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It’s Friday so that means it’s time to face the music.

Today we’re going all foreign: What’s your favourite song not in the English language?

Here’s mine.

To be in with a chance of winning a wondrous €25 Golden Discs voucher, simply write your choice below.

The winner will be chosen by my translator.

Please include video links if possible.

Lines close at 6am.

Nick says: Good luck!

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238 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Voucher

  1. Janet, dreams of big guns

    Con te partiro by Andrea Bocelli, I used to love having this timed for when I turned the corner onto the Seine at the crack of dawn, the light, the emptiness and all that beauty just for me with this reaching crescendo in my headphones, well it would bring a tear to a glass eye

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      Bertrand must be making more out of the song now than he did when it was originally released. It’s currently featured in two different ad campaigns and has been used before.

      1. Clampers Outside

        And popped up in a couple of movies I’ve seen recent enough too… Can’t recall which ones tho :)

        1. Redundant Proofreaders Society

          National Lampoon’s European Vacation
          The Wolf of Wall Street
          We’ll Never Have Paris
          Ruby Sparks
          127 Hours
          Jackass 3.5
          Me, Myself, I

  2. Andy Pipkin

    Right so I’m slightly cheating here, because it does start in English.
    But it’s a brilliant song/video and when the duet kicks it it’s amazing.

    Plus the look of admiration from one of the best singers too one of his idols is amazing, as is the way his wife looks at him as she is lost in the music!!


    Nick if it breaks the rules I fully understand.

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      I saw Les Ritas supporting Jamiroquai at the Transmusicale in Rennes. The French went nuts for them, then all fupped off before Jam Ear Ock Ee played.

    1. Janet, dreams of big guns

      I love that song, fupp it it’s a thread made for us, chill the Rosé
      , j’arrive

          1. Janet, dreams of big guns

            I actually celebrated my first apartment with a bottle of Hennessy, needless to say I can’t even stand the smell of it since, sickened

  3. Slightly Bemused

    For me it has to be a toss up between two. The first is Vuli Ndlela by Brenda Fassie. Sadly now departed, Brenda was a powerhouse performer from South Africa, often singing in Xhosa, as in this song. It is about the singer boasting to the community that her son is getting married.

    As some of you may know, I have worked overseas a lot, and at many parties, this was the only song that would actually pack the floor, and one of the few that would get me on the floor. For all us with two left feet, for some reason the dance the Electric Slide evolved as the dance of choice for the song.Apparently it is the easiest dance to teach people, but I still get it wrong :-)

        1. Janet, dreams of big guns

          one of those stories eh ? ;)
          best thing about music and sometimes the worst it brings you right back, but mostly the best even when it’s bittersweet

  4. Slightly Bemused

    The second one comes from closer to home, by the singer Alka Vuica from Croatia, called Lazi Me (Lie to me). Another great one on a dance floor (her Neke Neke is well worth a listen too), This one holds a special place, as a young lady I had a bit of a soft spot for took me to my first disco in Zagreb, and this played. For some reason, it is the song that sticks in my head.

  5. Clampers Outside

    Diam’s Ma France a Moi…

    This live version with Yann Tiersen from his 2006 On Tour album I particularly love for the passion in the delivery and the energy that comes across in this live performance… Makes you wish you’d been there. And of course, French rap is wonderful on the ear, and this is exceptional in my book :)

  6. OJohnny Keenan

    Back in 1990 when my sister came back from France, she brought back a VHS with French songs.
    She thought it might be of benefit to me and my brothers, in learning the language and culture.

    One song/video stood out. Beautiful melody. It was in black and white, and you didnt have to know French to follow the story. Which was grand for me.

    It’s about a reunion.

    I never thought about it in 30 years, until today.

    The VHS is long gone, school days over, family and friends move on.

    Turns out the video for the song is in colour.

    With the passing of time you really do see things in a different light.

    Patrick Bruel – Place Des Grandes Hommes (A Place For Great Men)

      1. Muchacho Gordo-Delgado

        My first wife, La Señora Puta Gordo-Delgado, has a brother, Pendejo Gilipollas. He is so proficient at dancing to Aserejé, every time he takes to the floor to dance to this the crowd chants his name, “Pendejo Gilipollas”, non stop. A sight to behold.The song could have been written about him.

