Request Line: Imports

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

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INT. RECORDING STUDIO – DAY

We join things in progress, as ROBERT KRAFT sits in front of the microphone telling a ribald story.

ROBERT KRAFT: …and then I say, ‘I think you’re gonna need another towel!’ [slaps desk] Ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha!

DJ 3000: [off air] Good God!

PRODUCER: [punches talkback button] Ha ha ha ha!  Good one, Robert.  Okay, we’re off to commercial for thirty seconds. Sit tight.

The PRODUCER pretends to punch a button labeled “commercial” that is already lit.  ROBERT KRAFT smiles to himself and waits patiently in the recording booth.

DJ 3000: This is even more stomach-churning than I expected.

PRODUCER: I’ll say.  I can’t imagine what kind of fines we’d have racked up by now if this were actually being broadcast.

DJ 3000: Do you think the audience is going to notice five full minutes worth of car insurance ads?

PRODUCER: Nah. [punches talkback button] Okay, Robert, no more time for stories – we gotta take requests.  You ready?

ROBERT KRAFT: [nods as the PRODUCER counts it down] Okay, folks, we’re back!  I’m your host Robert Kraft, and it’s time for the part of Request Line where we take your requests!  Today’s topic – and it’s one that is very near, and very dear to my heart, is IMPORTS.  That’s right, I’m talking about imported talent.  Give us a ring…[DJ 3000 starts snickering and the PRODUCER punches his arm]…and we’ll give your songs a spin.  I’ll get us started with Cold War classic, “99 Luftballons” from West Germany’s own Nena.

Editor’s note: Today’s theme is imports.  We’re only accepting songs by bands that are from countries where English is not the primary language.  It’s okay if the lyrics to their music are in English (example: Millencolin).  Just in case anybody here is heavy into German scheissemetal let’s put a cap at 10 requests per person.

 

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Low Commander of the Super Soldiers

For brazen disrespect to glorious leader punk band, they sound better than most that go to Gouloug, da?

ThurberHerder
ThurberHerder

Norwegian indie duos for 500, Alex



ThurberHerder
ThurberHerder

And one more



scotchnaut

Here’s The George Baker Selection (a Dutch dude that also wrote Little Green Bag) singing Paloma Blanca (“I’m just a bird in the sky and no one can take my freedom away”) My quite staid older Portugese neighbours would blast this tune after coming home from church on Sundays for one summer.

SonOfSpam

They’re foreign
That’s good
They’re Russian
That’s bad
They’re covering the Smiths
That’s good
It’s terrible
That’s bad
They’re lesbians
That’s good
They contain potassium benzoate
That’s bad

Low Commander of the Super Soldiers

The Pillows basically did the entire soundtrack for FLCL. This one’s my favorite.

King Hippo

vive le France!!

ThurberHerder
ThurberHerder

and what they followed up with!



King Hippo

that is just a fan-fucking-tastic album

scotchnaut

Apparently Serge Gainsbourg pulled more French tail in the 60’s than you could possibly imagine. A certain Ms. Bardot is singing along here.

nomonkeyfun

nomonkeyfun

I’m waiting for Senor to show up with some arias.

King Hippo

Fuck y’all for doing so much Sweden without their very best:

scotchnaut

Les Rita Mitsouko-“Andy” isn’t even their best tune

scotchnaut

Let’s get creepy

King Hippo

Iceland, represent! One of my favourite live acoustic performances in ever.

scotchnaut

No Kraftwerk? Shame

SonOfSpam

MACH SCHNELL MIT DER ART THINGS, HUH?

yeah right

Brazil.

scotchnaut

Okay savages-someone gotta show you what class looks like (live tune kicks in at 1:30)

SonOfSpam

5. The singer’s French, the song is in French, and it features a tap solo.

SonOfSpam

Bonus: English version sung by a cute Icelandic actress

yeah right

Norway in the house.

theeWeeBabySeamus

Screw it, I’m breaking the rules and doing 11.
This chick is pretty amazing. Korean drummer….And also very attractive and has a fashion sense I can get behind. So to speak.

