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Why isn't there a thread dedicated to the brilliantness of Robyn's Be Mine! yet?? (Or why can't I find it?). It's got violins. And Destiny Child beats. And a *great* kitsch-y talk-y bit. And it's from an album that I haven't heard yet but where she works with people from Teddybears Sthlm ánd The Knife. And she is Swedish.

(jg) ((jg)), Monday, 16 May 2005 15:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The album is fantastic fantastic, search: "Who's That Girl", "Handle Me", "Robotboy" and "Bum Like You" especially. "Robotboy" is gaspy in "O Superman" manner. It is great. I really really hope this gets a UK release at some point.

And "Be Mine!" is one of the best singles of the year. Hurrah!, for Robyn.

Alex in Doncaster (Alex in Doncaster), Monday, 16 May 2005 16:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I also really like Crash & Burn Girl.

Xii (Xii), Monday, 16 May 2005 16:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Is she the same Europop girl who did "Do You Know (What It Takes)?"

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Monday, 16 May 2005 16:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

She is, and "Show Me Love" too. Now she is a grownup who curses.

Alex in Doncaster (Alex in Doncaster), Monday, 16 May 2005 17:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


I hope this gets a UK release soon too. I'm so excited.

Hari A$hur$t (Toaster), Monday, 16 May 2005 17:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Be Mine sounds a lot like Kate Bush's Hounds Of Love. Like it!

Sandeman, Thursday, 19 May 2005 22:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The only problem is that "Konichiwa Bitches" is crap! Song title of the year, it should have been a massive dis track to STUPID HATAZ or something.

"I know you wanna hate, but you're all wack! Konichiwa, bitches!". Or similar.

edward o (edwardo), Friday, 20 May 2005 00:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Wow, "Konichiwa Bitches." She must be a Dave Chappelle fan!

Matthew C Perpetua (inca), Friday, 20 May 2005 00:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

And in case people DON'T know, despite it having been mentioned loads of times, Robyn also did the original version of Bev Knight's super-fantastic "Keep This Fire Burning". She looked well scary in the video which had some painted blokes in it. I love her.

edward o (edwardo), Friday, 20 May 2005 00:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

She also did "Do You Know (What It Takes)," which I think was the pop song that really made me reconsider my nonstop alt-rock listening habits when I was 18.

Matthew C Perpetua (inca), Friday, 20 May 2005 01:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Konichiwa Bitches is good!!: Fannypack's 'Seven-one-eight' crossed with Gwen Stefani. I'm not so hot on the ballad-type tracks that clog up the back-end. Jack U Off from the single obviously ace, as someone pointed out around here ages ago.

alext (alext), Friday, 20 May 2005 06:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

There is a killer remix of Be Mine floating around somewhere. I've yet to find it. It's Robyn singing over a heavy as plutonium DAF bassline. Meat Boys remix or something it's called. I was very drunk when I heard it. But it was fantastic.

Kaiser of Köln (Kaiser of Köln), Friday, 20 May 2005 08:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
God this album is great. I can't believe that she did the original version of that 'Keep the fire burning', I adore it but for ages I've wanted to hear a version by someone else (pref Jamelia). Got Emule on the case now.

Affectian (Affectian), Thursday, 23 June 2005 15:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

She'd be like, what, 25 now?

Tantrum The Cat (Tantrum The Cat), Thursday, 23 June 2005 16:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Another vote for "Konichiwa Bitches." JJ Fad lives!

rogermexico (rogermexico), Thursday, 23 June 2005 16:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah! This whole album has a touch of the L'Trimms and the rest of that lot. How long has she been releasing records and what are her best older tracks?

Affectian (Affectian), Thursday, 23 June 2005 17:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

hm, just heard her version of 'fire..burning' and I'm surprised to say that I think Bev still does it best despite her near-total lack of personality. Robyn's vocals just don't *yearn* as much.

Affectian (Affectian), Thursday, 23 June 2005 17:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Great, another album to add to my ever-growing to-buy list. I've got "Robyn Is Here" and it is really good. I think I bought it when I was in States a couple of years ago. Am I right in thinking she's been pretty successful over there? If so, is there any apparent reason why she isn't in Britain?

Nick H (Nick H), Thursday, 23 June 2005 20:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I *really* need to hear the rest of this album!

BARMS, Friday, 24 June 2005 07:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Who produces her now? Surely not Max Martin.

