Friday, May 6, 2016

THE 1970s: The Genres- Europop.
The countdown of the decade's 200 Most Essential Songs continues this weekend.
THE 200 MOST
ESSENTIAL SONGS
OF THE
1970s
It was the decade of glam, disco, funk, Philly Soul, heavy metal, the singer/songwriter, punk and new wave. Here are the 200 songs that mattered most during the Seventies, in terms of influence, impact and success. To be eligible, the song needed to be released- as a single or on an album- during the years 1970-1979.


















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Silver Convention Get Up and Boogie.JPGVinyl records and CDs - Shocking Blue - Never Marry a Railroad Man Vinyl records and CDs - Sailor - Girls, Girls, GirlsCover Harpo - Moviestar
EURO-POP
While the majority of musical genres that dominated the charts during the 1970s originated in America and Britain, Europe was carving out its own brand of popular music. European disco had its own electronic sound, mostly influenced by the likes of Giorgio Moroder, Cerrone and Harold Faltermeyer. The Euro-Pop style had its origins in the early 1970s with songs such as "Railroad Man" by Dutch act Shocking Blue and Blue Swede's remake of "Hooked On A Feeling". 
The genre reached its zenith with the mega-success of Swedish group ABBA. All 4 members had enjoyed success as soloists and as members of other bands. Members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson crafted pop songs packed with hooks to ensure immediate appeal. Further exploration of the songs revealed clever arrangements and unique harmonies from Agnetha Faltskog and Frida Lyngstad. After winning Eurovision in 1974, many acts followed their example but none achieved the same level of consistent quality or success. By 1976, ABBA had made its presence felt around the world. 
The Swedish pop scene was transformed as a result of ABBA's immense popularity. Today, it is an epicentre of pop, spawning prolific songwriters and producers such as by Max Martin. ABBA were succeeded by other Swedish groups including Roxette, Alcazar and Ace Of Base.

EXPLORE FURTHER:
    -ABBA~
Waterloo
Money Money Money
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
Chiquitita
Knowing Me Knowing You
Ring Ring
S.O.S.
Hasta Manana
Honey Honey
Fernando
Rock Me
Take A Chance On Me
Summer Night City
Does Your Mother Know
Thank You For The Music
Voulez-Vous
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

    -OTHERS~
Angelo BROTHERHOOD OF MAN
Get Up & Boogie SILVER CONVENTION
Movie Star HARPO
Mississippi PUSSYCAT
Sorry I'm A Lady BACCARA
Horoscope HARPO
Girls, Girls, Girls SAILOR
Hooked On A Feeling BLUE SWEDE
Figaro BROTHERHOOD OF MAN
Yes Sir, I Can Boogie BACCARA
Fly Robin Fly SILVER CONVENTION
Glass Of Champagne SAILOR
Paloma Blanca GEORGE BAKER SELECTION
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EUROVISION 2016... This update: #4. The Top 10 songs will be added daily. Scroll down for earlier posts.
EUROVISION 2016
A RANKING OF THIS YEAR’S 43 SONGS
Each day, a song will be previewed here from the 43 entries locked in for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm.  The songs will be added in order of preference, from the least promising climbing upwards to the pick of the bunch.
NOTE: Songs have been ranked in terms of audio track. Choreography and overall presentation during the Semi- Finals may influence a different perspective once the ESC begins in May.
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4 FRANCE
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J'AI CHERCHE` Amir
http://www.eurovisioncovers.co.uk/f16.jpg
France has selected a catchy song to be sung in both French and English this year. The upbeat track sounds very reminiscent of "You" (the Swedish entry in 2013 by Robin Stjernberg). It is hotly tipped as a strong contender this year. As 1 of the Big 5, France has already pre-qualified for the Grand Final.  Amir is the product of various cultures: Tunisian, Spanish and Moroccan roots, born in France and a citizen of Israel. The former dental surgeon co-wrote the song. Its title means "I've been searching for".
http://eurovisionworld.com/?eurovision=2016france
5 AUSTRIA
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LOIN  D'ICI Zoe
http://www.eurovisioncovers.co.uk/a16.jpg
6 POLAND
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COLOR OF YOUR LOVE Michael Szpak
http://www.eurovisioncovers.co.uk/pl16.jpg
7 ESTONIA
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PLAY Juri Pootsmann
8 UNITED KINGDOM
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YOU'RE NOT ALONE Joe & Jake
9 LATVIA
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HEARTBEAT Justs
10 NETHERLANDS
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SLOW DOWN Douwe Bob
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

EUROVISION MEMORIES: It's My Life
EUROVISION MEMORIES
Check back here for a regular look back from the Eurovision archives for some past songs from the last 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest: the good, the bad & the ugly!
IT’S MY LIFE
Cezar
[2013 – Romania]
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Boasting a mighty high voice, Cezar finished #13 out of 26 countries with the vocally challenging and perplexing  "It's My Life". 
Moments-Eurovision-2013
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV3xp5ZXSYA

