Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Friday, 17 October 2008
The Schlager Systems are back after a lengthy absence due to several personal disasters and difficult circumstances. We are bigger and better with a lot more glitter! Anyway, we quite like Agnes Carlsson, winner of Idol Sweden 2006. This is her new song 'On and On' which is a little bit 'Ace of Base' - which means it's a slice of pure svenska europop - nothing wrong with that! She is a little ray of sunshine through the shite we have to endure through this miserable forthcoming winter.
Sunday, 12 October 2008
Monday, 4 August 2008
We really enjoyed Linda Bengtzing, Sanna Nielsen (although, what was she wearing?) and really loved Lena Philipsson - who was the highlight of Thursday... we were too busy screaming to take pictures by this time lol.
Friday in the park wasn't really up to much so we headed off to the Blue Moon Bar, just off Stureplan to see Schlagerfeber featuring none other than Mr Melodifestivalen himself, Christer Björkman. Despite being told rudely by some knob that this was a TOTALLY straight venue, we had a great time dancing to all of our fave schlager hits in the TOTALLY straight schlagerbar.
It had been glorious sunshire on Thursday and Friday but the day of the march was rainy, light at first while on the march but really heavy later on in the park. After the march Marty was really looking forward to seeing German electronic musician Eto, who played a great set including the infectious 'Bi-curious'. He's is pretty hot too!
And the rain kept pouring and pouring. We got some pictures of Pay TV, Elin Lanto etc but when the time came for Alcazar and BWO, we were so drenched that the will to live was slowly leaving our bodies. Penny is pictured below in her rain poncho courtesy of Swedbank.We were a little disappointed in the organisers of the event. This was europride and everything was in Swedish. All the signs were in Swedish, all the talks and seminars were in Swedish. It catered only for the Swedish which was a shame because a lot of people from all over Europe had travelled all the was to Stockholm for the event. However the crowd were really friendly and helpful. Stockholm pride - could do better!
Saturday, 19 July 2008
Our Schlager pics are (in no particular order)
Right Said Fred 3/8/08 20.00-20.45. RSF should bring a little gay fun to pride with hits like 'I'm Too Sexy'.
Wizex 31/7/08 19.00-20.30. With a career spanning 35 years and previously singers Kikki Danielsson and Charlotte Nilsson. We will hopefully get treated to 'Take Me To Your Heaven'.
Schlager Night 31/7/08 17.00-19.00 then 20.30-22.30. We are promised 25 acts from the history of Euro/MF including at leaset 2 Eurovision winners!
ETO 2/8/08 18.00. ETO is an electronic musician from Essen, Germany, pop sensibilty 80's style with modern gay themes. Go listen to him now www.myspace.com/etomusik
Alcazar 2/8/08 22.00.-22.30 With a new album on its was Alcazar will definitely play their most recent hits 'We Keep on Rockin' and 'Inhibitions', the crowd wont be pleased until they hear 'Alcastar' and 'Sinner Not A Saint'.
BWO 2/8/08 22.30-23.30 need no introduction at all, with be playing this years Europride anthem 'The Bells of Freedom'.
Diamond Dogs 2/8/08 21.00 - The fabulous Swedish drag act - the Bitch is Back!
Pay TV 2/8/08 18.00 with hits like 'Refrain Refrain' and 'Trendy Discoteque', the girls should get the gay boys and girls dancing.
Nicki French 30/7/08 - with hits like 'Don't Play That Song Again' and 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'. Pitty she's not playing Friday night to liven things up a bit!
Arrival (ABBA tribute) 30/7/08 21.45-23.00 Again should be playing Friday, but aren't!
Discoboys 1/8/08 22.30 - 23.30 - relive the studio 54 experience.
Linda Sundblad 30/7/08 20.45-21.00 Lighten up a bit love, don't take yourself too seriously. Reprising her appearance from last year with hits 'Oh Father' and 'Lose You'.
Lil Babs 31/7/08 16.00-16.30 schlager star with a career spanning 4 decades!
Svenne and Lotta feat Hep Stars 3/8/08 19.00-1945. Benny Andersson's old band should be worth a listen!
See you in Sweden!!!
