March 29th, 2009

Sunday Morning Videyoga

c/o some frens around the ‘osphere, a couple transnational texts for yr viewing pleasure —

first, from @ripley, my favorite musical meme rears its head once again, thus time in a mid-90s Swedish rave-pop setting!? sez rip:

note the ZUNGUZUNG at 1:04! [Leila K.]’s of Moroccan descent but from Sweden & this song was number one in sales in Europe in the 90s

#1 in sales un Europe in the 90s?! Can anyone confirm this? That would be surprising in itself, and it would make for yet another rather significant instantiation — if an oddly tuneless one — of Yellowman’s well-propelled vocables

second, from @nila, my source for sepia mutiny of all sorts, is this bit of “desiton,” a track which very clearly riffs on Yankee’s “Gasolina” gallop with its 32nd-note stutter-step synthline —

keep em coming, kids! &thx, as always..


  • 1. ghis  |  March 29th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    yeah, i remember Leila K. I had her cassette ! She was huge in Europe, but n.1 ? I’m not sure of that.

  • 2. erin  |  March 29th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    i remember this too…
    #23 UK, #5 Germany – so says the wikipedia.

  • 3. Max P  |  March 29th, 2009 at 7:46 pm


    I totally feel you with that 32nd-note trill on the lead synth. It’s basically the same percussion arrangement too if you were to take out the vocals and some of the acoustic percussion sounds (tabla?)… I think a mash-up might be in order…

  • 4. Ted Swedenburg  |  March 29th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I never heard this song, but I really liked her rap song “Got to Get” when it came out in 1989. It was released as a 12″ in the US by Arista–and I still have it. Check it out here:
    (Sad to read, on wikipedia, that Leila K apparently now lives on the streets.)

  • 5. droid  |  March 30th, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Also, 23 in the UK.

    i have vague memories of this tune, but i don’t think she had that much of an impact considering 92/93 was also the time of the ardcore invasion into the UK and European charts.

  • 6. ripley  |  March 30th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I knew the internets would do the research – my friend who played it for me was in Belgium so maybe it was #1 there? apparently there’s a mystery about Leila K, too? anyone know where she went? Gotta check out that rap song.

    I love the wizard theme for the song though. kind of D&D/vampire eh?

  • 7. Tism  |  March 30th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Remember it well. 2nd place in Holland (, weird to read she’s living in the streets.

  • 8. Birdseed  |  March 31st, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    I’ve not heard anything about her since that impromptu comeback two years ago. Apparently she still has some major problems financially. It’s sad – she’s apparently been cast out by her Moroccan family as well.

  • 9. DNMTN  |  April 6th, 2009 at 3:30 am

    Like Ted Swedenburg says, I think she’s living on the streets, I’ve heard some sad stories about her. And yeah, Got to get is a cool song.

    Leila K was also the reason I discovered Shannon, after she used the melody for “Give me tonight” in another hit of hers, “Electric” —>

  • 10. The Incredible Kid  |  April 10th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    The Desis have been releasing reggaeton-flavored tracks for a while now. Bollywood tracks have been using reggaeton beats for years, but this song from the Ugly Aur Pagli soundtrack last year was the first overtly reggaeton song I heard coming from the industry:


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