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iheartHazey's 90s EURODANCE PARTY: Wanna go for a rate? - THE END

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by iheartpoptarts, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. Yas @P Grandson, "Set the World on Fire" another one of his best songs for sure.
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  2. Ezz


    "Set the World on Fire" is amazing, and yet another epic video! The randomness with the guy ironing is priceless...
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  3. Confession: There was going to be a reveal last night from @iheartpoptarts but we realized it wasn't actually at #49 because of a scoring error. So that one will be revealed later as its score went up. Also the person who's score was entered wrong was @Sprockrooster, which also ended up changing their regional faction from Denmark to Italy.

    Now onto the normal programming..

    The UK finally loses their first song and it's not the one I would've chosen but I'm also not shocked..


    [​IMG] #49. Koko - Open Your Eyes - 6.808

    After 5: #45
    After 10: #51
    After 15: #47
    After 20: #39
    After 25: #40
    After 30: #50
    Final: #49

    Voting Avg: #45 (Slightly under-ranked, but I'm also happy it made the Top 50)

    Highest: 10 x 3 (DJHazey, @OspreyQueen, @idratherjack) 9.7 (@Cutlery)

    Lowest: 3 (@CasuallyCrazed) 4 (@One Stop Candy Shop)

    It was a new listen for just about everyone and most scores were in the 'meh' to 'good' range. (5-8)

    Album: Single Only

    Producers: Lee Monteverde (Lasgo, Dannii Minogue, also member of Koko) and Peter King

    This is probably going to be the easiest write-up to do because there is literally nothing on the internet about Koko, which from what I'm seeing was a small side project for Eurodance/dance-pop producer Lee Montverde with vocals provided by Nikki Jackson who has no other credits to her name according to discogs. Eurokdj, which is the largest Eurodance encyclopedia on the internet has Koko but literally just lists this song and no other information.

    I'm not even sure how I discovered this song but it was probably from some random youtube 3am click parade, when you try to find new music and end up just clicking from one recommended song to the next. We've all been there. As you can imagine, I was instantly obsessed. Whether it's the "hey nananananana" or the beautiful "open your eyes, see all the love in me, I've got enough forever!" which makes me serious wonder my this Nikki Jackson didn't have numerous offers from big Eurodance projects for her vocal services. As many people around here know, I entered it PJOPS as one of my first entries if I remember correctly, so when you see people saying that might know it, I'm 100% sure that's what they're referring to.

    When I asked @iheartpoptarts if I could add this to the songlist you could almost audibly hear her giggle from the other side of the internet as she went "Sure, why not?" or similar. Easily, the biggest "HEW?" act on the list and my most outlandish personal favorite addition, but I wanted everyone to hear it at least once and figured a rate full of like-minded individuals would be its best bet to gain new fans.

    Hey na na na na nanana listen again:

    @berserkboi (7.6) - Alright.

    @Seventeen Days (5) - It’s catchy, but I don’t see this being one I would want to put on repeat or anything.

    @Sprockrooster (7) - The NaNaNa doesn't really add something. Aside from that it is quite alright.

    Woops after this comment nevermind, you might run the other direction.

    @One Stop Candy Shop (4) - Bland, so bland.

    @phily693 (5.5) - I want to love this a lot more than I do.

    I bet if you heard this in a club, you'd go off.

    See all the Love In them, they've got enough forever:

    @WowWowWowWow (8) - All I really have to say about this one is: TOOL SHED.

    @Ray (7) - Wow, this video had less budget than I spend on my gas bills. The post-chorus riff bangs though.

    Yes, they knew how to use Windows Movie Maker better than I do. Kii.

    @Hudweiser (8) - Someone entered this into a PJOPS ages ago - I like.

    That someone is me!

    @ohnoitisnathan (7) - I've heard this before too, but can't picture where from. The hey na na na bits are catchy, followed by a Culture Beat post-chorus rip-off.

    Maybe PJOPS as well?

    @Empty Shoebox (7) - If this song had a stronger hook / chorus I might have given it a ten, but it just feels that the buildup is better than the payoff.

    Something tells me you'd like it more after hearing a few more times.

    @ThisIsRogue (7) - This has a decent melody that you could sing along too. Nice little discovery.

