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eurotrashfilter >> names of goofy europop/dance bands to put on the ipod and take to the gym? the kind you would never tell your friends about?
posted by subpixel to Media & Arts (34 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Divine Comedy, Depeche Mode come to mind.
posted by AlexReynolds at 5:08 PM on February 10, 2005

posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 5:12 PM on February 10, 2005

And One.
posted by neckro23 at 5:12 PM on February 10, 2005

Eiffel 65.
posted by kenko at 5:12 PM on February 10, 2005

Right Said Fred.
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 5:13 PM on February 10, 2005

Bl├╝mchen, but if anyone asks, you didn't hear it from me.
posted by Loser at 5:15 PM on February 10, 2005

Divine Comedy are great, but I don't think that they're really dance-y. Depeche Mode would be great for this and I usually take The Faint and Brazilian Girls with me to the gym. Great for getting those BPMs up.
posted by amandaudoff at 5:19 PM on February 10, 2005

Aqua (good luck getting it out of your head though). La Bouche.

Damn I miss Eurotrash pop.
posted by calistasm at 5:27 PM on February 10, 2005

posted by anathema at 5:32 PM on February 10, 2005

Second Annie, and raise you JUNIOR SENIOR!
posted by Quartermass at 5:35 PM on February 10, 2005

I completely understand where you are coming from. I love listening to music I hate while working out. I even belong to a Eurotrash gym. Modern Talking (East Germans who find grammatically correct English phrases that are somehow impossible), Alphaville, and Tatu. All really bad, really trashy, and oddly entertaining.

Why can't we answer these things anonymously?
posted by gesamtkunstwerk at 5:43 PM on February 10, 2005

Dead or Alive.
posted by googly at 5:48 PM on February 10, 2005

Erasure, OMD, New Order. OK they aren't goofy, but their greatest hits are all somewhat embarassingly good.
posted by chaz at 6:02 PM on February 10, 2005

Good luck finding her music nowadays ( does have one album, and ebay might be useful), but I my favorite musical guilty pleasure has long been Betty Boo.
posted by kimota at 6:14 PM on February 10, 2005

O-Zone will fill your trashy Romanian disco boy-band quota.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 6:33 PM on February 10, 2005

Electric 6. Though I'm not exactly keeping that a secret. Funny songs, good beats, sort of 70s disco-meets-rocknroll. Good stuff.
posted by zardoz at 6:36 PM on February 10, 2005

Go here, click on "House" once it loads, and listen to any of the songs under "Italo Disco".

You will not be disappointed.
posted by armage at 6:42 PM on February 10, 2005

Daft Punk's side project, Stardust, put out an amazing song in this genre called "Music Sounds Better With You".
posted by yerfatma at 6:50 PM on February 10, 2005

Girls Aloud ("The Show," "No Good Advice"). Alcazar ("Paris in the Rain"). Rachel Stevens ("Some Girls"). Anything produced by Xenomania or Richard X.
posted by bcwinters at 7:07 PM on February 10, 2005

S.P.O.C.K. Wonderful Scandinavian group that does synth-pop songs inspired by Star Trek.
posted by inksyndicate at 7:50 PM on February 10, 2005

Annie is the perfect choice, because it's europop AND you can talk to your friends about it and feel hip.
posted by smackfu at 9:11 PM on February 10, 2005

Junior Senior, hell yes.

Kaizer's Orchestra isn't really pop or dance, but they're good.
posted by borkingchikapa at 9:19 PM on February 10, 2005

The Supermen Lovers. That ubiquitous club hit from a few years ago, "Starlight," is still filtered french disco GENIUS!
posted by arielmeadow at 9:40 PM on February 10, 2005

Kylie Minogue Orz.
posted by delmoi at 10:55 PM on February 10, 2005

Great question. My workout songs are my secret shame. The songs I listen to at the gym are all Pump-You-Up dance songs and the exact inverse of what I listen to at home. The best trick is to find dance remixes of reasonably popular songs you like. If it's popular enough, there's a remix, and with luck, it'll be good. That said: Kylie Minogue, Las Ketchup (a bunch of drag queens in Barcelona taught me the Ketchup dance), Express 2, Shakira. And put Haddaway on there to recreate the Night at the Roxbury experience. It's hard to name good europop bands, because most are one-hit wonders.

Also, although it's not europop at all, the first Kill Bill soundtrack has some of the best workout songs of all time on it. They really capture the frenetic feel of the movie. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood by Saint Esmerelda sounds like the theme song to a Japanese video game about cowboys, and it energizes me like nothing else.
posted by painquale at 11:18 PM on February 10, 2005

Air? Eurodance? Are you serious?

Anyhow, Sin with Sebastian - particularly Shut up and sleep with me
posted by O9scar at 11:41 PM on February 10, 2005

Alizee (French pop tartlet)
posted by PenDevil at 12:30 AM on February 11, 2005

And some from what I can remember that were all over the airwaves in the early-mid-90's:

2 Unlimited
posted by PenDevil at 12:37 AM on February 11, 2005

Any of the Euphoria, Clubbers guide... or Ministry of Sound compilation albums are great for the gym. They don't stop between tracks, have a load of cheesy dance, last about 2 hours and have a good BPM which I find tends to make you workout harder.
posted by ralawrence at 1:07 AM on February 11, 2005

Grab Scissor Sisters Comfortably Numb.
posted by snowgoon at 5:01 AM on February 11, 2005

What I MEANT to say was grab the track "Comfortably Numb" by the Scissor Sisters.

That makes more sense.
posted by snowgoon at 5:03 AM on February 11, 2005

Ooohh, let's see... I'll second Betty Boo, but you'll want the first album. The second was bordering on the compentent and therefore a bit dull. Jesus Jones first album probably fits the bill, at least partly. The Prodigy's first album is a bit more novelty single and a little less Firestarter and worth a try.

There was a four cd box set called "The Best of Rave" that was available in the UK for about eight quid full of just the sort of garbage you want. It was on the Low Price Music label and has The Prodigy, Altern8, Trip 2 The Moon, Baby D, Shamen and some other stuff that is too obscure and bollocks even for me to remember. Look around and you'll see some copies super-cheap (and you really wouldn't want to pay a lot of money for it).
posted by dodgygeezer at 7:32 AM on February 11, 2005

Richard X

posted by yerfatma at 1:31 PM on February 12, 2005

this thread is most likely dead, but i just remembered Stereo Total. Doesn't fit exactly, but close enough.
posted by hellbient at 10:21 AM on February 16, 2005

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