Won't You Stop Opening Those Doors!

Back in 2005, Nora of the esperantist (read: anglophobic) e-d-e.org was lamenting the fact that a new English-singing band from Spain had had their breakthrough in France, of all places. English opens unlikely doors, now doesn't it?
"Les Sunday Drivers, jeune groupe de Tolède, en Espagne, [qui ne cesse de se vanter de chanter en anglais, NDA] risque de faire parler de lui avec sont nouvel album Little Heart Attacks. "

" c’est très difficile de ne pas chanter en espagnol car cela nous ferme beaucoup de portes y compris les passages radio, les médias en général."

Ce serait bien fait si c’était vrai ;) ...

" Etre indépendant et en plus continuer à chanter en anglais un peu à contre courant de ce qui se fait dans notre pays. "

" Ceci dit, maintenant nous avons une ouverture internationale et notamment vers la France qui accepte plus facilement le fait que nous chantions en anglais et cela tombe bien car nous avons très envie de jouer en France. Nous serons aussi distribuée en Italie, au Bénélux… La Suisse (en français) mais pas encore en Angleterre. Le marché anglais est très fermé. "

... et c’est malheureux que ce choix de langue leur ouvre les portes de marchés nationaux comme celui de la France !! :(((


Brian Barker said...

The only thing I am unhappy about is that the use of English, in the Eurovision Song Contest, increases year by year. May I say, as a native English speaker that this unfair. The time has come to break this habit of "language imperialism", in the Eurovision Song Contest, and use a song, sung in Esperanto instead!

This is a serious suggestion, as you can see from the Esperanto music which is already available at http://www.vinilkosmo.com/?prs=listen or at http://video.google.(...)-8837438938991452670

There's even cheesy Esperanto music available! See http://www.ipernity.com/home/76977

Edward J. Cunningham said...

Speaking of the English Esperanto controversy, the French were doing the right thing for the wrong reasons last year. Many French complained about France's official entry into the Eurovision Song contest was sung in English.

"Divine" by Sebastien Tellier

The French shouldn't have been angry because of the song's language. They should have been angry because the song was BAD. I am a native speaker of English, and although I have heard this song several times, I have absolutely no idea what the singer is singing about. I'm sure a BETTER song---even in French---could have been selected that would have knocked everybody dead.

In fairness, meaning is overrated. This song is completely unintelligible in ANY language, yet it is so catchy it's become an internet phenomenon:

Chacarron Macarron