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Non-english language bands and artists

Postby watts » 30 Aug 2019, 13:27

At the moment, I'm in the process of making travel arrangements to trek all the way across the country in order to see a Japanese band and a Swedish band this coming month who are only doing West coast tours and that process has got me thinking about non-english music... not so much world music because mostly the music I listen to is very Western in nature it's just sung in another language.

Back in the nineties I discovered I really liked a Japanese punk band called Husking Bee. Since then I've become a really huge fan of Isobe Masafumi (磯部正文 ) and my interest in and knowledge of the Japanese indie music scene has grown. It's to the point now where I listen almost entirely to Japanese indie and underground rock. In the past decade my top 5 musical acts that I follow fairly religiously and always purchase new music from are all Japanese.

Several years back someone on here (Penk?) turned me on to Bob Hund. I love them, I think they're great! I already had a yen for Scandinavian music as a big Covenant fan, and I was familiar with English language Scandinavian acts like Cardigans and S.P.O.C.K., but the discovery of Bob Hund for me led to a resurgence of interest in Scandinavian music and Scandinavia in general and led me to the discovery of a couple of other acts and artists that I really enjoy as well as a slew of films and TV shows.

I have a number of Mexican acts that I really like too, that were heavily influenced by synth-pop, ska, punk and gothic rock, and of course I have some French artists that I really enjoy and German artists (Jeff's whole ich bin Sproing!!! taste in music has worn off on me and I always liked a certain measure of krautrock).

What non-english acts do you love and follow?
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Postby Geezee » 30 Aug 2019, 13:48

If you like Bob Hund you might also like Mattias Alkberg who is very much in a similar vein.
Listen alot to the Japanese kids as well - Bo Ningen are an awesome live entity - and a decent amount of African bands.
Also listen a lot to The Fall. ;)
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Postby soundchaser » 30 Aug 2019, 16:57

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I got into Tricot after seeing them play in South Texas and being blown away.

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Postby bobzilla77 » 31 Aug 2019, 07:50

Os Mutantes, Traffic Sound, Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66, Etron Fou Leloublan, Nueva Volcano, Betunizer, Wau Y Los Args, Los Humberstones, my buddy's band from Chile.
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Postby trans-chigley express » 31 Aug 2019, 08:52

Looking through my collection there really isn't much. Italian proggers PFM and Goblin, some World Music artists like Tinariwen and a bunch of German artists.

some Yellow Magic Orchestra is sung in Japanese, but even they sing mostly in English. I have a couple of Vangelis albums with singer Irene Papas singing in Greek.

It's odd that there is so few really considering I've spent half my life living in non-English speaking countries. 23 year in Hong Kong and I haven't come across a single Chinese language band worth my time but I have been exposed to interesting Japanese stuff and there's always interesting non-English things cropping up in the cups which is refreshing to hear.

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Postby Deebank » 31 Aug 2019, 09:54

It was nice to see a clip of Maffia Mr Huws on BBC4 last night.
Before the likes of Super Furry Animals went (not entirely) English there was a thriving welsh language music scene - Peel championed many of them.

These day we have Gwenno singing in welsh and Cornish and gaining a decent following outside her native country.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 31 Aug 2019, 09:58

Loads of Finnish, Icelandic, and German in my collection, with a smattering of Japanese.

Paavoharju (should be bigger than The Beatles on stilts)
Kemailliset Ystavat
Alamailiman Vasarat
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Olof Arnalds
Einsturzende Neubauten
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SYPH, etc.
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Postby Jeemo » 31 Aug 2019, 11:53

Sigur Ros
Laibach
Kraftwerk (sometimes)
Folk music in Gaelic

off the top of my head
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Postby The Prof » 31 Aug 2019, 12:02

Do the Cocteau Twins count?

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Postby Deebank » 31 Aug 2019, 12:57

The Prof wrote:Do the Cocteau Twins count?


Liz says she usually sings in English it’s just that her diction is somewhat eccentric.

At least one Cocteaus song is a list of Latin butterfly names though.
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Postby GoogaMooga » 31 Aug 2019, 13:30

My top 10 from Denmark:

1. Gasolin'
2. Sort Sol
3. Savage Rose
4. John Mogensen
5. Liller
6. Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann
7. Gitte Hænning
8. C.V. Jørgensen
9. Rugsted-Kreutzfeldt
10. Peter Belli
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Postby Jeemo » 31 Aug 2019, 13:33

The Proclaimers
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Postby GoogaMooga » 31 Aug 2019, 13:41

My top 10 from Sweden:

1. ABBA
2. Anita Lindblom
3. Alice Babs
4. Lill Lindfors
5. Monica Zetterlund
6. Roxette
7. Cardigans
8. Eric Gadd
9. Carola
10. Evert Taube
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Postby Lord Rother » 31 Aug 2019, 14:39

Jeemo wrote:The Proclaimers


Saw this thread and just popped in to post exactly that! :lol:

GMTA!

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Postby Jeemo » 31 Aug 2019, 17:55

Lord Rother wrote:
Jeemo wrote:The Proclaimers


Saw this thread and just popped in to post exactly that! :lol:

GMTA!


I was being ironic.


What's GMTA?
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Postby Jeemo » 31 Aug 2019, 17:56

GoogaMooga wrote:My top 10 from Sweden:

1. ABBA
2. Anita Lindblom
3. Alice Babs
4. Lill Lindfors
5. Monica Zetterlund
6. Roxette
7. Cardigans
8. Eric Gadd
9. Carola
10. Evert Taube


Do they all record in Swedish?
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Postby GoogaMooga » 31 Aug 2019, 18:37

Jeemo wrote:
GoogaMooga wrote:My top 10 from Sweden:

1. ABBA
2. Anita Lindblom
3. Alice Babs
4. Lill Lindfors
5. Monica Zetterlund
6. Roxette
7. Cardigans
8. Eric Gadd
9. Carola
10. Evert Taube


Do they all record in Swedish?


No, forgot that detail
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Postby Lord Rother » 31 Aug 2019, 22:12

Jeemo wrote:
Lord Rother wrote:
Jeemo wrote:The Proclaimers


Saw this thread and just popped in to post exactly that! :lol:

GMTA!


I was being ironic.


What's GMTA?


Well yes, so was I. :roll:

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Postby Jeemo » 31 Aug 2019, 22:50

Lord Rother wrote:
Jeemo wrote:
Lord Rother wrote:
Saw this thread and just popped in to post exactly that! :lol:

GMTA!


I was being ironic.


What's GMTA?


Well yes, so was I. :roll:

Great Minds Think Alike.


I'm allowed to be ironic about them, with me being Scottish. ;)


never seen GMTA before.
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