Peppy pop
December 29, 2008 9:12 AM   Subscribe

Peppy indie/foreign pop?

I like this:

& would like more. I need help finding this stuff because I'm not cool and no one I know is cool.

Extra points for anything pop that is non-American, super points for anything non-Western European.
posted by sondrialiac to Media & Arts (23 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
posted by cowbellemoo at 9:20 AM on December 29, 2008

Is t.a.T.u. peppy enough for you?
posted by Viola at 9:23 AM on December 29, 2008

The Go! Team

posted by synaesthetichaze at 9:33 AM on December 29, 2008

Is t.a.T.u. peppy enough for you?

posted by sondrialiac at 9:34 AM on December 29, 2008

Although they might be too "bubble-pop" for you...

Kimono Jet Girl, by AAA

Angel Eyes, by Heartsdales
posted by specialagentwebb at 9:44 AM on December 29, 2008

I'd love to help, but YouTube says "This video is not available in your country." Any clues as to what the song was?
posted by creeky at 9:46 AM on December 29, 2008

Creeky, it was Lollipop, by Miko.
posted by sondrialiac at 9:57 AM on December 29, 2008

The Pipettes
The Orange Peels
posted by @_'-' at 9:59 AM on December 29, 2008

Pizzicato Five and Fantastic Plastic Machine are peppy and from Japan. Komeda (note: not Krzysztof Komeda) are peppy and from Sweden.
posted by bjrn at 10:04 AM on December 29, 2008

The Ark - Kolla Kolla gets me dancing no matter where I hear it.
posted by munchingzombie at 10:20 AM on December 29, 2008

The answers here might be a bit scattered because the song you link to isn't foreign (well, it's English) or indie-pop. Indie pop bands like PAS/CAL, Heavenly, Aberfeldy, etc., don't usually sound much like Mika.
posted by ludwig_van at 10:25 AM on December 29, 2008

There were a bunch of good suggestions on my thread a few months back.

I think you should try Yelle, for starters.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 10:28 AM on December 29, 2008

Mystery Jets
Lykke Li
Das Pop
Bag Raiders
Miami Horror
Cut Copy
Hot Chip

That should keep you goin' for a while...MeMail me if you want more.
posted by awesomebrad at 10:48 AM on December 29, 2008

More Mika!! Try Love Today that got me hooked.
posted by cestmoi15 at 11:11 AM on December 29, 2008

seconding the Pipettes. Also Strawberry Switchblade, the Ting Tings, and The New Young Pony Club (the Bomb, Ice Cream).
posted by K.P. at 11:49 AM on December 29, 2008

Not quite as poppy, but getting there:
The Salteens
The All Girl Summer Fun Band
The Icicles
Dressy Bessy
The Apples in Stereo
posted by Bunglegirl at 12:40 PM on December 29, 2008

I love The Bicycles.
posted by girlpublisher at 12:50 PM on December 29, 2008

Pizzicato Five is so peppy they almost hurt.
posted by OmieWise at 12:59 PM on December 29, 2008

Shugo Tokumaru perhaps??
posted by Julnyes at 1:33 PM on December 29, 2008

Stereo Total
posted by look busy at 1:34 PM on December 29, 2008

I'm From Barcelona (actually from Sweden) songs have similar infectious sing-along qualities.
posted by strangecargo at 2:24 PM on December 29, 2008

Remembering stuff that was popular in Russia when I was there a couple years ago. I saw TATU perform in St. Petersburg and it was wonderful.

Pier Narciss' Shokoladniy Zayats (the song's name is "Chocolate Rabbit"; I think he was the only black person singing in Russian on MTV when I was there)

Diskoteka Avariya's "Nebo" (Two full minutes of no music in the music video, unfortunately; the band name translates as "Disco Accident" ("accident" as in a car crash))

Leonid Agutin's "Granitsa"

Glukoza's "Nevesta", "Schwine" (not super peppy but has subtitles to give you an idea of her lyrics), "Tantsui Rossiya"

Maria Rzhevskaya's "Kogda ya stanu koshkoi" (not super peppy, but really popular, and I got nostalgic looking through some of these songs and this was my favorite from the time)

5nizza might qualify. "Ty Kildal", "Jamayka", "Ya s toboi" (give it a minute to pick up), "Soldat" (my favorite, but not really peppy).

You should really look into Bollywood if you want peppy, non-Western-European music. I'm not well versed in the music, but Asha Bhosle's voice is a start (wikipedia)
posted by msbrauer at 6:48 PM on December 29, 2008

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