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my favorite song about fucking [Jul. 6th, 2011|04:19 pm]
Spinning 45 Ballerina
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Sweden has always been light years ahead of my country when it comes to popular music, and most Norwegians are somewhat reluctant, though wholehearted swedofiles when it comes to music.

my find of the day is one of Scandinavia's best pop LPs of the 1960s, Lill Lindfors "Du e den enda" ("You are the only one"). My friend Vilde, who was already on my mind when I found it, owns it already, and I've been deeply jealous of that fact. I love cover songs, and I love the old practice of translating hits to marked them in other county's. it thrills me to listen to one of my favourite hits of the 60s, (Girl Don't Come by Sandie Shaw), in Swedish. It's aptly been renamed "No one came", and is even more heart braking when sung by a moody Scandinavian.

however the big hit of the record is the iconic "en sån karl", yet another translation, this time of Emma Redes "Just Like a Man" (though it's been a far bigger hit in the Scandinavian countrys then the English version ever was anywhere ells).

my favourite surprise of the record was probably the cover of Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right", easily my favourite Dylan song, and as is often the case with Dylan, other people sing it better (Nick Drake). Lill's track is not amazing as such, but the very literal Swedish translation of the lyrics are wonderful.

sweet cover art. (the Lill Lindfors one is signed and dedicated to a guy called Klaus Petter)

I also bought "Amason" by Tant Strul, a new wave quartet with the most erotically explicit lyrics. another common love of Vilde and me. they're hit "dunkar varmt" or "pounding warmly" is probably my favourite song about fucking.

Tant Strul are effortlessly feminist, and great at describing female sexuality. lines like; "min kropp är öppen nu/ kom in i mig nu/ vill allt nu/ vänta en liten stund till/ det räcker längre, räcker längre/ en liten stund till" (or: my body is open now/ come inside me now/ want everything now/ wait a little bit longer/ it lasts longer, lasts longer/ a little bit longer) delight me every time. (no girls ever made songs like that in Norway in 1983.)

the track "då er det inte kärlek" ("then it's not love") is a great exploration of affection and accumulation, stating "it's not love, you just want to own me". but this is not just the story of how I spend money I should be saving for my vacation, this is also the story of how no one cleaned my toilet as I listen to records into the night and blogged about it...