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  Newsletter Bookmark and Share   # 33, January 2012  

"Hello Europopmusic fans..."


First of all the best for 2012 if we haven't told you that already. We started the year with a visit to Copenhagen to dip ourselves into the Danish popscene. We were amazed by the abundance of record stores and of the prices we had to pay for second hand vinyl. Let's just say that we could easily left our clothes behind and fill our suitcases with music.

And we still had all these new releases to review for you lying around in the office. We made an extra effort to get them reviewed in the last week. We found some new and young talent with suprising good albums and some disappointing ones from established artists. Also there seems to be a tendency again to deliver themesongs for movies. Is it a trend? If so Nena and Tarkan are joining in. And thanks to twitter one of our followers notified us on a Turbo-folk special through CNN. Sort of subjective crash course in the genre but nontheless worth watching.

And of course we also continue this new year with our feature in 1968, this time we go up North to Sweden. As always enjoy this editions reviews and articles!


  1968 in Europe, focus on Sweden  


As said on our introduction page we define European pop music by the unique social-cultural elements present in each European country. Language is the main focus but sometimes these elements can also be found in the instruments or arrangements that are being used. In describing the individual music scenes we also found that the political situations in a country were often of influence on the development of a musical identity. Like a match held to a can of gasoline. Especially one year seems to form a turning point, even a starting point for many countries to develop a local pop/rock scène. It was a year that Europe burned with riots and student protests. That year was 1968.

The ideology behind the protest in Sweden in 1968 was a wish to return to simple rural life and a social lifestyle (large families, cooperatives, veganism). Sounds peacefull enough and actually from a modern perspective this isn't even that shocking. But in 1968 it was. Politically the movement in Sweden chose the apartheid in Africa as their focuspoint to kick against (next to local problems like class-selection for Universities). A simple tennismatch could therefor turn into a political statement. The protest and occupation of the Lund University was accompanied by folk-music, performance theatre and swedish protest songs. Combined together this would become the Swedish progg-movement. An ideologic movement that wanted to preserve, revive, develop and modernize the Swedish folk music and language. In their quest they were convinced that all rock music  was reactionary and imperialistic because it was made in or influenced by the United States. During the seventies, when Stig Anderson and ABBA gained more and more recognition, they aimed their guns at them and any artist singing in English. Their good ideas turned into inflexibilty and dogmatism setting the development of Swedish-laguaged pop on a standstil for yearsl. It took a anti-apartheid show in 1985 to glue this unique schisma in Europopmusic history together again. Go to the article.

  Crash course on turbo-folk  


Turbo-folk, that pumped up dance genre from the Balkan, with as many fans as people who hate it (somehow there's no inbetween). American internet blog Vice send a reporter to Serbia to check out what the genre actually is and where it came from. This quickly turns into a story about how the maffia allegedly used popular music for their own dodgy advantage. Reporter Thomas Morton seeks out Goga Sekulic amongst others for an interview (he tried Ceca but she was indisposed) and gets stuck into the 'chesty' stereotypes that the stage-act of these artists deliver. Although we do see the somewhat tacky characteristics of Turbo-folk Thomas gets into it on maybe a bit subjective manor rom the start. And it's not like that the music scene in Las Vegas or countrymusic has such a clean record, Thomas. The Serbian comments below the video are worth checking to read what they make of it. But if you read between the lines this web-broadcast gives a nice although bit biased crash course on Turbo-folk. You can watch the broadcast here. (thanks to "music of the balkans" for tipping us on this show).

  Nena teams up with BossHoss
for some L.O.V.E.


In the categorie of German feel good movie 'RubbelDieKatz' fell at the end of 2011. The title roughly translates as 'Scratch the cat' which fairly means the same as 'pinching the cat in the dark'. The movie by Detlev Buck is a comedy of errors with relationship mix ups, gender differences and all their conflicts, capturing the zeitgeist of Berlin and its pre-Christmas mood and presents them in both romantic and upbeat manner.

Exclusively for the film and soundtrack German power-countryrock combo BossHoss teams up with Nena for a cover of the classic "L.O.V.E." made famous by Nat King Cole. Originally written by Bert Kaempfert you could say the song returns home. Keep in mind that it's very very sweet, but for a one off gimmick we thought it was to nice not to mention. If interested you can check the clip on youtube.



In this newsletter...
Latest album reviews
Newly added artists pages
1968 in Europe
Tarkan song movie theme
Legend of Slovak pop TV show

Crash course on Turbo folk

Nena in L.o.v.e. with BossHoss


  Latest album reviews  


  Marie Key:
I Byen Igen
  Rasmus Seebach:
Mer' end kærlighed
  Marie Paule Belle:
  Adelaide Ferreira:
Esqueço-me de te esquecer
Les bénéfices du doute
Velours sous la terre
Requiem dla Wojaczka
  Émilie Simon:
Franky Knight
  Tiziano Ferro:
L'amore è una cosa semplice
Tarkan delivers movie themesong

Turkish singer Tarkan's song 'Benim Sadık Yarim Kara Topraktır', part of his latest album 'Adımı Kalbine Yaz' (Write My Name Upon Your Heart), is now the themesong for the movie ' Entelköy Efeköy’e Karşı'. Directed by Yüksel Aksu, the comic movie introduces us to the daily life of a small but loud village located at the Aegean mountains. The people living there have a hard time getting by with agriculture, and decide to sell some of their land along with the abandoned historic houses to a group of intellectual ecologists who are sick and tired of city life and capitalism.. Although the song was originally not intended for the movie the lyrics fit perfectly well with the central theme. In an embrace for his homeland he sings " Half of my faithful black soil, my land is the soil" with a musical arrangement that for Tarkan's standards is rather intimate and folky. You can check the video on Youtube.

Legends of Pop tribute shows on Slovak TV


On Friday 13 January the Radio and Television Slovakia (RTVS) started second season of tribute programs dedicated to Slovak musical legends of pop. The program features a selection of artists performing songs from the guest. The series starts with Marika Gombitová Performing artists were Nela Pocisková(Vyznanie), Misha (Adresa ja, adresa ty), Marcel Palonder (Koloseum), Zdenka Predná (Študentská láska), Dominika Mirgová (Slnečný kalendár), Natália Hatalová(Správne dievčatá), Mária Čírová (Prosba) and Katka Koščová (Šaty). The series will continue on January 20 with Vaša Patejdl, Olympic on January 27 and Lucie Bila a week later. The previous series of ´Legendy Popu´ featured shows dedicated to Modus, Tublantanka, Peter Nagy, Richard Mùller, Miro Žbirka, Elan and Beate Dubasova. A videoarchive of these shows can be found on the STV website.

  Newly added artists pages  

We add new artists pages to our website regurlarly. Recently added artists pages (click to link directly to the page):

Le Vibrazioni (Italy)
TV·2 (Denmark)

Gabi Novak (Croatia)
Gorki (Belgium)
Cem Karaca (Turkey)
Lars H.U.G. (& Kliché) (Denmark)
Émilie Simon (France)

  Any comments?  

Naturally, all opinions are 100% subjective and strictly our own. However, we do our utmost best to present you the information as correctly as possible. Should you have any comments on this website, please let us know via e-mail: Any comment that might help the evolution of this website is highly appreciated. We look forward hearing from you!


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