    @Cutlery (9.7) - WOW… The keyboards, the backing vocals, the nice empowering lyrics >>>>

    Exactly, just give me a simple strong message that is easy to sing along to and I'm always there.


    Next edition to "What we could've rated" and we turn things over to @ohnoitisnathan who said he would definitely have added these songs if they were running this rate:

    Tonight this rate loses its first 11, so it gets real!
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2018
  4. Inland Empire

    Inland Empire Staff Member

    Oh we’re just tossing out all my favourites at once are we
  5. Mess, y'all done her dirty
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  6. I can definitely see my 11 going at this point.
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  7. Hehe, my flawless co-host can put in whatever songs he wants!

    P.S. I love Pandora. I flopped in PJOPS with her!

    (Apparently not everyone defines "euphoria" as super hyper dance bops!)
  8. I will take a hammer to the forum servers if it’s mine. Just saying.
  9. at least it wasn't Gina G?

    i will be utterly shocked if my 11 is going so early but it's not the first time i'm utterly shocked right here
  10. Happy to be team Italy and Gala!
  11. I'll bet someone 20 kronor it's not my eleven.
  12. A lot of people seem to think their 11 is safe. I think they might be a bit too comfortable with that..

    No one should feel 100% safe if this song can leave this early..

    Live footage of me about be launched from this rate..


    That's right, the very first 11 is mine.


    [​IMG] #48. Toy-Box - The Sailor Song - 6.817

    After 5: #56
    After 10: #48
    After 15: #29
    After 20: #33
    After 25: #30
    After 30: #39
    Final: #48

    Voting Avg: #39 (So not only is my 11 gone, as you can it was usually ranked MUCH higher but some heathens came in decided to tank it. As it is, I can say this was clearly under-ranked.)

    Highest: 11 (DJHazey) 10 x 6 (@iheartpoptarts, @Ana Raquel, @geomixes, @31entrance, @Aester, @rav4boy) 9.5 (@One Stop Candy Shop)

    Easily the most perfect scores we've had yet, so the haters need to know how well loved this song is!

    Lowest: 0 (@soratami) 1 x 2 (@ThisIsRogue, @Ray)

    If we take these horrendous opinions out of the equation then The Sailor Song skyrockets into the Top 30. That's how close the leaderboard is folks!

    Album: Fantastic (1999)

    Producer: Golden Child aka Per Holm (Cut 'n' Move, Me & My)

    Charts: #9 (Netherlands)

    We covered who Toy-Box is the last time around and I've already told you about Aneela's solo work (seriously check out the album) now let's just get into why I gave this song my 11.

    Well it was really down to two songs in the end. One song is sonically a favorite but doesn't necessarily means as much to me as this one, so the decision became clear. That other song is going to do much better anyway (spoiler) so I figured this might need my help. I knew the bubblegum dance section would be polarizing, maybe not this bad, but I know it's not for everyone especially if you're hearing it for the first time now instead back in the 90s.

    Back in around 2008, I joined bubblegumdancer.com when I started re-visiting old Eurodance like "Barbie Girl" and started getting comfortable with the idea that this 'crazy' style of dance music was speaking to me and I needed more of it fast. Little did I know that there are literally thousand of acts that were inspired by the success of Aqua and starting popping up all over Europe. In the same way that Christina is often discussed in the same breathe as Britney, or Tiffany with Debbie Gibson, or The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Well in bubblegum dance land it's Aqua and Toy-Box. If you wanted to join Popjustice years ago, you needed to be fans of Girls Aloud and Sugababes, well these were the two bands you needed to love to be taken seriously on bubblegumdancer, well they're all nice and welcome everyone, but yeah these are 'royalty acts' and everyone's gateway into the music.

    It didn't take long for me to blind-sided by "The Sailor Song" and it's cousin song in their discography "Russian Lullaby". Something about the dramatic-sounding vocals from Amir and their contrast to Aneela's became such a whirlwind and it's something that is often present in a lot of bubblegum dance. Not only is "The Sailor Song" probably my #1 most played song in the genre, but it's one of my most played pop songs of any kind. I type this and have no idea why I didn't put it into my Ultimate Top 20 (it's hard to narrow your favorite songs to 20!).

