Saturday, November 1, 2008

BANDS & ARTISTS FROM WALES & THEIR HITS IN HELLAS



Bands & artists of Welsh origin & their most successful songs in Hellas

1) Bands

ALARM (Rhyl / hit: Rain In The Summertime, 1987)
AUTOMATIC, THE (Cowbridge / hit: Monster, 2006)
CATATONIA (Cardiff / hit: Mulder And Scully, 1998)
MANIC STREET PREACHERS (Blackwood, Caerphilly)
STEREOPHONICS (Cwmaman / biggest hits in Hellas: Have A Nice Day, 2001 - Maybe Tomorrow, 2003 - Dakota, 2005)
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS (Cardiff / hit: Juxtapozed With U, 2001)
WATERFRONT (Cardiff / hit: Cry, 1988)
WORLD PARTY alias KARL WALLINGER (Prestatyn / hit: Is It Like Today, 1993)


2) Artists

SHIRLEY BASSEY (Cardiff)
JOHN CALE (Garnant, Ammanford)
DUFFY (Bangor, Gwynedd /hit: Mercy, 2008)
GREEN GARTSIDE (Cardiff)
MARY HOPKIN (hit: Those Were The Days, 1968)
JEM (Penarth /hit: They, 2005)
TOM JONES (Trefforest, Pontypridd)
DONNA LEWIS (Cardiff / hit: I Love You Always Forever, 1996)
SHAKIN' STEVENS (Ely, Cardiff)
STEVE STRANGE (Newbridge, South Wales / lead singer of VISAGE -Fade To Grey, 1980)
BONNIE TYLER (Skewen)


3) Significant Welsh bands & artists less known or less successful in Hellas

AMEN CORNER
APHEX TWIN (Limerick, Ireland)
BADFINGER (Swansea)
DARLING BUDS (Caerleon, Newport)
CHARLOTTE CHURCH (Llandaff, Cardiff)
FREUR (Cardiff)
FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND
GENE LOVES JEZEBEL
LOSTPROPHETS (Pontypridd)
LOVE SCULPTURE / DAVE EDMUNDS
MAN (Swansea)
YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS (Cardiff)
&
MICHAEL BALL
ALED JONES (Bangor)


4) Band members of Welsh origin

DAVID GLASPER (singer of BREATHE)
ROGER GLOVER (bass player of DEEP PURPLE)
TONY KILEY (drummer of THE BLOW MONKEYS)
RICHARD "TIG" WILLIAMS (drummer of THE PRIMITIVES)


5) The 10 most popular songs by a Welsh act in Hellas ever:

Diamonds Are Forever-SHIRLEY BASSEY (1971)
Goldfinger-SHIRLEY BASSEY (1964)
Holding Out For A Hero-BONNIE TYLER (1984)
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next-MANIC STREET PREACHERS (1998)
Motorcycle Emptiness-MANIC STREET PREACHERS (1991)
She's A Lady-TOM JONES (1970)
Those Were The Days-MARY HOPKIN
Total Eclipse Of The Heart-BONNIE TYLER (1983 / the most popular song by a Welsh artist ever in Hellas)
What's New Pussycat?-TOM JONES (1965)

included by exception:
Fade To Grey-VISAGE (feat. STEVE STRANGE)

runner's up:
Help Yourself-TOM JONES (1968)
If You Don't Understand-SHIRLEY BASSEY (1984)

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