Friday, March 30, 2007

Tonight, we're back where it started

(Picture credit to Jessica Andersson's official site.)

Fulfilling a request (I really will post than Jonatan Cerrada song! Honestly!), it's back to Fame today (which is exciting for me). As I mentioned before, they won Melodifestivalen in 2003; they then entered again in 2004, making it to the finals but not winning. I sometimes wonder if they were planning on another album, as, in addition to the "All In The Game" single from late 2005, they released another single, "Gjorda för varandra," in mid-2005--does anyone know?

The Wind Has Turned Around--Fame's entry in the 2004 Melodifestivalen was the absolutely glorious "Vindarna Vänder Oss." Up against Lena Philipsson's microphone-dancing "Det gör ont," they were never going to win, but how they only came 6th baffles me--I mean, "Tango! Tango!" beating them? Really? At any rate, there's also an English version of "Vindarna Vänder Oss," which is "The Wind Has Turned Around." The Swedish version is loads better, but for some reason, I find myself listening to this version sometimes, too (I know...). Posted at request and because, if you're not into Swedish-language music, hopefully this will at least help you get a taste of the amazingness that is "Vindarna Vänder Oss."

Rivers Of Gold--once again, I came so close to posting "Sending Out An MMS" (and I probably will in the next few days), but this song is just so schlager and upbeat and fun that I had to share it. That said, as upbeat as it is, there's somewhat of a ballad element about it, too, or maybe it just feels like it could easily be a ballad (I'm glad it's not, though!). There's a backing effect in the chorus that reminds me of something that I can't place at the moment but definitely should be able to.

These songs can be found of Fame Factory compilation albums; to buy Fame Factory Volym 8, go here (physical) or here (digital) and to buy Best Of Fame Factory, go here (physical) or here (digital).

Next up: maybe a Swedish singer who's competed in Melodifestivalen before, but is not from Fame Factory.


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting my request for the English version of "Vindarna Vander Oss". I now know what they are singing about as my Swedish is not the best! ;)

I also can't believe it only came 6th in the "heats". Hopefully they'll get back together and give it a go for the 3rd time!

Thanks again - I really appreciate it. :)

All the best, Rob

J'ason D'luv said...

These songs aren't bad, but I don't agree with the imagery these Fame girls have chosen, with the pretty one trying to beat up the ugly one. Thank goodness we Americans don't tolerate such violent standards!

Poster Girl said...

No problem! I'm so glad you asked. I'd really love to hear more from them...but Jessica needs to release an amazing "Kalla Natter"-esque album first :)

I know, J'ason, they just epitomize edginess. Just be glad I didn't choose this picture--that would've really thrown you over the edge!

Just Donal said...

Where did you get the english version?

Poster Girl said...

Off of one of the Fame Factory albums--Volume (or Volym) 8, to be specific. Albums featuring the contestants from Fame Factory are put out occasionally, featuring a mix of covers and their own original songs. Unlike, say, the Pop Idol or American Idol albums, they're not just released right after a series end and include just the "signature" song of the contestants from the show; they actually have original material, which is really nice. They still tend to be better purchases as single songs as opposed to whole albums, though, but for some reason I bought the whole album.

Danny said...

Can you reload the link for The Wind Has Turned Around? It says the file wasn't found. Thanks!

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