The backdrop to this playlist makes me wonder if I shouldn’t be quickly compiling a similar playlist for the Copa América Centenario, taking place in the Good Ol’ U S of A right now. A sunny morning with the lone cockerel crowing in the distance and somewhere a bedraggled dog is howling. I could quite easily be in a Mexican village, waiting for heroes and villains to plot their course across the barren and inhospitable landscape.
It’s been an interesting journey criss-crossing the continent to find songs and bands that I like. My god, our cousins across the English channel do like Europop, don’t they? Hardly surprising given the genre, I know, but the depths to which its plummeted make the depraved seem surprisingly human.
And heavy metal still thrives. So, surprisingly, does punk from behind the former Iron Curtain. I don’t know why I’m surprised at that; I just was. In fact, I didn’t know what to expect beyond finding some good bands out there. It’s interesting how stereotypes filter through when you’re researching these playlists. I know you’re surprised that any research takes place but it does.
The most interesting to me was reading about Hungarian psychedelic music and whilst there are plenty of outlets for that scene, sadly not many have made it on to Spotify. One thing is apparent that once you get past Europop and the club music which dominates the opening results of any search, there is a vibrant music industry across the waves so if these shores bore you, I’d highly recommend some time spent looking in less obvious places to sate your musical desires.
You can listen to the playlist using the widget embedded below the track listing or here in your browser.
|French Boutik||Mieux comme ca||France|
|The Amsterdams||Taking Care Of Anna||Romania|
|Mama Rosin||Voodoo Walking||Switzerland|
|The Glasses||Signs to See||Albania|
|The Hurriers||Enjoy the Storm||England|
|The Hot Puppies||The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful||Wales|
|Elections in the Deaftown||Sailors||Slovakia|
|CAN||Outside my door||Germany|
|Make Like A Tree||Happy B Song||Ukraine|
|Robocobra Quartet||Witch Hunt||Northern Ireland|
|Octubre||Un Millón de Dudas Razonables||Spain|
|Lake Malawi||Aubrey||Czech Republic|
|The Away Days||Best Rebellious||Turkey|
|The Orange Strips||Madras (Come Again)||Croatia|
|Melon Galia||Les Mensonges||Belgium|
|The Mads||What I Need||Italy|
|The Blades||Harder Times||Republic of Ireland|
|The Men||The Whippersnapper||Sweden|
|The Legendary Tiger Man||These Boots Are Made for Walkin’||Portugal|
|The Staggers||Wild Teens||Austria|