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Re: International

Postby Glassjaw Girl » Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:36 pm

The Philippines (Tagalog)
This is from one of my favorite local bands.

The Philippines (Tagalog, again. Damn Tagalogs making better music)
Ooh Greg, Eraserheads at their peak was like The Beatles here in The Philippines. The band below, Rivermaya, was the only one who could quite match them.
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Re: International

Postby Edgar Cabrera » Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:47 pm

NotCIAAgent reminded me of Mamonas Assassinas, a satirical Brazilian rock band. Too bad that their demise makes Lynyrd Skynyrd look like they got lucky by comparison.


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Re: International

Postby NotCIAAgent » Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:51 pm

I have forgotten about Mamonas.

God... I have commited the greatest crime in my country.

Father, forgive for I have sinned.

Now I must depart in a journey for redemption, a journey of shame, a journey of pariahs... but a journey... for hope.
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Re: International

Postby NudgeNudge » Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:48 pm

I'm not the biggest fan of my country's music, but there's some good stuff here:

A cool post-hardcore band, not very shouty.

This song is pretty much a classic.

A quirky, awesome indie band.

These guys are pretty big in the indie scene too.

One of the biggest alternative bands right now.

The rest is mostly crap like this.
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Re: International

Postby Twistappel » Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:04 am

These guys are actually Australian, but they perform almost exclusively in Russian.

I actually have no idea who this performer is, but I really like their rendition of Katyusha, a traditional Russian folk song:

I previously posted Rachid Taha's awesome Arabic cover of Rock the Casbah here. (Algeria)

Cherish the Ladies performing Roisin Dubh (Irish)
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Re: International

Postby nerdnerdnerd » Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:42 pm

Here are some more I like. The songs are in Chuvash, Turkish & Greek, Gagauz, Chechen, Sakha and Mongolian respectively.

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Re: International

Postby nerdnerdnerd » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:30 pm

Someone stop me.

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Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Uzbek, Bashkir, Nogai, Altai and Judaeo-Spanish, in that order.
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Re: International

Postby Sekhmet » Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:12 am

French (I know that that is not a country but the band and vocalist are from different countries)

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Re: International

Postby Pedgerow » Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:24 am

Hello! I come in peace from the forums, due to be shut down in the next 24 hours. My greatest passion and current whole identity (everyone needs a Thing) is songs that aren't in English, and I made a thread on those forums about it. I can't stand to see it go, so if it is permitted, I would like to just copy and paste my original post from that thread here, so that it doesn't disappear when it gets deleted. Warning: it is a very, very long post, but it's on topic (I can't believe you have a thread for this!) and I promise to post more originally in the future. Here we go:

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Pedgerow wrote:This might seem like an odd approach to choosing music, but it has come to my attention over the past couple of years that I absolutely love music that is in foreign languages, almost without reservation. The pop music of other countries fascinates me. It might be because of my international upbringing, or maybe just because I don't usually listen to lyrics as closely as other people, but this thread isn't my blog so it doesn't matter. If you are from a country that doesn't speak English, what charts hits do you have that won't have been heard in other countries? In case this thread becomes enormously popular, please only provide songs that are not sung in English. If nobody posts in this thread (which is far more likely), then I guess you can consider it, but I'm still mainly interested in foreign-language pop music.

Hungarians and Ukrainians, if there are any! I particularly want to hear from you! See below!

I will get the ball rolling with as many foreign song recommendations as I can think of:

German-language pop music was fairly popular in the 1980s, with bands you've heard of like Nena (99 Luftballons) and Falco (Rock Me Amadeus). But because I am such an unbearable hipster, I have transcended such peasant music and would like to recommend other, less-famous songs by those same bands:

Nena - Irgendwie Irgendwo Irgendwann
Nena - Nur Geträumt
Falco - Der Kommissar (so funky!)
Falco - Jeanny (dark and scary and all about murdering some woman; do not play this with the others at your barbecue)

Someone else can recommend Rammstein because I'm sure nobody here will be discovering them for the first time, but my favourite Rammstein song is Spieluhr.

Again, I get the feelings French pop stars were more famous in the 1980s. You're going to need to really like '80s pop music to keep clicking these links:
Desireless - Voyage Voyage
France Gall - Ella Elle L'a
Vanessa Paradis - Joe Le Taxi

Also, two different versions of Désenchantée: the artsy original by Mylène Farmer, and the more accessible generic dance-pop version that was #1 in Belgium for about three straight months.

French rap is legendary, so I'm sure you can help me out there.
MC Solaar - Paradisiaque seems to be a good example.
Manau - La Tribu de Dana was a colossal crossover hit in the late 1990s, with its sample of some wacky ancient Breton folk song. It's about as hip as Ariana Grande, but it's fantastic and none of this music is particularly cool anyway so you might as well give it a chance. And speaking of sampling Breton folk music, that's not in English either so here you go:
Alan Stivell - Tri Martolod
And that's a great way to also recommend Son Ar Christr, which has also been sampled by hundreds of other songs which people often get drunk to. This one is in Dutch.