    I'm a family oriented guy and so I often spend a lot of time with my parents to this day and we take many car rides 'upta camp' in the summer (we own a log cabin on a lake) and various other travels around the area. I'm the music guy for these trips, they love upbeat pop music and I've always provided it of course. Though they might not remember who many of the songs are by or anything like that, they do remember their favorites. So my Dad, he loves electronic dance music if the beats and synths are hard and go for it and also if it's just ultra catchy. His 11 in this rate would be "We Like to Party" but it only narrowly beats this. In fact, I'm surprised he said that. Every single car ride we go on there are two songs that MUST be played from the time we leave to the time we arrive at our destination. 1) "Gimme Gimme Gimme" by the A*Teens for my Mom (that's right she loves ABBA but the teen version is her favorite) 2) This song for my Dad. It's become a ritual and we all know every word and all sing it loudly. For that reason alone the 11 could go nowhere else and I'm sure you understand it. It's sad that I have to be the first to lose my 11, but as you know I have several other favorites to root for along the way.

    Gambling, Stealing, Lots of Sex-Appealing:

    @WowWowWowWow (8) - See I know people always rag on music like this, but I feel like this song is not-so-secretly brilliant. Like, it has the lyrics "We all come together just for you" and it is supposedly being sung by a chorus of seamen. If U Seek Amy found rotting!!!

    Yes, it's funny when I have to explain that to someone. It's another example of how dirty-minded the subgenre is and not really aimed at children like people often think.

    @berserkboi (8.7) - Fun!

    @GhettoPrincess (5) - This is super camp and earns extra points for that.

    @Ana Raquel (10) - The sailor song is kinda special to me because it was the song which made me listen to eurodance nowadays, thanks to a AMV.

    So glad I discovered you're "new member" page and invited you. *hugs*

    @OspreyQueen (8) - I feel like I should hate this but it actually bops pretty hard. Help.

    Give in.

    @geomixes (10) - Breasts, Boobs, Sailors, Muppets, Titanic, an unexpected rave treat!

    Your other low scores so far are forgiven! Yas, the seagull/pelican thing is the star of the video.

    @sfmartin (8) - It sounds like a Aqua rip off but I still bop. That video, James Cameron hew?

    One of my favorite videos ever.

    @Empty Shoebox (6) - I went to school with someone who worked on a ship, and I can tell you that jumping on the railings is not usually tolerated, despite sailing being really boring. The instrumentation on this is a bit better than their other efforts I think.

    @Seventeen Days (5) - Pretty much the same as “Best Friend”, but they got an extra 1.25 points for homoerotic undertones.

    @Sprockrooster (7) - A bit sad this was chosen over Tarzan and Jane, cause that would have been an 11-contender. This is reminding me of Captain Jack though and I am getting life therefore because of it.

    Love that too, but not nearly on the same level as this. We'd have to change you back to Denmark too. Heck, you're still Danish in spirit.

    @One Stop Candy Shop (9.5) - It's one of my least favourite songs off Fantastic but still a high score because it's Toy-Box. I guess my main gripe with it is that Anila isn't featured enough in the chorus. Tarzan & Jane, Best Friend, Super-Duper-Man, What About, Earth Wind Water & Fire, Eenie Meenie Miney Mo are all 10s!

    Yes, support bubblegum a bit! Out of those I choose Eenie Meenie Miney Mo for sure.

    @A$AP Robbie (9) - finally the sea shanty gangbang eurobanger I never knew i wanted.

    @ohnoitisnathan (7) - Kind of like the Village People meet Eurodance, lead by a helium-voiced robot and a clone of the guy from Aqua.

    Doesn't sound like a bad thing, so I'll take as a compliment.

    @rav4boy (10) - Another guilty pleasure. Sailor Man you really turn me on as well.

    I'm betting you'd really like the "Tarzan and Jane" video then.

    That's Not a Knife! This Is A Knife:


    @CasuallyCrazed (4) - Very Pet Shop Boys “New York City Boy” - endearingly camp but fails to come together so to speak.

    I see what you did there, points for the pun shade.

    @Ray (1) - I can’t at this. Village People found still having their wigs.

    But wait but-but-but someone just said it's like pet Shop Boys, that should be your thing, come on now!

