20 de ene. de 2015

Village People: Y.M.C.A.

El éxito que obtuvieron a finales de los años 70 por sus peculiar y extrafalaria forma de vestir fue mayúsculo. Quedaban plasmados los estereotipos gays de la época, a la vez que se dejaban acompañar por canciones con mucho ritmo y pegadizas. Village People se convirtieron en todo un fenómeno mundial. Sus orígenes se remontan a 1977 en Nueva York gracias a dos franceses, Jacques Morali y Henri Belolo, cuya intención era atraer al colectivo homosexual y explotar la música disco. Y lo consiguieron, y eso que en realidad sólo dos de ellos eran gays. Extrafalarios al máximo, su nombre surgió en honor a Greenwich Village, una zona gay de Nueva York, y en él quedaban reflejados seis de los estereotipos típicos del americano medio.

Su canción más representativa es Y.M.C.A., cuyas siglas curiosamente significan Young Men’s Christian Association (Asociación Cristiana de Jóvenes). Toda una sátira sobre esta organización cristiana, lo que les llevó a generar polémica y críticas, pero también un éxito exorbitado, alcanzando la nada despreciable cifra de más de 10 millones de copias en todo el mundo.

Letra
Young man, there's no need to feel down.
I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground.
I said, young man, 'cause you're in a new town
There's no need to be unhappy.

Young man, there's a place you can go.
I said, young man, when you're short on your dough.
You can stay there, and I'm sure you will find
Many ways to have a good time.

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

They have everything for you men to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the boys ...

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

You can get yourself clean, you can have a good meal,
You can do what the f*ck you feel ...

Young man, are you listening to me?
I said, young man, what do you want to be?
I said, young man, you can make real your dreams.
But you got to know this one thing!

No man does it all by himself.
I said, young man, put your pride on the shelf,
And just go there, to the y.m.c.a.
I'm sure they can help you today.

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

They have everything for you men to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the boys ...

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

You can get yourself clean, you can have a good meal,
You can do what ever you feel ...

Young man, I was once in your shoes.
I said, I was down and out with the blues.
I felt no man cared if I were alive.
I felt the whole world was so jive ...

That's when someone came up to me,
And said, young man, take a walk up the street.
There's a place there called the y.m.c.a.
They can start you back on your way.

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

They have everything for you men to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the boys ...

Y-m-c-a ... you'll find it at the y-m-c-a.

Young man, young man, there's no need to feel down.
Young man, young man, get yourself off the ground.

Y-m-c-a ... you'll find it at the y-m-c-a.

Young man, young man, there's no need to feel down.
Young man, young man, get yourself off the ground.

Y-m-c-a ... just go to the y-m-c-a.

Young man, young man, are you listening to me?
Young man, young man, what do you wanna be?

9 de dic. de 2014

Technotronic: Pump Up The Jam

Technotronic es una banda belga con un éxito exorbitado en los años noventa. Ellos marcaron los pasos que durante toda una década más iban a patear las pistas de baile de medio mundo, dando lugar a un boom de la música electrónica y el eurodance. Sonido sintético, letras pegadizas, y ritmos marcados y repetitivos que invitan a bailar. Lo formaban la vocalista Ya Kid K (seudónimo de Manuela Kamosi), y el productor discográfico Jo Bogaert bajo el seudónimo de Thomas De Quincey. Y si para muestra bien vale un botón, que mejor botón que la canción que desencadenó toda esta fiebre noventera, "Pump Up the Jam". En el videoclip se utilizó la imagen de la modelo y bailarina Felly, y tras el enorme éxito, se publicó el álbum, ya con la zaireña Manuela Kamosi siendo la imagen junto al galés M.C. Eric (Eric Martin).

Letra

Pump up the jam, pump it up
While your feet are stompin'
And the jam is pumpin'
Look ahead the crowd is jumpin'

Pump it up a little more
Get the party going on the dance floor
See 'cos that's where the party's at
And you'll find out if you're too bad

I don't want a place to stay
Get your boody on the floor tonight, make my day
I don't want a place to stay
Get your boody on the floor tonight, make my day

Make my day, make my day,
Make my day, make my day,

Yo, Pump up the jam, pump it up
While your feet are stompin'
And the jam is pumpin'
Look ahead the crowd is jumpin'

Pump it up a little more
Get the party going on the dance floor
See 'cos that's where the party's at
And you'll find out if you're too bad

I don't want a place to stay
Get your boody on the floor tonight, make my day
I don't want a place to stay
Get your boody on the floor tonight, make my day

Make my day
Make my, make my, make
Make my day

Make my day, make my day
Make my, make my, make
Make my day

Yo, Pump, pump up the jam, pump it up
A pump it up, yo pump it
Pump, pump up the jam, pump it up
A pump it up, yo pump it

Pump, pump up the jam, pump it up
A pump it up, yo pump it
Pump, pump up the jam
Pump it, pump it, pump it, pump it, yo!

Pump, pump up the jam
A Pump, pump up the jam
Pump, pump up the jam, pump it up
Pump it, pump it, pump it

Pump, pump up the jam
Pump, pump up the jam
Pump, pump up the jam
Pump it, pump it, pump it, pump it, pump!

