Wednesday, August 11, 2010

International sounds

Guest post written by Jamie Kingston

I’m kind of a music snob, but that’s the first step to recovery, right? Well, anyway one of my favorite music-related things to talk about are international bands. So I use a lot of my time on the Internet watching music videos with English subtitles and looking up the literal meanings of lyrics in languages with which I’m not familiar.

See, I just don’t like listening to the music, I like to learn the context in these respective bands’ cultures in which their lyrics and music fit through an internet provider I found as a satalite internet special. That helps me better understand their message and motivation behind their art.

I’d say that my guilty international music pleasure is Rammstein, you know the German band that sang the songs “Du Hast” that was really popular and featured in the Vin Diesel movie “XXX.” They’ve remained pretty popular since then and have a long back catalog of music.

Another foreign, but very different band that I like is the French band Pheonix. Although a lot of their songs are in English, I still like to look up information about the band’s background and early career.

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