Lost In Translation – More Eurovision madness with Bebi Dol singing 'Brazil'

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Singing! Dance routines! Brightly coloured clothes! Big hair! What more could you want from a pop star? Well, all of the above done to something resembling ‘competent’. Yep, this week’s Eurovision Lost In Translation is Yugoslavia’s Bebi Dol singing the dismal ‘Brazil’ at the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest in Rome. Bebi Dol’s outfit and make-up combo makes her look like a trashy Jordan. Yes, you read right. Terry Wogan closes the video by saying “skin and hair flying everywhere”. And they wondered why it came second to last! [video: ricardo266]

Lost In Translation – Milly Scott's 'Fernando En Philippo' from Eurovision '66

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What says ‘Dutch’ to you? Hashish cafes? Clogs? Well, if you’re Milly Scott, the Netherlands’ entrant to the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest, nothing says Holland like a pair of blokes in sombreros. That’s right, her ‘Fernando en Philippo‘ is a wonky jaunt through rural latinoland and kicks off with a strange “pee pee po po” intro. Needs to be heard to be believed.
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'Moskau' gets translated… badly

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Remember when I showed you the (unintentionally) hilarious ‘Moskau’ by Dschinghis Khan? Well, it seems it’s a bit of an internet hit, and some clever sod who is far funnier than me has posted the video up with English subtitles. Thankfully the subs aren’t mere translation, but rather what the foreign lyrics sound like. I suggest you watch it and get ready for some serious tittering. There are moments of sublime comedy awaiting you…
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Lost In Translation: Forbes sing 'Beatles'

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I don’t speak Swedish. Sometimes I wish I did. Now is one of those times, as I’d like to know exactly what the lyrics to Forbes’ Eurovision flop, ‘Beatles’ are. You can only assume it’s something like “The Beatles are really good. They’ve sold a lot of records. They had great facial hair toward the end of their career. Yeah yeah yeah.” Either way, this was the Swedish entry in ’77 and mustered up a weedy deux points. Have a listen to discover why.
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Lost In Translation: Fredi and Friends' 'Pump Pump'

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Singing men and women from Scandinavia, with one sat at the piano – what could go wrong? Well, if it’s a fat bloke in a sequined jacket singing a song called ‘Pump Pump’, it can all go horribly boob upward. This Eurovision horror is Fredi and Friends and, well, let’s just say we haven’t seen anything like this for a while… and oddly it’s not that bad a thing, really.
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Lost In Translation – Dschinghis Khan's 'Moskau'

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The Eurovision Song Contest is coming up over the hill like a monster, so we’ve decided to make Lost in Translation distincly Eurovisioncentric in the lead-up. With that, I’m gonna kick things off with my favourite Eurovision song ever – Dschinghis Khan’s ‘Moskau’. Landing slap-bang in the middle of the German disco boom, hot on the heels of Boney M and Arabesque, Dschinghis Khan thought they’d get on the Rasputin tip by immortalising a historical figure. However, turning one of history’s most feared murderers into a jolly dancing bloke might not be the best way forward. Let’s watch and snigger together.
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Lost In Translation: Gwar

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Stars of Jerry Springer, loved by fans of hard rock, adored by lovers of the absurd, Gwar are, in short, the most ludicrous band on the planet. Beasts, entrails, beheadings, limbs chopped off, guitars made of ham – all present at a Gwar gig. One of the oddest moments of my life was when someone took me to a Gwar gig and a giant penguin had a period on the moshpit. To whom does this make sense? That is the very reason why it’s Lost In Translation.
[video: verb765]

Nominate your favourite South-Eastern European dance artists for South-Eastern European music glory!

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seemee.gifHere on Le Toilet we have a little spot for foreign music which doesn’t really make sense to our oh-so-sophisticated Brit Brains. It’s basically a chance to take cheap if affectionate shots at those crazy continentals and all that. Well, my karma-ometer tells me that it might be about time to give the Euros a little love. So I am now going to tell you about the South-East European Music Event – or SEEME. Clever, huh?
This event will take place in June in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, and will award a few South-East European dance types for their efforts.

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Lost in Translation – Num-Lai (Thai rock!)

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I know very little about Thai rock. Judging from Num-Lai, some rockers from Thailand (of course), they’re not that far behind the rest of the world when it comes to commercial rock. Of course, that’s barely a compliment as commercial rock is bloody awful… but still. One thing they might want to work on is their image. I’m not sure that pink cowboy gear is gonna really take off anywhere. Anyway, here’s a video of Num-Lai with their pop-rocker, ‘Silly Fools’.
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Lost in Translation: Cock-er-ney indie

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It’s unbelievable that wouldn’t-use-it-even-to-line-the-budgie’s-cage rags like NME still fawn over acts that only make sense to 14 year-old girls from London. I’m looking at you, Jack Pe