Love Martin and Kethan
Monday, 7 July 2008
Alcazar (Mark 3)
Date 5th July 2008
Crowd Capacity 2000
The atmosphere was phenomenal at the BWO and Alcazar night to celebrate London Pride 2008! Just before the the first act had come on, Jeremy Joseph, the promoter announced that this was the last G.A.Y pride party as of July 26th 2008, G-A-Y will be closing its doors (but it may return), in the meantime concerts will still be held at the venue whilst the decision will be made as to whether to raise the building to the ground. The threat of demolition has been looming for 10 years & it's still standing!
First Act was BWO the audience erupted their set included; the bells of Freedom, Lay your love on me & Chariots of Fire & towards the end of the set Martin Rolinski poured a whole bottle of water over himself and the audience went comletely wild. Second act was Alcazar again the audience went absolutely bonkers, their set included; This is the world we live in & Funky Town to name a couple. Both acts received a thunderous applause what a last Pride Party @ G.A.Y an the end of an era for such a well known venue.
Words and Pictures by Miss Tempest
Saturday, 28 June 2008
Well Bobby G's Bucks Fizz were playing our home town of East Kilbride at the annual Artburst Festival so we just had to go along! They opened the show with 'New Beginning', which was just one of only five Bucks Fizz songs sang in their one hour set, the others being 'My Camera Never Lies', 'Run For Your Life', 'The Land of Make Believe' and the inevitable 'Makin' Your Mind Up'. The rest of the show was made up of an Abba medley, a Motown medley, Starship's 'We Built The City' and some Meatloaf songs. The set list was a bit strange considering the band released in excess of 18 singles, most of which were huge hits. When Bucks Fizz entered the stage could here people in the crowd ask each other 'where's Cheryl?', obviously unaware that the line up now only consists of one original member, Bobby G. The band's performance however was very polished and professional although the performance was more cabaret than what you would expect from multi-million album selling eurovision winners. This Bucks Fizz have only one quarter of the original line up and appear to have only one quarter of the credibility. 'The Original Bucks Fizz' have Cheryl Baker, who really is the star of the band and they deliver nothing but a pure Bucks Fizz performance. Bobby G's Bucks Fizz, which is the official Bucks Fizz, seem almost a parody of themselves, which is a shame.
Bobby with new boy Paul Fordham
Bobby's wife Heidi Manton
Bucks Fizz singing Makin' Your Mind Up
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Saturday, 14 June 2008
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Schlager Systems's Martin catches up with Alexander Bard to find out about BWO's Euro Pride 2008 anthem, 'The Bells Of Freedom', his thoughts on Melodifestivalen 2008 and Eurovision 2008.
Hi Alexander. How did you come to write this year's official europride anthem?
We were asked to do the Europride anthem because BWO is of course popular in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe already and Europride, while taking place in Stockholm, will have an Eastern European theme this year. So we couldn't really resist the offer. It seemed a perfectly natural thing for us to do.
Did you work on the song with co-writers?
"The Bells Of Freedom" was co-written by me, Martin Rolinski and Anders Hansson. The same team that writes most of BWO's songs. There was really no reason why we would write the Europride anthem differently from the way we write all other BWO songs. All we were concerned with was to write an all-inclusive pop anthem but with a slight political touch. The wedding bells in the chorus section stand for the political aspect.
The song is up-tempo and full of energy. How important is energy to the music of BWO?
We love pop, pure pop! And pop includes both energetic up-tempo songs and gorgeous ballads. We just do our best to write the very best songs we can come up with. Songwriting is always at the center of everything BWO do.
BWO will be headlining at Europride in Stockholm! What can we expect from the performance?
A full-on live performance. We're proud to perform on the same stage as our friends Alcazar who will also perform together with us on the stage of G-A-Y in London four weeks earlier at London Pride.
Were BWO disappointed not to make it to Eurovision this year?
No, not at all. It's actually a kind of luxury, to perform at Melodifestivalen, place third as the edgiest and freshest entry, have a massive and now also an international hit single with "Lay Your Love On Me", and then hear from everybody afterwards that "Sweden should have sent BWO instead of Charlotte to Eurovision". It feels quite good, to be honest about it.
