Tag: Music

Mamma Mia : Here We Go Again

Hardly a day goes by without a newspaper report about the forthcoming "ABBA reunion". There are two new songs to be released over the next year; there's a major TV special coming up around Christmas; there's a "virtual reality" tour on the way; and of course, there's the latest "Mamma Mia" movie, released this week, ...

Grace Jones – Bloodlight and Bami

The first time I saw/heard Grace Jones was on ABC-TV's "Countdown", when they played the video clip for "Walking In The Rain". I remember going to school the next day, and there was much hilarity and joking among my 16 year old school mates about her. In a country town, where Midnight Oil and Cold ...

Shane Nicholson album launch

I first heard of Australian singer-songwriter, Shane Nicholson about a decade ago (maybe longer) when he recorded a terrific version of the song "Still In Love With You" by legendary Australian band, Dragon. And so, it put a smile on my face, when going to the toilet last night at the Camelot Lounge for the ...

Combat Wombat

The first time I saw them play live was in May 2005. In the midst of a week of seeing live performances by popera group, Il Divo and cabaret singer, Tim Draxl, I also saw the Australian hip-hop band, Combat Wombat. They were launching their debut at Sydney's legendary live music venue, now closed, The ...

Melodifestivalen 2016

It was another early morning for me, up and out of bed to watch Melodifestivalen, the event which chooses the Swedish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. A decade ago, I would have read the results online, and then waited several weeks for the DVD release, before I actually got to see the event itself. ...

Melodifestivalen 2016 #4

I felt a little sorry for Linda Bengtzing and Martin Stenmarck, as I watched this morningś fourth heat of Melodifestivalen, the contest which chooses Swedenś entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Martin has previously represented Sweden at Eurovision and was performing in a song co-written by his brother. Linda has previously entered Melodifestivalen, and has ...

Melodifestivalen - Oscar Zia sings Human

Melodifestivalen 2016 #3

Though there's still no apparent "winner" for me in this year's Melodifestivalen (the Swedish heats which lead to the final where Sweden's song for Eurovision is chosen) I thought there were some pretty good songs in the third heat. Once again, I woke early, turned on my laptop and television, and settled back to enjoy ...

Melodifestivalen 2016 #2

First, the good news:  there was only one song which I thought was absolutely bloody awful in the second heat of Melodifestivalen, the contest which chooses Sweden's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Maybe it was too early on a Sunday morning for me, but 100% by Viktor och Natten did absolutely nothing for me. For ...

Melodifestivalen 2016 #1

Over the last couple of years, there's been an inverse relationship between the quality of the songs and the quality of the program presenters/comedy interludes for Melodifestivalen, the Swedish finals which lead to the Eurovision Song Contest. In recent memory, the combination in 2012 of Sarah Dawn Finer, Helena Bergström and Gina Dirawi was probably ...