Tantrum The Cat (Tantrum The Cat), Friday, 24 June 2005 13:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Robyn has own label, and doesn't want demos:

God, she's great.

edward o (edwardo), Friday, 24 June 2005 14:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Is anyone able to do the album for me, please? Excepting 'Kon'wa, Bitches' and 'Be Mine'. Thanks in advance.

BARMS, Friday, 24 June 2005 16:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
If this doesn't get a UK release I am going to have to import it from Sweden.
It rules very much.

fandango (fandango), Sunday, 17 July 2005 00:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I always see 10 used copies of her album for $1. I really don't think it would be any good
I hate looking at that cover.

Michael Costello (MichaelCostello1), Sunday, 17 July 2005 00:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This is amazing.

Tom (Groke), Sunday, 17 July 2005 08:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

She reminds me of Bob Dylan on "Handle Me".

Tom (Groke), Sunday, 17 July 2005 08:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It is fantastic, though after "Konichiwa Bitches" I find that it trails off a little. But "Curriculum Vitae" still makes me laugh even though I've played the album 1,325,834 times.

j0e (j0e), Sunday, 17 July 2005 11:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This album is still awesome. Up there with Fannypack for album of the year, definitely. OK, up there with Tegan and Sara for the no. 2 spot, after Fannypack.

alext (alext), Sunday, 17 July 2005 12:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


Hari A$hur$t (Toaster), Sunday, 17 July 2005 17:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I don't like "Be Mine!" though. :(

Tom (Groke), Sunday, 17 July 2005 21:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...
Holy shit, why didn't anyone force me to listen to this earlier? Album of the Year, possibly.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Tuesday, 16 August 2005 14:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

EdwardO, get over yr hate of "Konichiwa," bitch!

And this might be the one & only time I'll agree w/ Dom P. Ever. Forever ever.

David R. (popshots75`), Tuesday, 16 August 2005 15:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Bum Like You" is seriously in my top 5 singles of the year so far. Is this still not set for a domestic U.S. release? If not, that is a massive oversight on someone's part.

Legroom at the Vista (Bent Over at the Arclight), Tuesday, 16 August 2005 15:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

'Be Mine' is perfect in every way, from the swoop of the strings to the jitter of the beats to the jacking of 'Time After Time' to the amazing lyrics.

'Konichiwa Bitches' is just begging for an electrohouse remix: fantastic lyrics, great delivery, beat which sounds like a reject Casio demo.

I like 'Who's That Girl?' too, really should get round to the rest of the album as I'll clearly love most of it, but I can't be arsed to import or download.

The Lex (The Lex), Tuesday, 16 August 2005 15:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm really surprised Tom doesn't like 'Be Mine'!

Sociah T Azzahole (blueski), Tuesday, 16 August 2005 15:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Great album.

marc h. (marc h.), Tuesday, 16 August 2005 15:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This is really great! Love love the spoken part on "Be Mine." And the album is pretty solid all the way through.

I am also surprised Tom doesn't like "Be Mine."

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Monday, 22 August 2005 04:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I even like the ballads!

fandango (fandango), Monday, 22 August 2005 06:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Several months later I am not remotely bored of this album, no UK release yet? tsk, madness, in terms of godlike unavailability it will doubtless be to 2005 what Lene was to 2003 and Utada to 2004 except (whisper it) even better.

"Who's That Girl?" goes from strength to strength, THIS is my single of the year now (assuming it gets a release, anywhere, ever)

Alex in Sheffield (Alex in Doncaster), Monday, 22 August 2005 07:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

According to her website it was just released as a single...

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Monday, 22 August 2005 07:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Daver, I don't hate Konichiwa Bitches so much, it's just that it should be SO MUCH BETTER THAN IT IS WITH THAT TITLE. Though I had a really good idea of what two songs it sounded like and I've now forgotten. ALSO DAVER ANSWER MY EMAILS you mean thing you.

"Who's That Girl" is out as a single now in Sweden, the remixes don't seem to do it for me that I've heard. SUrely "Crash & Burn Girl" has to be a single too, D-D-D-DOWN is a MIGHTY HOOK bit.

(I think Utada is out in the UK this year)

edward o (edwardo), Monday, 22 August 2005 08:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Konichiwa Bitches is perfect.

