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Army Of Lovers at Melodifestivalen

This week, Swedish TV SVT, has announced the hosts for next year's Eurovision Song Contest as Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede. I'm really excited about this, as I like them both very much. But as much as I love Eurovision, I'm more of a fan of Melodifestivalen, the Swedish finals leading up to Eurovision. Eurovision is fun, [...]

Neneh Cherry

"For her first time in Australia, it would have been good to have some more of her older songs", my friend said, as we made our way out of the Sydney Opera House tonight. I agree with that assessment. As much as I really do like her new material, it was classics like "Buffalo Stance" [...]

Melodifestivalen 2015 #2

I'm quite a fan of the Swedish pop singer, Magnus Carlsson. To be precise, Magnus who was in Swedish pop bands Barbados and Alcazar, not Magnus Carlson (one "s") who was in Swedish indie band, "Weeping Willows". I even met him once, briefly, at a bar in Stockholm (see photo below). Although his obsession with [...]

Jonas Holmberg

Just because I have the complete recordings of ABBA in my record collection, it doesn't mean I stopped listening to new music in 1982. But that's what online music stores often presume. I have stored most of my music collection on Google Music, and I've also bought a fair few albums via the Play Store. [...]

Vapen och ammunition

Vapen och ammunition

I've spent the night listening to the wonderful album, "Vapen och ammunition" by the Swedish pop/rock band, Kent. Given the news events of the last few days, it's interesting that "Vapen och ammunition" translates as "Weapons and ammunition". Perhaps subconsciously, it was an album that I was drawn to because of the title, though more [...]

80s Music Doco

80s on SVTPLAY.SE

"Oh my God, you MUST watch it", I told a colleague earlier this week. She grew up in Sweden and is a major fan of Depeche Mode. I was talking about the first episode of "80s", a new half-hour music documentary from Swedish TV, SVT. The first episode featured a very early Swedish television performance [...]

Slightly Obsessed

Previously on this blog, I've written about my slight obsession with Swedish pop star, Ola. I first discovered his work when he was an entrant in Melodifestivalen, the Swedish finals leading to the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2008. I thought the song, Love in Stereo was “okay”. A few months later I saw him [...]

Melodifestivalen 2012 #4

Gina Dirawi with Danny Saucedo

Over the last few days I've been gripped by the "controversy" in the Swedish newspapers about one of the artists who could represent Sweden at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. At the centre of the controversy is the song, "Mirakel" by Björn Ranelid, a sixty-something former football player, and academic, who is one of Sweden's [...]

Melodifestivalen 2012 #3

If you have any familiarity with Melodifestivalen - the Swedish finals leading to the Eurovision Song Contest - you're probably aware of Eric Saade who represented Sweden last year. His song, "Popular" was a good song, performed well, though it was criticsed by some for being too derivative of of Boney M's "Rasputin" and a [...]