“Dancing In The Moonlight” by Jubël, and Sweden, Thank You for the Music

Having just looked back at my blog post from this same weekend last year, I seem to be faced with exactly the same dilemma – Not a lack of inspiration, but instead just too many ideas to choose from, and I currently have five drafts on the go. (Sadly none of these are fit for the role of “guest post” over at one of my fellow blogger’s places, but I do have a few ideas up my sleeve for those too, promise.)

Last weekend I did return to the topic none of us seem to be able to avoid at the moment, but won’t go down that route again today, so my old friend the moon is going to be my saviour, as a full moon (the Sturgeon Moon) is due to put in an appearance on Monday night. Regulars around here know that throughout 2018 I became immersed in all things moon-related, and after discovering that all full moons have a name (given to them by the Native Americans who kept track of the months by the lunar calendar), I managed to find an appropriate song for each one, which in turn led to an interesting new series.

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August was when these huge freshwater fish could be found in lakes and rivers

The sturgeon is not the most attractive looking fish, it must be said, and not the most attractive sounding name either (I feel for our First Minister), but the moon always lends itself to some very attractive sounding songs, and by sheer coincidence I’m going to share a different version of the song featured this same weekend last year. Since DD returned home a month ago, I can’t help but take heed of what she is currently listening to, and this song has been regularly played on her various devices over the last couple of weeks – Dancing In The Moonlight by Swedish electronic duo Jubël (feat. NEIMY). 

Although the version I am most familiar with is the one by Toploader from 1999, this time last year I had just discovered the original from 1972 by King Harvest which we all agreed at the time had the edge. The song was written in 1969 by Sherman Kelly who was the brother of the King Harvest drummer. He apparently wrote it whilst recovering from an attack by a gang and was trying to “envision an alternate reality, the dream of a peaceful and joyful celebration of life”. How bizarre then that just as we are back together again as a family, my daughter is discovering something for the first time that could possibly have been listened to both by her grandparents and her parents in its different guises. Like my moon series, it seems to be a song that just keeps on giving.

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Of course my knowledge of Swedish electronic music is scant, but it has been noticeable over the last 50 years or so, that Sweden has punched above it’s weight in terms of its musical contribution to the world. Even if they had just produced Abba and then stopped that would have been enough, but there has been so much more. A quick bit of research this morning has led me to the following interesting facts:

  • Abba are the second most successful group ever after the Beatles in terms of record sales.
  • Excluding the UK, Sweden is the European country to have had the most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 – Songs by Blue Swede (written about here before), Abba, Roxette (with four) and Ace of Base.
  • Songwriters/Producers Denniz Pop and his protegé Max Martin from Cheiron Studios are behind many of the big hits recorded by Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Westlife, Katy Perry and Pink. Only Paul McCartney and John Lennon have written more Billboard No. 1 hits than Max Martin. 
  • Sweden has won the Eurovision Song Contest six times, only one less than record holders Ireland.
  • Such has been its success abroad, clubs specialising in Swedish dance music have sprung up in major cities like Berlin, Barcelona and London.
  • Other well-known Swedish names not already mentioned above include: Avicii, Europe, Neneh and Eagle Eye Cherry, Swedish House Mafia, First Aid Kit, The Cardigans, Robyn, Dr Alban, Sylvia, Harpo, Wannadies, The Hives and Eric Prydz – Wow!

Thank You for the Music by Abba:

So, on top of producing all that furniture we love (IKEA), and cars (Volvo/Saab), and clothes (H&M), and devices (Ericsson), Sweden has given us a pretty impressive body of musical talent too. I would argue that the songs of Max Martin have been written to a successful formula, and may not stand the test of time compared to those of Lennon and McCartney, but hey, I’m old-school, so for future generations that might not be the case.

There is another reason why I chose to return to Dancing In The Moonlight for this post however. By some quirk of fate, a producer from BBC Radio recently stumbled upon my Full Moon Calendar In Song series, and got in touch. After a bit of toing and froing we managed to record my contribution to a show that’s due to be aired in the coming week. I try to remain anonymous around here, and have been a bit shy about sharing my blog with even my nearest and dearest, but I’m quite excited about it all and am (nervously) looking forward to tuning in. It’s been a topsy-turvey old year, but something positive has come out of it for me.

With all this hot and muggy weather, I didn’t catch the moon at all in the sky last night, but hopefully we’ll be lucky on Monday night. Wonder if Nicola knows about her moon?!

Until next time….

