Danish, Danish (and only Danish) Music Day!

Tomorrow, 27 October 2016, is the last Thursday of the month of October which means that it is – selvfølgelig! – “Spil Dansk” (Play Danish Music) Day! 🙂

So don’t be suprised if the only music you hear on Danish state radio is by Danish groups (some of which also sing in English), Danish songwriters, Danish producers. Anything that has even remotely been touched by the red and white flag counts! But if you’re interested in Hit Lists and what you’d normally expect to hear around these parts – and what people actually buy and add to their collections – then take a look at Hitlisten.nu where you’ll find every official Danish list. There are the usual American artists, as you would expect, but also Danish artists like Lukas Graham, Volbeat and Rasmus Seebach are still in there. On a side note, Hitlisten’s info on the increasing number of vinyl records sold is rather interesting for an old, nostalgic lady like myself 😉

One of the more avant garde and original Danish artists right now is Bisse, who has taken the reviewers and the indie fans by storm. In Denmark, albums are given marks (or hearts) out of six. Here’s his own song, where he gives, “Seks hjerter til livet” – “Six hearts to Life”.  Check out his album “Højlandet” which got 5/6 stars across the board from Danish reviewers. Bisse sings in Danish and you can hear him on soundcloud here.

And what do I currently have on my turntable? Agnes Obel. I’ve never really been a huge fan of her, but I love, love, love her latest album, “Citizen of Glass”! Agnes sings in English – here’s the song “Familiar” from the new album. And, although she has been settled in Germany for a few years, it’s kind of cool that she was born around the corner from us and was a former pupil at my DD14’s school (dear daughter, aged 14)…

But while we’re at it…let’s not forget one of our old favourites from Marvelous Mosell (with a teeny bit of help from Chic and Sister Sledge…) which contains the immortal lyrics:

Der var både bajere og hash,

men jeg sagde: Stik mig bare en

kærnemælk i et snavset glas

med et sugerør i

og gør det i en fart, for jeg er sørme tørstig!”

“There was beer and hash

but I said: Give me some

buttermilk in a dirty glass

with a straw, and do it nifty

‘cos I’m really thirsty” 😉

What’s not to love?!

Happy ‘Spil Dansk‘ Day! Put on those dancing shoes and remember to turn it up to 11! But don’t forget to get out and hear music live… Like Johan, from my very favourite Danish band Magtens Korridorer, you’ll probably be swept off your feet! 😉

magtensvega

Diane 🙂


Play Danish Music (To)Day!

Eek!  Where does the time go?  This is the fifth year here on this blog that I’m writing about “Spil Dansk” (Play Danish Music) Day! 🙂

Which keen readers will remember is celebrated on the last Thursday of October…  Want to trawl through my old posts on the subject?  Here they are:

2013  HEY, MR DJ, PUT A (DANISH) RECORD ON, I WANNA DANCE WITH MY BABY!

2012  HAPPY “PLAY DANISH MUSIC” DAY!

2011  SPIL DANSK!

2010  PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC, DANISH BOY?

Today – Thursday – the only music you’ll hear on Danish radio is by Danish groups (some of which also sing in English), Danish songwriters, Danish producers etc.  But if you’re interested in Hit Lists and what you’d normally expect to hear around these parts – and what people actually buy and add to their collections – then take a look at Hitlisten.nu where you’ll find every official Danish list.

And what I’m I currently listening to?  Well – selvfølgelig – the latest album from Magtens Korridorer!  Where my sweetie friend R is a guitarist…  It’s called “Før alting bliver nat” (Before everything turns to night).   Magtens K. are nominated again (again, again, again) for this years Danish Music Awards.  This time in the category “Best Live Act”.  Yep, no doubt about that – they’ve been called Folkets Rockband (“The Danish People’s Rockband”)!  Two thumbs up!  Or should that be – as in their logo – one thumb up and two fingers forward? 😛

Here’s one of their quieter offerings from the new album, complete with beautiful images of Copenhagen by night and, hey, even the lyrics – so you can practise your Danish and sing along!

Happy ‘Spil Dansk‘ Day!  Remember to turn it up to 11!

Diane 🙂


Hey, Mr DJ, put a (Danish) record on, I wanna dance with my baby!

Did you guess right?  It’s Spil Dansk Day – “Play Danish Music” Day!  Umm, you don’t know what that is?  Then here’s a piece I wrote last year, updated for your listening pleasure.   Read on, sing loud and don’t forget to turn the (Danish) music up to 11! 😉

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Yes, it’s the last Thursday in October which – selvfølgelig – means that it’s Spil Dansk or “Play Danish Music” Day!  :)  The day when Danish music is played, performed, promoted and celebrated.  Which means that radio stations play Danish music.  All.  Day.  Long.  Danish bands who sing in Danish. Danish bands who sing in English.  Music produced by Danes.  Music written by Danes for other artists.  Anything and everything with a Danish connection.  A whopping half million Danes – at home, work, in their cars, schools or old people’s homes – will tune in to radio station P4 between 11 and 11.30 am for a live singalong of old and new Danish classics.

But maybe you’d rather catch some live music out in the streets?  You’re in luck!  There are over one thousand events and concerts all over Denmark today.  If you want to find out what’s happening near you, the official Spil Dansk websitehas a nifty event finder, just click here.

Last yearon the blog I wrote about some of my Danish music faves anno 2011 – Magtens Korridorer, Whomadewho and When Saints Go Machine.

Here are a few of the bands you’re likely to hear if you listen in to the main national radio channel, P3

Magtens Korridorer    Veto    Turbo Weekend    Whomadewho    Søren Huss    The Blue Van    Medina Burhan G Fallulah    The Asteroids Galaxy Tour    Spleen United    I Got You on Tape    Choir of Young Believers (remember The Bridge/Bron/Broen?)    When Saints Go Machine    The William Blakes    Nabiha    Specktors    L.O.C.    Ida Corr Nephew    Rasmus Seebach    Aura Dione    Shaka Loveless    Alphabeat    Tina Dickow    Efterklang    Lukas Graham   Quadron   Pharfar   Djämes Braun   Christopher   Burhan G   Ulige Numre   MØ   Kashmir   Julias Moon   The Mountains   Ukendt Kunstner   The Raveonettes   The Floor is Made of Lava   Klumben   Lucy Love   KIDD

Meanwhile I’d like to leave you with a little masterpiece by my all time favourite Danish rock band…those little sweeties Magtens Korridorer (nominated – again, again, again – for the Danish Music Awards) !

Spil Dansk! And don’t forget to turn the stereo up to 11! ;)

Diane