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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Monday, October 31, 2016

Romanian Holiday

NO! I said ROMANIAN Holiday!

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I..... am..... Dracula!

You might remember my band, The Twilights,
and our instrumental "Transylvania 6-5000."
It was a big hit in our neck of the woods.
 Times have changed in the old country.
Romania today has thriving dance-pop
and hip hop scenes and, in this series,
I will introduce some of the best
Romanian artists and recordings.

Take it from me... you won't
be "Balkan" at these tunes!

I bite. I suck. They don't.

Tonight, as the full moon rises,

I command invite you to join me

INNA Garden of Eden!



You met Romanian spitfire INNA
earlier this year at Riley's Rave #1.
She's the vivacious singer and dancer
who, along with Alexandra Stan and others,
is part of the burgeoning EDM scene in the
Southeast European republic of Romania.
INNA is back, this time accompanied by
Puerto Rican Reggaetón rapper Yandel.
The potent pair perform "In Your Eyes,"
a single from INNA's third album
Party Never Ends. The titillating
video was released on INNA's
27th birthday in October 2013.

"In Your Eyes" - INNA ft. Yandel
(Nov. 2013, highest chart pos. #15 Turkey
#23 Poland/#31 Spain, single from
Mar. 2013 album Party Never Ends)


Formed in June 2016, G Girls is an all-female
super group made up of four Romanian divas -
INNA, Alexandra Stan, Antonia (Iacobescu)
and Lori (Loredana Ciobotaru). The G Girls
made their debut with the arresting single
and video "Call the Police."

"Call the Police" - G Girls
(June 2016 single)

Time saving tip:
DJ Drac says start
playing video at
25 sec. mark!


feat. MONA

Liviu Hodor is a veteran Romanian musician,
DJ and record producer. In the 2013 Liviu
released "No Stress," an exciting dance-
pop single featuring Romanian vocalist
Ramona Sora, stage name Mona.

"No Stress"
Liviu Hodor feat. Mona
(2013 single)

Time saving tip:
DJ Drac says start
playing video at
1:37 mark!


Balcan beauty Alexandra Stan is also back
with us after receiving rave reviews at
Riley's Rave. In 2011, Alexandra scored
an international hit with "Mr. Saxobeat,"
a single from her debut studio album
Saxobeats. "Mr. Saxobeat" rocketed to
#1 on the UK Dance chart and also topped
the charts in ten other European countries.

"Mr. Saxobeat" - Alexandra Stan
(Jan. 2011, highest chart pos.
#1 UK Dance/#1 in 10 other countries,
from Aug. 2011 album Saxobeats)

Time saving tip:
DJ Drac says start
playing video at
23 sec. mark!


INNA returns now with Floridian hip hop
artist Flo Rida. Together they rock this
Romanian rave with a single that went
to #1 in France and #4 in Lebanon
and charted in 13 other countries.
INNA is the "Club Rocker!"

"Club Rocker" (Cutmore Remix) 
INNA ft. Flo Rida (June 2011 single from
Sept. 2011 album I Am The Club Rocker!)

Time saving tip:
DJ Drac says start
playing video at
37 sec. mark!



As you have discovered in the Riley's Rave series,
modern pop and hip hop are uniting youth around
the world, a phenomenon known as globalization.
Pop music coming out of Bucharest and other
parts of Romania currently reflects a strong
American influence, while music produced
in the U.S. is absorbing the styles of Romania
and other parts of the world. Western hip hop
influence is evident in the recording and video
"Fete din Balcani" by Romanian artist Corina
along with Mira and rapper Skizzo Skillz.

"Fete din Balcani" ("Balkan Girls") - Corina
+ Mira + Skizzo Skillz (June 2015 single)

Time saving tip:
DJ Drac says start
playing video at
1:07 mark!

Dawn is breaking...

Our Balkan blowout

draws to a close.

There is only time for one

last Romanian rhapsody.

Sink your teeth into INNA's new single.
She will surely drive you batty as she
sings "Say It With Your Body."


"Say It With Your Body"
INNA (Sept. 2016 single)

Time saving tip:
DJ Drac says start
playing video at
38 sec. mark!

Fangs for being here tonight.
 I hope you enjoyed the post.
(It's much more pleasant than a stake.)

I'd like to have you for dinner sometime soon.
Until then I'll satisfy my craving with Adam's apple.
I'll be lurking for you next time, blud.

Fare thee well!


  1. I also thought it was about Roman holiday!:)

    1. Hello, SS!

      Welcome back to Shady Dell Music & Memories, my old friend! I certainly remember you and your daughter from my early years of blogging. It's nice to reconnect with you after all this time and I'm happy to know you are still following the craziness here. :)

      I'm glad I was able to reel you in with my trick title. :) I hope you enjoyed DJ Drac and his Romanian dance-pop playlist.

      Thanks again for coming, dear friend SS. Please come back and see me soon and bring your daughter along!

  2. well, sucks to be you, dracula! :)

    wasn't bela's performance spooky and melodramatic?

    1. Hi, anne marie in philly!

      How are you this morning, dear friend?

      Yessum, it sucks to be Dracula. It bites. :) I agree that Bela Lugosi was the definitive Dracula in the movies, his interpretation heavy on melodrama. Another fine actor who chilled me to the bone in the role was Czech actor Francis Lederer in The Return of Dracula (1958). Lederer lived to the age of 100 and lives on in my memory for his chilling portrayal of Drac.

      Thank you very much for dropping by, dear friend anne marie!

