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England, France, and Italy might have already fallen by the wayside, but today is the day that European giants will start to drop out of the World Cup race not via their own incompetence and attitude problems, but because they’ve been beaten by a superior opponent. I hope, at least. It’s Spain vs. Portgual today and I can only hope it’s the first real display of European quality at this tournament; the first one not tainted by the incompetence of the opponents, at least.

I also hope we get to see Ronaldo cry. Just because.

I mean, c'mon. Are you telling me that's not a beautiful sight?

The most recognisable artist from Portugal amongst Sputnik’s userbase is undoubtedly Moonspell, and for good reason; they’ve proven to be one of the most enduring metal bands in the world, with their latest outing, 2008’s Night Eternal, earning enough acclaim to make you forget that it had been a full 13 years since their debut, the cult classic Wolfheart. This song is from the latter, which is as essential a part of the gothic metal canon as Mandtlion, Bloody Kisses, and Wildhoney.

Portuguese music is probably best known in the wider world for fado, however; a genre with Iberian folk origins that could be linked to blues, in the way that it incorporated African rhythms introduced to local musicians by way of the slave trade and became synonymous with songs of longing and yearning. It’s older, though, with examples dating back to at least the early 1800s, and possible mentions of it in literature from the 15th century. Back then the songs typically revolved around maritime themes, as one might expect from a country with so many major coastal cities, not to mention one that can count Ferdinand Magellan amongst its most famous sons. It evolved, however, to include more upbeat tempi and a broader range of subject matter; nowadays, fado can be loosely categorized as any popular-era music with Portuguese folk roots. This performance comes from Cristina Branco, on her Live DVD – other names of note include Carlos Paredes and Amália Rodrigues.

For a more modern twist on Portugal, though, look no further than their dance music. Like seemingly every Mediterranean country, there is a booming trade for 18-30 friendly floor fillers in Portugal, and it’s thrown up a few absolute classics. This is one of them – Rui da Silva’s eternal “Touch Me”, one of the definitive singles of 2001. It’s one of those songs that seems to get played every time you go to a club, and no wonder; the dark, sinewy groove and the gutbusting soul of the vocal not only set it apart from most club fodder of the time, but ensured that it resonated with audiences both immediately before and after 9/11.





Jim
06.29.10
hey i remember that last song

DaveyBoy
06.29.10
Nick, I hope you have not put your curse on Spain.

ReturnToRock
06.29.10
Good pickings. I'm glad you neglected the more horrible side of Portuguese music (and trust me, there's several truckloads of shit in this country's music scene).

Also, seeing Ronaldo cry is priceless.

ReturnToRock
06.29.10
Heck, seeing any setback at all befall Ronaldo is priceless, because he always reacts in one of two ways:

1 - He throws a tantrum.

2 - He throws a tantrum, then cries.

Douglas
06.29.10
Deco!

Tits McGee
06.29.10
Phew, I was starting to feel like the only person who hated Ronaldo.

Music's not bad, not bad at all.

ReturnToRock
06.29.10
I didn't use to hate Ronaldo when he was a fantastically talented 17-year-old. The thing is, nowadays, he's overrated, and where football is concerned, I haven't seen any evolution in three to four seasons (basically since that season at United when he scored all those goals. What was it, his second? Third?)

Oh, and he has too much cash and far too many hot celebrity girlfriends. Especially considering that he is probably gay.

As for the music, I'm glad he didn't go into stuff like Buraka SS (I know some people here like them, I don't) or any of the Portuguese answers to the Jonas Brothers, or even our "popular" (not pop) music. There is a band he might want to check out, though, called Terrakota. Serious tribal shit.

2muchket!
06.29.10
Ronaldo is universally hated back in england, u be trippin

pneumoniahawk93
06.29.10
To disagree with ReturnToRock, I really think you should have put in Buraka...


Spare
06.29.10
my portuguese friends says you missed out on gnr, rui veloso and this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1YDM2QQjtg

Iai
06.29.10
GNR? Isn't that the name of the Portuguese police, or am I missing something here?

Iai
06.29.10
Unless anybody in Guns n Roses is Portuguese, of course.

Buraka are okay, but Rui da Silva was always going to be my electronic pick. Never listened to Terrakota but they look pretty good, I'll check them out.

Spare
06.29.10
apparently this is gnr http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OO4GNOEdk0

Thor
06.29.10
I saw Moonspell live about two years ago. It was hilarious.

Tits McGee
06.30.10
"Ronaldo is universally hated back in england, u be trippin"

yeah but in the US too many kids try to go an immitate him and his foot tricks, making complete asses of themselves in the process (yet thinking their awesome).

Baphomet
06.30.10
"I also hope we get to see Ronaldo cry. Just because."

Haha that cracked me up.

"Ronaldo is universally hated back in england, u be trippin"

I know a fair amount of people in England, Spain and Germany who love Ronaldo.

ReturnToRock
07.01.10
GNR IS the Portuguese Military Police. The regular police is called PSP (Public Security Police).

Rui Veloso and Xutos are classics, but way past their prime, and they've been considered soccer-mom music for years now. Pontos Negros are overrated IMHO. Miss Lava are OK.

If you're into metal, check out Men Eater (Portuguese Mastodon), Shadowsphere (are metalcore now, but first three albums were good), RAMP (Portuguese Pantera/Sepultura). If you're into punk, Enday (my friend sings for them), More Than A Thousand, Hills Have Eyes, For The Glory, Devilinme, Peste & Sida, Tara Perdida, Capitão Fantasma and Censurados need to be checked out.

And then there's my band, who aren't well known, but still: www.myspace.com/raving01.

Iai
07.01.10
"apparently this is gnr http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OO4GNOEdk0"

Soccer mum music is kinda the right phrase for this tbh....

ReturnToRock
07.01.10
Damn, this is their all-time classic! I love this song, especially the version with the Spanish guy.

THIS is soccer mum music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z3uKePFzgU

this was them before: http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=XhZKMhpuqTI&feature=related

Notice anything different? Yup, they used to actually play ROCK'N'ROLL once upon a time.

ReturnToRock
07.01.10
Pop/rock fans should check out X-Wife, The Legendary Tigerman, and Bunnyranch.

Also, spot the difference, part 2:

BEFORE - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NJE_zpeSoc
AFTER - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8p_tTL_xUQ

.....yyyyyeaaaaahhhhh....

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