Martin Canine's Most Listened To Songs of This Week (January 7th to 13th, 2019) According To His SmartphoneI'm a tad bit too late, I know, it already being Tuesday. But here finally is what I listened to last week. Some of them appeared on my list "The 50 Greatest Songs That Topped The Austrian Charts in the 20th Century", but not all.
The Top Ten
I just bought a Serge Gainsbourg collection featuring 14 of his albums. This guy is an amazing songwriter, next to Till Lindemann maybe the greatest master of provocative art music.
Also written by Gainsbourg, amazing piece of music. One of my favotite songs of the 1960s and one of the best Eurovision Song Contest winners.
The definitive 90s song of Europe. Tops every "greatest eurodance songs of all time" list and is featured on every 90s compilation.
Their only number 1 hit (in Germany, that is, it only peaked at number 4 in Austria) has more than meets the eye. With double meanings and sharp witted wordings the song deals with the topic of sex tourism and prostitution. But most importantly: it's one of their musically most appealing songs.
I don't get two things.
A. Why this band never caught up in America while they had several huge hits in Europe (this song alone was the biggest number 1 hit of the year in Germany and one of the best selling songs internationally).
B. Why the group's manager fired all the members to turn the extremely successful music project into a performance group that completely ended the career of Rednex abruptly. I mean: what was he thinking!? Everybody loves music - and especially theirs, as they had four blockbuster hit singles across Europe. In contrast, who would pay money for a show named after a famous band that's actually western themed stage comedy? Especially if they aren't even the actual band members. The real Rednex objected to the concept, and were fired as a result. Who knows what else they would have released... there were a few individual singles afterwards with little success, sometimes even with original band members, but no full album. This makes me so sad. A manager ...more
Beyoncé may be the artist I think and read about most often. That I misinterpreted her "Lemonade" album so extremely hard only showed me how little educated Austria is on the American culture right now. Everyone over here will say that the USA influences our every move, but on here, I did not see the forest for the trees until very recently. This is one of the best and most important albums of its time, and I just was too blind to see it back then. I also wrote two detailed posts on the topic - one about Beyoncé in general, and one about why I picked "HYDRA 3D" over "Lemonade" as the best album of the year in 2016, while now I'd do it differently. The latter post may also give a good impression on how the pop culture and media coverage of a country can influence your view.
Twisted music from hell. Luvit.
Hello, Wish You Were Here. Visiting my playlist again, I reckon?
All the best people ARE crazy, she got a point there. Also the tune has one of the best videos of the decade.
Was Serge Gainsbourg being a jerk when he let France Gall singing this song knowing she didn't realize its double meaning? Yes. Is the outcome nonetheless as great? You bet.