Okay, we lied. Music Export Fund’s fifth Guilty Music Pleasures instalment isn’t with the whole of one of Lithuania’s emerging rock bands, Lady Gothenburg. It’s with one sixth – their drummer and manager, Waldemar Łowczyk.
Despite their general repertoire of largely hard rocking, psychedelic tracks, Waldemar’s Guilty Music Pleasures reveal a love for French-language music and, er, Justin Bieber.
We’ll just let that one hang there. Read on…
Plastic Bertrand – Ca Plane Pour Moi
Well, this is one of the first song I heard that wasn’t in English, Lithuanian, Russian or Polish. The music video is hilarious. I was watching it and laughing really hard because those backgrounds and the movements they’re making look really stupid nowadays. However, the beat, and the lyrics really blew my mind. I can’t remember any occasion when I was in a bad mood, and this song couldn’t help me feel better. Whenever I listen to this song, I realise it’s a bit stupid but I can’t help but love it. If you don’t know this song, you don’t know what love is!
Kanye West – Stronger
I’m not a big fan of hip-hop, and neither am I a big fan of Kanye West. However, this song has elements from Daft Punk and its beat. I’d say he can’t sing really well, and it’s one of those songs I can’t say much about. It’s in my playlist, and I’m really not sure why it’s this as opposed to something by Rhianna or Lady Gaga. I’d say he did a pretty good job with this. The lyrics are these sort of “inspiring” ones that say “oh, you must do this or you must do that” in the chorus part. I don’t think it’s meant to be a type of parody, but for me it really is – it has this serious beat, and this serious voice and tone. I love it.
Skrillex and Diplo ft. Justin Bieber – Where Are Ü Now
I wouldn’t say that this song is bad, but a lot of people hate Justin Bieber – that’s why I chose it. It’s ‘Where Are You Now’ by him, with Skrillex and Diplo. It’s great. Right now, it’s the hottest song in my playlist and I’m sure I listen to it about 20 times a day. His lyrics are about love, and sadness and “oh, my heart is breaking blah blah blah.” However, the work that Diplo and Skrillex put into it are just amazing. It changes the song completely. It’s not about the storyline or anything but it just seems that they drew something on paper with Justin Bieber and then 10 other people came and really transformed it into something else. I have to say that Justin Bieber has really improved from ‘Baby, Baby, Baby’ and his music is pretty decent now. I have this single on my computer, so when I’m in the house by myself and nobody can see me, I’m like “yeeeaaaah!” So, I have to say this song is great; the combination of Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber work really well and I love this song – in fact, I want to have sex with this song [laughs].
Twin Twin – Moustache
The fourth song is also French. It’s France’s entry to the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest and it’s called Moustache by a group called Twin Twin. What do I love about this song? It’s stupid as hell – it has no sense, the lyrics are “moustache moustache” and the band is jumping around the stage. Put it like this – everyone knows that McDonalds is bad, but I’m loving it and it’s the same for this song. I also really enjoy the fact that they aren’t taking the Eurovision project seriously. I think that when you don’t take Eurovision seriously, you just make a really good show by taking the piss out of everyone else. Everyone who isn’t a fan of Eurovision will give you a thumbs up.
SIA – The Girl You Lost to Cocaine
I was really stuck with this one, but I would say ’The Girl You Lost To Cocaine’ by SIA. I’m generally a big fan of her music, and if she’s on the radio, I won’t turn it off. In pop music these days, there’s generally a lack of strong voices but hers is definitely one. She also made parody of Lorde, and that was enough for me because it was perfect. I haven’t found a bad version of this song, and even the remix is good. It’s the combination of her strong vocals, and you can see her passion and love for music – she knows what to say, she knows how to sing and again, I’m loving it.
However, though, I’d have to say my guiltiest pleasure out of all of these is Moustache.