You told us in Stockholm that 'Lay Your Love on Me' had outsold Perrelli's 'Hero' on the day of MF08 final, that must have felt good?
We don't actually compare our songs that way. Both Charlotte, Sanna and BWO were winners at this year's Melodifestivalen in the sense that we were the Top 3 at Globen at the MF finals and then all had massive hit singles and albums afterwards. Our other common demoninator is of course that Bobby Ljunggren co-wrote all three songs (!) Bobby is really a hero.
Cheeky question – was it true you guys never got any 'good luck' flowers from Carola at the MF final?
It's hardly a secret that BWO and Carola dislike each other. A lot. But I absolutely love and adore Ani Lorak from Ukraine. Ani has all the charisma and modern sexiness that Carola and Charlotte lack. I would love to work with Ani one day. She has both the charisma and the amazing voice I like in a good performer.
Did you get a chance to watch Eurovision this year? Any favourites?
Ani Lorak, of course, Are you kidding? She blew all the others away. I also liked Switzerland's song but the guy who sang it came across as being so pale and insecure while performing that he blew it all already at the sem-finals. There was no charm there, for sure. Martin and Marina loved Sebastien Tellier from France, But that's of course because Tellier does modern and cool electro and not some dated old eurovision fodder. But God, we LOATHED the German and UK entries. They were sooo bad! In every aspect! Why can't the UK and Germany send something better? Maybe BWO could help them out?
It's such a shame you didn't get to compete as you would have gained a lot of votes as you are hugely popular in easter Europe, aren't you?
I suppose that's true. It certainly didn't hurt Dima Bilan that he is already a major star in lots of Eastern European countries.
Are you playing any UK dates soon?
Yes, of course, BWO and Alcazar will perform live together at G-A-Y in London on July 5. And BBC Radio 2 are already playing "Lay Your Love On Me", set for UK release at the end of July. Life could be a lot worse.
Monday, 2 June 2008
The only place to be on Saturday night, if you love eurovision, was the Scala in London, which played host to the Eurovision Winners Party. Brought to the pubilc by the same team who hosted the preview Party, the winners party was a night to remember. Eurovision fans came out in force to see their favourite acts perform and to see the runner up and winner from this years competition. The scala was heaving with fans!
Nicki French was the host for the evening as Paddy O'Connell couldn't make it and what a host she was! Nicki opened procedings with a Eurovision type medley singing 'Beg, steal or borrow' and 'Boom Bang-A-Bang' which was very well received. Nicki introduced the first act, which was Sonia. Sonia, looking very thin, wore a black number and a red hat, she got the crowd going to her huge hit 'You'll Never Stop Me From Loving You' and her eurovision runner up 'Better The Devil You Know'. Sonia was in great voice and so were the audience who faithully sang along with every word, except the for the Russian contingent, who looked bored rigid as all they were interested in was Dima Bilan.
Sonia told the Schlager Systems, when we were chatting that she is so proud to have been part of Eurovision and that see is constantly singing, sh'e in demand all lover the world and that she has never been so busy!
Next up was 'The Original Bucks Fizz' , so called, as Cheryl Baker explained that the couldn't use the name Bucks Fizz for legal reasons. The band sang hit after hit, 'Land of make Believe', 'I Hear Talk', 'New Beginning' and of course 'Makin' Your Mind Up' to name a few. The audience were truely loving this appearance by the Fizz. Later we got the chance to tell Cheryl how great we thought the performance was, she thanked us very much and shook our hands!
Ani's final song was, inevitably, this years Eurovision Runner Up 'Shady Lady', for the Ukraine. It's worth noting that Nicki French accidentally introduced Ani as this years Eurovision winner (oops)! In a stomping performance with two hot athletic dancers, the diva whipped the crowd into a frenzy, she even came on and did it again for an encore!! Sheer class. Barry Viniker and all at Clear Focus and ESCtoday deserve a special mention for putting together a great show, all their hard work and effort definitely paid off.
Videos by Kethan
Pics Moira Ferguson aka Miss Tempest (more pics on Miss Tempest's site. Link on right hand side)