Duffy – Beggin for Mercy and Endlessly

Posted on November 13, 2010

Duffy - MercyI am having a bit of a run on Welsh warblers, but I have been meaning to do a post on Duffy performing ‘Mercy’ for ages now, good job I managed it before her new album Endlessly actually got released. Although it is available for pre-order right now.

Plus you have to give it to the Welsh they seem to have a natural aptitude towards singing and they punch well above their weight when it comes to international singing stars. I am amazed that I can still listen to this one though, because when we were tuned into NRJ (pronounced energy in France) they absolutely played it to death. Seemed like Duffy singing Mercy was on about every ten minutes. But I still bought her Rockferry Album and Mercy is still my favourite track despite the over exposure.

So here it is for your enjoyment and entertainment, Duffy performing Mercy, closely followed by Duffy singing Endlessly, which is pretty damned good as well, maybe even better; but I need to let it grow on me a bit. Perhaps I need to tune into NRG again after the 29th November.

A little bit more about Duffy, her full name is Aimée Ann Duffy and she was born in 1984. She is a singer and songwriter and her album Rockferry was released in 2008 and became the best selling album in the UK for 2008 getting somewhere in the order of 1.6 million sales in the UK and over 6 million world wide. It’s hard to believe but she was the first Welsh born female singer to get a UK number one for 25 years when the track in the video ‘Mercy’ got to number one.

Rockferry Album

1. Rockferry 4:13
2. Warwick Avenue 3:46
3. Serious 4:10
4. Stepping Stone 3:29
5. Syrup & Honey 3:18
6. Hanging On Too Long 3:56
7. Mercy 3:40
8. Delayed Devotion 2:57
9. I’m Scared 3:09
10. Distant Dreamer 5:06

Duffy – Endlessly

Bit of an afterthought but better late than never, this is a preview of her new track before the album is released at the end of the month.

Nena-99 Luftballons new version (2013)

Posted on January 01, 1970

Nena - 99 Red Balloons That is 99 red balloons to us who speak the Queen’s English. Another 1 hit wonder, well as far as the UK is concerned, this time from the 80’s which was reborn with this new version in 2009. 99 Luftballons
doesn’t translate directly to 99 red balloons however, it didn’t really work in English so the red was thrown in to help things out a bit.

Have to say Nena still looks in pretty good shape given around 26 years have drifted by since the original was released way back in 1983. Nena is not strictly a one hit wonder artist as she has been around for a long time and has managed a series of hits over her time as a singer and pop artist. Not in the UK however but rather in the Netherlands, Austria, and Germany with some success in Switzerland. The band ‘Nena’ split up in 1987 and Neno the solo artist has gone it alone since then. The English speaking world never really took to any of her other releases, hence the ‘one hit wonder label’, but I should point out that she has had platinum releases and big success in the Germanic regions of the world plus this track went to number 2 in the States, at least the English version did.

Anyway its a pretty good little ditty and the video below released in 2013 is a lot more interesting than the original one from the 80’s and it’s in German.

99 Luftballons

1. 99 Red Balloons
2. Hangin’ on You
3. Just a Dream
4. Let Me Be Your Pirate
5. Kino
6. Das Land der Elefanten
7. Leuchtturm
8. Rette Mich
9. Uner Kannt Durch’s Marchenland
10. 99 Luftballons