Thursday, April 30, 2015

Forgotten Music: 50 Excellent International Pop Songs From the 1960s

Flavorwire: 50 Excellent International Pop Songs From the 1960s

18 comments:

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

They have 50 "International Pop Hits" from the 60's and yet no version of I Will Follow Him?

Jeff

And where is "Telstar"? Or Mr. Acker Bilk?

Bogus list.

Bill Crider said...

Those would have been numbers 51, 52, and 53.

Anders E said...

Isn't everything "international" in some sense? I guess they mean "non-American".

Anyway, here's something truly international. Mr. Vreeswijk was Dutch but moved to Sweden as a kid. This is from his 1965 debut LP. Simplicity itself, yet so very wonderful. Horrible picture, though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulD0MvUbhwY

Bill Crider said...

But was it an international pop hit?

Deb said...

But where are Esther & Abi Ofarim singing "Cinderella Rockefella"?

Anders E said...

The text doesn't say anything about the songs being actual hits. Anyway, here's some ABBA related material from 1967; Benny wrote it as well as played on it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDP-SmfhK9E

Anders E said...

Oh, Esther Ofarim. Here she is in the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest, singing the Swiss entry. This was back in the days when the ESC actually could come up with great songs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSi6t3Y_zkc

Bill Crider said...

Two more great links, Anders. Thanks.

Anders E said...

Oh, Bill. I could come up with links all night long (it's now 8.35 PM over here).

Anyway, the '63 ESC was probably the best ever. Denmark's winner was fantastic (note: you can switch on subtitles). Danish never sounded so pretty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kNbOxkIyRQ

Unfortunately, Sweden's entry came in at the very bottom, scoring exactly zero points. I guess it was too advanced and too delicate. No battalion of dancers, no laser beams, no explosions - the wonderful Ms. Z did it all with her eyebrows and her dimples and that unique voice of hers. And what an entrance!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IReJgMZ8Z6k

Bill Crider said...

Jørgen Ingmann!

Hard to believe Ms. Z didn't score. The hair and eyebrows are worth a few points each.

Anders E said...

Bill, now you've done it. This had me thinking and now I have something like 20+ Swedish songs that would fit right in here. And they are all great. Now, what do I do with them?

Anyhow, these two prove once and for all that punk rock was in fact invented in Sweden. Our first entry sounds exactly like the Ramones, except it is from 1965 i.e. 10 years before the Ramones. Brilliantly Ramonesque song title, too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vmYkqP2YDM

Then there's this from 1965, which is like an advancing enemy tank division. Badassery galore.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYwerm70Kus

But really - what do I do with the rest?

Bill Crider said...

The Madmen sound like the Ramones covering a Beach Boys number. Great title, especially for a group called the Madmen. I like the Namelosers, too.

As for what to do with the rest, maybe it's time for you to start a music blog.

Anders E said...

But Bill, it's so much easier hijacking someone else's commentary field! Here goes:

From a legendary turkey of a movie. But this ode about juvenile delinqency is still ace. Especially if you're into bass trombones. 1962.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_UOXJ_t5dY

Recorded in 1969 but written some 2 centuries earlier, this is probably the prettiest song ever written about dysentery. Carl Michael Bellman (b. 1740, d. 1795) is to Swedish music what Washington and Jefferson is to America. Without him, no ABBA. And Fred's interpretations are generally regarded as the definitive ones.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t_kkQdUFGM

Anders E said...
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Bill Crider said...

That teen movie looks great. People knew how to smoke in those days.

As for the second song, I can see this as a Jeopardy! category: "I'll take 'Songs about Dysentery' for $100, Alex."

Anders E said...

About that teen movie... Among the teen smokers is one Solveig Ternström (2:15), member of Parliament between 2006 and 2010. Singer is the great Carli Tornehave. The two scary looking dudes that arrive at the end (ca 3:25) are established character actors Ernst Hugo Järegård (white cap) and Jan-Olof Strandberg (striped sweater), who a couple of years later would perform in a stage version of "Waiting for Godot" that to this very day is considered one of the ultimate classics. My favourite character, however, is the blonde spiky haired punkette around 1:20. Coulda been my sister in 1980.

Bill Crider said...

My favorite is the short-haired blonde woman. There's a woman who knows how to smoke a cigarette!

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