Michelle & Matthias Reim – Nicht verdient

“BANGER. Or, if we’re being honest, BANGER AND A HALF.”

Tim: Advance notice for our reader: tomorrow’s flashback is a PROPER TUNE and I was having trouble finding anything from the standard Scandinavian area that didn’t sound complete bobbins in comparison. So, I turned to Germany, and, well:

Tom: Ha! That is the most schlagery first verse I’ve heard in a while. Possibly since the last time we talked about Matthias Reim. And happily, the first verse led exactly where I expected.

Tim: BANGER. Or, if we’re being honest, BANGER AND A HALF, from two people who, despite the ambiguous crediting, aren’t actually siblings.

Tom: I know it’d be terrible if all songs were like this, Tim, but sometimes I can’t help feeling that pop music peaked with this genre.

Tim: It is a fantastic genre, isn’t it? Lyrics are basically that he/she doesn’t deserve you, so get with me because I totally do deserve you. I don’t *think* they’re singing at each other, because with that enthusiasm you’d think they’d hear each other, bin off their currents and mash their faces together.

Tom: Perhaps that growled “Baby komm zurück!” that leads out of the middle eight put her off a bit. Honestly, that nearly gets into Bloke From Aqua territory.

Tim: René, and I suppose that’s a possibility. Maybe they’re both singing at the same person, who’s simultaneously with two other people, with them trying to break up one threesome to form another? Or, and here’s a crazy thought, maybe some lyrics don’t really work as duets. Of course, all that only matters if you try to put way too much effort into analysing them, and who on Earth would possibly do that? Nope, let’s DANCE and DANCE and DANCE AGAIN. Because that, I think, is really the true message of this song.

Matthias Reim – Himmel voller Geigen

“When we started a blog called Europlop, Tim, THIS is exactly what I wanted us to cover.”

Tim: Matthias, known largely in Germany for his 1990 hit “Verdammt, ich lieb’ dich” and more recently his 2013 track “Unendlich“. He’s had many other tracks, before and since, though, and here’s his latest, which translates as “Sky Full of Violins”.

Tom: I just listened to the 1990 hit there, and I am ON BOARD with this. That is PROPER 90s German dancepop, and I want to see how that style translates into this century.

Tom: I actually said “oh yes” out loud on those opening notes. The chorus did EXACTLY what I want it to. When we started a blog called Europlop, Tim, THIS is exactly what I wanted us to cover.

Tim: Chorus: “Just because of you, my sky is full of violins, and they play my favourite song every day; just because you’re here I can live my life again, it’s just great that you’re here.” Isn’t that nice? I say nice, it’s actually a bit of a sad song: it’s sung about his new housemate he’s got a massive thing for (hur) but just can’t bring himself to speak to, in case she laughs in his face.

Tom: Agh, well it can’t be perfect. (And, musically, the post-chorus is the one thing here that really doesn’t work for me, but I can live with it.)

Tim: The feelings are nice, though, so GO ON, MATTHIAS. If you don’t ask, you’ll never get.

Additional: top marks to whoever made the lyric video for advertising his album during the instrumental – now I’ve seen it, I’m actually surprised I’ve never seen it before.

Tom: POWER BALLAD GUITAR SOLO. I LOVE THIS SONG.