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1280138.  Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:49 pm Reply with quote

Guy has had two days to finish this category and start the new one that he had in mind, so I think it's safe to conclude that he's not intending to do it.

20. Mabel - Finders keepers

This was a British Top Ten hit last year, although tbh it's not especially exciting. Mabel McVey is the daughter of Anglo-Swedish-Sierra-Leonean-American singist Neneh Cherry and her English music producer husband Cameron McVey.

So we need a new category. The Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Queensland start in a few hours time, so let's do The Commonwealth. We need twenty songs by artists from twenty different Commonwealth Games countries. England is too easy and is banned, but the other nations of the UK are allowed.

1. Manic Street Preachers - Australia

Representing Wales, the Manics hail from Blackwood, Monmouthshire. This might be my favourite of their songs.

2. Great Big Sea - Ordinary day

Great Big Sea are representing Newfoundland, which sent its own team (ie separate from Canada's team) to the Empire Games twice in the 30s and hence is eligible here.

1280139.  Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:16 pm Reply with quote

3. Big Country - Look Away

Big Country formed in Dunfermline in Fife, Scotland. Dunfermline was also the home of Linsey MacDonald. She represented Scotland in the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, where her and the Scottish 4x400 team won bronze. Adamson (guirarist) and Linsey went to local high schools around the same time I did, I wasn't aware of either of them but I had met Stuart Jobson, who I thought then was a complete pratt and he hasn't done anything since to persuade me otherwise.

1280140.  Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:45 pm Reply with quote

4. Eddy Grant - I don't wanna dance

A big pop reggae hit from 1982; you probably know this one. Eddy is representing Guyana, where he was born in 1948.

5. Richard E Grant - To be or not to be

Richard Grant Esterhuysen is of Afrikaner and German heritage, and represents Swaziland where he was born in 1957. He wears two wristwatches, one showing the time where he currently is and one showing the time in Swaziland.

He recorded this rather odd piece in 1997 in conjunction with a house producer named Orpheus. Lyrics by William Shakespeare.

1280146.  Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:30 am Reply with quote

6. Kapena - Masese

... and representing Fiji are a band from Hawai'i (to be fair, the band has a strong Fijian contingent - and the lyrics are in Fijian).
If you've spent any length of time in the Pacific in the last 30 or so years, you've heard this without any doubt. It's not anything profound, it's about smoking fags, drinking kava and talking shite - and why not?

1280149.  Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:07 am Reply with quote

Representing South Africa...

7. Miriam Makeba - Pata Pata

1280150.  Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:42 am Reply with quote

8. Samite - Munomuno (Uganda)

Alfred E Neuman
1280153.  Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:47 am Reply with quote

9. Midnight Oil - Beds are Burning

Which is, of course, Australian.

1280154.  Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:57 am Reply with quote

10. Fela Kuti - Beasts of No Nation

Representing Nigeria.

1280155.  Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:01 am Reply with quote

11. Crowded House - Weather With You

New Zealand, of course.

1280156.  Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:12 am Reply with quote

12. Kate & Anna McGarrigle - - The Swimming Song for Canada.

Edited for a more sporty song. Double Canada because Loudon.

Last edited by monzac on Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:16 am; edited 1 time in total

1280157.  Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:14 am Reply with quote

... and all the way from the Isle of Man,

13. The Bee Gees - World

1280161.  Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:27 am Reply with quote

14. Humpback Oak - Lost Boy or Girl

Not unpleasant and very reminiscent of some British bands from the 80s/90s this is Humpback Oak, self promoted as the 'Greatest Band from Singapore'.

1280164.  Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:05 am Reply with quote

15. Royston Abel's Manganiyar Seduction (India)

I've just found out that I missed them in Melbourne a month ago :O

Arts Centre promo wrote:
40 musicians from three generations of Manganiyars perform in a 36-windowed ‘jewel box’, with the songs slowly building to giddying heights.

Luckily I saw them in 2011. Would see them again in a heartbeat. Yes, it's an hour long.

1280167.  Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:32 am Reply with quote

16. DJ Lindo - A pandza mix

Pandza apparently is the latest big thing in Mozambique, the 'first member to be admitted without having any constitutional link to the British Empire or a Commonwealth member '.

1280173.  Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:49 am Reply with quote

17. Guru Josh - Infinity (1990s: Time for the Guru)

Paul Walden aka Guru Josh was an acid house musician who only had one tune, but he kept reworking it and had a hit with it on three separate occasions. This is the original from 1989.

Mr Walden hailed from Jersey, hence his inclusion here, and died by his own hand in 2015 at the age of 51.


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