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Bazza
10-29-2007, 06:00 PM
I tend to get bored of listening to English sung songs and often enjoy a foray into artists that sing in foreign languages. Does anyone else enjoy doing this? (obviously for non-english speakers do you listen to music other than english and your native tongue?). Do you feel that understanding the lyrics is integral to the song, or can you appreciate a good song with in tune singing?

I guess this wouldn't be a thread without some examples of songs I enjoy:

Acda en de Munnik - Het Regent Zonnestralen [Soft Rock] (http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=F87D63552B5D2673)
Blankass - La Couleur Des Ble's [Soft Rock] (http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=95E479F03096B460)
Gypsy Kings - Volare [Cuban-esque] (http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=25C85CD34158AE79)

There are many more, but I can't think at the moment (plus slow internet makes uploading difficult). If there is anyone who shares this passion then which artists/languages do you enjoy and do you have any recommendations?

I wasn't too sure whether a thread like this had been done before? I know I made a Dutch music thread a while back, but I think it would be fun/interesting to have an overall foreign language songs thread!

Mannen som blev en gris
10-29-2007, 06:18 PM
I really like it when bands sing in some other language than English. It becomes a bit more "exotic" when you don't understand what they're singing about (without reading a translation). It's different with Swedish though. With Swedish it usually becomes a lot more "personal", since, well... they're singing in the language you normally speak. Which of course can be a good thing, but I really don't think I'd prefer having all the music I listen to sung in Swedish, since that would make the cheesy stuff so much cheesier.

But yeah, variety is always good, and I don't understand why there aren't more bands singing in their own language. Not always of course, but a few songs would be nice.

T-6005
10-29-2007, 06:28 PM
French and English are my languages of choice, simply because I'm used to the cadence and can enjoy it. I never listen to the words.

I also like Italian and Spanish to listen to.

DirtyYeso
10-29-2007, 07:09 PM
Al Ramerio by Chabelos [Spanish] (http://www.savefile.com/projects/808558013)

That's the link to Al Ramerio by Chabelos a peruvian band, pretty cool song. I can speak spanish and its still pretty hard to understand what the guys says...

Tijs
10-29-2007, 07:12 PM
I like how Acda & de Munnik are spreaded on these forums. They're really great, and if you'd understand their lyrics you'd find more greatness. And the main-singer (Acda) is one of my favorite actors as well. He's good.

As for me, I love listening to foreign music (as in non-English/non-Dutch). Dialect is awesome too. This group is from a small town called 'America' which is only about 60km away from here. But a totally different dialect.
Rowwen Hèze - De Peel in Brand (http://www.tijsvl.net/beta/user/files/rowwen_heze-de_peel_in_brand.mp3) (dialect-Limburgs / Folk)

An old French summer hit I believe. French people look at me like I'm crazy when I sing alog to it. Yeah anyway, I still love it.
Zebda - Tomber la Chemise (http://www.tijsvl.net/beta/user/files/zebda-tomber-la-chemise.mp3) (French / Hiphop)

Some German punkrock. It's the only German punkband I know actually. Well, I know more but either they suck or they sing in English.
Wizo - Überflüssig (http://www.tijsvl.net/beta/user/files/wizo-uberflussig.mp3) (German / Punkrock)

Normally I'm not too font of English band singin in another language. But of course there are exception. Here's one:
Tiger Army - Hechizo de Amor (http://www.tijsvl.net/beta/user/files/tiger_army-hechizo_de_amor.mp3) (Spanish / soft-rock)

WebDudette
10-29-2007, 07:38 PM
I'm all for listening to music that sounds good. But I do prefer to at least try to understand the lyrics. Even though I would be just as well off with a foreign language as I am with bands like Das Oath and The Locust.

Llamas
10-29-2007, 09:53 PM
Wizo is super fun shit, tijs.

I like music in other languages, because I think that some languages work better with different types of music. For instance, German is horrible for rap or jazz. Spanish is horrible for rock, metal or punk. English is horrible for salsa, and I think it's not really that great for metal, either. So I love to hear music in other languages. It doesn't really matter if I can understand the lyrics if the music is good.

coke_a_holic
10-29-2007, 10:12 PM
Kaizer's Orchestra is so cool. I'm afraid that if I knew what they were saying it, it would make it worse, but the words they use just sound so cool with the music. It's... uh, alternative rock. I don't know.

I'll upload some when I'm on the computer with all my music.

EDIT: Here's one song I found. http://www.aamnes.no/musikk/februar/Kaizers%20Orchestra%20-%20Maestro.mp3 It's the title track to the cd, and it's one cool sounding song.