Pump up the jam, pump it up
While your feet are stompin'
And the jam is pumpin'
Look ahead the crowd is jumpin'

Pump it up a little more
Get the party going on the dance floor
See 'cos that's where the party's at
And you'll find out if you're too bad

I don't want a place to stay
Get your boody on the floor tonight, make my day
I don't want a place to stay
Get your boody on the floor tonight, make my day

I don't want a place to stay
Get your boody on the floor tonight, make my day
I don't want a place to stay
Get your boody on the floor tonight, make my day

3 de nov. de 2014

Londonbeat: I've Been Thinking About You

Transcurrían los primeros compases de la década de los 90, cuando un grupo formado por unos jóvenes británicos y estadounidenses bajo el nombre de Londonbeat triunfaban con la canción "I've Been Thinking About You". Era un sonido fresco, muy pegadizo que combinaba un R&B muy comercial con el pop y dance que consiguió que esta canción alcanzara las posiciones más altas de buena parte de Europa y América.

Ellos han continuado por la senda comercial, alcanzando de nuevo posiciones altas en las listas de ventas con temas como "Come Back", pero sin llegar a alcanzar el éxito de esta canción que será la referencia que prevalecerá al paso de los años. 

Letra
We must have been stone crazy
When we thought we were just friends,
'Cause I miss you, baby,
And I've got those feelings again.
I guess I'm all confused about you,

I feel so in love
Oh, baby, what can I do?
I've been thinking about you.
I've been thinking about you
I've been thinking about you
I've been thinking about you.

Suddenly we're strangers,
I watch you walking away.
She was my one temptation,
Oh, I did not want her to stay
Deep down, I'm still confused about you

I feel so in love
Oh, baby, what can I do?
I've been thinking about you.
I've been thinking about you
I've been thinking about you
I've been thinking about you.

What good is being her without you?

I feel so in love
Oh, baby, what can I do?
I've been thinking about you.
I've been thinking about you
I've been thinking about you
I've been thinking about you.

28 de sept. de 2014

Hanson: MMMBop

Con poco más de 10 años de vida, los hermanos Isaac, Taylor y Zac Hanson, llevaban en su sangre el desparpajo que les haría triunfar en los años 90 bajo la formación Hanson. A pesar de su corta edad, llevaban ya años tocando y cantando a capella  para pequeñas ferias y celebraciones en su ciudad natal, Tulsa (Oklahoma).

Pop y rock fresco que sorprendieron al mundo con su álbum debut y su canción MMMBop. Un alegre himno pop con un éxito rotundo e inmediato que los llevó a los primeros lugares en las listas de venta, ser nominados a 2 Grammy, y estar en el ranking de las mejores canciones de los años 90.   
Letra

You have so many relationships in this life 
only one or two will last 
you go through all this pain and strife 
then you turn your back and they're gone so fast 
and they're gone so fast 
so hold on the ones who really care 
in the end they'll be the only ones there 
when you get old and start losing your hair 
can you tell me who will still care 
can you tell me who will still care 
Mmm bop, ba duba dop 
ba du bop, ba duba dop 
ba du bop, ba duba dop 
ba du 
Plant a seed, plant a flower, plant a rose 
you can plant any one of those 
keep planting to find out which one grows 
it's a secret no one knows 
it's a secret no one knows 
In an mmm bop they're gone, in an mmm bop they're not there 
in an mmm bop they're gone, in an mmm bop they're not there 
until you lose your hair 
but you don't care 
Mmm bop, ba duba dop 
ba du bop, ba duba dop 
ba du bop, ba duba dop 
ba du 
Can you tell me? you say you can but you don't know 
can you tell me which flower's going to grow? 
can you tell me if it's going to be a daisy or a rose? 
Can you tell me which flower's going to grow? 
can you tell me? you say you can but you don't know

14 de jul. de 2014

Tom Jones: She's A Lady

Como comentábamos hace unos años sobre Tom Jones, pocos son los artistas que han sabido resistir el paso de las décadas manteniendo su autenticidad. Una voz poderosa y única, a la vez que una personalidad llena de carisma y fuerza. Como dijo una vez, es un rockero con el alma de rythm and blues abierto a todos los estilos.

Muchos son los premios y honores que lo avalan, pero sobre todo muchos son los agradecimientos que le debemos por seguir haciéndonos disfrutar con su música; bien en nuestro reproductor de música, bien en nuestro ordenador con alguno de sus videoclips, disfrutando de uno de sus éxitos de comienzos de los años 70, "She's A Lady", o bien en directo este mismo año 2014 en concierto por España. 

Letra
Well she's all you'd ever want,
She's the kind they'd like to flaunt and take to dinner.
Well she always knows her place.
She's got style, she's got grace, She's a winner.
She's a Lady. Whoa whoa whoa, She's a Lady.
Talkin' about that little lady, and the lady is mine.
Well she's never in the way
Something always nice to say, Oh what a blessing.
I can leave her on her own
Knowing she's okay alone, and there's no messing.
She's a lady. Whoa, whoa, whoa. She's a lady.
Talkin' about that little lady, and the lady is mine.
Well she never asks for very much and I don't refuse her.
Always treat her with respect, I never would abuse her.
What she's got is hard to find, and I don't want to lose her
Help me build a mountain from my little pile of clay. Hey, hey, hey.
Well she knows what I'm about,
She can take what I dish out, and that's not easy,
Well she knows me through and through,
She knows just what to do, and how to please me.
She's a lady. Whoa, whoa, whoa. She's a lady.
Talkin' about that little lady and the lady is mine.
Yeah yeah yeah She's a Lady
Listen to me baby, She's a Lady
Whoa whoa whoa, She's a Lady
And the Lady is mine
Yeah yeah yeah She's a Lady
Talkin about this little lady
Whoa whoa whoa whoa
Whoa and the lady is mine
Yeah yeah She's a Lady
And the Lady is mine.