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Russian music

OK, this is the second blog article I write about foreign music. The first one was about Belgian music

This time I’m going to post some clips of my favorite Russian bands or simply something that caught my attention. (The German music will follow later)

The first group is Kacta. They played the soundtrack for the Russian movie Anti killer (nice by the way) and are quite popular in Russia.

This is there homesite kacta Unfortunately it’s all in Russian.

Here is Katya Lel , this song here was so popular it has a ‘Hebrew clone’ clip for lack of a better word.

Israeli clip in Hebrew:

And to round it of, this really caught my attention…I wonder why?

Perhaps the US army should do the same to boost morale and make them more attractive as a career possibility, on the other hand…

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September 20, 2007 Posted by | music, video, youtube | Leave a comment

Stars meet their fate… younger

According to a new study Rock and Pop stars are twice as likely to die young than the general population.

The study took into account the deaths in the Rock/Pop scene during the last fifty years in both Europe aswell as the United States. During that time about 100 famous musicians died, most of the deaths were to blame on long-term effects of alcohol abuse and assorted drug problems. In the research well known names pop up such as Jimmy Hendrix who died from a cocktail of alcohol and nine sleeping pills or Jimmy Morrison who died of a suspected heroin overdose.

North American stars seem to die a little older than the European stars. But after about 25 years of becoming famous, the European stars return to the death rates of the general population, while the North American stars continue to suffer from high death rates according to the study.

And what is the cause of this higher death rate? Most likely the wild lifestyle stars tend to have, involving alcohol, drugs, …

This reminds me of the news reports we have been seeing lately of such stars as Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, such as this one:

An article on Lindsay Lohan about driving under influence.

What really struck me about all of this, is the fact that during the research it also came to light that a new Rock/Pop star is twice as likely to die during the first five years of becoming famous. It would seem that glitter and glamour are to be paid with the ultimate price. When I was young I – just like many others no doubt- dreamed of becoming rich and famous. Just the idea of driving through Hollywood in a limo and being able to get anything I want, being adored everywhere I went, was exciting to me. It would be ‘to die for’. Now, I would think twice before considering a career in show-business. I might not have an exciting life nowadays. But it sure beats laying in a coffin any day of the week.

But would I wind up like this? Or you for that matter? I always wonder what causes this. How do you turn out like this, and why is not every celebrity suffering from substance abuse problems. I honestly don’t know how this can be. Perhaps it’s because these stars have everything already and are looking for a new kick. Something to do, to experience. Or perhaps they want to forget their personal problems, that on top of it all are being exposed to the entire world because of the press. How would you feel I you get a divorce and everything is followed by the entire world and every word you speak recorded, picked apart and used against you? How would you feel if everything you said is a reason to be ridiculed. Perhaps, it’s not really the fault of the stars themselves, but because of the society we live in and how we deal with people. Or in case of celebrities, how we don’t deal with them. They are being treated not as people…But as both gods and lowlife at the same time. One day they are it and everybody wants them, the other day their name is dragged through the mud and their faces plastered over the internet and tv…

Here is something I found on Youtube about the death of Jimmy Hendrix, just wanted to share it with you:

September 5, 2007 Posted by | entertainment, music, video | 1 Comment

Nicole Scherzinger

I just had to post this clip. I absolutely love it. Nice moves and great song!

September 1, 2007 Posted by | music, Uncategorized, video, youtube | Leave a comment

Sexy hips…

…Yes, sexy hips. Who or what am I talking about? Good question, and as you well know, you never know for sure when talking to a nerd. But, of course it is not very difficult to gather who I am talking about. I am a nerd, spend way too much time behind the computer and tv and have no life. So, it must be some celeb that I am ranting about at this moment. And she is famous for her sexy hip movements. Ergo, I am talking about Shakira and her famous belly-dances and amazing voice.

Not surprisingly I have a thing for Shakira. I can’t help it, Who doesn’t digg a chick who plays the guitar? The more I think about it, the more she becomes the embodiment of the perfect girl. She is an exotic beauty with a varied multicultural background, her father is an American of lebanese-catholic ‘extration’ and her mother is a Colombian of Italian-Spanish decent. Wow, that’s five nations. On top of that, according to Wikipedia she has an IQ of 140. Great, brains and beauty. Plus, I can’t stand stupid people. Which is very natural since my IQ is so high nobody has ever been able to measure it. (Oh I am such a narcissist)

She can dance, belly-dance, has amazing vocal abilities and Shakira doesn’t only sing in English (because we hear that enough already), she sings in Spanish too. That I find refreshing, for now anyway. More and more artists are dropping Spanish and Portugese lines in their lyrics these days and it won’t be long before I get tired of it.

And thanks to Shakira I found out that I actually like the Spanish language and have recently started studying. Thank you Shakira for the many hours I will spend behind my desk cramming words and Spanish grammar in my thick skull. But, it’s worth it. It’s a world language and it sounds sexy. Well, except when some fat Mexican guy starts jibba jabbing… *sigh*

And lucky that I am, I just happened to have an old Spanish course lying around the attic. If I study hard enough, soon I might understand what she is singing about in this clip…

Wish me luck! Oh, and well now. I just did my very first nerd rant on my blog. About the Spanish language and Shakira! The things I don’t occupy myself with day to day.

Want to know more about Shakira? Click here.

August 17, 2007 Posted by | music, rant, Shakira, Spanish | 1 Comment

Belgian music

On tv, in the media and in the magazines you always hear about American artists. The big stars like Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé or Shakira. You scarcely hear anyone talking about foreign artists. And I really think that is a shame. There is some great stuff out there that is overshadowed by the starts of hollywood. So, I decided to focus somewhat on foreign music on my blog. I will now and than write posts about foreign bands and singers that I have stumbled upon on-line and/or like much myself. Today I will kick it off with belgian artists. I will not provide much explanation on the bands and artists. I will provide links for when you are interested in knowing more. Next time I will focus on German singers.

First my all time favorite of the Belgian music scene. Namely Milk Inc Here is there latest hit Sunrise:

This band is known quite well in europe and I hope also beyond. The lead singer is Linda Mertens And yes, I know what you are thinking. She is beautiful.

Another artist that is known in Belgium and beyond is Kate Ryan . She sings mostly in french though. Here is here latest hit:

Hadise is a Turkish-Belgian singer and also quite known in Belgium and Turkey:

The second last artist I want to bring into the spotlights is Junior Jack A Belgian artist with Italian heritage. Here is one of his:

And the last band of this little list if mine is Seduced. Reshum van Til, Katrien Schotte and Cindy became very famous in Belgium. Here is why:

August 15, 2007 Posted by | art, Belgian, music, video | 2 Comments