So don't be suprised if the only music you hear on Danish state radio is by Danish groups (some of which also sing in English), Danish songwriters, Danish producers. Anything that has even remotely been touched by the red and white flag counts! But if you’re interested in Hit Lists and what you’d normally expect to hear around these parts – and what people actually buy and add to their collections – then take a look at Hitlisten.nu where you’ll find every official Danish list. There are the usual American artists, as you would expect, but also Danish artists like Lukas Graham, Volbeat and Rasmus Seebach are still in there. On a side note, Hitlisten's info on the increasing number of vinyl records sold is rather interesting for an old, nostalgic lady like myself ;-)
One of the more avant garde and original Danish artists right now is Bisse, who has taken the reviewers and the indie fans by storm. In Denmark, albums are given marks (or hearts) out of six. Here's his own song, where he gives, "Seks hjerter til livet" - "Six hearts to Life". Check out his album "Højlandet" which got 5/6 stars across the board from Danish reviewers. Bisse sings in Danish and you can hear him on soundcloud here.
And what do I currently have on my turntable? Agnes Obel. I've never really been a huge fan of her, but I love, love, love her latest album, "Citizen of Glass"! Agnes sings in English - here's the song "Familiar" from the new album. And, although she has been settled in Germany for a few years, it's kind of cool that she was born around the corner from us and was a former pupil at my DD14's school (dear daughter, aged 14)...
But while we're at it...let's not forget one of our old favourites from Marvelous Mosell (with a teeny bit of help from Chic and Sister Sledge...) which contains the immortal lyrics:
“Der var både bajere og hash,
men jeg sagde: Stik mig bare en
kærnemælk i et snavset glas
med et sugerør i
og gør det i en fart, for jeg er sørme tørstig!”
“There was beer and hash
but I said: Give me some
buttermilk in a dirty glass
with a straw, and do it nifty
‘cos I’m really thirsty” 😉
What's not to love?!
Happy ‘Spil Dansk‘ Day! Put on those dancing shoes and remember to turn it up to 11! But don't forget to get out and hear music live... Like Johan, from my very favourite Danish band Magtens Korridorer, you'll probably be swept off your feet! ;-)