What on earth would improve it? An ODB, Ludacris, Missy Elliot guest verse??

fandango (fandango), Monday, 22 August 2005 08:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

More Missy-esque daft rhymes like in the second verse would help a bit.

edward o (edwardo), Monday, 22 August 2005 08:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I am not sufficiently up to speed on Robyn developments, clearly. Any remixes, sub-par or otherwise, would be received pretty delightedly at the address below...

Alex in Sheffield (Alex in Doncaster), Monday, 22 August 2005 09:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Konichiwa Bitches" is definitely a masterpiece within a masterpiece. I think it is ideal just the way it is.

I'm pretty big on every song on the record, even the trio of ballads at the end that no one ever seems to talk about.

Matthew C Perpetua (inca), Monday, 22 August 2005 13:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


David R. (popshots75`), Monday, 22 August 2005 13:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ha, make that a quartet of ballads then.

Matthew C Perpetua (inca), Monday, 22 August 2005 19:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
this album is...

cozen (Cozen), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 07:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

maura weighs in:

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 28 October 2018 22:29 (six months ago) Permalink

I burst out laughing at the genius of the Lil Louis sample.

This is her best album aye.. wasn't expecting it at all.

piscesx, Monday, 29 October 2018 01:47 (six months ago) Permalink

between the lines is such a cool track

Trϵϵship, Monday, 29 October 2018 02:53 (six months ago) Permalink

Oh wow first time hearing this and the production is amazing throughout. Feel it’s too weird and subtle to be a the massive pop hit it deserves to be, unfortunately.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 01:26 (six months ago) Permalink

great album. listened to the whole thing 1.5 times stuck on the train home today.

akm, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 03:07 (six months ago) Permalink

It's so well suited to the warmth of her vocals.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 17:18 (six months ago) Permalink

Brilliant album, loving the 90s NY/deee-lite/pal joey vibes of Beach2k20. And the French Kiss sample is superbly deployed

i know kore-eda (or something), Thursday, 1 November 2018 11:48 (six months ago) Permalink

(I don't think I've used my yearly allotment of Kate Bush comparisons, so some of her ad-libs remind me, strikingly, of The Sensual World/The Red Shoes. I wish I could pinpoint exactly which song; it's either "Rocket's Tail" or "And So Is Love")

i'm thinking aerial was an influence on this album

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Monday, 5 November 2018 18:02 (six months ago) Permalink

She did a "music that inspired the album" playlist on Spotify. The Sensual World is on it

Number None, Monday, 5 November 2018 19:07 (six months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Last night's show was a traet, as they say.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 19:45 (three months ago) Permalink

Somehow missed that she was touring! Perhaps because the new album ... had no impact?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 19:52 (three months ago) Permalink


maffew12, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:01 (three months ago) Permalink

i was late in getting tix for her show, which sold out in L.A. immediately. didn't want to pay a couple hundred, though it was briefly tempting. everyone i know who went to see her the other night said it was one of the best they'd seen in awhile.

omar little, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:03 (three months ago) Permalink

Somehow missed that she was touring! Perhaps because the new album ... had no impact?

The presales crashed for days due to demand and tickets sold out in an hour or two. Why would they then spend money on advertising for months afterward?

steven, soda jerk (sic), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:07 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah i missed the London tix, they sold out in a nanosecond

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:34 (three months ago) Permalink

i think there's still MSG tix available but i dunno. She can pack a house!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:40 (three months ago) Permalink

That extended transition between 'Be Mine' and 'Because It's In The Music' had me practically in tears omg

KevRus, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 04:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Nice review and overview (referencing the LA show):

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 06:03 (two months ago) Permalink

And a report on last night up here:

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 06:03 (two months ago) Permalink

I’ll be seeing her at Primavera Sound this year!

josh winters (josh), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 17:32 (two months ago) Permalink

Your parents wouldn’t look at a photograph of Robyn and recognize her signature snaggletooth


steven, soda jerk (sic), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 18:14 (two months ago) Permalink

that's a terribly written report

akm, Thursday, 28 February 2019 15:25 (two months ago) Permalink

It's fantastic how big she is in the UK now, i mean.. 2 nights at Ally Pally is crazy, it seems just a few years back i was watching her in the basement of the University bar.

piscesx, Thursday, 28 February 2019 15:36 (two months ago) Permalink

it was significantly more than a few years ago :)

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 28 February 2019 16:27 (two months ago) Permalink

I know right.. 2008 it turns out. She covered Buffalo Stance! No memory of this.

piscesx, Thursday, 28 February 2019 17:05 (two months ago) Permalink

looks like she's closing her current shows with this remix of "Who Do You Love" which i'd never heard before and is really fantastic

ufo, Friday, 8 March 2019 02:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Speaking of Robyn and Kindness

Almost exactly five years ago Kindness asked me to write with them on something beautiful they were working on and we wrote a song called Cry Everything together which is finally ready and released.

