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Day 20 – A song that you listen to when you’re angry

Posted in 30 Day Song Challenge, Uncategorized on October 7, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

Ahhh! This one was almost too easy! So many songs popped up in my head. But I’ll take the easy one, mostly because I think some of the other songs I might write about some other time.

People = Shit” by American metalband SlipKnot off “Iowa”. Really though, any song from SlipKnot will do when you are angry – I guess it’s the whole thing. This is why a lot of people seek comfort in metal music – it’s like an escape from reality, like, take “Disasterpiece” from the same band – “I wanna slit your throat and fuck the wound”. That’s the first line in the song.

Sure, it might sound violent. But this is the whole fucking thing. Then you hear Corey Taylor yell it out, and even you might, in a way pretending what you’d do to your tormenter if you could do anything. And once you’re done yelling out all your rage, you go back to normal.

Metal is healthy as fuck. I think I’ll write more about this tomorrow though.

// Sara

Day 19 – A song from your favorite album

Posted in 30 Day Song Challenge, Uncategorized on October 3, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

Wow. I don’t really have that number one favorite albums, so I had a bit of a hard time figuring out what to use, however, the CD that came to mind first when I saw the question, was H.E.A.T’s “Tearing Down The Walls“.

H.E.A.T is one of these bands that can do absolutely no wrong. When writing my review for “Tearing Down The Walls”, I wrote something like that they do the absolute most perfect music for my tasting, and funny thing, I dug up the old the magazine I made back in high school, and I saw that I had reviewed an old EP of H.E.A.T in it, and guess what?

I had written the exact same thing there. And it’s four years between the two reviews, and I had completely forgotten about the old review.

I guess this says a lot about the band. That time after time after time, they keep delivering quality music, quality albums, call it whatever you want. And in all honesty, I did have a bit of a struggle even picking what song to broadcast on here! But of course, I had to go with my favorite track off the album, “Laughing at Tomorrow”.

So yes. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. “Tearing Down The Walls” by H.E.A.T. That’s the album to get if you want some REAL good and sweet music.

// Sara

Day 18 – A song that you wish you heard on the radio

Posted in 30 Day Song Challenge, Uncategorized on September 25, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

God. Why all these questions about the radio. I don’t listen to the radio, ever. And I don’t really care about what songs are played on the club either. God.

Well, I guess we can put it this way. I wish the radiostations would dedicate at least an hour or so a day, at LEAST, to promote new artists. To not always blast the same old songs over and over and over again. To have an hour where they let aspiring musicians submit their music to, where they can get some small exposure, to get some airtime, to get out there. It’s way too little of that happening today, as far as I’m concerned. And if they had a program like this, chances are I’d pick up on it. But yes.

That’s the songs I wish I heard on the radio.

// Sara

Day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate – Thanks for all, Steve!

Posted in 30 Day Song Challenge, Uncategorized on September 23, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

Apparently I skipped Day 16! Perhaps I did so for a reason, but oh well. Okay. I’ve said this many times before, but this one is tricky. And VERY so. I’m gonna have to take a minute or so figure this one out. I can’t say I hate this song. And I struggle to find a song I really HATE, but this is a song I don’t listen to as much anymore.

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Pass Auf, Der Drache Kommt” by german pop group Dschinghis Khan.

This video makes me emotional to watch for so many reasons. First of all, this was my second favorite band ever, and this band is the one and only reason I know the german I do. This video is shot in Russia in 2005 on their comeback tour. There are only four original members there. Wolfgang, Henriette, Edina and Steve.

Seeing Steve made me tear up. Steve, the shorter male with gray hair… I actually had the extreme luck to get to know this man. He added me on MSN in 2005. Someone “Karl Heinz Bender” added me after I got active on the Dschinghis Khan website, and that is indeed Steve’s real name. Of course, I did not believe this at first, despite me being 14 I was critical enough to think this far.

But then he turned on his webcam, and it was truly him. After that we spent many nights and days chatting about everything, he told me all these stories about the band and their tours and we exchanged musictips and everything. It was so crazy, little 14 year old me being in contact with one of the original members of my NUMBER ONE Eurovision Song Contest entry. After a while he wasn’t online as often and on May 9th we got the news.

Steve had passed away after battling cancer for many years. 

This was devastating news. Of course, I couldn’t imagine what his family went through, but I know it was so devastating for me I couldn’t listen to Dschinghis Khan, nor Wig Wam since we had talked a lot about Wig Wam. I had to turn to another band for music.

That band was Lordi.

And that was also the day I became a fan of them. I registered for Monsterboard the next day. So I guess it comes something good out of all the bad, occasionally.

Thanks for all, Steve, for all the memories and all the nights of talks. And Thanks Dschinghis Khan, for everything.

// Sara

 

Day 17 – A song that you hear often on the radio (Nightclubs)

Posted in 30 Day Song Challenge, Uncategorized on September 14, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

This one, I can’t really answer. I never, and I mean, never, listen to the radio. I guess it has happened occasionally when riding in someone elses car (I never have the radio on in my own car) but it has never been to the extent where I’ve paid attention to what I actually heard being played, if there was any music at all.

So yes. I don’t really know what to make of this. I can’t even recall what song I might have heard last. But, I figured I shouldn’t leave you all here without a song, so I’ll put up a song I’ve heard a lot while working lately (to keep it short and anonymous, you could I say I work at various nightclubs). I guess this might make up for it a little bit, no?

Turn Down For What” by Lil Jon and DJ Snake. This is pretty far out of my comfort-zone as music goes, and I can’t really write anything about the song or the artists. Like I said. It’s been blasted a lot on the clubs lately, at least as I can recall. This immediatley makes me think of work though. And it makes me think of the smell of alcohol. Sweet.

