A postal vote from paul g adsett:
almost got me thinking good thoughts about being european this did.
almost made up for feeling awkwardly, sadly, angrily embarrassed about being british.
almost got me waving my arms about in ecstasy.
almost got me screaming in agony.
almost got me googletranslating.
certainly got under my skin.
up my nose.
down my lug 'oles...
there's real life beyond english language popdom.
gold: Puhdys - Wenn Ein Mensch Lebt
- a favourite gibb tune
and that brings it to the top,
regardless of what the lyrics are going on about.
i like the vocals.
i like the arrangement.
i like the whole caboodle
(other than the too abrupt fade ending)
whatever the lyrics are going on about...
a hit in any fashion.
silver: Leningrad Cowboys - California Girls
- a great lovingly tongue in cheek, pisstake.
a bit of a cheat as i) they're not german, ii) they sing in english,
but, you're forgiven. they're a hoot
(the second verse lets it down a bit by sounding too much like a poor serious tribute vocal).
touches of bonzo dog controlled, jazz humorous anarchy.
live the leningrad cowboys were truly a sight and sound to behold.
tackily grandiose and grandly oh so tacky....
a hit in my book.
bronze: Silly - Verlorene Kinder
- genuinely liked it at first,
despiite (or because of?) its 'within in you without you' intro.
there's the odd bit that continues to appeal in the arrangement,
but it's ardent yet humourless bollocks.
the makings of a hit.
tin: Karat - 7 Bruecken
- not often i've heard a german language song that could just as easily be a 'hit'
by any of those inidiously awful, unentangleable outifts like
foreigner / boston / journey / air supply / styx / survivor...
and thank heavens i've not often heard 'em,
'cos i actively choose not to, m'self.
fine for others, maybe.
but not for me, ta.
a miss that i don't miss.
an enjoyable dalliance in europe
in a week where our govt has attempted to create
a yet more bollocking mess of its flailing attempt to appease the unappeasable
and a rally and petition have been the only others uplifting moments.
thankyou, cantina m...