SonOfSpam

comment image

nomonkeyfun

A song that crossed language and front lines.

nomonkeyfun

In English.

Also, Marlene

yeah right

Sweden. In Swedish!

Sharkbait

Doubleshot.

Chorus is in Dutch

yeah right

More from Sweden.

nomonkeyfun

A Spanish singer, singing in French, for a song most famous to Yanks in English. Also a great movie and better books.

yeah right

Germany strikes again.

yeah right

This awesomeness can only come from JAPAN!

yeah right

More Japanese intensity.

SonOfSpam

4. Greatest musical performance ever. MAYBE. Worth a watch. (Netherlands)

nomonkeyfun

Norwege

nomonkeyfun

Time for a double shot of aquavit with A-ha.

I can’t believe they haven’t been taken yet.

LemonJello
LemonJello

This seems like it’s right in tWBS’s wheelhouse:

theeWeeBabySeamus

Actiually no lie, I was just getting ready to post this one…

nomonkeyfun

Danish, with tats, big boobs, and big bass.
The Horrorpops

theeWeeBabySeamus

Oh goddammit I can’t believe it took me this long.
Double shot from Sweden, then I gotta go cook….

theeWeeBabySeamus

theeWeeBabySeamus

Meh, fuck it, let’s triple it.
I think runs me out though.

Sharkbait

Redeeming myself with a German pop group, named after a Mongolian war lord, singing about Moscow.

Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

Peru

theeWeeBabySeamus

Belgium….

Low Commander of the Super Soldiers

I am extremely annoyed that I cannot find the proper version of this very obscure Japanese rap song about owning a sushi parlor in Japan that was created as a joke, but used in my Japanese class. Anyway, here’s the closest I could get:

SonOfSpam

3. More weirdness from Sweden

SonOfSpam

Bonus: Cover version, also sung by a Swede, featuring many many balls

King Hippo

I fucking LOVE that song

LemonJello
LemonJello

Sharkbait

Australia

SonOfSpam

Again, I think they might speak English there. Never been, can’t say for sure.

LemonJello
LemonJello

What’s next? Canada’s favorite sons, Rush?

SonOfSpam

Perhaps some Scottish lads.

Sharkbait

This is what I get for misunderstanding the context.

theeWeeBabySeamus

Wyclef…born in Greece, raised in Haiti…I think that qualifies.

theeWeeBabySeamus

And I’ve been trying to find a way to link Dancing Queen for years!!!!!! Finally.
(too bad Lenny Kravitz speaks English. LMFAO)

SonOfSpam

2. Finally, an excuse to post this Swedish masterpiece.

theeWeeBabySeamus

Dude

SonOfSpam

THIS SONG IS AWESOME AND THE CHICK IS HOT WHAT COULD YOU POSSIBLY COMPLAIN ABOUT

theeWeeBabySeamus

Is she supposed to be eating lollipops with the braces?
That seems contraindicated.

SonOfSpam

Yes. She’s DANGEROUS AND WACKY.

Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

Speaking of the CFL, I’m gonna go with the original:

Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

“Nobody runs from the cops like Falco!”

theeWeeBabySeamus

SonOfSpam

Dude.

theeWeeBabySeamus

Oh, you “Dude” me on that, but not the K Pop?

Dude.

SonOfSpam

I mean, K Pop fits the theme, but little bitch Iglesias fits no theme.

theeWeeBabySeamus

He’s a Mexican native.

SonOfSpam

Right, but he sucks.

theeWeeBabySeamus

theeWeeBabySeamus

SonOfSpam

1. In this video, it’s moar liek big TITTY nights, amirite???

Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

Japan

Sharkbait

Sharkbait

German Double Shot!

theeWeeBabySeamus

Sharkbait

theeWeeBabySeamus

Ooooh, this is going to be interesting.
I’ll jump off with both feet….