The Passion Of The Groove: The Alcazar Discography Rate

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“Annikafiore is a master at lasagna and Tess is absolutely obsessed with high heels.” How could you not love a group that once included this sentence in its biography?

If ABBA and Army of Lovers had a baby that once shared a nursery with Steps, it would probably be something like Alcazar. For the past two decades, this quintet of glittery, glamorous Swedes have been responsible for some of the best pop moments of the new millennium. They racked up ten Top 10 singles in their native land and even reached the top 20 in the UK on multiple occasions. In this rate, I invite you to (re)experience The Passion Of The Groove… as we work our way through Alcazar’s incredible discography.

During their active years, Alcazar released three proper albums, added some bonus tracks onto repackaged albums, re-released albums with greatest hits discs attached, and sometimes just dropped songs for the hell of it. All told, this leaves us with 62 entries. NB: we will not be rating their version of “Last Christmas,” as I don’t want to subject anyone to a Christmas song outside of the festive season (I know @Empty Shoebox is DEVASTATED), nor any remixes or new versions. You can also track down their live ABBA tribute album if you are interested.

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Standard rate rules apply—please give each song a score from 0-10, with one song earning your ultimate 11 if you wish to use it. All decimal scores are fine in the 0-10 range. Commentary, memories, and shady quips about the songs are optional but appreciated and valued.

During the voting period, I intend to sprinkle some Alcazar history into the thread, as well as share what the group’s members were up to before, during, and after their time in the group. It will be ancient history for some and BRAND-NEW INFORMATION for others, but hopefully everyone will enjoy themselves.

Your scores etc. are due Monday, May 13, 2019 by 11:59PM in your time zone.

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YouTube Playlist

Spotify Playlist
(Does not include: Breaking Free, Click Your Heart, Grillvagn)
Be forewarned: depending on your region, many songs may be unavailable. The playlist is intended to have 59 songs in total.

Individual video links:
Casino (2000)
Sexual Guarantee
Don’t Leave Me Alone
Crying At The Discotheque
Shine On
Paradise
Transmetropolis
Stars Come Out At Night
Paris In The Rain
Baby Come Back
Salome
Ritmo Del Amor
Seasons Of The Sun
Tears Of A Clone
The Bells Of Alcazar
Blues In G-Minor
Breaking Free
Almost Famous
Don’t You Want Me
Click Your Heart

Alcazarized (2003)
Dance With The DJ
I Love The DJ
Celebrate The Night
Ménage À Trois
Dancefloor Docusoap
Not A Sinner Nor A Saint
Funky Feet
I Go Shopping
Last Days Of Disco
Chemistry
Love Life
Wonderland
Singing To Heaven
Here I Am
Someday
Save My Pride

Dancefloor Deluxe (2004)
This Is The World We Live In
Physical
Start The Fire
Alcastar

Disco Defenders (2009)
We Keep On Rockin’
Burning
Stay The Night
From Brazil With Love
Inhibitions (Alternate Link for Inhibitions)
Harlem Nights
Baby
Jump Straight Into The Fire
My My Me And Mine
Funkytown
Put The Top Down
Thank You

Random Miscellany
Grillvagn
Glamourama
Nothing But The Video On
Headlines
Feel 4 You (Dream Beats ft. Alcazar)
Karma Karma (Same Difference vs. Alcazar)
One Two Three Four
Blame It On The Disco
Good Lovin
Young Guns (Go For It)
In The Name Of Love
 
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RESULTS

62. Grillvagn - 4.035
61. Seasons In The Sun - 5.35
60. Salome - 6.255
59. Tears Of A Clone - 6.34
58. Funky Feet - 6.41
57. Blues In G-Minor - 6.5
56. I Go Shopping - 6.7
55. Shine On - 6.805
54. Feel 4 You - 6.855
52. Put The Top Down - 6.91
52. Baby Come Back - 6.91
51. Here I Am - 6.92
50. Stars Come Out At Night - 6.985
49. The Bells Of Alcazar - 7.21
48. Nothing But The Video On - 7.22
47. Wonderland - 7.255
46. Dance With The DJ - 7.285
45. Dancefloor Docusoap - 7.295
43. My My Me And Mine - 7.315
43. Jump Straight Into The Fire - 7.315
42. Funkytown - 7.34
41. Chemistry - 7.35
40. Paradise - 7.37
39. Breaking Free - 7.395
38. Paris In The Rain - 7.435
36. Don’t Leave Me Alone 7.47
36. One Two Three Four - 7.47
35. Young Guns (Go For It) - 7.505
34. Love Life - 7.6
33. Baby - 7.645
32. Last Days Of Disco - 7.65
31. Transmetropolis - 7.665
30. I Love The DJ - 7.7
29. Click Your Heart - 7.705
28. Almost Famous - 7.8
27. Glamourama - 7.805
26. In The Name Of Love - 7.815
25. Harlem Nights - 7.91

24. Inhibitions - 7.92
22. Ritmo Del Amor - 7.925
22. Celebrate The Night - 7.925
20. Singing To Heaven - 7.955
20. Ménage À Trois - 7.955

19. From Brazil With Love - 7.96
18. Start The Fire - 8.095
17. Someday - 8.155
16. Good Lovin - 8.16
15. Save My Pride - 8.335
14. Thank You - 8.425
13. Sexual Guarantee - 8.46
12. Alcastar - 8.485

11. Don’t You Want Me - 8.615
10. Headlines - 8.95
09. Not A Sinner Nor A Saint - 8.985
08. We Keep On Rockin’ - 9.02
07. Physical - 9.08
06. Burning - 9.205
05. Karma Karma - 9.21
04. This Is The World We Live In - 9.315
03. Blame It On The Disco - 9.36
02. Stay The Night - 9.7
01. Crying At The Discotheque - 9.95

NB: Underlined songs earned at least one 11.
 
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I don't know much but I'm willing to learn and @iheartpoptarts you're in for this too right?

Of course! Maybe we can plug it sometime?

“Annikafiore is a master at lasagna and Tess is absolutely obsessed with high heels.” How could you not love a group that once included this sentence in its biography?

P.S. I love lasagna and high heels.
 
ALCAZAR
SOLO SPOTLIGHT

When/If I feel inspired, I will post some of my favorite solo endeavors from the members of the Pentagon of Pop.

Magnus has arguably had the most prolific career beyond Alcazar. Prior to joining the group, he spent ten years as the lead singer for the dansband Barbados. Together they released eight albums and competed three times in Melodifestivalen. Following Alcazar’s initial dissolution, Magnus has released multiple solo albums along with multiple C******as albums.

On 2010’s Pop Galaxy, Magnus worked with the Swedish production team Pitchline, best known for their work on Velvet’s The Queen. I’ve selected his album track “Take Me To Your Heart” for this Alcazar Solo Spotlight. You know I am generally here for a dance bop, but especially one that gives me Modern Talking / BWO vibes.


 

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