Tizzalicious
10-30-2007, 02:45 AM
I like how Acda & de Munnik are spreaded on these forums. They're really great, and if you'd understand their lyrics you'd find more greatness.


So true! In fact, I can't believe people who don't speak Dutch can stand listening to it. Dutch is so ugly, Dutch songs really need good lyrics for me to like them.

I listen to some Danish music regularly, and I like some German bands like Wizo too, they're great.

Vera
10-30-2007, 08:10 AM
I'd say 80-90% of the music I listen to is not in English.

I'm seeing Kent, a Swedish rockband next Sunday. They're maybe in my top 3 of bands overall, absolutely love them.

Am also a big fan of Indian movie music.

My latest obsession is Asian music! I won't mention the embarrassing pop phenomenons but I dare you not to get into these two;

Mayday aka Wu Yue Tian, Taiwanese rock:
#1: http://youtube.com/watch?v=vzrLFCXsUDs
#2: http://youtube.com/watch?v=TfrH9RgqALA
#3: http://youtube.com/watch?v=wNRCD090sOQ

Epik High, dazzling Korean hiphop:
#1: http://youtube.com/watch?v=x9EF9N3STOQ
#2: http://youtube.com/watch?v=gHRgM22lwbA
#3: http://youtube.com/watch?v=G44fi-bAUhU

I have no problem with listening to music in Finnish, it's just that there is no band in Finland making the sort of music I'd enjoy.

SaiKYoU
10-30-2007, 10:43 AM
Spanish Bands:

Kaotiko - Otra Noche
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bi84T3ElxzI
Kaotiko - Ansiedad
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFMuk0HEa2k
Kaotiko - Su Falso Mundo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGN3LkKUDG4
Kaotiko - Destino Escrito
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V99C0zZAw2s
Boikot - Korsakov
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5jJBRikYKM
Boikot - Nos Quieren Detener
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM_kehnXbDc
Boikot - Cualquier Dia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsExHqRPfqc
Def con Dos - Demasiado Humano
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI48zu24jek
Def con Dos - Ultramemia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpeJ98Cj4Y0
Drf con dos - Pegale al Ruido
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SCAi9E4dUs
Dikers - Sucio Corazon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXNVpttKWlo
Dikers - Dale Gas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rydfWW8zhA
La Fuga - Por verte sonreir
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytVh9wXIKzE
La Fuga - Sueños de Papel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYmnHOYBkwg
Marea - Barniz
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A5_NCRiQLs
Extremoduro - Puta
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlaxAP0QMIM
Extremoduro - Deltoya
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ublbgaY7Fdg
Extremoduro - A Fuego
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBrxTQq9zPI
Extremoduro - Quemando tus recuerdos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dszc4f-R8us
Extremoduro - Stand by
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHgOFXHTGJk

batfish
11-01-2007, 12:09 PM
My German teacher played us some Juli; I liked them.
He's also going to play us some Wir Sind Helden and Silbermond. (I've heard Wir Sind Helden before)

I haven't listened to much French or Spanish music.

I hadn't heard of Wizo before; that song's pretty good! Thanks Tijs

Bazza
11-01-2007, 06:24 PM
Wow lots of cool music posted here, that's great! So much so that I can't even figure what to say! I also like some Russian music, I find it a small challenge to understand what they say (similary with French music). Wizo are great and have tought me one of my not so many useless phrases "Das Lieben est ein Hund"!

Also a question, does English language songs aid non-English speakers in learning the language?

Mannen som blev en gris
11-01-2007, 06:46 PM
Also a question, does English language songs aid non-English speakers in learning the language?

Yes, they most likely do. It's not really anything I've thought about while listening to the music/reading the lyrics, but since you're still listening to the language being spoken (or actually, sung) you're learning it without thinking about it. You learn to recognize words etc and even if you don't "actively" try to figure out what a song is about, you'll begin to understand more and more of it eventually.

And, for me at least, it has also been sort of motivating me to learn the language, since it can be more fun to listen to the music if you know what they sing about and can even sing along to it.

I was seven when I bought Americana so I didn't exactly know much English then, other than a few words here and there ("bitch", "dick", "fuck you"). I remember being sort of confused at TKAA's title. I knew the word "Alright" but I didn't exactly know what it meant, just that it was something like "cool" or "good". So I was like "huh... he doesn't like kids...? wtf. fuck him". A few years later though, I read the lyrics and was finally able to figure out what the song was about. I remember being very... http://www.offspring.com/forums/images/icons/icon3.gif

Llamas
11-01-2007, 09:59 PM
My German teacher played us some Juli; I liked them.
He's also going to play us some Wir Sind Helden and Silbermond. (I've heard Wir Sind Helden before)

Juli and Silbermond are like the same band to me, haha. I love WSH, though. Probably my favorite band.


