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Do you listen to bands in lenguages you don't understand?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by chilepunkbass, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. chilepunkbass


    Apr 15, 2013
    Thing is, a lot of my friends listen to music in english but don't speak a word of it. I just didn't get how you could like music that you can't know what they're talking about, until I heard this

    It's possibly one of the catchiest ska songs I know...but it's in euskera or basque. I love the band nontheless, and like half of their songs are in spanish and half in basque or euskera.
    So anyway they quikly became one of my favorite bands (hell, I bought their first record on vinyl just yesterday :hyper:).
    So what do you guys think?
    post examples, why you like it why not and all that
  2. A fair bit. Lots of French language stuff is available in Canada. We have a local festival, Sunfest, which brings performers from all over the world. I've purchased CD's in Spanish, Italian, and several African languages I couldn't even name.
  3. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    I do. In some ways, I prefer it. It prevents me from preconceived notions resulting from lyrical content and allows me to focus on just the music.
  4. I can read Spanish. I can not speak it well; creating novel sentences is still a challenge.

    Consequently, I also can not understand it very well when I hear it spoken. Too fast for my ear still.

    But I love me some Spanish-language music. All types, so much good stuff, it's like another world.

    Music. The universal language.
  5. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    I've never really been one for lyrics in the first place. I listen to a lot of Swedish, German, French, Italian, African, Hindi, and Japanese music but most of it is instrumental and when there are lyrics they're usually in English.
  6. I've always enjoyed Cocteau Twins -- does that count?

    Seriously, in any language it's about the overall sound for me.
  7. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    Me, either. I'm more concerned that the vocals sound good with the music. Most of the time I could care less what the actual lyrics are. Over half of the music I listen to in English I can't understand the lyrics, so listening to lyrics in a foreign language doesn't distract me.
  8. Yeah, I listen to music in French on occasion (although I do speak/understand French to a reasonable degree), and also stuff like Myrath, who is actually quite good. Their lyrics are mainly in English but they have sections in Arabic. Nice proggy metal, all things considered.
  9. Brother Goose

    Brother Goose The Process IS the Reward!

    Dec 4, 2013
    Syracuse NY
    God Is Love
    Los Amigos Invisibles (my spanish fairly week)
  10. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Yes. Pretty frequently. African, Turkish, Arab, Portuguese - all of those recently.
  11. I have no knowledge of Italian or Swedish but I listen to a lot of Area International Pop Group and Kebnekajse. I just love the music.
  12. funkingroovin

    funkingroovin Conquering A-D-D,and all the other notes as well!

    Apr 19, 2009
  13. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    The Beatles singing in German...or French?

    I have a few Latin-Jazz/Afro Cubano albums...some in Spanish...a couple of Brasilian Jazz/Pop things, too, in Portuguese.
  14. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    All the time from all around the world. Truthfully, I don't even pay attention to what English speakers are talking about, I just like the melodies.
  15. teleharmonium


    Dec 2, 2003
    Absolutely. I agree with the above comment about appreciating it better (sometimes) without knowing the meaning.

    Once I had the experience of hearing an English version of an album, done around the same time and by the same vocalist as the original, of an album I had first heard in Italian many times (Fetus by Franco Battiato) without quite knowing what the words meant (maybe I picked out some words here and there). I laughed out loud, it was strangely disappointing in comparison.
  16. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    anything sung in an ancient tongue is always intrigueing!
  17. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
  18. itchyfingers


    Sep 17, 2013
    I like Seu Jorge - but I don't speak portuguese...
  19. wideload


    Apr 15, 2004
    No, but I watch the hot babes on Univision with the sound off! :)
  20. some Swedish, some Danish, some Finnish, some Japanese... I used to listen to British and American bands, long before I learned English...