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Friday 11 September 2020

The Long Goodbye: Part 24

Part 24 of our tour of the EU, and the start of a run of 'S' countries that will take us all the way to the end. It's Slovakia. I have only ever been to Bratislava but I can assure you that it is a top town. You should go.

For those of you that are keen to explore further after listening to today's selection, the old Internet has a list of the 100 greatest Slovak albums of all time. It was compiled in 2007 so may be a little bit out of date by now, but it is a good place to start your browsing. The top three acts all feature today (although not with those albums). 

Inexplicably missing from the Hot 100 is this masterpiece from 1979 which I picked up on my travels about ten years ago.

Officially described as a Slovak own brand version of Silver Convention, it somehow manages to transcend that unpromising proposition and become a work of pure artistry. I am pleased to restore it to its rightful place at the head of our cavalcade of Slovak sounds.

"I Wanna Dance Bump" - Branjo Sound

"Abraka Dabraka" - Prudy

"Piesen sťastných detí (Pionier)" - Banket

"Závrať" - Helena Blehárová

"Vážim Si" - Medial Banana

Turning to the videos, I am delighted to present covers of Ike & Tina Turner and Haydn and what appear to be affectionate tributes to Robert Palmer and Freddy Krueger.


  1. Ít is indeed a lovely city. We stayed in the Hotel Kiev, a soviet-era monstrosity of a place.

  2. .....there is so much to like about that first video I don-t where to start. Absolutely toptastic. I was a bit less impressed with the Slovakian ELP, though. But you saved the best 'til last.

    1. Shame about that as I only put the Slovakian ELP in for you. Will try to do better with Slovenia

    2. There's gratitude for you!