127: Foreign Influence
Hello, and welcome to the next episode of how good it is the show that takes a closer look at songs from the Rock and roll era, and we check out some of the stories behind the songs and the artists who made them famous. Mine is Claude Colin. I've been kind of. Pop In my head to the theme music this week remember to check out the website how good it is dot com and the twitter and Instagram, and of course, a facebook page, which you can find over at facebook dot com slash. How how good it is bad. And if you can afford it, please consider supporting the show as a patron for just five dollars a month you get the weekly newsletter with the weeks music news a little bit of my opinions and history calendar just a diversionary a little. Thank you on my part click the link on the website or point your browser to. On Dot com slash how good it is. 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I've been on a little bit of a kick lately with the songs that have foreign lyrics in the not like I did back episode fifty which focused on songs that were entirely or nearly so not in English but on songs worry line or verse isn't in English and today we're GONNA peak at a couple more songs than that. John Mara. Genre. is now I guess and I'm willing to bet that for a couple of them anyway, you're going to be a little bit surprised. So I'm going to start by telling you a little bit about a movie from nineteen sixty called lay us vs large. It's a horror film, but it's not a gory one. There are a lot of humanistic themes in it. It's about a gifted plastic surgeon who is involved in a car accident which badly disfigured has beautiful daughter. The surgeon begins to kidnap young women so that he can remove their faces and graph them onto his daughter to restore her looks, and because the graphs keep failing, the daughter is forced to wear a plastic mask with very plain features so that only her eyes are visible meanwhile, the doctor keeps obsessively kidnapping women and stealing their faces. The daughter has become essentially is without a face and the doctor having blinded himself to the monster he's become is a face without is. It's a truly chilling film and even if you're watching it with subtitles. You will be genuinely riveted by it. Now, this film and the title in particular were the inspiration for billy idol's nineteen eighty-four song is without a face, which is the English translation for they use on be Saggio. Now, the Song's lyrics don't echo the plot of the movie. It's one vital softer and more introspective tunes in the song. Idol is basically wallowing in guilt for having ruined the relationship, and now he's coming to terms with just how petty he's being and the female voice you here during the song, which is provided by his girlfriend at the time backup singer and dancer Perri lister and she is singing. Use. All visas. Asked. Instantly, a woman appears in the video for the Song Bitch. Very clearly, and Perri lister isn't credited for the video. So I don't think it's her. But on the other hand, I don't know who it is. So maybe it is maybe it's not. Incidentally, Billy Idol had himself a little horror movie scenario while making the video. It took about three days to shoot the video which involved a lot of fog and some fire sources and right after the shoot idol fluid Arizona to perform in a show and he fell asleep on the plane he woke up to discover that the combination of the fog and the fire plus the dry air on the plane had caused his contact lenses to fuse to his eyeballs he had to check into a hospital. Get the lenses removed. He had to have his corneas scraped and his eyes were bandaged for several days while the corneas grew back fortunately is do he'll quickly when stuff like that happens isn't that a weird parallel though billy idol singing about eyes without a face becoming the face without is all right. Let me tell you now about a game show that ran in Europe from nineteen, sixty, two to nine, hundred, ninety nine, and I hear it was actually revived recently now in this game teams from various. European countries would dress in crazy costumes to complete bizarre tasks. Each game is judged by a pair of international judges. That's what they're called and the winner is determined at the end of each session. It's truly weird in a fun way and it's very physical stuff and I will include a couple of links at the website. So you can see what I'm talking about the show is typically known by its French name just on frontier yeah. In Nineteen Seventy Peter Gabriel took the show's concept of different countries battling over small matters and expanded to encompass the idea of world nations and their displays of territorialism nationalism, and all the little pettiness that nations can go through. He gave the lyrics and overlay of children playing games, Hans plays Lodhi Lodhi plays Jane King plays with wealthy and so forth. But when he gets to the next verse, the tensions are ramping up. Entree. Hazardous flag. Pay All. Except for. City. Hiding out. Shout. And the title of the Song of course is games without frontiers, which is the English translation of juice on frontier, and it's the phrase that Sung repeatedly at the beginning the middle and the end of the song. Incidentally, that's Kate Bush singing just on frontier in the record. So No, she's not singing she. So popular, which is what most people assume it is, and while I'm at it, I should note that the whistling is Peter Gabriel along with producers Steve Lillywhite and Hugh Padme Oh. And there's one final connection between the song and the TV show while most people refer to the show by its French name. In fact, the show's logo involves the letters J S F Jess on frontier. For some reason in England it's called it's a knockout. All right. So here's a quick one for you, and for this one, we jumped back to nineteen, sixty nine and a group called the tea set which puts the foreign phrase right there in the title. My Bella mean just means my beautiful friend and the spelling indicates that the friend is female. But wait there's a little more French going on. Massing what he's singing, there is play to labels your ged male see mousy which translates to after all the beautiful days. I say to you. Thank you. Thank you. See Easy One and you already knew that it wasn't in English self. All right everything we've talked about today so far has been French. So let's move on to another language Spanish Sure. I'm skipping over the fact that the title has a French word in it, but let's move past that. Okay. Did you know that Sweet Judy Blue Eyes had Spanish lyrics in it? If you like so many others weren't listening closely. There's an entire verse of the song. Being Sung in Spanish near the end Stephen Stills put this part of the song in Spanish partly because he didn't want it to be easily understood and partly because the words don't really have a lot to do with the rest of the song and finally he added in because he felt that the ending was just kind of lying there and it needed a little bit of parking up. incidentally while crosby stills, Nash All sang on this record of the three. Only Stephen Stills is playing any instruments and there is some percussion provided by Dallas Taylor. So let's listen in and I will translate for you. Nice it would be to take you to Cuba. The Queen of the Caribbean Sea. I only want to visit you there. and. How sad that I can't damn see not much to do with the rest of the songs every once in a while he will change the lyrics when they perform live. And now it's time to answer today's Trivia question back on page two. I asked you what these five men have in common and once again they are Paul Rogers, Eric Burden, Graham, Nash and Paul Carrick, and the answer is they all sang on hit songs that for more than one band Paul Rogers was the voice of free and bad company Eric. Burden was out front for both the animals and war Graham Nash. Sang. On hits for both the hollies and crosby stills and Nash or Crosby Stills, Nash and young. And finally, Paul Carrick was the lead voice for ace which you might remember the song. How long has this been going on and for Mike and the mechanics and while he didn't sing, he was also a key part of Roxy, music and squeeze for a while. That's a full lid on another addition of how good it is. 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