Win Nick’s Golden Voucher [Extended]


Thank Finnerty it’s Friday.

It’s another warm summer weekend, so that’s our cue to spoil you lovely BS readers with  another music competition.

This week the theme comes courtesy of regular reader Capernosity & Function, who writes:

“For this week’s “Win Nick’s Golden Voucher” competition, to mark the quadrennial/quintennial gathering of European footballing nations across the continent I am suggesting a favourite song sung in a language other than English/Gaeilge.”

Good call.

Here’s mine.

Reply below to be in with a chance of bagging yourself a €50 Golden Discs voucher redeemable in any Golden Discs store.

The winner will be chosen by my online translator.

Please include a video link if possible, thanks.

Lines MUST close on Saturday 2.45pm.

Nick saysGood luck.

Last week’s winner: Scottser!

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97 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Golden Voucher [Extended]

  1. seanydelight

    Hungarian prog-psych-rock, still on the go. Banned for being subversive to the authorities at the time. Given todays situation with big Vic, its a reminder that the arts are often the most efficient and effective manner of capturing or changing the hearts and minds.

    Omega – Gyöngyhajú lány

    Have a great weekend y’all.

    1. seanydelight

      They wrote this for a 90’s tournament they didnt qualify for, then re-released it. But god knows why, its dreadful. I actually entered this a few months ago – but cant remember under what criteria.

      Must have taken about 5 minutes to write, and even less time to film the video.

    1. CapernosityandFunction

      I was hanging around earlier to see if my theme would be picked (thank you Nick). Time was passing and I had to go out and do the big shop. Lo and behold I come back to find the song I was going to pick already here. Damn your britches but applaud your taste.

      1. Papi

        Mine too. I think we’ve crashed the internet with sheer brilliance. As with so much in life. Ay, me!

  2. Papi

    This includes nearly every opera song. Holy moly. Is it European language songs or the whole world? Asking for me.

  3. eamonn

    Neyssatou & Likkle Mai – War
    I am not likely to be making too many further posts today, I have just spent twenty three minutes searching the cranial archives for tunes I either like/love/listen to in a language other than English/Irish. There are scant few to choose from at first rummage at least. Happy Friday

  4. Fergalito

    I’ve posted this before but perhaps, given the passage of time, you will have matured sufficiently to realise its greatness and vote it to the top of the list. There is no need to flagellate or condemn yourself for not understanding its brilliance when first posted, we all mistakes right!? RIGHT?

    Here, for the second and hopefully to a greater, appropriately merited appreciation is the Deutsche Divinity that is Trost and the rhythmic skew-blues that is “In Diesem Raum.”

    I never want the lyrics translated – “through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder” as Paddy K said to me over pints and chasers in The Palace Bar, before we ended up bare-chested and brawling on Fleet Street many, many moons ago. Needless to say Paddy came out the worse for it.

  5. stephen moran

    Plastic Bertrand ‘Ça plane pour moi’, the irrepressible Belgian punk anthem, proved DIY rock was breaking out all over the globe in the year of Punk 1977, and it was only slightly spoiled in 2010 when it emerged in court that plastic punk Plastic Bertrand didn’t actually sing it! What’s French for Milli Vanilli?

  6. stephen moran

    Brazilian psych rockers Os Mutantes had a cult hit way back in 1968 with the brilliant Portuguese sung ‘A Minha Menina’, which was later memorably covered by the Bees in 2002, and the latter was used to advertise Citroën and ended up on the soundtrack of Kick Ass 2. Os Mutantes, who are still going, were probably happy with the royalties.

  7. Muchacho Gordo-Delgado

    Take an original Italian song, subsequently translate to English and let Dean Martin popularize it. Then translate it into Spanish and let the Gypsy Kings do their magic. I wooed the current Señora Gordo-Delgado to this many moons ago, and it worked. Thankfully :-)
    Volare – The Gipsy Kings

  8. Papi

    This is in Swedish, by a legend called Ken Ring, who is a friend of ours and an all round hero. He also has Irish roots, from Kildare.
    An homage to his child, Kelian.
    I’m not crying, you’re crying.