          1. Muchacho Gordo-Delgado

            No, is not me. My especiality is “The Rockerfeller Skank”. The crowds chant at me, “Skank, Skank, Skank”

    1. Slightly Bemused

      I figured that this would pop up. And this is so much better than the Beyonce version

  7. Mr. P.

    We had this as our dance at the wedding.. fantastic cover by an incredible artist in every sense of the word:
    Grace Jones – La Vie En Rose

    But my entry is this:
    A song I fell in love with in my early 20’s knowing nothing about it…

    Little did I know that I would end up in the country it came from and lived there for a couple of years in the south Pacific ocean… give this 1.5 minutes of your life.. it is beautiful, this is a recording of an islander singing the original traditional version:

    The song is a lullaby to comfort children whose parents/father has been lost at sea, an unfortunately common occurrence on the islands.

    Little brother, little brother, hush now, hush now
    You keep crying, but there’s no one else to carry you
    No one else to care for you, we’re both orphans now
    From the island of the dead, their spirit will look after us
    And take care of us like royalty, with all the wisdom they’ll find there
    Little brother, little brother even in the gardens This lullaby will reach every corner
    From the island of the dead, their spirit will look after us
    Little brother, little brother, hush now, hush now
    You keep crying, but there’s no one else to carry
    And take care of us like royalty, with all the wisdom they‘ll find there
    Little brother, little brother even in the gardens This lullaby will reach every corner
    From the island of the dead, their spirit will look after us
    Little brother, little brother, hush now, hush now
    You keep crying, but there’s no one else to carry you
    No one else to care for you, we’re both orphans now
    From the island of the dead, their spirit will look after us

  8. Clampers Outside

    Juana Molina from Argentina has an incredible catalogue of light and beautiful tracks, and a few heavy ones… This one was the first I heard of her, having happened upon her via the free CD with WIRE music mag – Wire Tapper 11 – back in 2004….

    Beautiful choon… lay back, chill and prepare to drift away :)

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      He did some songs with Eddie Vedder on the Dead Man Walking soundtrack. Gorgeous.

      1. Johnny Green

        This was just before Blue Lines,the performance at Womad in mid 80’s gave him a whole new crowd,really enjoyed the Mc Solar,will check out dead man….


        -“a landmark convergence of Sufi Qawwali singing and Bristol dub vibes. It was also the first song in the Urdu language to reach the UK charts”-

        -link to Duck Pond Mix above,coffee,a spliff and this is not worst way to start a Saturday,some absolutely outstanding entries-nice work Nick.

    1. Slightly Bemused

      +192 And I am amazed at the number of posts. This must be one of the most popular. I am going to have a few days of enjoyment as I go through the list.

      My own winning tickets from a couple of weeks ago arrived today, so I will have more pleasurable listening to come :-) Thanks Nick, John and Sinéad.

  9. fluffybiscuits

    Kendji Girac


    Nothing beats dancing sweaty with my shirt off in the dusk in Marsaille with a female friend as the morning calls us out to its warmth. Bodies sweltering gyrating to this. His songs are fantastic. Born in France to Catalan parents.

    Thanks for triggering one of my most happy memories <3

  10. Slightly Bemused

    This one was banned in my parent’s house. I think a dictat came from Rome, but certainly it came ex cathedra from Carlow. Probably because of the video, and what it might invoke in young minds. Another great one for the dance floor, but not for the faint hearted.

    Kaoma and Lambada

    1. Janet, dreams of big guns

      hahaj, my sister and I got caught dancing to that, my Mum was scandalised..BANNED, the only thing her and the pope agree on hahah

    2. Clampers Outside

      A classic :)

      You reminded me of a time working on a TV ad for Dingo Jeans, 1996 I think, and I had to get the music through RTEs copy department.
      A day or two after the ad aired, I got an embarrassed call from the copy head… “why didn’t you tell me what the song was about, I’m getting stick with complaints to the station”
      All I could say was “sure everyone knows that song… I thought you did too”!

      The song was LaBelle, Lady Marmalade

      The offending line, “Voules-vous coucher avec moi” LOL!

      1. Slightly Bemused

        A great song to get in trouble over, and another great video. I guess Ireland had not yet climbed out from under the skirts of the Catholic Church yet.