    @phily693 (4) - Is this a parody or something?

    Welcome to bubblegum dance which is always a parody, an amazing parody.

    @ThisIsRogue (1) - Of course they're from Denmark as well. Obviously trying to ape some of Aqua's success, but failing miserably because they lack the charisma, fun and production/writing talent of Aqua. Terrible.

    Yeah, they had enough success to say that didn't fail epically. They had their own style and they knew it but yes they tried to do what was popular at the time.

    My other major Toy-Box favorite, "Russian Lullaby".

    Toy-Box Recap

    69. Best Friend- 6.118
    48. The Sailor Song - 6.817

    Highest: @iheartpoptarts (10) - DJHazey (10) - @31entrance (10)

    Lowest: @soratami (0) - @Ray (0.5) - @CasuallyCrazed (2.25)

    Artist Ranking

    Koko - 6.808
    Le Click - 6.617
    Hit 'n' Hide - 6.497
    Toy-Box - 6.467
    DJ Bobo - 6.458
    Emjay - 6.442
    T-Spoon - 6.346
    Bambee - 6.303
    Twenty 4 Seven - 6.292
    Maxx - 6.236
    Technotronic - 6.228
    Smile.dk - 6.139
    Crispy - 6.108
    Solid Base - 6.010
    Capital Sound - 5.889
    Miss Papaya - 5.478
    Tiggy - 5.289
  13. Inland Empire

    Inland Empire Staff Member

    This is so sweet. My mum's partial to some pop music but my dad's taste has absolutely zero overlap with mine, and I don't think he could even stand a car journey listening to my kind of music.

    Oh My God.
  14. 'The Sailor Song' makes me so happy. It's in my top 100 most played iPod songs of all time. (Well, of 2008/9 to present, since I've been through a few iPods, but anyway.)

    I wanna go on a @DJHazey road trip. Or maybe a boat trip. Hehe.

    Hugs to you!
  15. YAAAAAAAAS @ RUSSIAN LULLABY. My favorite as well

    So glad I discovered you're "new member" page and invited you. *hugs*

    <333 *hugs*
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  16. Toy-Box was robbed. Both of their songs should be at least in the top 20. Thanks for giving it your 11 @DJHazey.
  17. And just like that we're eliminating another of my favorite artists, you guys are just ruthless aren't you?

    Not to mention we're about to axe back-to-back 11s..

    Surprised?...I told you things were getting real didn't I?

    One of the strongest messages in the entire rate and y'all did it this dirty..


    [​IMG] #47. E-Type - This Is The Way - 6.819

    After 5: #75
    After 10: #54
    After 15: #32
    After 20: #47
    After 25: #39
    After 30: #45
    Final: #47

    Voting Avg: #49

    It ends up finishing right about the rank it finally settled at, but boy did E-Type take a journey. You'll remember me mentioning a song that started in last place and then by fifteen voters was all the way up to #32. Well here it is.

    Highest: 11 (@geomixes) 10 x 3 (DJHazey, @Ana Raquel, @Eric) 9 x 3 (@CasuallyCrazed, @OspreyQueen, @Sprockrooster)

    Bless you for honoring this song with your 11. Combine that with giving my 11 a perfect score and all your questionable scores early on are a distant memory.

    Lowest: 3 x 2 (@GhettoPrincess, @soratami) 3.5 (@Aester)

    Album: Made In Sweden (1994)

    Charts: #1 (Sweden) #14 (France) #18 (Finland) #34 (Netherlands) #53 (UK)

    One of two songs that charted in the UK for E-Type, the other being "Campione 2000" the official song for the 2000 EURO football tournament so no surprise there.

    Producers: Denniz Pop, Max Martin

    You'll remember from the "Angel Crying" reveal that E-Type wrote that song and album in the memory of his good friend Denniz Pop's untimely passing and as you can now see they also worked together musically.

    Also note that the video by the Backstreet Boys for "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" is dedicated to him and Britney Spears dedicated her award for Best Song at the 1999 MTV Europe Music Awards to him.