  9. Papi

    Sorry for bogarting this, but
    Onkel P.
    Styggen på ryggen.
    The ugly on my back.
    Anyone who’s ever suffered addiction or someone who has, the small, daily, constant things they have to go through to get through.

  10. stephen moran

    leaving aside such Eurotrash guilty pleasures as “Joe Le Taxi” ( Vanessa Paradis) & “Der Kommissar” by the leading exponent of the German Austrian rap crossover movement Falco (come to think of it eh its only exponent) I’m torn between torn between 2 ditties featuring France’s letch in chief (& that’s high bar) Serge Gainsbourg. The first features himself with Jane Birkin & if you listen closely you can hear where those naughty boys from Air “borrowed” the whole of Moon Safari from ! “Ballade de Melody Nelson

    Secondly tune is Serge avec the iconic Brigitte Bardot. “Bonny & Clyde” from 1968. It’s both visually delicious & aurally stunning, a ground breaking recording. A true cult classic in a world of debased coinage & one for the connoisseurs of all things gallic. Magnifique

  11. Muchacho Gordo-Delgado

    Excuse the “Eurotrash” label.
    Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
    The late lamented Falco sadly died at the age of 40, in a car accident. However this songs reminds me of a GREAT weekend spent in Llandudno in the mid 80’s. It was played everywhere and easier to understand than the English spoken by the locals with their impenetrable accents. Luckily that was all that was impenetrable.

  12. CapernosityandFunction

    Manu Chao – Me Gustas Tu

    I bought all his music to impress a senorita I was mad about. She is long gone, Manu is still with me. The epitome of the continental musical polyglot.

  13. (name)

    Going to go with Ukrainian artist Onuka. I would describe her of a ukranian Bjork (the 93-98era, before she got all arty). She released her 3rd album last week but before that half of her songs are in english.

    Picking one of her songs from her second album, Mozaïka.
    Wasn’t overly gone on the song before the video but its contains powerful images of a world filled with rubbish. The version of the song is also slightly different from the album version, a minute longer. Much better and its now one of my favoutites.
    Here’s Strum

    Didnt know it until 6 months after the fact but she was the inverval act from the Ukrainian Eurovision a few years ago.

  14. H

    As a dyed in the wool Rammstein fan this is torturous as I can’t decide! I’ve just spent half an hour looking at their videos on YouTube and have landed on Ich tu de weh (I hurt you) a song that was misunderstood and ended up getting the band added to the German equivalent of the sex offenders register and they were banned from even playing an instrumental version. This was because it was wrongly believed to promote sadomasochism, which is quite believable if you know the band. They eventually had the decision overturned by the courts and Germans were able to enjoy this absolute banger along with the rest of the world.

    I’ve linked to the live version as the stage show for this song is something else. If you ever get the opportunity to see this band live do it, they put on an awesome show

  15. Papi

    Here’s one for ye, an originally Arabian song, centuries old, a courting song, since used in Algerian, Moroccan, nearly all Middle Eastern cultures.
    This is half French half Algerian, but you’ll get the gist.
    It’s now known as a female liberation song in closed cultures as described above by female singers.

  16. Andy Pipkin

    It’s that time of the night for a little drink of your choice and maybe a jazz cigarette as we sit back to the laid back beats of,
    Tim Maia – O Caminho Do Bern


  17. Andy Pipkin

    And my last two for our French friends who contribute to this wonderful competition and add to some brilliant playlists!!

    I could have picked anything by the superb,
    Carla Bruni,

    And an artist that I never really knew about until recently and now I can’t get enough of her,

    The brilliant, Keren Ann – Que N’ai Je


  18. Papi

    O Mio Babbino Caro, by Amira Willhagen, a 12 year old Dutch girl with the voice of an old operatic soul.
    Tell me if the hairs don’t go up on the back of your neck when you listen to this. I dare you.
    Start at 1.44 if you just want the song. But you shouldn’t.