Dancing In The Moonlight Lyrics
(Song by Sherman Kelly)

We get it on most every night
When that moon is big and bright
It’s a supernatural delight
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight

Everybody here is out of sight
They don’t bark and they don’t bite
They keep things loose, they keep things light
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight

Dancing in the moonlight
Everybody’s feeling warm and bright
It’s such a fine and natural sight
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight

We like our fun and we never fight
You can’t dance and stay uptight
It’s a supernatural delight
Everybody was dancing in the moonlight

Dancing in the moonlight
Everybody’s feeling warm and bright
It’s such a fine and natural sight
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight

Everybody here is out of sight
They don’t bark and they don’t bite
They keep things loose, they keep things light
Everybody was dancing in the moonlight

Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight
Everybody’s feeling warm and bright
It’s such a fine and natural sight
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight (everybody)
Dancing in the moonlight
Everybody’s feeling warm and bright
It’s such a fine and natural sight
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight
Everybody’s feeling warm and bright
It’s such a fine and natural sight
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight (everybody)
Dancing in the moonlight
Everybody’s feeling warm and bright
It’s such a fine and natural sight
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight

Author: Alyson

Whenever I hear an old song on the radio, I am immediately transported back to those days - I know I'm not alone here and want to record those memories for myself and for the people in them. 50 years ago the song "Alfie" was written by my favourite songwriting team Bacharach and David - The opening line to that song was "What's it all about?" and I'm hoping that by writing this blog, I might find the answer to that question.

21 thoughts on ““Dancing In The Moonlight” by Jubël, and Sweden, Thank You for the Music”

  1. While on vacation this week, we had use of a high-powered pair of binoculars. It was so great looking at the moon thru them, though only a half-moon. Do you have any binocs or a telescope? That would really feed your lunar obsession! BTW, after listening to Jubel’s version of “Dancing in the Moonlight” I’ll think I will stick with the King Harvest original 🙂

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    1. Wow a vacation Rick – Things must be opening up a bit where you live. Long may it continue. No, I don’t use a telescope or binoculars for looking at the moon but perhaps I should do. I rely on my friend with the fab camera to send me close up shots. Quite something to see all those “seas” I imagine.

      Yes, like you I also prefer the King Harvest version but that’s probably down to our age – If we were teenagers of today we’d probably prefer the Jubel version.

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  2. Soundtrack Of Our Lives and The Knife are also two excellent Swedish (hopefully) bands to add to your list. Congrats on your upcoming BBC Radio takeover….hahaha…maybe the next logical step.

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    1. Once I did a bit of research I discovered so many other bands which are obviously known to others but not necessarily to me. It seems that Sweden is the European country that’s most outward looking and international, and they have the best command of the English language (almost flawless) so that probably accounts for much of it.

      As the radio thing it’s certainly not a takeover, just a tiny contribution, but will be interesting to hear it. Like yourself probably, I never think I sound that Scottish until I hear myself on a recording – A cross between Doric and Invernessian probably – Argh…

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      1. Please give us a heads up when your radio contribution will be airing and what station.
        A few years back i recorded my mother speaking about her childhood and growing up during the war…how she met my father and such like. I cajoled her along, to begin with she wasn’t really up for it but she soon forgot that she was being recorded and it’s really nice to still be able to hear her…unfortunately i pop up…god do i really sound like that !!.
        We never sound how we think we do….I’m sure that your accent will be Scottish through and through…and all the better for it.

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  3. I would move to Sweden if I could. It’s second or third on the list. New Zealand seems most attractive at the moment, despite the fact that when my brother in law lived there, his home was virtually destroyed in the Christchurch earthquake.

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    1. Sweden and New Zealand have had polar opposite (appropriate considering the geography) approaches in dealing with the current crisis but both have done a whole lot better than us, and their lives have not been turned upside down. Will be interesting to see how they compare in the long run but I agree, both seem like really appealing places to live right now.

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  4. So exciting about your radio experience, congratulations! Look forward to hearing more and hope you will feel comfortable sharing the link once you’ve tuned in yourself (totally understand your feelings about that). It just goes to show who may be reading our blogs too…
    Really interesting to see the extent of Sweden’s musical accolades when listed together like that. There were also some great bands in the ’80s who bought into the whole ’60s/garage/psych revival that I was listening to avidly then, one of my favourites being The Nomads (I know The Swede (!) will back me up here too). Certainly seems that there’s something special going on there.
    Talking of Sweden, did you ever see the 3-part TV series ‘Annika’ from 1984? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annika_(TV_series)
    Absolutely loved it, it was so of the time, really captured the essence of what it was like to be young in that era and just had something very real and special about it as far as I’m concerned. I see it’s up on youtube now so must watch it again!

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    1. As I’ve said to the others, it’s just a tiny contribution really, but still quite exciting. As you say, it sometimes feels like we have a whole private members thing going on, then you discover a whole load of people who have been following our blogs for some time.

      So many Swedes have been really successful in music and most of the time I hadn’t even realised they were Swedish. Noticed the Nomads in some of the lists and think you/TS have shared something by them at some point.

      As for Annika, I don’t remember it which is odd as there weren’t many channels then, so we all watched the same things. It does sound like something I would have liked though so will look out for it. Will be a bit of a period drama now!

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    2. I’ve watched Part 1 of Annika already and eagerly want to get on to the rest now – Wow, the years roll away and you remember exactly what it was like being their age, at around that time. I totally get why you enjoyed it so much. Full of actors that we are used to seeing in older guises (Jesse Birdsall, Lia Williams etc), so it’s weird to see them as kids. And, no phones, technology – simpler times.

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