It’s time for a Scandinavian Music Quiz!
Q: Quick, What Swedish group is the second best-selling band in music history?
A: Everyone knows it’s ABBA!
Q: Here’s one for the “early” MTV generation: What 1985 breakthrough video combined real band members with animation?
A: Norway’s a-ha, of course! The song? “Take on Me.”
Q: Last question. What eccentric musician performed in a dress that resembled a dead swan at the 2001 Oscars?
A: Bjork from Iceland!
How did you do? Aren’t those Scandinavian musicians memorable? Just for the sake of modernizing the quiz a bit, let’s add a contemporary music question to round things out.
Q: Name a single artist or band from the broader Scandinavian region that has released a recording since Bjork’s fowl faux pas?
A: Anyone? Bueller?
It might surprise you, our most music-literate Great River Radio listeners, that Scandinavian music is HOT right now. Not ABBA hot – c’mon, no one can touch “Dancing Queen” – but Nordic music is certainly well-respected and growing in influence. In fact, if you’ve been listening to Great River Radio the last four years, you’ve probably heard us play a deliciously sweet pop music song, announce the name of the group, and in slight disbelief add, “She’s from Denmark?” or “Huh, these guys are from Iceland” or even “Another in a long line of talented artists from Sweden. What the hell is going on up there?”
So, while you’ve been immersed in Scandinavian excellence during the 2010 winter games, Great River Radio has moved beyond such household names as Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Sven Kramer and Charlotte Kalla. We’ve pulled together a beautiful show filled with surprisingly upbeat music from a region that is known for its dark winters and difficult-to-pronounce names. And we’ll share a little insight into what makes Scandi music so popular right now.
We’ll highlight music from all corners of Scandinavia, including tunes from Jens Lekman, I’m From Barcelona, the Cardigans, Åge Aleksandersen, Sondre Lerche, Suburban Kids With Biblical Names and El Perro del Mar. We’ll have new music from Fredrik, Jonsi (from Sigur Ros), The Tallest Man On Earth and jj. And as always, we’ll reach back for some Great River Radio favorites from Lykke Li, Loney Dear, Peter Bjorn and John, Ida Maria and The Mary Onettes.
Even if these artists or bands don’t sound familiar to you – or Scandinavian music calls to mind a lur, bukkehorn or seljefløyte – you will not want to miss this show.
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Venus As A Boy-Bjork
Ae Vil Ha Dae (I Want You)-Age Aleksandersen
I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked-Ida Maria
1999-Suburban Kids With Biblical Names
Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo-Jens Lekman
I Am John-Loney, Dear
The Tree House Song-Ane Brun
Nothing To Worry About-Peter Bjorn & John
Paper Planes-I’m From Barcelona
King of Spain-The Tallest Man On Earth
Mrs. Cold-Kings of Convenience
Just Behind A Brickwall-Tobias Froberg and Peter Moren
Mrs. Cold-Kings of Convenience
Down The Line-Jose Gonzalez
Modern Nature-Sondra Lerche
No Excuses-Air France
This Heart Is A Stone-Acid House Kings
Tick Tick Boom-The Hives
Dare-The Mary Onettes
Change of Heart-El Perro del Mar
Happy Up Here-Royksopp
Dead Sound-The Raveonettes
Like A Fading Rainbow-Jenny Wilson