Showing posts with label Tommy Seebach Band. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tommy Seebach Band. Show all posts

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Hip hurra - det' min fødselsdag - Tommy Seebach Band

Tommy Seebach made another appearance at Eurovision in 1982. After trying it with 'Disco tango' and 'Krøller eller ej', this third effort was a piece of synthpop done in Eurovision style: hyperactive and with Danish lyrics. The title means something like 'Hip hooray it's my birthday' and it is a typically happy song.

Despite all this fun, Tommy Seebach was a kind of tragic figure in Eurovision: despite participating four times, he never really had a big success and apparently he had to deal with alcoholism and other private problems. Even the Danish didn't always treat him like the hero I always thought he was. His musical legacy still sounds like a lot of fun and games. And of course it's better that way.

My collection: 7" single no. 5340
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, April 13, 2013
Cost: 2 euro
Tracks: 'Hip hurra - det' min fødselsdag' / 'Ta' med mig'

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Under stjernerne på himlen - Tommy Seebach Band

Tommy Seebach had represented Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest on two previous occasions. In 1979, he did it for the first time with the song 'Disco tango', which ended up on 6th place. 1981, he took Denmark to 11th place with the song 'Krøller eller ej'. He participated in a number of national finals since then, without winning the competition. Finally, in 1993 he got another chance. 'Under stjernene på himlen' was the song that should bring him international acclaim. But unfortunately, it didn't. Instead, he brought back Denmark's worst result in years, finishing 22nd out of 25. The result was that Denmark wouldn't compete in the 1994 edition of the Contest.

In the Nineties, Seebach's career in Denmark took a nosedive. It was only in 1999 that he could find new audiences with a disco version of 'Krøller eller ej'. After that, he became the head of musical entertainment at amusement park Bakken in Klampenborg, Denmark. But Seebach's problems with alcoholism took their toll on him and he died at the age of 53 from a heart attack on March 31, 2003.

This single actually features another Danish song on the A-side, but since I bought this 'promotion only' single for the Eurovision song, it's only fitting that I should highlight that one. It's a wonderful upbeat song, and really should have done better in the Contest.

My collection: 7" single no. 1974
Found: Bea Records, October 17, 1993
Cost: 7,5 guilders
Tracks: 'Går det ikk', så går det nok' (Teddy Edelmann) / 'Under stjernene på himlen' (Tommy Seebach Band)

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