Monday, June 26, 2017

MOTOWN: THE SUPREMES - YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE/YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON


One of the most well known Motown and The Supremes songs is from 1966. It's also their 7th #1 in the US, a step to a more sophisticated and adult sound as it is said. Its lyrics are losely inspired by a 1950's gospel song (You can't hurry God) He's right on time. It was recorded in a same session wit You keep me hanging on, their 8th #1 hit.

The most famous cover is Phil Collins' UK #1 version. He told his aim was to do a remake, to recreate the Motown sound even if with the new sophisticated recording facilities it was very hard. 
Other notable covers include Dixie Chicks, The Stray Cats, Ché Chesterman
You keep me hanging on was a #2 Uk and #1 US , Australia and Canada hit for Kim Wilde

FINLAND: TODAY'S BIRTHDAY MUMMY IS AMEN

Even the monsters age. Today's birthday monster is Jussi Sydänmaa aka Amen, he turns 45! Espoo born Lordi's guitarist and one of the founding members. The mask is inspired by a dream he had of Amon-Ra from ancient Egypt so in short: he's a mummy that woke up to play in Lordi. 
Congratulations!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

PORTUGAL: JUNTOS POR TODOS IN MEO ARENA ON JUNE 27

The charity concert for the forest fire victims in Pedrógão Grande and bordering areas is becoming a huge and heartfelt affair in Portugal. The broadcast from MEO Arena in Lisbon will be live on television as well - in all channels! Yes, RTP, SIC and TVI have all got on same boat for the good cause, and all the Portuguese radio stations will join in as well. The income obtained will be delivered to the Union of Portuguese Misericórdias to help the victims and rebuilding the area.
Participating artists are AGIR, Amor Electro, Ana Moura, Aurea, Camané, Carlos do Carmo, Carminho, D.A.M.A, David Fonseca, Diogo Piçarra, Gisela João, Hélder Moutinho, João Gil, Jorge Palma, Luísa Sobral, Luís Represas, Matias Damásio, Miguel Araújo, Paulo Gonzo, Pedro Abrunhosa, Raquel Tavares, Rita Redshoes, Rui Veloso, Salvador Sobral and Sérgio Godinho - a mix of Portuguese music legends and newer artists. 

MOTOWN: CHARLENE - I'VE NEVER BEEN TO ME

We have all seen Priscilla the Queen of desert and it's fantastic opening act, right? Guess what? It's a Motown song! By one hit wonder Charlene, even a white woman. How random is that? 
The song's story is one of the weirdest in the music history: originally released in 1977 it ddn't go anywehere really. #97. The song was also recorded and releaed by Randy Crawford (the first pubished version really), Nancy Wilson and Walter Jackson. Mary McGregor tried her luck the year after. Nothing. Marti Cane. Nothing. Even Eurovision veteran Mary Roos had a take on it in German. 
In 1982 a Tampa radiodj started playing it on radio and all of sudden time was right. Motown signed and re-released it after tracking her down from London where she had gone to marry and become a hosuewife as she was convinced her career didn't go anywhere. The rest is history.
#1 in Australia, Canada, Ireland, UK #3 in US, #5 New Zealand, Norway, #7 Belgium, the Netherlands.... Sadly she never scored another hit but she recorded it also in Spanish, Nunca he ido a mi
 
The song's been covered by The Temptations, Howard Keel, Patricia Paay for said Priscilla, Tracy Huang Ying Ying (this version is the best known in Asia), Vivian Chow, Keiko Aso (for Japan), Karel Gott, Leonard, Gerry Hakker, Seija Simola, Kikki Danielsson.... it proved a popular song to do other language covers! Even Dustin the Turkey! So a lot of Eurovision connections here. 
Besides Priscilla the song has been either performed, played or quoted in Will & Grace, The Simpsons, Absolutely Fabulous, Desperate Housewives, Shrek the Third etc
Finally, a CNN poll listed it as the #4 worst song of all time..... Oh dear. I think it's a fantastic song!
What Charlene is up to today? Have a look here

Saturday, June 24, 2017

WEEKLY DOSE OF EUROVISION STARS SOCIAL MEDIA AFFAIRS, vol.3

Francesco did Milan.....
Vaclav did a video shoot....
Maraaya did Warsaw...
Dami did Nashville....
Donny did Dundalk (that's Ireland btw)...
 Mørland did beach...
Poli did Prag...
Sin+ did JazzAscona...
Cascada did Budapest (shopping)...
Vaidas did India...
Gigliola will do Tokyo...
Michal did... errr....
Helena and Tamta did a duet...
Francesco did get good news...
(one day she will share with us hopefully)
Musiqq did celebrate 8 years together...
Gigliola did Toto's make up for a photo shoot...
Demy did a video....
Eric did have standars...
Loic did a video shoot, too...
Senhit did wear fake fur and sat on a fake leather. 
Just to be clear!


WEEKLY DOSE OF EUROVISION STARS SOCIAL MEDIA AFFAIRS, vol.2

Sanna Nielsen is a real Midsummer girl
and Aminata don't want to be anything less either...
while Emma keeps milking her 21st place with self irony....
and Tooji celebrated his birthday with flowers in his hair. Congrats!
Emma is also taking part in #saveIceberg, a dog rescue operation 
from the Danish authorities who want to kill him...
Marija just loves her dog but I'm sure she's in it with spirit anyways!
Maja Keuc's good cause is food waste. Don't waste your food. Eat it. Share it. 
... and Sebalter bikes for cancer from Lugano to Chur to St. Moritz! 
That's a lot of biking!
Elsewhere Deen advices to you face creams....
Iveta is a happy covergirl
... and Donny boy is happy for his new shoes....
Socks and sandals? Yeah, I read somewhere it's trendy now....
O tempora o mores!

WEEKLY DOSE OF EUROVISION STARS SOCIAL MEDIA AFFAIRS, vol.1

Happy birthday to Amir! He was swimming in the sea of congratulations....
... while Alma was looking cool in Aix-de-Provence....
Amber was in Venice.....
Manel enjoyed some beach with his gang.....
Slavko was getting ready for Madrid Pride.....
Andras played football and sung in Moscow's Art Football festival...
Imri had a GT morning at the gym....
Dima BIlan was prepairing for a string of concerts....
Kati cooked some strawberry jams for the winter...
Naviband recorded some new songs in their countryside studio...
Pasha Parfani got married (Congrats!)
Zeljko enjoyed some jam....
Polina did her best MM imitation ahead of some tv-show...
Zoe looked pretty as a flower at Pride...
Tanel walked to the sunset.....

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