Saturday, February 19, 2011

Die Autobahn To Düsseldorf - The Playtones

Rock 'n' Roll dansband The Playtones are in the third heat of the Swedish pre-selection Melodifestivalen with their song The King.
(update: Yay!, they made it to the Final)
(another update: The King ended 5th in the final, but the Rock 'n' Roll is King album enters the Swedish album charts at #1 in week 11)
Below video is The Playtones’ live coverversion of the 2009 Eurovision winner Fairytale (Alexander Rybak).
The Playtones released their Fairytale on the CD Rock 'n'Roll Dance Party which is the best selling album of 2010 in Sweden.
Their next album Rock ‘n’ Roll Is King will be out on March 9 and will of course include their Melodifestivalen entry.

The Playtones website
SVTs Melodifestivalen pages

That Dansband schlager is extremely popular in Sweden today is confirmed again by this week’s #1 on the album charts: Elisa’s debut album Det Här Är Bara Början
It features a feisty coverversion of Tusen Och En Natt, Swedens 1999 winner Take Me To Your Heaven by Charlotte Nilsson (Perrelli)

Elisa‘s website

The King
Brylcreem and Eurovision, do they gel?
The last time someone 'slightly' referred to Elvis it was a bit of a total disaster.
Read about that one (Copycat) and other Eurovision Rock 'n' Roll efforts here at Eurocovers.

More Autobahn stars:
Turkey  - Yüksek Sadakat
Lithuania - Mino
Finland - Milana Misic

For the latest on the 2011 songs and releases please check out the Düsseldorf Collection.
Latest news: Russia: Alexey Vorobyov and RedOne *** Portugal Homens Da Luta *** Armenia - Armenia picks Boom Boom for Emmy *** Croatia : Break A Leg by Daria Kinzer *** Iceland - Songvakeppni CD out now *** Slovakiia - Liisten to the Twiins. *** Netherlands: 3JS Never Alone *** Slovenia - Vanilija - EMA CD out now *** Greece - Watch My Dance *** Italy: English version out now *** Israel: Songs online *** Belarus: Born In The USSR?
Cyprus: Listen to the song now! *** Macedonia - Download Rusinka *** Latvia - Musiqq - Angel in disguise *** Ukraine - Mika Newton it is *** Moldova - Zdob Şi Zdub: Lucky Twice! *** Denmark - A Friend In London *** Serbia - Nina - Čaroban *** Estonia - Getter Jaani - Rockefeller street *** Ireland - Jedward cdsingle, charts. *** Austria: Nadine Beiler beats Trackshittaz *** Turkey: Song presented, watch video. *** Lithuania: Evelina Sašenko wins. *** Bulgaria - Poli Genova to Düsseldorf. *** Germany: Lena cdsingle info. *** Bosnia Hercegovina: More versions announced for Dino. *** Switzerland: In Love For A While, New version out now.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Die Autobahn To Düsseldorf: Yüksek Sadakat

Turkish singer Nilüfer (Nilüfer Yumlu) who we all of course remember from the 1978 Eurovision entry Sevince by Nazar (group, she was in it) has released a new album titled 12 Düet.

It means 12 Duets and it features 12 songs Nilüfer recorded with Turkish rock singers and bands.

Track 2 on the album is Göreceksin Kendini featuring Yüksek Sadakat.

Yüksek Sadakat is of course the 2011 Turkish entrant and Göreceksin Kendini is a coverversion of Tu Te Reconnaitras, the 1973 Eurovision winner by Anne-Marie David (for Luxembourg).

It is the third time Nilüfer recorded Göreceksin Kendini.
It first appeared on a single (CBS 1646, pic left) and a later recording was released on the Various artists album Bak Bir Varmış Bir Yokmuş 3 (Odeon Koleksiyon )

Nilüfer also recorded Greek entry Socrates (by Elpida, 1979) as Beyaz Mendil which was a b-side to single Oh Oh (Burç 3511).

On her album Sen Mühimsin Nilüfer released a wonderful version of the Turkish 1990 entry Gözlerinin Hapsindeyim originally by Kayahan Açar. (Yasar YCD 90007)

As far as I know Göreceksin Kendini is the first ever Eurocover for Yüksek Sadakat.
Read more about Yüksek Sadakat here at The Düsseldorf Collection.

Nilüfers 12 Düet album is out now in the Turkish shops.
Other artists duetting on the album are Şebnem Ferah, Malt, Teoman, Gece Yolcuları, Hayko Sepkin and many others.

Estando Contigo
Sadly it's the end of The Autobahn for David Sancho.
The actor and big band style singer was axed in yesterdays Spanish pre-thing round.
But let's pay him a visit at his website where you can listen to a highly enjoyable version of Estando Contigo, Spains first ever entry.
There's also some other songs in audio or video (Click Saber first, then canciones).