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Missed this thread first time round. As far as I am aware, Yello was the most successful Swiss artist in the UK, with The Race. It made the top 10 and still get aired from time to time.

As far as long term success goes, I reckon that Krokus would qualify. They are still touring internationally after more than 30 years.

This is 'Born to be Wild' from their reunion concert at Stade de Suisse earlier this month.

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You know a bit about Yello. If my memory serves me well didn't one of their 80's records introduce the phrase "Uningbelievable"?

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Old 22.08.2008, 21:44
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Rod,
You know a bit about Yello. If my memory serves me well didn't one of their 80's records introduce the phrase "Uningbelievable"?

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Thanks, but you credit me with more knowledge than I have. Virtually my entire knowledge of Yello was included within that post! I remember 'The Race' particularly for the video on 'Top of The Pops'

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Don't Baschi and that 'my man' girl have some fame outside of Switzerland? Probably not worldwide but at least in German areas?
Baschi sings in swiss german. I don't see any potential for a swiss german song to be succesfull in Germany and even less in Austria. Swiss movies like "Die Schweizermacher" have to be dubbed for the german market and Baschi's football song (Bring en hei) was covered and translated by the Germans and Austrians for Euro 2008.
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I remember 'The Race' particularly for the video on 'Top of The Pops'
Yello is also on the soundtrack of another John Hughes movie called "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (Stevie Martin, John Candy). Samples of this song are used only shortly but very effectively

Yello - Lost Again

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I can recommend Züri West, they sing in Mundart (which means even I can hardly understand them) but once you do understand, they do not only have good music but also good texts. My favourite is "Irgendeinisch finds glück eim" ... took me weeks to even understand the title and find out who sings as I could never repeat or remember the words

They are from Bern as my swiss colleagues told me, despite the name Züri West.

On the French side, try Stefan Eicher.
To each his own ...

I can't stand Züri West. While at Gurten festival, I had to seek refuge at the Bamboo Bar during Züri West performance. I admire the swiss, they do give support to their local talent but sadly those who sings in Mundart seems to get better attention.

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Did you know that Lunik got signed by an international label recently. Their are definitely the Swiss band to watch out for in 2009.
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Old 22.08.2008, 23:11
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There is always Wikipedia reference-linkPatrick Moraz, who was in Yes and the Moody Blues.
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They are from Bern as my swiss colleagues told me, despite the name Züri West.

On the French side, try Stefan Eicher.
Stephan Eicher is from the Bern area too even though most of his songs are in french. Even the song about Zurich (Les Filles du Limmat-Quai).
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Thanks, but you credit me with more knowledge than I have. Virtually my entire knowledge of Yello was included within that post! I remember 'The Race' particularly for the video on 'Top of The Pops'

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I remember that TOTP episode, cos Steve Wright introduced it and told anyone with stereo speakers on their TV that they could experience the song in stereo for the 1st time where the car engine noise went from left to right speaker. Impressive at the time.
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and the singer from Krokus is actually originally Maltese.. (probably turned Swiss though now..)
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My favourite is "Irgendeinisch finds glück eim" ...


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Stephan Eicher is from the Bern area too even though most of his songs are in french. Even the song about Zurich (Les Filles du Limmat-Quai).
Yes, right! Stefan Eicher just does not sound very swiss. Until I moved to CH I thought he was French anyway and his music is also more the French "Chanson"-Type. Unfortunately you rarely hear him in the Swiss Radio - at least not in the Swiss-German part
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Yes, right! Stefan Eicher just does not sound very swiss. Until I moved to CH I thought he was French anyway and his music is also more the French "Chanson"-Type. Unfortunately you rarely hear him in the Swiss Radio - at least not in the Swiss-German part
Well, he sings in french, swiss german (his mother tongue), english, spanish.. and i think he even sings songs in "high german"...


EDIT: well... perhaps he was inspired by this song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIkXK6rxt4c
i love it!!




a very nice cover version of "tous les cris les sos" from daniel balavoine:

but... this is 80's melancholy..

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Old 24.08.2008, 23:16
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Re: Swiss pop music

Speaking of Züri West. It was a pleasant surprise when I've heard them in the radio singing a familiar tune from The Big Lebowsi. It was a cover from Kenny Rogers' "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)", the title of the song is "26 Schtung oder zwe" and the lyrics are pretty decent. Regrettably there's no good YouTube version of the cover online.
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Re: Swiss pop music

i like this one, but unfortunately it's uncomplete... i love the text because it's fitting to me quite well

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im sure the ewiss thinks there are lots, but in the outside world theres none!?? (i think)
As for Russia, Gotthard is pretty well known here - I can recall one of their songs that used to be in the rotation at our rock station a couple of years ago:
"What I like,
Is to take you on a journey 'round the sun,
I wonder if you'd like to come along,
Yeah, that's what I like..."

A catchy one it was. Reached #1 in rock hit parade at our radio. That must mean something.

And Yello of course. I like them very much, got all their albums in mp3 5 years ago. A brilliant group.


Krokus has a definite popularity, but I haven't heard them.
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Yes, right! Stefan Eicher just does not sound very swiss. Until I moved to CH I thought he was French anyway and his music is also more the French "Chanson"-Type. Unfortunately you rarely hear him in the Swiss Radio - at least not in the Swiss-German part
Déjeuner en paix - one of my all-time favorites!

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Krokus had some great songs back in the 80's.

"Screaming in the Night", "Headhunter", and "Eat the Rich"
are a few that I can remember. They are kind of heavy
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Déjeuner en paix - one of my all-time favorites!

Great!! just great...
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Speaking of Züri West. It was a pleasant surprise when I've heard them in the radio singing a familiar tune from The Big Lebowsi. It was a cover from Kenny Rogers' "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)", the title of the song is "26 Schtung oder zwe" and the lyrics are pretty decent.
That's terrific. I think The Big Lebowski is one of the Coen brothers' best films, and I get a special kick out of a good cover done in mundart. As I recall, back in the '80s, if it wasn't Züri West, someone did a decent mundart rendition of Dylan's "Just Like A Woman."

(Edit: It was Polo Hofer's "So wiene Frou" – not Züri West)

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Regrettably there's no good YouTube version of the cover online.
...Or lyrics (that I can find, anyway).

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...Or lyrics (that I can find, anyway).
http://lyricwiki.org/Z%C3%BCri_West:26_Schtung_Oder_Zwe

Language Corner material, I know...
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