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I never had a favourite group until recently. I can now say with confidence that TheGiornalisti ("The Journalists") are my favourite group.

Obvious infuences: OMD, Oasis, College/Electric Youth and other 80s and 90s stuff. With Italian melody and flair. Sadly, they've split up now, Wham! style, the lead - Tomasso Paradiso - has gone his own way and has had a string of hits since.

But back to when they were together: start with this one. Called "Completely", it's all about where we are in life, what might have been, what will be, and what makes us content.

 

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Next up, Senza ("Without").

What an anthem.

A song all about a break-up. Chorus...

I know so much there is no taste if I don't suffer a little
Let her go
I know so much that I do not fly if I do not dream if I'm not without it
This is the last line, the last line
The last line I write for you

 

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Maradona y Pelé

This one's quite cheeky, in a way. And rather, erm, slutty. It's about a schoolgirl with an "animal, rhythm".

 

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This one's my favourite.

Tra la strada e le stelle ("Between the road and the stars")

It's so touching. All about life and living. I suspect a nod to mother. Where we are in life. What's left to discover between the road and the stars. That guitar winding its way through it. This has me in tears.

 

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OK, lift it up a bit with this one. Great fun. Like an Oasis song in that the second half is identical to the first. Pop music.

Milano Roma ("Milan Rome")

I rest in Rome, I sweat in Milan
Balance is a train that leaves and restarts but
It is always there stationary in that stretch and never flies
Milan Rome
There is no one looking inside me
Milan Rome
I ask you for help if I'm in turmoil, yes
Milan Rome

 

 

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My second-favourite. The video is from the fantastic film Acque e Sapone (Soap and Water).

Fatto di Te ("Made of You")

What a song.

 

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If you remember the fantastic film "Drive" you might remember the theme from College and Electric Youth and you might reognise some of it here.

Promiscuità ("Promiscuity")

My God I struggled with the vocab on this one.

 

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This one's just fun. A straightforward, fun love song.

Il tuo maglione mio ("You're my sweater")

 

Sold Out

 

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If there were an objective definition of musical beauty this would surely qualify.

The lyrics are downbeat, it's about the break-up of a relationship, or one teetering on the verge of it.

That bridge from 02:26. The interplay between sadness and the most extraordinary musical euphoria. Sends me into tears.

 

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