// Sara

Day 15 – A song that describes you

Posted in 30 Day Song Challenge, Uncategorized on September 3, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

At first I sat clueless and didn’t really know what to put up to this one. But then it hit me, and it hit me hard.

She” by finnish band Stala&SO. . It’s not too personal, but it’s more about the life as a fan, you know. All the concerts. All the travels. All the night’s spent at Vaanta airport, all the long bustravels, trainrides, all those pit-stops in towns which names you can’t even pronounce (both Swedish and other countries).

All those saggy, wet and close to disgustin SubWay sandwiches that are essential for travelling. All the queueing in line, meeting new friends, meeting old friends. Seeing the band you love. All of that. It’s such a big part of my life, that it in a way comes to describe me. I’ve been in the newspapers because of this interest once before, so I guess it defines me in a way. And that is fine. I’m absolutely cool with that.

However, don’t take it too literally. I think I might have to point out here that I have for instance never been used by a band or so that I like (I know some people have gotten hung up over things like this, so I might just as well put it out there)

But yes. “She” by Stala&SO.

// Sara

Day 14 – A song that no one would expect you to love

Posted in 30 Day Song Challenge, Uncategorized on September 1, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

This one, my friends. is hard. Most of you people know I listen to pretty much every kind of music, so I don’t really think anything I could put up here would be a too big of a surprise. BUT – I did come to think of one song that might surprise you.

 

“The Deal (No Deal)” from the musical Chess, here performed by Tommy Körberg, Murray Head and Elaine Page. I’m actually very weak for musicals, the bombastic arrangements and epic moments. This song particularly stand out for me, mostly because of the break where they start singing “Who’d ever think, it’s such a squalid little ending..”. Absolutely love the greatness, and I mean. How can one not love Tommy Körberg, The Voice? You can’t.

I actually had the blessing to catch Chess live once, back in… good question. I have no idea what year I saw it, but it was in Oslo, and Glam, Åge Sten Nilsen from Wig Wam was playing the part of The Arbiter. Even though I had initially gone there for Åge, I fell in love with the musical.

To this date, this musical is one of my absolute favorites.

// Sara

Day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure

Posted in 30 Day Song Challenge, Uncategorized on August 26, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

Ahhh, a guilty pleasure song. This one is rather easy!

Hot Boy, Hot Girl” by norwegian singer Lene Alexandra. Lene is an artist I started listening to back in high school, when her hit “My Boobs are Ok” came out. The lyrics are obviously UP THE WALLS, but it’s hilarious as fuck on the same time, which is why I love listening to this every now and then, and I mean, it’s not like she’s any different from Steel Panther or Alestorm, haha.

Yeah. I don’t really know what else to say about this, more than that. Now you LITERALLY know my dirty little secrets!

// Sara

Day 12 – a song from a band you hate

Posted in 30 Day Song Challenge, Uncategorized on August 21, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

Hahaha. I must admit, I did chuckle a little when I saw this. Oh. This oughta be fun.

I’m not ever sure if I would want to go there. To say that I hate a band. However, there is a band I dislike very very much, mostly for their actions, but also because I in the end don’t like their music. I haven’t made a specific choice of song, this is literally just the first thing that pops up when I search for them on Spotify, and the song can be found here. I won’t link the video right up.

For those of you who will click the link, I think you’ll not be very surprised to find that particular band there. However, I want to stress, that I don’t wanna go the distance to say that I hate this band. I don’t like them, though. With that said – I do wanna pay respect to Brockie, may he rest in peace.

I think it’s harsh, always, to say that you hate a band. I come across people all the time who hates bands – they hate Sabaton because they have become too commercial, they hate Lordi because they are not “scary” enough, they hate HammerFall because they are powermetal, they hate Crashdiet because they continued without Dave, yada yada yada. Like, really?

Aren’t hate a very strong word? I mean – I can understand people might be a bit surprised, and perhaps angry Crashdiet continued on without Dave. But HATING them for it? Isn’t that harsh? And Sabaton being too commerical? Isn’t it good that they’ve gotten the success they have gotten, after all?

I’m not sure what to make of these people, in all honesty. Dislike bands all you want, but there is no need to spew hate over them to their fans. Like this one guy that was into me once and tried to impress me by saying Lordi was the most overrated band in the world, and saying this while sitting next to my wall with Lordi posters.

Sorry dude, not gonna work.

// Sara

Day 11 – A song from your favorite band

Posted in 30 Day Song Challenge, Uncategorized on August 6, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

Well. This was an easy one. Obviously, this is going to be a Lordi song. And I’ll go with my favorite one, because I can never stress enough how amazing this song is.

“Deadache” by Lordi, off their 2008 record with the same name. This song… where do I even begin.

First of all, I wanna talk about the musical arrangements. This song is beyond perfect. Sure – this is a fairly simple song. No complicated riffs or impressive guitars. But perhaps it’s the simplicity that makes it good, I don’t know. It’s the melody you know. How it’s built up. With a steady rythm with significant keyboards, how it builds up to the chorus, a chorus that breathes so much schlager and 80’s, which is two of my favorite things, that I’m losing my shit over here.

And then the lyrics. I mean, I can’t sit here and say that these are the deepest lyrics I’ve ever heard, BUT – the lyrics works so perfectly together with the arrangments that I am again, losing my shit. And the little schlager-raise in the last chorus just… ahh. I can’t even.

It’s better if you guys just listen to the song. It’s perfect. It’s beyond perfect. Just saying.

// Sara