Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by WowWowWowWow, Apr 1, 2019.
That's a funny way of spelling 'Eurovision Song Contest'.
I don't want to delay the rate for everyone else. I guess I'm too late anyway.
The perils of afternoon naps!
Believe me. I would MUCH rather be fake working than real working.
Honestly I am probably still ~4 hours away from being ready to post the first cut so
TRULY LAST CALL FOR ANYONE TO SEND SCORES
VOTING IS NOW TRULY AND OFFICIALLY CLOSED!
It’s time to eliminate the first song from our rate! And ... you are not going to believe what it is.
Actually, y’all totally called it.
Highest score: 7.5 x 1 (@WowWowWowWow bahahahahaha sorrynotsorry)
Lowest score: 0 x 1 (@Markus1981)
This elimination would be better described as “How to almost look like a total idiot until the very last minute.”
You see, various folks on the Internet have claimed that “Grillvagn” was intended to be Alcazar’s contribution to Melodifestivalen 2004—and even though it wasn’t selected to be one of the 32 contest entries, they still got to perform it in the interval. Not everyone has that!
…Except they didn’t have that, either. Because as @Empty Shoebox helpfully pointed out, “Grillvagn” is actually a cover of a song from a 90s Swedish TV show.
And honestly, if I had known that ahead of time, I probably would have omitted it from the rate (as we didn’t rate their live ABBA covers etc.). But I guess the universe provided us with a way to have a “last place” Alcazar song that wouldn’t make anyone feel bad that it came last!
@Empty Shoebox (2): I should mark this down for the Björkman appearance in the provided video, but it’s bad enough already. You might need the actual Scandinavians to explain it, but the song comes from a sketch on a comedy television programme called ‘I manegen med Glenn Killing’.
@Hudweiser (4): …
@VivaForever (1): Ah, so Magnus’ dansband background finally rears its ugly head. I’m not sure which is worse: the song, or the boys sexy-dancing with the girls.
@berserkboi (6.5): Kinda cute, kinda yikes – maybe I need a HQ Remix to be sure.
@TrueBeliever (5): I’m very conflicted about this one. I grew up in Germany, so I naturally have a certain affinity for Volksmusik, However, as it stands up to other Alcazar music, it can’t be taken too seriously, even though it’s better that some of their ballads and other schlock.
@Untouchable Ace (5.7): ‘I’m So Pretty’ tea.
@iheartpoptarts (5): I keep thinking I’ve made some Google Translate error and this can’t really be about a barbecue. Extra points because I’m amused.
@Eric (5): Is that… a cruise ship they’re performing on?
@ssa (1): I mean…
@mrdonut (4): Well, I suppose the key change is quite nice. Gosh, that video is so camp (which is saying something)
@tylerc904 (2): What on EARTH. The song AND that performance video. Scream.
That was the only song in the rate to earn an average < 5.0!
Well thank goodness that happened. Not that it's any surprise.
Just drivel for me, no real redeeming qualities at all.
I was lowkey hoping it would outlast a few others stinkers, but no harm no foul.
Hahahaha! Yassssss at my commentary making the Thread Title!! But really, is there an HQ version of this?
Not that I found, although in fairness I didn’t look for very long.
There is always that one song you had no idea was a cover. Always.
I honestly assumed it was some sort of dansband classic, hence my commentary.
Ah yes, the one where they looked like they were performing on a cruise ship. That was a big 'no thanks' from me.
If anyone's interested, they are actually performing in the Hotel Rival, in Mariatorget. This was at 'Winners Choice', the predecessor to Andra Chansen, at Melodifestivalen 2004.
Time for your next elimination!
Seasons In The Sun
Highest: 10 x 1 (@DJHazey)
Lowest: 0 x 1 (@Empty Shoebox)
So we go from a song I didn’t know was a cover, to a song we definitely knew was a cover…
We start (as many wonderful things do) in Belgium. In 1961, Jacques Brel released “Le Moribond” (“The Dying Man”) and took it to #20 on the Walloon singles chart:
Soon after, a Yank by the name of Rod McKuen met Jacques while living in France. He began translating Brel’s songs into English, including “Le Moribond” which became (total surprise incoming……) “Seasons In The Sun.”
Enter Terry Jacks, a Canadian singer/songwriter and producer, who heard “Seasons In The Sun” on a Kingston Trio record from 1963. (Fun aside—The Kingston Trio was one of many bands to record “Wimoweh,” better known as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”—oh hey Barbados tie-in!) As the story goes, in 1972, Terry brought the song to a studio session for the Beach Boys, who he was producing at the time. The Beach Boys recorded it but did not release it. So Terry, apparently still in mourning over the death of a friend, recorded his own version.
A year later, Terry was playing his version at home when the paperboy heard it and liked it. He brought friends to Terry’s house to hear the song, and their reactions were so positive that Terry decided to release it. The paperboy and his friends certainly predicted the public’s reception—selling over 11 million copies, “Seasons In The Sun” went to #1 in Canada, the USA, and the UK (ending 1974 as the biggest song of the year in Canada, the 2nd biggest in the States, and among the top 5 biggest in the UK).
As for why Alcazar decided to cover it for Casino? No earthly idea. My Google searches came up empty.
@Empty Shoebox (0): The video here says ‘Best Version’. No, that would be the original.
@Hudweiser (3): What the hell were they thinking? Still better than the Westlife version though.
@mrdonut (5): Camp old nonsense but sadly not in a good way.
@TrueBeliever (4): Not a fan of this one. The singing is okay, but the instrumentation is just atrocious. Blech!
@Untouchable Ace (4.9): ‘The Love Boat’ tea.
@berserkboi (9.1): So odd, so bubble-gum yet so deep and compelling?
@VivaForever (8): Only Alcazar could cover a Beach Boys song and accidentally make it one of the best songs on a fair-to-middling album.
@tylerc904 (7): This is such a bizarre cover, and yet here I am bopping.
@Eric (4): Just seems so random.
@iheartpoptarts (3): Well, it’s more fun than Westlife’s.
Figured this "I'm not impressed" (with this elimination ) would be perfect since our host frequents the U.S. Politics thread.
Literally was my cover photo on Facebook for a week so you would be right on that front!
I don't get it. All their other cover choices were good!
(Except possibly the barbecue song I guess but you know)
That cover really was a rough patch! Good riddance to bad rubbish!
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