    E-Type's breakthrough happened in 1994 when he started working with Cheiron Studios (which consisted of Denniz Pop, Max Martin, and Tom Talomaa) on his debut album Made In Sweden. The debut single "Set the World On Fire" literally set the charts on fire because it quickly became a #1 Swedish dance chart song and #2 overall. "This is the Way" was the follow-up and got to #1 overall, staying on the chart for several weeks. Four singles were eventually released from the album including "Russian Lullaby" which was co-written by Jonas Berggren from Ace of Base. And yes it is the same "Russian Lullaby" that is covered by Toy-Box.

    In 1995, E-Type took home the prestigious "grand slam" of Swedish Dance Music Awards: Best Song, Best Artist, and Best Newcomer. He spent all of 1995 touring the world, including Asia and releasing additional singles outside of Sweden. The legend was born.

    I always knew this song would be on the list from day one. Not only does it represent E-Type's breakthrough in the best way if you ask me, but the message of it could speak to many the forum, at least that was my thinking. I figured everyone needed to hear it at least once. A lot of people can have "this is the way I want to live, I'm going through changes" impact them in many different ways. It's really that simple.

    This is the way:

    @WowWowWowWow (6) - Don't love it, but wouldn't run in the opposite direction if it came on. And we can't ignore the amazing songs that Nana has been involved with in the background.

    Yes, she is a true icon.

    @CasuallyCrazed (9) - Never heard this until now — what an iconic chorus. Obsessed.

    @OspreyQueen (10) - Oh. My. God. WHAT A BOP.

    Yas you two, get your lives!

    @sfmartin (8) - Such a strong chorus.

    @Eric (10) - As well as being an amazing song that I was previously unaware of, bonus points for vigorous dancing and a brilliantly random video.

    Got to love the energy "Dee" brought into his videos.

    @Seventeen Days (8) - I came for the super hyper beat, and stayed for the weird rapping-singing dude. This is a definite bop.

    @Sprockrooster (9) - Quite the discovery. Yass, come on in new eurodance fave!

    Yes, I hoped you might like E-Type. I'll make sure a song or two are in the next rate because people will be more ready for him this time.

    @ohnoitisnathan (7) - Another one I've heard before but never knew it. Catchy, but the lyrics are a bit... nonsensical.

    @phily693 (8) - I quite like this. Did the video inspire Sugababes’ Ugly video?

    *watches video* Yeah I can see your point. Kii.

    @rav4boy (7) - Another great video.

    This is not the way:

    @berserkboi (6.7) - Not great, hey?

    @Empty Shoebox (5) - Another that just doesn't stand out for me at all. I hope they got paid by Kord for that prominent product placement.

    @Ray (4) - This is NOT the way. It’s very noisy.

    @One Stop Candy Shop (6) - Compared to Angels Crying this is a dud.

    Our 11:

    @geomixes - For many reasons this is my 11, not only is it peak-euro-dance that flopped in the UK, but I literally played this song out loud everyday, so my parents would hear the lyrics and finally discover I was a gay, but they just barked to turn that nonsense down, the beasts.

    This is exactly what I was talking about, thank you for sharing this story. Not often enough do Eurodance songs deliver such an inspiring and profound message to be who you are. This is like the "Born This Way" of Eurodance.

    E-Type Recap

    50. Angels Crying - 6.728
    47. This Is The Way - 6.819

    Highest: DJHazey (10) - @Eric (10) - @Ana Raquel (9.5) - @OspreyQueen (9.5)

    Lowest: @Ray (2.25) - @soratami (3) - @GhettoPrincess (3.5)

    Artist Ranking

    Koko - 6.808
    E-Type - 6.774
    Le Click - 6.617
    Hit 'n' Hide - 6.497
    Toy-Box - 6.467
    DJ Bobo - 6.458
    Emjay - 6.442
    T-Spoon - 6.346
    Bambee - 6.303
    Twenty 4 Seven - 6.292
    Maxx - 6.236
    Technotronic - 6.228
    Smile.dk - 6.139
    Crispy - 6.108
    Solid Base - 6.010
    Capital Sound - 5.889
    Miss Papaya - 5.478
    Tiggy - 5.289​
  18. Even you have boyband references now, I love it.
  19. I was hoping you'd point that out! It rubbed off!
  20. There was a performance of this song as part of a massive 90's medley at pride last night.

    There wasn't a massive reaction.
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