Playlist for WorldWideWave 11 January: Norway

Lars Vaular – Rett Opp Og Ned (live)

The official music video for “Rett Opp og Ned” is here. Warning: The video features intense imagery.

Annie – Chewing Gum

Superstars featuring Nora BrockstedtVoi Voi

Odd is being a bit skittish about his “Secret Love,”so here’s the original by Doris Day.

Röyksopp – Follow My Ruin

Odd Børre – Stress (a “redesigned” live version. Warning: strobe light effects at the beginning and end.)

Sondre Lerche (cousin to Lars Vaular) – Like Lazenby (live)

Next week: It’s a coming home for us at The Wave. Perhaps this might be a hint:

or this:

one final clue:

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Wednesday Jukebox Says Japanese Television Can Handle Only So Much Funk

As I mentioned several posts ago, my new genre fixation of the first half of 2011 seems to be Japanese funk from the 1980s. Today I’m going to give you a sampling from Carlos Toshiki & Omega Tribe.

There’s a whole back story to Omega Tribe, but for now let’s start at 1986. Omega Tribe has plucked a Japanese-Brazilian with a just-out-of-puberty voice to front one of Japan‘s most successful Adult Contemporary bands. By the time the song Crystal Night–it was a cocaine innocent time then–Carlos was still finding his groove.

Wasn’t he cute trying to get down during the bridge?

Now let’s move to 1988, Carlos has already gotten a few albums under his belt with Omega Tribe when they decide to release REIKO. Now, remember Carlos is Japanese-Brazilian, so the Michael Jackson imitator on lead vocal isn’t him. Carlos, however, is the only one of the Tribe who manages to get funky with the oddly named (given his gender) Joy McCool.

Omega Tribe and Carlos split ways 3 years later. I don’t know if it was that REIKO performance made his freak flag fly, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s still waving it.

Eurovision 2011: Early Favourites Jukebox

Two old Hikaruland favourites are back: the jukebox and my take on Eurovision. How better to combine the two, but in this post.

First off, Italy is back. Unfortunately, the song is a bit weak, saved by the fact that it’s partly in Italian and a jazz song.

The best of the Big 5? The United Kingdom, this year represented by Blue (yes, that boy band):

Germany has decided  that if Lena with a song in nonsensical English won last year, well why not try it again?

Of the rest, Serbia is my personal favourite as I’m a total sucker for jazz-pop. (Be afraid, there’s a Japanese Soul/Funk jukebox coming soon)

Croatia was pretty decent in Croatian, but translated into abysmal English.

WordPress has been chomping at the bit for me to tip Dana International (Yes, she’s back too), but while her song is decent dance-pop, it’s not all that memorable.

And there are some absolute horrors this year. Witness Norway (seriously, we get it Norway, you’re multicultural, but did you have to choose such an inane song).

and the perpetually oblivious (especially to English grammar) Belarus

I’m thinking this is the year Western Europe proves that its been taking notes over the past decade.