— Robyn (@robynkonichiwa) March 8, 2019

I’m so glad to be a part of this record with Todd Rundgren and Fabiana Palladino. Mostly I just want to say congratulations to Kindness on the release of this amazing piece of music that has that special feeling that makes me love your work so much. Now it’s out in the world 💜

— Robyn (@robynkonichiwa) March 8, 2019

Roz, Friday, 8 March 2019 11:09 (two months ago) Permalink

thanks for the heads up there; queuing up

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 8 March 2019 16:58 (two months ago) Permalink

StanM, Sunday, 10 March 2019 16:37 (two months ago) Permalink

lol, i am very jealous; would've enjoyed that

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 10 March 2019 19:07 (two months ago) Permalink

that would have stressed me out

dyl, Sunday, 10 March 2019 19:17 (two months ago) Permalink

i will remain forever pressed that "dancing on my own" is the clear favorite among american robyn fans

dyl, Sunday, 10 March 2019 19:18 (two months ago) Permalink

looks fucking awful

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 10 March 2019 19:37 (two months ago) Permalink

you guys are fun

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:25 (two months ago) Permalink

I saw Robyn live for the first time this week and it was emotional. Nicely picked setlist where the new songs slotted in with her older material very smoothly. She's such a star.

kitchen person, Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:28 (two months ago) Permalink

that would have stressed me out

― dyl, Sunday, March 10, 2019 3:17 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah, I love Robyn and regret not getting tickets to this show, but not everyone on the subway loves Robyn and/or wants to be loudly sung at during their commute home (especially since it's "call your girlfriend"; sure hope no one who happened to be on the E train got dumped recently only to hear 500 randos singing the "dumping people rules" song at them)

theorizing your yells (katherine), Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:43 (two months ago) Permalink

It’s “Dancing On Your Own” they’re singing though, as noted above, not “Call Your Girlfriend”. (I’m all for people having a good time btw, both in or outside the subway)

breastcrawl, Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:54 (two months ago) Permalink

“...On My Own” even

breastcrawl, Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:55 (two months ago) Permalink

It’s “Dancing On Your Own” they’re singing though, as noted above, not “Call Your Girlfriend”. (I’m all for people having a good time btw, both in or outside the subway)

huh, the one upthread must have been a different video -- I could have sworn I saw someone post one the night of where it was "Call Your Girlfriend"

theorizing your yells (katherine), Sunday, 10 March 2019 22:45 (two months ago) Permalink

I thought it was nice

but if I encountered them irl I'd want to murder them all

Number None, Sunday, 10 March 2019 22:50 (two months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

She's coming back:

7/17/19 Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Center
7/19/19 Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
7/21/19 Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
7/25/19 San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
7/27/19 Inglewood, CA @ The Forum

Tickets on sale Friday, 10 am.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 8 April 2019 16:20 (one month ago) Permalink

She was incredible when I saw her in Toronto.

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Monday, 8 April 2019 17:33 (one month ago) Permalink

Seeing her on Friday night!

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 09:22 (one month ago) Permalink

Something coming from us tomorrow ✨ @blackmadonnachi

— Robyn (@robynkonichiwa) April 18, 2019

groovypanda, Thursday, 18 April 2019 20:58 (one month ago) Permalink

oh yeah i'm into that

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 18 April 2019 22:15 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

(sort of) on this cut from the first part of Mr Tophat's bonkers prog epic Dusk to Dawn, unveiling over the next 6 weeks. Part I alone is over an hour long.

Jeff W, Monday, 6 May 2019 15:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh wow didn't know there would be that much. Part one is great!

maffew12, Monday, 6 May 2019 15:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink


maura, Monday, 6 May 2019 20:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

lol at the moment it goes full on castlevania

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 6 May 2019 21:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

more details on the three-part album - no more Robyn, but other collaborators of hers in future parts

blokes you can't rust (sic), Monday, 6 May 2019 21:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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