Magnus Carlsson at GoldenHits in Stockholm

There’s a place in Stockholm called “GoldenHits” and upstairs it has a bar/club area entirely devoted to schlager.

An entire bar devoted to Swedish Schlager music. I discovered this with the eclectic James O’Brien a couple of weeks ago when we were in Sweden. To say we had the night of our lives is an understatement! There was a moment, after a couple of hours of perfect schlager music,  drinking latt öl and good company –  a moment when they played “Du är så Yeah Yeah Wow Wow” by Martin – that I literally and honestly thought “if I died right now, if I had a heart attack and died right here, right now, it would be okay.”

Never, in all my years on planet Earth did I think that I would have the experience of being in a bar/club (especially a straight one) and hearing Martin being played loud and proud. And witnessing the dance floor light up with a slew of Swedes strutting their stuff and singing along to every single word.   It would be a perfect way to go because I can’t imagine there will be any better moment than this in my life. I experienced bliss, joy, emotion, vindication, fulfilment, warmth, love and hysteria all in the one moment. I was in a bar/club, city, country with a people who “got it”, they really, really “got it” – they loved the music we were listening to all night as much as I do. It’s normal for them…for me, living on the other side of the world in Australia, it’s something you can’t even explain to people properly.

James and I had been to the slightly disappointing Stockholm Pride Schlager Night for most of the night and then moved on to GoldenHits. They were having a special schlager night with a live appearance by Magnus Carlsson, ex-Alcazar, ex-Barbados, uber-fab-Swedish-entertainer and prominent Svensk Homo. I’d seen Magnus perform live before, in 2009, and was instantly converted to fandom and worship. I’d even met Magnus and had my pic taken with him. He’s a darling. But James, an uber-uber-Magnus Carlsson fan, had never seen him live, in the flesh. He was almost wetting his pants in anticipation.

Magnus did not disappoint. In about 35 minutes he did just about his entire career. Seriously. This was the best of the best. And the crowd went nuts. As did James. As did I.

I’d recently purchased a new camera – a Panasonic FS-33 (known in Oz as FH-25) – and had been enthusiastically trying it out all week in Stockholm. But with still photos. I decided, on the spur of the moment, to do a test of the camera’s video recording capabilities. I don’t really have much experience of this with any camera so it was definitely an experiment. I filmed a few minutes of Magnus live on stage. I thought I might surprise James with the footage later on.

It hasn’t come out too badly for a first attempt. I got sick of holding the bloody camera still – your  arm and hand get tired after a while! But anyway, tonight I uploaded it to Youtube and you can see it below.

Big hugs to Magnus for being so fabtastic. Hugs to GoldenHits for providing me with the night of my life. And a big puss och kram to James for being my partner in crime for a week in Sweden!

Congratulations Eric Saade – Sweden’s best Eurovision result in more than a decade!

It is quite amazing what negative, destructive, cunts the Swedish media have been about Eric Saade & Eurovision. I’ve been struggling to find a really positive newspaper article about Eric’s success in placing 3rd and giving Sweden its best Eurovision result since 1999. The article below is mostly positive but sticks the knife in at the end.

There have been articles rubbishing the song, articles damning him with faint praise whilst twisting the knife in and even an article saying nobody showed up to meet him when he arrived back in Stockholm after Eurovision. Negative, negative, negative. One paper had giant text above an article about Eric saying “The Moniker should have been there” (at Eurovision). I’d say with confidence that, had the Moniker represented Sweden, they would have placed 33rd, not 3rd.

The irony is that if all of those journalists curled up and died tomorrow, the world would be a better place. Yet Eric is great human being who is bringing something positive to the world with terrific music and performances – he’s doing nothing but bringing positivity to the world and positivity to his home country, Sweden. All Swedes should be proud of him and people like him who achieve such wonderful success on the world stage.

I started to wonder today after the umteenth negative Swedish press article, maybe it’s a racist thing? Eric’s father is from the middle east and Eric doesn’t look like the all-blonde typical Swede. We know from the Sweden Democrats huge success in Swedish elections that a huge number of Swedes are basically racist. No, not basically racist…just totally racist. I wondered if perhaps Eric’s skin colour was the real reason why the Swedish press were treating his Eurovision success with disdain?

One of my all time favourite Swedish arists, Nanne Gronvall apparently criticised the lyrics of Eric’s song “Popular” and Sarah Dawn Finer, another fabulous Swedish diva, was supporting Azerbaijan over Sweden because her brother was their choreographer. Her congratulations and support of Eric has been weak and half-hearted to say the least.

I want to say Eric – you may have placed 3rd, but you’re No. 1 with me and to a lot of other people. I’ve been following your career since I found out about you with “Sleepless”. Your “Masquerade” CD was my absolute favourite album on 2010. I think you’re a fantastic performer and a terrific guy. Don’t let the negativity of your fellow Swedes (particularly the press) get you down. Keep on doing what you do and hold your head up high – maybe one day you’ll receive the praise you deserve in your own country.

Mostly positive article on Eric at Eurovision

Eric Saade’s “Gay kiss” – storm in a Swedish teacup!

Since so many people seem to be searching the net to find out if Eric Saade is Gay (and just reiterating, no he’s not – he’s just bought a flat with long time partner Molly Sanden), I thought I’d have another look at footage of the kiss that began it all. The storm in the proverbial Swedish teacup. Although the kiss looks hot in still shots, it is nothing more than a silly, fun thing between Danny & Eric whilst having press photos taken.

I guess people just like a hint of Gay scandal….or maybe it’s the Gay boys secretly wishin’ and a hopin’. 😉

Eric Saade & Molly Sanden: true love

Eric Saade’s Popular video: uncensored and uncut

Eric Saade’s Popular video: uncensored and uncut…and possibly a tad too violent. Still, what a song! What a guy!

Who do you want to win Eurovision 2011?

Go Sweden! Go Eric Saade!

Visit Sweden in 2011….cos Eric Saade lives there!

Visit Sweden....cos Eric Saade is there!

Make 2011 your year to visit Sweden

Go Eric! Go Eric! Go Eric!

Here is Eric Saade’s superlative Eurovision 2011 semi-final performance…

And now all eyes are on Saturday night….he’s done the hard yards, he has a terrific song and a brilliant presentation….but can he do it? Can he bring Eurovision back to Sweden?

As I was showering and getting ready for work this morning, I was anxiously awaiting the results from Düsseldorf. The Eurovision organisers deliberately read Sweden out last to increase the tension for the television audience. I hope the Eurovision organisers involved burn in hell for that unnecessary piece of bullshit.

Can I wait until Sunday night when the Eurovision Final 2011 is shown in Australia? Can I avoid all media and outside interactions to avoid having the result spoilt for me?

No, I don’t think so this year. This year I think the suspense will kill me. If Eric wins, I need to know. If Eric doesn’t win (oh god, don’t even put it out there!), I need to be prepared so that when I do watch the final, I don’t start smashing the television set and start wishing that someone nukes Europe.

We’re having the annual Eurovision mini-gathering at our place this year. Lots of cleaning and tidying to do. It’ll really be the first time we’ve had guests in the flat since moved in proper. Maybe I’ll dress like Dana International for the evening? Actually no, I don’t think so! The evening is going to be all about Eric Saade…he has truly done Sweden proud!

Eric Saade - Eurovision 2011 Semifinal 1

Awful suspense for Eric Saade