Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Song of The Summer?

This has been my fourth summer in Milan and I still don't understand how, without fail, the Italians seem to go a just a little bit silly when it comes to music every time the weather starts to get hot.

This year many have given the rather dubious honour of the tormentone dell'estate (literally 'torment of the summer') to a song created (well, there's actually been a bit of a plagiarism debate about this on Twitter during the last few days...) by Radio Globo in Lazio. It's about a chick (pulcino) called Pio.

Annoying, right?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Song of The Week

Non sono solo canzonette (They're not just little songs) is a curious song. It's by 27 year old singer-songwriter and pianist Paolo Simoni, and borrows lyrics from many famous Italian songs from the past; such as Domenico Modugno's Nel blu dipinto di blu, Franco Battiato's Centro di gravità permanente, and the title of the song itself borrows from Edoardo Bennato's Sono solo canzonette.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday Classic

L'estate sta finendo is one of the big tormentoni from the 80s. It was released in 1985 by Turinese duo Righeira, and it was their biggest hit.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


This is mainly the sight that greeted me as I left the house this morning to go to work. Deserted streets, not a soul in sight. I was half-expecting a heard of zombies to come out of nowhere and start chasing me...