  19. Will

    Jacques Brel – Ne Me Quittes Pas

    Often covered, never surpassed. There is no better reason to learn French than to be able to hear this song in its original form. No translation has ever done it justice. And the performance from Brel is astounding. Ne Me Quittes Pas (Don’t Leave Me)

  20. Walter Ego

    So may classics to choose from Sigur Ros. I’ll go for the obvious one because simply it’s a masterpiece. And the video is a beautiful reminder no matter what age you are, always stay young at heart.
    “Hopp í polla” is Icelandic for “Hopping into puddles”

    1. bertie blenkinsop

      I thought Sigur Ros songs were in a made up gibberish language?
      Open to correction….

        1. bertie blenkinsop

          what language does jónsi sing in?
          on von, ágætis byrjun and takk, jónsi sang most songs in icelandic but a few of the songs were sung in ‘hopelandic’. all of the vocals ( ) are however in hopelandic. hopelandic (vonlenska in icelandic) is the ‘invented language’ in which jónsi sings before lyrics are written to the vocals. it’s of course not an actual language by definition (no vocabulary, grammar, etc.), it’s rather a form of gibberish vocals that fits to the music and acts as another instrument. jónsi likens it with what singers sometimes do when they’ve decided on the melody but haven’t written the lyrics yet. many languages were considered to be used on ( ), including english, but they decided on hopelandic. hopelandic (vonlenska) got its name from first song which jónsi sang it on, hope (von). tracks 7-9 on takk are in hopelandic.

  21. Lush

    The first gift he who broke my heart gave me was Christophe’s album ‘Comme Si Le Terre Penchait’.
    I still love it, though the memories are bittersweet and I find it hard to listen to now.
    They’re all beautiful songs and I hesitated between Elle Dit Elle Dit Elle Dit
    and this one, Ces Petits Luxes :

    Think I need to go and have a private sniffle now.

        1. Lilly

          The incompetence was epic alright, Johnny. I suppose they’d never dealt with a murder before and were clueless about the basics. I could have done a better job myself, based on tips picked up from the Famous Five. I’ll be watching Episode 3 tonight. Did you reach any conclusions?

        1. Lilly

          Thanks Lush, I did. Both gorgeous! I posted links that worked but disappeared into the ether for some reason.

  22. seanydelight

    Ex-militia fighters, who have the wildest back story of any band, possibly rivaling the great Fela Kuti in terms of near unbelievableness.

    Tinariwen. Desert tinged, hypnotic ethno-folk with chanting and a soulful guitar leading the way.

  23. Johnny

    Off Lee Hazelwood’s legendary Cowboy in Sweden album,which includes Leather and Lace,this is Lee and Nina Lizel -Vern Kahn Segla,like a lot things best enjoyed on a lazy sat morning with great coffee and some haze grown by the Cuban.

  24. Nicorigo

    Serge Gainsbourg- Bonnie and Clyde-

    “You loved the story of Jesse James? How he lived, how he died, you enjoyed it, you want some more? Well , listen to the story of Bonnie and Clyde…”

    Before Jane Birkin there was Brigitte Bardot. With her, it gives us this awesome telling of the natural born killers story in a song that showcase his unique delivery and songwriting.

  25. Harry

    Enjoying a coffee in the sunshine there was a young gender fluid couple across from me, very much in love, and it set me thinking how far Ireland has come along in gentle tolerance over the last few year and what a good thing it is.

    The French band Indochine had a number one hit ‘3e Sexe’, back in 1986, here is a wonderful version of it with Indochine’s lead singer Nicola Sirkis and the rather wonderful Héloïse Letissier of Christine and the Queens. it has a new title, ‘3Sex’, It’s a hymn to sexual tolerance with lyrics that address the liberation of gender. A song that couldn’t be more relevant today!

    Some of the lyrics translated into English :)

    We take each other’s hand
    And we take each other’s hand
    A feminine boy
    A masculine girl
    And we take each other’s hand
    And we take each other’s hand
    A feminine boy
    A masculine girl

    Beautiful lyrics, great music and a very creative and enjoyable video, enjoy!

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