EUROVISION 2016... This update: #5. The Top 10 songs will be added daily. Scroll down for earlier posts.
EUROVISION 2016
A RANKING OF THIS YEAR’S 43 SONGS
Each day, a song will be previewed here from the 43 entries locked in for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm.  The songs will be added in order of preference, from the least promising climbing upwards to the pick of the bunch.
NOTE: Songs have been ranked in terms of audio track. Choreography and overall presentation during the Semi- Finals may influence a different perspective once the ESC begins in May.
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5 AUSTRIA
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LOIN  D'ICI Zoe
http://www.eurovisioncovers.co.uk/a16.jpg
This year's Austrian entry is a cute French song performed by Zoe Straub. The track is about a search for paradise. Last year, Austria finished with nil points. Zoe will be hoping to -and deserves- to fare better. "Loin d'ici" translates as "far from here".
http://eurovisionworld.com/?eurovision=2016austria
6 POLAND
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COLOR OF YOUR LOVE Michael Szpak
http://www.eurovisioncovers.co.uk/pl16.jpg
7 ESTONIA
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PLAY Juri Pootsmann
8 UNITED KINGDOM
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YOU'RE NOT ALONE Joe & Jake
9 LATVIA
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HEARTBEAT Justs
10 NETHERLANDS
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SLOW DOWN Douwe Bob
http://www.eurovisioncovers.co.uk/nl16.jpg

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

200 MOST RECOMMENDED ALBUMS: #71.  
This countdown will continue in June.
THE CAFFE` LATTE`
200
MOST RECOMMENDED ALBUMS
Some are the best selling, while others may be obscure, but the albums listed here are all worthy of a listen. No compilation/ best of sets. Only exceptional live albums included. This is a personal listing of the albums I enjoy the most to this day.
#71
ALL YOU CAN EAT:
K.D. LANG
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 [1995] 
K.D. Lang left the country genre with 'Ingenue' and explored adult contemporary, torch songs and pop. 'All You Can Eat' - the follow up to that crossover album- is a collection of songs that benefit greatly from the power and beauty of that voice. The tracks are uncomplicated and kept simple which adds to the album's strengths. The music wraps itself around Lang's vocal effectively. One track, "Sexuality", deals with same sex attraction in a thought-provoking and seductive manner. On this album, the songs are not the focal point, it is Lang's vocal skill. Her tonsils unravel a web so enticing, there is no turning back.
Highlight tracks: You're OK; Infinite and Unforeseen, Sexuality & If I Were You.
THE ICONS GALLERY - ANTHEMS
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Each month a song will be featured as the Icons Gallery salutes the GLBTI Anthems. Feel free to nominate a song for May.


THE ANTHEMS 

2016
MAY
RISE LIKE A PHOENIX - Conchita Wurst
Conchita Wurst's triumph at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 has put transgender issues on the agenda. "Rise Like A Phoenix" was Austria's winning entry. Since then, Wurst has travelled far and wide spreading a message of acceptance and championing GLBTI issues.



JANUARY - APRIL 2016

I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
SAME LOVE Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert
SO MANY MEN, SO LITTLE TIME  - Miquel Brown
TRUE COLORS - Cyndi Lauper

JANUARY - DECEMBER        2015 

Y.M.C.A. - Village People
LEGENDARY HEROES  (ALL OF THEM QUEER) - Holly Johnson
WE ARE FAMILY - Sister Sledge
SMALLTOWN BOY - Bronski Beat
YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) - Sylvester
I'M COMING OUT - Diana Ross
GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) - Abba
GO WEST - Pet Shop Boys
IT'S RAINING MEN -The Weather Girls
BORN THIS WAY - Lady Gaga
OVER THE RAINBOW - Judy Garland
I AM WHAT I AM - Gloria Gaynor


EUROVISION 2016... This update: #6. The Top 10 songs will be added daily. Scroll down for earlier posts.
EUROVISION 2016
A RANKING OF THIS YEAR’S 43 SONGS
Each day, a song will be previewed here from the 43 entries locked in for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm.  The songs will be added in order of preference, from the least promising climbing upwards to the pick of the bunch.
NOTE: Songs have been ranked in terms of audio track. Choreography and overall presentation during the Semi- Finals may influence a different perspective once the ESC begins in May.
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6 POLAND
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COLOR OF YOUR LOVE Michael Szpak
http://www.eurovisioncovers.co.uk/pl16.jpg
Poland will be represented with a ballad that is catchy with repeated listens but may struggle to make a lasting impact during Semi Final 2. A powerful delivery from vocalist Michael Szpak will hopefully take it into the Grand Final. 
http://eurovisionworld.com/?eurovision=2016poland
7 ESTONIA
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PLAY Juri Pootsmann
8 UNITED KINGDOM
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YOU'RE NOT ALONE Joe & Jake
9 LATVIA
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HEARTBEAT Justs
10 NETHERLANDS
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SLOW DOWN Douwe Bob
http://www.eurovisioncovers.co.uk/nl16.jpg