These are men whose successes are built on their hard pasts, in a genre all about being bigger and richer and more gangsta than your competition. When it comes to big band and swing, simpler times come to mind; where music was made for the sake of it, where you one-upped your fellow trumpeter or cellist or pianist because you could, because the music could. They could be rapping about apples, women in g-strings or the day they spent watching TV in bed for eight hours though I did decipher lyrics about James Dean, James Brown and Motown , I could care less.
That they keep Swedish lyrics almost gives them an edge as if they needed one in the English music world, and takes away the one thing about hip-hop critics and reviewers such as myself are too easy to complain about. Posted in Music Tagged Movits 9 Comments. Loved the review. Amazing such music are buried beyond the big music producers. God, I so agree. Glad to know there are other fans out there! One question: what are they singing about?
Are the lyrics matching the quality of he music? Thanks again for the review. Lucian: Most of the lyrics are about the Swedish society in some way, politics, the working class, paying rent. My second reaction was that they're pretty clever; the band name "Movits! Their album track "Epistel No 1" is also a Bellman reference he called many of his songs "epistles" , and it's musically a jazzed-up Bellman-esque melody. Apparently they chose the 's' ending instead of 'z' because many Swedish " dansband " bands do the opposite, and they didn't want to be mistaken for one.
I'm a bit surprised to see a Swedish band playing swing, but less surprised to see them gain some success in America.
We're more nostalgic than Swedes Europeans even - the brief late's swing-revival thing didn't resonate there at all. Maybe it's because they have a longer history; I dunno. It's a good thing, since I personally find swing to get a bit tedious in large doses.
It was ironic that Colbert asked them about Sweden being 'socalist', since as it turns out - the band would probably say Sweden's not socialist enough. Although it no doubt is flying over the heads' of their newfound American audience, their lyrics are intensely political and left-wing.
The executives live in riches and make more money than my entire family So something's got to be wrong, I have to steal apples to stay fed I want to do the right thing, but the police chase me with batons and horses Tell me, is it better to rob people with banks and high interest rates? Most of the rest of their songs are equally political if not more so. Facebook Twitter Email. Full Name? Most people use their real name. Select Gender? This helps us keep people, musicians and brands searchable on Myspace.
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