There are a few pop stars these days who have a little bit more to them than meets the eye from pictures like this one :
Doda is one of the biggest pop stars in Poland. She has recently been found guilty of the crime of “offending religious sensibilities” for remarking in a year-ago television interview that she believed more in dinosaurs than she did in the Bible because “it is hard to believe in something written by people who drank too much wine and smoked herbal cigarettes”.
If John Lennon had made his famous quote about the Beatles being “bigger than Jesus” and Christianity “fading away and dying pretty soon” in the present day in Poland, he’d probably have been crucified. Maybe literally.
Doda’s music is great pop. Non-Polish speakers shouldn’t let that put them off – after all, who listens to lyrics anyway? Love this video. Never mind the gyrating bottoms, this is a great track!
I reckon she actually looks slightly hotter at the start of the video with the glasses and fluffy slippers on. But maybe that’s just me.
Doda’s website is here – loads of pix and videos. Enjoy.
For every one of Doda’s followers on Twitter, there are 469 who follow Shakira. Which isn’t as bad as it sounds as a LOT of people follow Shakira. Even former chat show hosts from Norwich.
Here are some Polish football hooligans who formed a boy band called – This is actually rather loverly. Take THAT, Take That. And they could definitely take Take That if it came to fisticuffs.
Now to what is becoming the obligatory prog rock section – a genre you can trust, no matter what the origin or the language. Poland’s biggest ever prog rock band were called SBB (which originally stood for the Silesian Blues Band). Not, unfortunately the Silurian Blues Band
The name changed its meaning to the classically muddy prog monicker “Search, Break Up, Build”. Whatever the hell that means. The band are great – they properly rock out at times, as you can hear on this track which along with the usual proggy influences, has something of Roxy Music in the guitar solo. Definite similarities to Focus, too.
Finally, Republika were big in the 80s and 90s. This is called “Moja Krew” (“My Blood”)
Never made it over to the UK (don’t get me started on British cultural narrow-mindedness – a topic for another day …)
Next up – Denmark. Yeah, that means Alphabeat. Obviously.