==Music in Dutch==
What a segue! I'm not actually saying this music is all from Holland, however, because Gorki were Belgian and I really want to talk about them. They are hugely acclaimed in Belgium as one of history's greatest Dutch-language rock bands, but they are kind of like The Smiths are to English music: poetically emo lyrics, but they don't really rock that hard. I have therefore always wondered if their music would appeal to people who don't speak Dutch. If you're still reading, and you don't speak Dutch, please let me know what you think, because I'm genuinely curious:
Gorki - Soms Vraagt Een Mens Zich Af
Gorki - Joeri (a song all about Yuri Gagarin; I find this song fantastically and unbelievably depressing, and the video adds to that, although most people think I was just a teenager with a boner when it came out)
Gorki - Mia (this once topped a Belgian poll as the greatest song of all time, beating out all the regular worldwide hits like Smells Like Teen Spirit and Imagine and Bohemian Rhapsody, so I really want to know how you feel about this one)
Gorki - Ik Reis Door de Nacht (this one rocks a little harder; my prediction is that this will be the only one that non-Dutch-speakers like)

Dutch-speakers actually seem to be pretty damn skilled when it comes to song lyrics; Het Is Een Nacht by Guus Meeuwis feels very romantic to me. However, I have a theory that if you can understand something in a foreign language, it can bypass your cynicism and make you love it enormously when you otherwise wouldn't if it was in your own language. Again, I suspect you won't like it at all if you don't speak Dutch.

Caramelldansen was a meme so you might know it, but maybe you didn't do what I did and look up loads of other songs by the same band. If you don't like bubblegum pop, skip these recommendations:
Caramell - Spelar Ingen Roll (such positive lyrics!)
Caramell - Explodera (look; you were warned)

Sweden is actually an incredibly fantastic country for music, but I'm just listing recommendations off the top of my head here, so I'll let you post the others.

==Now let me tell you about my favourite YouTube channel==
If you're still with me, my love of songs that aren't in English skyrocketed tremendously when I discovered the greatest YouTube channel in the universe:

It's absolutely brimming with obscure pop music from far-off countries. Two of this phenomenal channel's best recommendations led me to be really passionate about the music of those countries specifically, but I'll start off with a few random songs from interesting places:
Ledi Disko - Tu Pasiimk Mano Širdį (euro disco, Lithuania 1996)
Inuit - Upperisarsiungaaleramik (Greenland, 1980) (this is some legitimately obscure and cool prog rock; I feel like far more of a hipster poseur when I listen to this than I do with the rest of these links)
Nil Burak - Ağladımmı Güldümmü (disco, Turkey 1980)
Sevda Alpay ‎& Zafer Dilek – Kara Kaşlı Yar (psych folk, Turkey 1974) (this, again, is legitimately cool and it makes me feel like I'm trying too hard to be awesome by associating myself with its radical brilliance)
Vitalij Karyukov / Виталий Карюков – Тишина (synth disco, Russia 1993) (the channel is full of music like this; this one is good but not particularly memorable, and I post it mainly for completeness. You can skip it if you want)
VIG Ilyuziya / ВИГ Илюзия ‎- Кой Си Ти? / Koi Si Ti? (synth disco, Bulgaria 1985) (don't skip this one! It has saxophones!)

Does anyone here have Ukrainian heritage? Or any connections at all to Ukraine? I want to speak to you so desperately! Was Rusya famous in your country? Have you ever heard of her? She is one of the absolute totems of me liking music I can't understand, and I would not have made this record-shatteringly long post without my knowledge of her, discovered through the above YouTube channel. This all really started with me wondering what sort of music the Soviet Union listened to, and Rusya is so obscure that it feels like she is a pop star who exists only for me, and therefore I love her, however anyone else feels. I can't find much about her online, however, so she might be a total nobody over there. However, her sister is the Russian pop star Natasha Koroleva, who seems to be much more famous. I know very little about her, though.

Rusya / Руся - Bud shcho bude / Будь що буде (italo disco, Ukraine USSR, 1990) (this is where it all began! My passion would be nothing without this song!)
Rusya / Руся - Білий сніг / Bily Snig (italo synth disco, Ukraine USSR 1989)

Okay! Last country! I am a huge fan of [url=ília]Neoton Familia[/url], and would like someone to talk to about them, please. Preferably someone who speaks English. They're one of the biggest bands in Hungarian history as far as I can tell, to the extent that cool music people in Hungary possibly hate them. But they're obscure over here, so not only is it not lame to like them, but I also really struggle to find anyone who has heard of them. They are generally regarded as "the Hungarian ABBA", and with some songs, it's obvious why:
Neoton Familia - 220 Felett

However, they were around for decades, doing 1970s disco (Hozzank Mindig Hazaerkezel), proper artistic merit music (Párbeszéd), weird communist Hungarian reggae (Születésnap), then they became a gigantic generic pop band to maximise profits for the collectivist socialist cause.
Hétvégi motorozás
Nyar Van

Their lead singer, Eva Csepregi, then went on to have an equally colossal solo career:
Kék korszak (I have probably listened to this song more than any other listed here)
Igy Vagy Ugy

I could post links all day. Also, for even greater financial success outside of their native Hungary, a lot of their songs are available with English translations. I won't post those now because I maintain that hopefully this thread will only be for songs that are not in English, but if you discover a song of theirs that you like, hit me up and I might know the English translated version. Be warned, though, that some are absolutely comical and baffling.

There's also another cool Hungarian band called Napoleon Boulevard:
Júlia nem akar a földön járni

And with that, I think I've posted enough links. I also suspect I'm starting to come across as slightly deranged. So, do you know any songs that you like that aren't in English? I am clearly not that discerning. Mexicans: what's Paulina Rubio's best song? I tried looking in case she was great, but I want to hear from someone who lives somewhere with exposure to her. Wherever you live, or even if you've just heard of a foreign band, please post links to them below!

I promise to post more originally from now on. Well, unless I quote the replies to that thread as well, to save them for posterity as well. But after that, I will absolutely join your community properly, hopefully for the long term.
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Re: International

Postby IamNotCreepy » Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:22 pm


If you wanted to do a more general introduction, check out this thread.

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