Wow lots of cool music posted here, that's great! So much so that I can't even figure what to say! I also like some Russian music, I find it a small challenge to understand what they say (similary with French music). Wizo are great and have tought me one of my not so many useless phrases "Das Lieben est ein Hund"!
It's actually "das Leben ist ein Hund" :)


Also a question, does English language songs aid non-English speakers in learning the language?
Of course. It helps with pronunciation. I listen to German music to help my German sometimes.

Some other good German bands:

-Die Fantastischen Vier (German rap): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUXYVhznOik
-Die Toten Hosen (though I'm sure most people know them): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X-yqPhItr8
-DAF (80s punk/industrial): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olU40fxAXZs
-Christina Stuermer (pop singer): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6MVM3owjAs
-Fehlfarben (older punk): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cln1ohztdm0
-and for anyone who hasn't heard them, my favorite band, Wir Sind Helden: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjiC6xM5nAM


I also like several Finnish bands (Sanni, you crazy!) Of course, no idea what they're saying...

-Apulanta: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=754e3-5OZn8
-Poets of the Fall (they sing in English): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRVrQsdWDds
-Stella: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaPPMI3nRmg

Vera
11-02-2007, 02:42 AM
Of course it helps. I can give you a vocab list of words I learned from Offspring lyrics, AFI lyrics, Descendents lyrics..

Brianna, Apulanta is pretty awesome but I don't like them enough to really be into them. I have their first "critically acclaimed" album Plastik, before that they were grunge-influenced punkrock, like Nirvana-meets-Green Day..

Here's their first big hit, the one I remember kids at school singing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNWhJ6Z7Wb0

The lyrics scream of teen angst, the chorus translates "hey hey what's up [as in, how are you doing] / you ask and everything's fine / well, it's easy for you to say / when you don't know how I feel".

I'm sort of more into their crappy [of course they've now improved enormously with instruments/vocals/lyrics] punkrock past.. This new, proper rock Apulanta is so weird for me. :D

Other Finnish bands I like but don't love: Zen Cafe, CMX.

Mannen som blev en gris
11-02-2007, 06:22 AM
Pfft, Moonsorrow (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7d384bvDbc) is the only finnish band you need. Helps me with my pronunciation.

JoY
11-02-2007, 07:03 AM
Brianna, I've heard of Wir Sind Helden from a friend, saw it somewhere on her site. she posted up this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdDYtrTMpHU

the non-elevator-version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVmXgOQNtNQ

batfish
11-02-2007, 10:27 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9whehyybLqU

Whiplash
11-02-2007, 11:41 AM
heideroosjes - lekker belangrijk (http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=oI-MZ_bnLxY)(dutch punkrock)

Heideroosjes - damclub hooligan (http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=RpdLCbIHEx0) (Dutch punkrock)

Opposites - oew oew (http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=g9zVlHTA2nw) (dutch hip-hop)


Opposites - geen klasse, geen stijl (http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=QU5Tx333Eqg) (dutch hip-hop)

Opgezwolle - eigen wereld (http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=UZQE6h8nDHU) (dutch hip-hop)

Opgezwolle - hoedenplank (http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=jCMnulF6x4I) (Dutch hip-hop)

Llamas
11-02-2007, 01:11 PM
Brianna, Apulanta is pretty awesome but I don't like them enough to really be into them. I have their first "critically acclaimed" album Plastik, before that they were grunge-influenced punkrock, like Nirvana-meets-Green Day..

Ooh I may have to look into this. Do you happen to have their older albums? And what are they called? It'll probably be impossible for me to find them in the US... haha.


Here's their first big hit, the one I remember kids at school singing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNWhJ6Z7Wb0
Whooooaaa that's so different! It does sound much more punk rocky. I like it.


