GCO Visits 2013

It has become a tradition for our firm to send an end of year greetings which highlights something from some of the countries we have enjoyed visiting and working in during the last year.  We have sent greetings in the past with national flags, coins, airlines and now - perhaps the most difficult and potentially controversial - with music. We hope you enjoy the views and also sample the sounds of our favourite places in 2013.

Click on the accompanying thumbnail of the artist to play the video.

UK

The Clash

Person/Band: The Clash

The song: London Calling

Comment: Commercial and radical at the same time.
It beggars belief to hear this played as wallpaper music (seriously!) in our local supermarket.

Canada

Warren Zevon

Person/Band: Warren Zevon

The song: Lawyers, Guns and Money

Comment: Provides the perfect answer to the question: "You can always tell you need a lawyer when ...."

Belgium

dEUS

Person/Band: dEUS

The song: Little Arithmetics (from the album Following Sea)

Comment: An indie rock band from Antwerp, Belgium who are internationally famous. Even for lawyers little arithmetics can sometimes be
tricky…

Switserland

Barbara Berta

Person/Band: Barbara Berta

The song: Dentro di me

Comment: We asked a genuine “Ticinese” (Ticino is the Italian speaking region of Switserland) for their suggestion which was BB. Probably the Swiss national anthem is the only alternative that would please all the Swiss...

USA

Lou Reed

Person/Band: Lou Reed

The song: Take a Walk on the Wild Side - Velvet Underground

Comment: After serving as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, his solo career spanned several decades. Reed began a solo career in 1972. He had a hit the following year with "Walk on the Wild Side"

France

Francis Cabrel

Person/Band: Francis Cabrel

The song: Je l'aime à mourir (Live)

Comment: Expelled from secondary school in Agen for lack of discipline, he went to work in a shoe shop while playing gigs with a group named "Ray Frank and Jazzmen," which later became known as "les Gaulois" because every member of the band had a moustache.

Germany

No Angels

Person/Band: No Angels

The song: Daylight in Your Eyes

Comment: An all-female pop trio from Germany. Critically acclaimed, the band has won dozen of awards and prizes, with four number-one hits, three number-one albums and record sales of more than 5.0 million.

Denmark

Tina Dico

Person/Band: Tina Dico

The song: Let's Get Lost

Comment: She founded her own record label and releases her music independently, enjoying large success with her albums in her home country as well as critical acclaim across Europe. "Let's Get Lost" sounds like good advice...

Australasia

Eskimo Joe

Person/Band: Eskimo Joe

The song: Foreign Land - Inshalla

Comment: An Australian alternative rock band that was formed in 1997. Eskimo Joe have won eight ARIA Music Awards; in 2006 the band achieved four wins—from nine nominations— for work associated with Black Fingernails, Red Wine. Sounds strangely familiar...

Luxembourg

Vikki Leandros

Person/Band: Vikki Leandros

The song: Après Toi

Comment: Wins Eurovision in 1972.
Born in Cyprus, becomes a pop star in Germany. Sings in French for Luxembourg. The definition of Europop.


Italy

Andrea Boccelli

Person/Band: Andrea Boccelli

The song: Con te partirò - Time to say goodbye

Comment: The song England fans suspect (but fervently hope not) is used in the TV highlights after England vs Italy on 14 June 2014 Football World Cup.

China

Shadow Zen

Person/Band: Shadow Zen

The song: Once upon A Time in Shanghai

Comment: a Chinese actress, singer, author and TV celebrity, who is well known as China's Musical Queen. Shadow is a guest professor at Beijing Dance Academy, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Queens College New York.

Croatia

Massimo Savić

Person/Band: Massimo Savić

The song: Sjaj u tami

Comment: Also known simply as Massimo, is a Croatian pop singer. He first became popular in the 1980s with his band Dorian Gray, and then soon embarked on a successful solo career.

Ukraine

VIA Gra

Person/Band: VIA Gra

The song: Good Morning Papa (Live)

Comment: The name VIA Gra is a play on words. The first three letters mean "vocal-instrumental ensemble" in Ukrainian, and "gra" means "game". Known for their frequent lineup changes, with 13 different individuals having at one time been in the group.

UAE

Fatiniza

Person/Band: Fatiniza

The song: Nothing is Impossible.

Comment: Originally from Columbia, Fatiniza has established herself as one of Dubai’s brightest stars on the music scene. This clip was filmed in Ras Al Kaimah in Jazirat Al Hamra also known as Red Island which is one of the last authentic traditional towns still standing in the UAE.

Senegal

Positive Black Soul

Person/Band: Positive Black Soul

The song: Run Cool

Comment: A hip hop group based in Dakar, Senegal. They perform in the English, French, and Wolof languages and use traditional Senegalese instruments as part of their songs.


Poland

Zbigniew Namysłowski

Person/Band: Zbigniew Namysłowski

The song: Live Jazz with the Dresch Quartet

Comment: A Polish jazz alto saxophonist, flautist, cellist, trombonist, pianist and composer born in Warsaw, perhaps best known for appearing on the Krzysztof Komeda album "Astigmatic".

Trinidad & Tobago

Choc'late Allen

Person/Band: Choc'late Allen

The song: Everybody Needs A Friend

Comment: She arose to national awareness in early 2007 by engaging in a 5-day fast in an effort to promote the concept of Taking Personal Responsibility for our individual thoughts and actions. In 2009, Choc’late produced a cd entitled “Children MUST be Seen & HEARD”.

The photos of the artists are from Wikipedia and are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. The album background is © iStockPhoto. The elements for the make believe album covers which include the Grayston & Company logo, were combined by PelicanDream to illustrate the places visited by GCO during 2013. Lou Reed: Man Alive!; Shadow Zen: Modernshadow; dEUS: opethpainter; Fatiniza: Headshrinker; Francis Cabrel: cajunzydecophotos; No Angels: Daniel Aragay from Terrassa, Catalunya; Positive Black Soul: Norbert Wenzel; Pascal Schumacher: Letcombe; Choc'late Allen: Yourobserver; Tina Dico: Ole Sanvig Knudsen; Zeus: http://TeachAIDS.org; Zbigniew Namysłowski: Przemysław Jahr; VIA Gra: Живущий в сети; Keali'i Reichel: Charles Haynes; Coldplay: Madchester; Eskimo Joe: Johan Larsson, from Göteborg, Sweden; Warren Zevon: Klaus Hiltscher; Vikki Leandros: Ralf Roletschek (talk) - Fahrradtechnik auf fahrradmonteur.de; Barbara Berta: Courtesy of Eurovision.de; Andrea Bocelli: Dovywiarda; Massimo Savic: romanski