Foreign bands: better in the original language or singing in English?

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#1
i've just been listening to Kraftwerk in German and I really prefer the German, which seems to fit the music prefectly.


So Pit, do you listen to a foreign band in the original language or the English versions only?
#2
Some bands shouldn't sing English I think. I couldn't imagine Rammstein or Finntroll any other way. Though some bands (System Of A Down) for one should sing in English. They're crazy enough already, imagine them in Armenian
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Some bands shouldn't sing English I think. I couldn't imagine Rammstein or Finntroll any other way. Though some bands (System Of A Down) for one should sing in English. They're crazy enough already, imagine them in Armenian



True, true, but I doubt they'd be as popular as they are without some English songs.


As for SOaD....hmmmm
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Some bands shouldn't sing English I think. I couldn't imagine Rammstein or Finntroll any other way. Though some bands (System Of A Down) for one should sing in English. They're crazy enough already, imagine them in Armenian



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Yes and no.
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#11
I don't think I could relate to my 6 year old son getting ripped apart by rabid animals if Amon Amarth didn't sing in English.
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#12
I love Rammstein in German, and and all the songs in spanish i listen to rule in spanish.

have you ever heard of 99 red baloons? It topped the charts in america while in german, but did crappy in english...

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I love Rammstein in German, and and all the songs in spanish i listen to rule in spanish.

have you ever heard of 99 red baloons? It topped the charts in america while in german, but did crappy in english...



Good example.
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I'd never listen to Sigur Ros in english. Icelandic makes the music more beautiful that it is already.
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Yes and no, I could'nt imagine Moonspell singing in portuguese...


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I'd never listen to Sigur Ros in english. Icelandic makes the music more beautiful that it is already.



What the flip?! Icelandic?
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I'd never listen to Sigur Ros in english. Icelandic makes the music more beautiful that it is already.

Totally. The lyrics wouldn't sound like another instrument if it was in English.
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#19
if they write it in a foreign language then it should be sang like that not in english.
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It depends on the language. German is not a good language to sing in. It just doesn't sound right to me and only a few bands manage to pull it off convincingly. Though it's still better than the dreaded Denglish I guess. Same goes for Scandinavian languages.
French or Spanish works well though.
#21
I'm from the Netherlands and most rock bands sing in English as it's simply a cooler language. English is also the most widespread language in the world (at least I think so, most people know at least a little bit), so if you're dreaming of fame abroad singing in Dutch wouldn't help you.

Which do you prefer hearing?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBDq7ZLtmOI
or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=618cCs9C5Mc

Edit: I think singers should take their accent and English spelling and grammar abilities into consideration before singing in English. I've heard some pretty bad efforts in my life.
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#22
i could imagine Sonata Artica sing in finnish cause their english pronunciation is just hilarious but a really good band
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Quote by frankv
I'm from the Netherlands and most rock bands sing in English as it's simply a cooler language. English is also the most widespread language in the world (at least I think so, most people know at least a little bit), so if you're dreaming of fame abroad singing in Dutch wouldn't help you.

Which do you prefer hearing?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBDq7ZLtmOI
or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=618cCs9C5Mc



TBH, the first one.
#26
English.

William Hung would not be funny in Chinese.

Plus people like The Scorpians sound goofy in English but would sound scary in German

Rap would probably be good if Snoop Doggy Dogg or two pack shacour rapped in English instead of Ebonix.
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Yeah, Jonsi is using a cello bow on his old beat up Les Paul. It is a part of Sigur Ros distinctive sound.



It sounded pretty cool!
#37
It really depends on what language the music was written for. Like, Hand of Blood by B4MV wouldn't be that cool in Welsh because it was written to be in English. But Rammenstien (sp?) sounds baddass in German.
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#38
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Definitely better in original version. I hate bon jovi singing in spanish.

Bon Jovi's Spanish?

And after pondering over the subject for a bit I think I came to the conclusion certain languages sounds well with certain genres. Rock sounds most awesome with a badass language like English, opera sounds best sung in Italian, raggae sounds best with a Jamaican accent, weird airy and experimental music sounds best in Islandic (or other Scandinavian languages) in my opinion.

Thoughts on that?
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Quote by frankv
Bon Jovi's Spanish?

And after pondering over the subject for a bit I think I came to the conclusion certain languages sounds well with certain genres. Rock sounds most awesome with a badass language like English, opera sounds best sung in Italian, raggae sounds best with a Jamaican accent, weird airy and experimental music sounds best in Islandic (or other Scandinavian languages) in my opinion.

Thoughts on that?


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