show she declared that she has been kept out of the competition because of political reasons. She blamed Rai Uno for selling out to Russia who allegedly paid a lot of money for the TV rights to cover the event. According to Oxa Russia threatened to pull out if above three would not perform. All three are still known and popular in Russia. Fabio Fazio, host of the 2013 Sanremo Festival with Luciana Littizzetto, responded: “I'm sorry for Anna but it is better to take it sportingly that she has no part this year. It could be that the committee was wrong, but we made a choice consistent with songs that represent contemporary Italian song”.

Hey celebrates 20th anniversary

Katarzyna Nosowska, lead singer of Hey, who last year released the album "Do Rycerzy, do Szlachty, doo Mieszczan" is currently touring Poland and celebrating their 20th anniversary. Although celebration is not a word in Nosowska's vocabulairy "With regard to the fact that we form a band for 20 years it's not something I try to devote too much attention to. My impression is that our appetite is more and more increasing over the years. Also to to be more contend with each other, and maybe someday reach the goals that we set ourselves. I do not want to stop the overthink this 20-year period, as if it makes me obliged to stop." Go to the interview

Petra Marklund:
Kārlis Kazāks:
L'hiver et la joie
  Europopmusic artists (added to the encyclopedia)  

Hubert-Félix Thiéfaine (France)

A singer and songwriter that tries to move completely out of the commercial spectrum and is therefore shunned by French television and radio. People outside France will probably never heard of him. Still Thiéfaine has built a solid career over the years – just through word of mouth and frequent touring. The Chanson Rock generation of the Nineties saw an independent musical inspiration and they increasingly name-dropped him as an influence. As a result HF (as some lovingly call him) has become more mainstream then he might have anticipated when he created dark new wave rock albums about the selfside of society in the Eighties. Still he deserved that Victoire and for people who like serious and sombre pop/rockmusic he is someone you should check..Go to artist page


Deichkind (Germany)

Think of a sort of new age rap Prodigy with humor. That in short sums up Deichkind’s universe if you’re not from Germany. With lyrics filled with tongue in cheek irony and humor the band creates a catchy, punky and noisy world. In addition to the albums (which are a party in itself) they add that with wild live shows including rubbish bag-outfits, trampolines, vodka, and pillow fights among other things. Although they seem to take themselves not overly serious there is more then meets the eye. The craziness is carefully dosed, calculated and arranged. In that sense they are almost an techno-rap offspring of the Mothers of Invention. The more introvert elements that sneaked in after the death of bandmember Sebi give a welcome extra dimension. Maybe not the most subtle of European acts but played LOUD! definitely one those acts that highly appeal to your dancing & jumping feet and your funny bone. Go to artist page


Wolfgang Ambros (Austria)

Standing at the cradle of local popmusic has the effect that you receive a sort of untouchable position. This certainly applies to Ambros who is regarded the father of Austropop. His musical styles mix local folkmusic with pop and blues. Especially his albums from the seventies have a scharpness and a vibe that is appealing yet not lazy. Some say he and Danzer were copying each others style but my guess is that the operated brotherly together and are both very significant for creating the local pop scene. Towards the Nineties he lost his edge delivering rather mediocre albums. In the new age he returns with the light yet credible musical trilogy around Vienese actor/writer Hans Moser who had a big influence on Austrian cultural life around WW2. Go to artist page


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