Thursday, December 11, 2008

Blast from the Past: Boney M!

Music has always been a HUGE part of my life, especially in my early childhood and teenage years. I grew up immersed in the sounds of The Beatles, ABBA and Boney M, the latter two being quite different yet the same in terms of disco Euro-pop bubblegum sweetness. Surprisingly to me, Kosh hadn't heard of Boney M.

No Brown Girl in the Ring,
... no By The Rivers of Babylon,
... ... no ra-ra-Rasputin,
... ... ... no Daddy Cool,
... ... ... ... no Bahama Mama!
OMG has he been missing out!! :D :D :D

I've been craving Boney M recently, no idea why.

Rhapsody helped a bit, but I notice I've got a total of 25 free plays. Blah. Besides, they didn't have one particular song I remember from the Boonoonoonoos album, the one vinyl my parents have of them, that stood out in my head and gave me goosebumps every time I heard it.

Thank goodness for YouTube!




I'd recommend you not pay attention to the visuals, and just close your eyes and let the music take you away. Kinda like what I did perhaps 25 years ago, over and over and over... it's called Ride to Agadir.

... for the ashes of our fathers and the children of our sons ...



Found out one really amusing fact when wikipedia-ing Boney M. ... Turns out that a guy called Frank Farian (does the name sound a wee bit familiar?) was behind the group, creating both the low deep voice and the female falsetto voice and mixing them together to get the Boney M sound back in the mid-70's. He then hired a few people to be the "front", to be the face to the sound he had created (any of this sounding familiar at all?). This group then lip-synched their tv performances (c'mon, not familiar yet??), although it seems that for live performances, they did actually do it live, for real. Since lip-synching was common practice in the 70's, people didn't really care... but when Farian did the same thing in the 90s, he got totally canned. 90's. Lip-synch. Ring any bells? Yes, he's the guy behind Milli Vanilli! Imagine that!

Fake front notwithstanding, I really did enjoy Milli Vanilli's songs, and I didn't care that the two (gorgeous) guys weren't the actual singers. Never bothered to pick up the album by "The REAL Milli Vanilli", however, LoL!

Anyway, to end this post, here's another song from the Boonoonoonoos album that also struck a chord with me. Enjoy:




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3 comments:

  1. Freeze, I'm MaBaker. Put your hand in the air, and give me all your money. Deng-deng-deng-deng, Deng-deng-deng-deng ...

    Now you've made me want to go search for my old Boney M cassettes ...

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  2. ..."It really meant a lot to me, you mean a lot to me." "I really mean that much to you?"
    "Girl, you know it's true."

    Hehe, I too liked Milli Vanillim and Boney M, and Abba. I grew up with the latter two, just like you did. Milli was from my own disco days in the late 1980's. I actually won a dancing contest in 1989. We were two girls left on the dancefloor, and then this song came on. I danced my socks off, and won. So cool, I was 15 at the time. And Boney M and Abba; have many CDs... Music is my life, still...

    Love to you!

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