Another fine list from my archives, originally posted on my old website on 21st November 2003. In case it wasn’t immediately obvious, I was living in Germany at the time.
Herewith five artists who are big in Germany, and ought to be big in the UK, but nobody has ever heard of them…
- One-T + Cool-T – I’ve no idea where they’re from, but they have a really catchy hip hop track with a fantastic video out at the moment called The Magic Key, which is big all over Europe. Except in the UK, of course. It just spent its 18th week on the German chart.
- Samajona – A Berlin-based girl band, who appear to be big all over eastern Europe. Their current single Miss You ought to be enough to give Girls Aloud a run for their money, only it’s in German, which isn’t really a terribly commercial idea.
- Sylver – A Dutch dance duo, who are now on their second album. They had a minor hit in the UK with Turn the Tide a couple of years ago. A lot of their stuff isn’t that great, but Livin’ My Life and the current single Shallow Water are particularly noteworthy.
- Within Temptation – I’ve no idea what most of their material is like, but I just heard a very good industrial rock track called Mother Earth. They seem to sound a bit like Evanescence, except the vocalist uses opera influences, which is interesting. No idea where they’re from.
- Wolfsheim – A German electronic group, who seem to have built up a big cult audience in Germany through the 1990s. I’d never heard of them before, but they’ve done a couple of really good singles this year, including Kein Zurück and Find You’re Here.
I could also mention Bernd das Brot, but that’s probably not a terribly good idea. Oh, and the German Popstars: The Rivals band, the unfortunately named Preluders are quite good, too. Or rather, like Girls Aloud, they’ve got a good production team behind them.