The lyrics scream of teen angst, the chorus translates "hey hey what's up [as in, how are you doing] / you ask and everything's fine / well, it's easy for you to say / when you don't know how I feel".
lolz how awesome. Maybe I'm glad I can't understand it. :D



Brianna, I've heard of Wir Sind Helden from a friend, saw it somewhere on her site. she posted up this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdDYtrTMpHU

the non-elevator-version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVmXgOQNtNQ

haha I love that elevator video! It's so fun. And I love that song, Nur Ein Wort. :)

Trek
11-02-2007, 02:22 PM
Some estonian music. I selected the ones which have been one of my favourite songs and some still are.
Tanel Padar & the Sun
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SIw-KEQLV8
http://www.thesun.ee/i/mp3/002.mp3
http://www.thesun.ee/i/mp3/007.mp3

Smilers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4i15btRHOc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPyefsE3zqY

Terminaator
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-zuGplpiyg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgxxZ7BF6O0
If someone is interested, i can translate words or names of the songs.

Marco
11-02-2007, 03:07 PM
I FUCKING LOVE THESE SONGS

FINLEY-Diventerai Una Star (live from TRL in Trieste,my city)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfO80Pef540 (pop-punk)

LIGABUE-Il Giorno Dei Giorni (live S.Siro)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kclU9nHI_0U (rock)

LIGABUE-Piccola Stella Senza Cielo (live)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYB1j3HGsWk (rock)

VASCO ROSSI-Albachiara (live Imola)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL96d1wQkXU (rock)

VASCO ROSSI-Buoni o Cattivi (studio version)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOC56vEeF_g (rock)

DEROZER-Branca Day (live Rock In Idro)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7Rg06VVzFk (pop-punk)

PUNKREAS-Canapa (studio version)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZHRqorjngM (pop-punk)

ARTICOLO 31-Volume (studio version)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgFxVngdDr4 (rap/pop/funk)

ARTICOLO 31-Nato Sbagliato
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz-JaCz8MLg (rock/pop)

ARTICOLO 31-Tranqui Funky
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keKVFpErr0g (funk/pop/rap)

ARTICOLO 31-Italiano Medio
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-JsgK8J2_o (pop)

J.AX-SNOB
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWAdOZu26eU (pop/rock)

J.AX &THE STYLES- + Stile
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6nlDQxGeCs (pop/rock)

Marco
11-02-2007, 03:21 PM
There are also loads of cool DJs such as Benny Benassi, Tommy Vee, Alex Gaudino and band like Lacuna Coil (who don't sing in italian though).
Here is another I forgot to put before:

CAPAREZZA-Vengo Dalla Luna
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCMszSjgKHE (rock)

ENJOY!!!

offy
11-03-2007, 01:32 PM
I would so love to listen to some Metal bands, singing in foreign languages (I mean, apart from English).

Is there anything like French Metalcore or Spanish Progressive Rock? *lol*

For me, "Nek" is Italian's best musicians.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH-fElk1m48

"Laura non c'e" is one of his greatest songs and even quite popular in other European countries.

Marco
11-03-2007, 01:51 PM
For me, "Nek" is Italian's best musicians.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH-fElk1m48

"Laura non c'e" is one of his greatest songs and even quite popular in other European countries.
Hahah I really hope that it is a joke

Vera
11-03-2007, 02:33 PM
Brianna - Some Apulanta stuff.. Even when I wasn't a fan, their music was so popular I was sort of infected with it.

http://www.apulanta.fi/Levyt/index_en.html

Their first is sooo juvenile punkrock. "Ilona?" is like Apulanta's own Gone Away, a song about death whose inspiration rather not be discussed. I remember this song because we played it in music class, the chords are quite easy.

Ehjä was their breakthrough album with "Mitä Kuuluu" (the song I showed you) and "...Silti Onnellinen" (Still happy).

I only remember the random song "Mato" (Worm) from their 3rd album Kolme. Oh and Anna mulle piiskaa (Spank me), whose first lyric I will never forget.. "I want you here / where the police is our friend".

"Aivan kuin kaikki muutkin", their 4th was probably the one where they began to become more like what they are now. The songs weren't named, except for the singles, like "Teit meistä kauniin" (You made us beautiful). The lyrics had improved immensely.

Their fifth, Plastik, I own myself but hardly ever listen to. It's pretty hardrock, massive critical success when it came out.

Some recent songs by them I've enjoyed: Jumala (God), Reunalla (On the edge).. And here's where I realize I've not heard a single song from their last 2 albums. Whoops? :D

Copypasting most of the song titles will probably turn them up on youtube, I thought this post would become a link mess if I found them myself.

Their recent lyrics are WAY poetic, though, looking at the website..

T-6005
11-03-2007, 03:55 PM
I find it hilarious that Tijs mentioned Zebda. That's because Zebda are hilarious.

EDIT - I just looked up the Tomber La Chemise music video on Youtube. Tijs is right - the song is SO MUCH FUN. I remember back when it was huge.