25 May 2007

Pop goes the world

Watching good ol' Verka Serduchka doing his thing in Helsinki reminded me that I've hardly linked to any music here in ages. Here are a few recently-found items:

Yulya by XS (Ukraine)

Lyubov Yad (Love Is Poison) by Irina Bilyk (Ukraine)

Solntse za Goroi (Sun behind Mountain) by Strelki (Russia)

Venturing somewhat further west, Banana Split by Sandra Lou (France) was recently linked by both Mendip and Dr. Zaius -- with endorsements like that, how can you go wrong?

Finally, a few older items that are worth another look:

Oi Zahrai My Muzychenku by Ruslana (Ukraine)

Gorilla by Glukoza (Russia)

Zhenikha Khotela (She Wanted a Husband) by Glukoza and Verka Serduchka

Sukariya by Roni Duani (Israel)

Moskva (Moscow) by Glukoza

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Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Thanks for the link, Infidel753!

25 May, 2007 05:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dial-up discourages most online video watching, but... LOL! I love the one you linked on the 19th! Sieben sieben- eins swei... omg, this is one of those can't quit hearing it songs, that follows you all day.

25 May, 2007 11:41  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Chell -- dial-up?! Someone as tech-savvy as you? Good lord[s], get DSL at least -- you won't believe the difference. Everything goes so much faster.

Seriously, if you liked that song, you'll probably like at least some of these. I find eastern European pop to be the good without the bad -- fun tunes with no hip-hop, [c]rap, "metal", or swear words.

Dr. Z -- the link is well-deserved as always.

25 May, 2007 18:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yah, steenkin' dial-up. Nothing else is available out here. :(

My youngest wanted to see that video over and over- she loves it too. I don't mind swear words in music, as long as the music isn't [c]rap (lol!!), hip-hop, or just for the sake of the swear words. But yes, totally agreed, music like this is much more enjoyable. I'll definitely listen to the others here, one by one, blowing raspberries at dial-up after each. Will also have to shake up my music collection a bit, by the sounds of it. :)

Each type of music can be an acquired taste, and I'm wondering if you grew up listening to typical American radio, or were the doors to world music open to you from the start? What grabbed your interest first and the most in eastern European music?

25 May, 2007 19:33  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

I actually began paying attention to music around the time that music videos and MTV got started. I got interested in German rock music when I was studying German (few English-speaking performers can out-weird Nina Hagen). I originally found all this eastern European stuff while looking for Russian-language material on YouTube. In some ways it reminds me of the American music of 20 or 30 years ago, before the depressing influences which have settled over so much of it since.

I think there has been a lot of pent-up creativity unleashed since the collapse of Communism. It's like watching an awakening of new life after a long hibernation. Add in a rather boisterous Slavic culture which has never heard of political correctness, and things should stay lively for a long time.

(And I don't think anything like rap will ever develop over there -- remember, swearing is illegal in Russia.)

My youngest wanted to see that video over and over- she loves it too.

Isn't the internet great? How else would a kid in rural Minnesota be likely to get to see Verka Serdyuchka perform?

I had no idea that some rural areas couldn't get fast internet service. I'm surprised there aren't more people demanding the government do something about it.

26 May, 2007 08:12  

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