        I regret I do not recall the ad. I was not in the country at the time. It would have been about that time I was using a Land Cruiser as a dance floor :-)

        1. Papi

          Vanessa Paradis singing Joe le Taxi on top of the pops, we were all thrown out of the living room.
          Must have been fierce cold in that studio……

  11. f_lawless

    Los Alfiles – Con Su Blanca Palidez (A Whiter Shade Of Pale) 70’s, Argentina
    This version is so kitsch – cheesy organ and the camp, over the top delivery of the vocalist is so full of emotion. Maybe it’s not to everyone’s taste but I think it’s great and makes me feel nostalgic for time spent in Latin America

  12. Clampers Outside

    A bit of a Bollywood classic this one from AR Rahman, from the movie Taal… an acquired taste are Bollywood songs, but this movies entire soundtrack broke the mould, apparently, in modernising Bollywood music back in 1999(?).
    Eyes would role back in the flat when I’d stick this on full belt… Hah!
    And it sure takes me back down a wonderful memory lane :)

    Taal Se Taal

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      I cannot tell you how much I hate that song. I was caught on an Iberia flight to Buenos Aires which was delayed for hours. That song was on the tannoy, played on a loop. I wanted to find Seu Jorge and strangle him.
      Now it makes me giggle as I can feel the rage boiling inside from years and years ago.

  13. Rosette of Sirius

    Hailing from Mexico, Cafe Tacuba is a proper Latin American super group.

    To say they are huge in those parts is something of an understatement. In short they are fantastic band in my opinion.

    In 2007 they released Sino. And on that album is a track called “Volver a Comenzar”. It’s a fantastic track with a tune and lick that transcends language. It’s a very addictive listen.

    If you’ve not heard before, enjoy!

  14. Yann

    Another one in French for you with a twist of a political message and a great homage to women on a deeper level, I love it (by the way it is based in the UK) : Renaud’s Miss Maggie Do not see an anti-British feeling in this. It is one of my fav’ from this singer/songwriter who is a long time from France that I have always had in my top 5 since I am a teen. Now, I am 45 and his texts are still making sense to me in the world we are living in!

  15. eamonn

    MC Solar
    Bouge de là

    Built upon Cynmande’s the message. No real clue as to the meaning / subject matter
    Do love the ebb and flow and the cadence of the Frabncais -Oui Oiu!
    Love the Astrud Gilberto too – kudos

  16. Slightly Bemused

    Brilliant! New choons for a second playlist (it’s laundry and housework day), though to be fair I doubt I will get through them all today. I may save the softer ones for tomorrow :-)

    1. Slightly Bemused

      Never saw Mad Men, but that was fun!

      Loved the last lines, too:
      “Why don’t you sing like that?”
      “Why don’t you look like him?”


    1. Slightly Bemused

      I thoroughly enjoyed that! The main Indian music I have heard was Bollywood (of which plenty is posted above). Is this a traditional song?

      And the girl’s voice is incredible. A completely different sound to Western or African music with which I am most familiar.

      Thank you for sharing that, Papi

      1. Papi

        You do realise the tHread is about non English songs, Johnny?
        Or did you get it wrong again?
        Poor Johnny. Dope.

        1. Johnny Green

          oh right maybe Nick can have one on pre-teens just for you Papi!
          “…an eight year old traditional singer….goosebumps time”
          -indeed-a good rule Papi-is don’t link to 8 years olds in videos,higlighting and spotlighting the performers pre teen age, no matter what.

          1. Papi

            Are you trying to comment on a different post? Take your time, Johnny, do you mean the one above this? Hitting it hard today, upskirt.

          2. Slightly Bemused

            Oh relax, Johnny. Of 232 posts here, only 4 contain singers under 13, and two of them are posts to the same song. This 4 includes the one you posted.

            Papi’s post was highlighting the voice of the singer, which is haunting. And to have such a voice, with its control and the harmonies she does with the main singer, is incredible in such a young girl.

            Given that many of the conversations around posts above are around the quality of the various singers, to draw attention to the quality of a singer of such a young age is not inappropriate.

            To infer it was anything else is insulting to Papi. To imply Nick should make such a competition is quite frankly disgusting.

          3. Mary O’Wong

            But referring to an esteemed contributor who has written several well-received articles (probably FOC as well for the largely ungrateful kids on here) as “upskirt”, is the epitome of online etiquette?

          4. Slightly Bemused

            One may be a matter of etiquette, but the other is a potentially serious allegation which should be called out. They are not comparable.

          5. Papi

            Thanks Slightly, his defender had just intimated someone’s child is “up for it” on another thread, so I wouldn’t expect much from these two.

    1. Slightly Bemused

      Another great posting. As you say, powerful video. I do not understand Norwegian, but that was a very good video.

      Thanks again

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