  3. Romanian Holiday— I love it— lol! What a clever concept— and so is having Dracula as your guest host. I really enjoyed these exciting Balkan artists singing songs in English. I remember Inna from before. She’s a cute little thing with a pretty voice— I can see why she is so popular not only in her country but in other parts of the world including the west. I also remember Alexandra Stan from Riley’s Rave— and I liked Mr. Saxobeat— a great song with a catchy melody. Those two are my favorites along with No Stress— which has a strong beat that gets you moving— Mona is another terrific singer.

    Fangs a lot for another fun-filled Halloween post lol!

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks for dropping in to experience the LAST in my long series of Halloween themed posts for 2016 (loud applause in background).

      Yessum, Drac is back and hosting SDMM. I’m thinking he was conjured up by Bea Miller in the previous post. :) There are indeed some familiar faces and voices in this post along with some new ones.

      Romanian Holiday is a new series I created to bring you the best sounds from the evolving dance-pop (aka popcorn) scene in Romania. I have loved this sound for about a year now. The songs, many of them revealing a Latin American influence, are consistently fresh to my ears, even after repeated listening.

      Inna, Alexandra Stan and Liviu Hodor are the better known names, and I was also thrilled to discover artists like Corina and Ramona Sora aka Mona. As you noticed, four Romanian female artists recently formed a new group called G Girls. I can’t wait for their next release.

      I would say my favorites here are the first two songs by INNA, “In Your Eyes” and “Club Rocker,” and “No Stress” by Liviu & Mona.

      Thank you again for reporting in, Kathryn. Have a Happy Halloween and a great week!

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks, good buddy. I hope I also pleased you with one or two of these Romanian toe-tappers.

      Have a great week!

  5. Trick or Treat! I certainly hope DJ Drac gets his just rewards tonight, lol!

    You know, I've heard that song, "In your Eyes" somewhere before. Some of the shops I visit at the mall play this type of music, and I'm thinking that's where I heard it first. As I went thru your post, I found that Inna is really versatile as an artist. Her voice changes with each number to portray the persona of the song's story! And, I like her hairstyle in "Call the Police".

    I did enjoy "Mr. Saxobeat" (what a title!) If you want a story to go along with the music, this was it! The video really sells the song. And, I loved the Sax accompaniment used here!

    I have to give Inna the 'best of the bunch', thumbs up. Again, she transitions her voice, and appearance for "Say It With Your Body".

    Well, Scootie had a fun birthday at Grandma's and, I got him home safely. I hope your Grandson had a wonderful birthday, too! I think Halloween birthdays are more fun than Christmas birthdays!

    This is a great post, Shady-and DJ Drac did a superb job. I hope you and Mrs. Shady have a great, safe Halloween evening. Being a Monday, may not bring so many school kids out...we'll see. Take care, see you soon! ♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thanks for attending my last Halloween party of the season, this one hosted by DJ Drac himself. Funny, I knew him as a child, and he hasn't aged a bit. :)

      I'm delighted to know that your ears matched mine on the four INNA songs in this post including her vocal with the G Girls. INNA won me over this past year. I'd have to say that she is my favorite Romanian artist. INNA is the whole package. She's got looks, a great voice and dancing ability and, as you pointed out, she is versatile and able to sell various types of songs. You should hear her sing "INNA Gadda-Da-Vida!" (Just kidding :) I have three of INNA's CDs and one of Alexandra Stan's. Romanian artists typically release both Romanian and English versions of their recordings and some of their songs mix the two languages together in one.

      I'm happy to know that Scootie had a nice birthday at your house. Halloween birthdays are indeed lots of fun. I hope trick-or-treat night goes well in your town and across America.

      Thank you again for making time for a visit and for your wonderful comment, dear friend Suzanne. Take care and enjoy the rest of your week!

  6. Oh...these girls are ones you can bring home to mother...if she runs a brothel! Sorry for not visiting...I have been off and on and trying to adjust to my pain. So I listened to all the songs and they sound all similar to me but they all have good voices. I can sense the hidden issues in some of the videos when it comes to Romania or maybe I am reading too much into it. I like Alexandra the best I think as her song sounds just a little different from the others. Happy Halloween-love your puns and Bela is always scary. I'm off to see The Shining and Freaks tonight on the big screen!

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thank you very much for coming down, dear friend! I'm happy to know you are still with me, but sad that you are still struggling with pain. First you had all those problems installing Windows 10 and your computer kept crashing. Now this. I wish you could catch a break, dearie.

      Yessum, a lot of these Romanian "popcorn" recordings sound pretty much the same but, for someone like me, that's a good thing, because the sound is refreshingly foreign to my ears. For a full year I have been listening to INNA, Alexandra and other Balkan artists along with that Russian girl group Serebro, and I am not tired of them yet.

      Thanks for mentioning Alexandra Stan's "Mr. Saxobeat." I love all the songs in this post so that one is a winner in my book, too, and Mrs. Shady says she is fond of it.

      WOW - lucky you to have a horror doubleheader on tap for tonight, two great ones, The Shining and Freaks. I hope you enjoy them.

      Thanks again for dropping by, dear friend BB. Happy H-ween and enjoy the rest of your week!

  7. Of course, it had to be a Romanian Holiday. It's that time of year. However, I have to say I loved Roman Holiday because I was young, and love in Rome sounded just perfect. Then there was Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn who were hot items.

    Bella L. used to scare me tons. It was those eyes. I was kind of disappointed to read his bio and find out he was just an actor who struggled to keep his career afloat and gradually lost ground.

    You've outdone yourself with the ladies of music today!

    1. Hi, Cheryl Lee!

      How are you, dear friend? I am very happy to see you again today. Thanks for dropping in!

      I knew that William Wyler's 1953 film Roman Holiday was a big hit and Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn were two of the biggest box office stars of the Fifties. (Audrey is a major style icon/inspiration for many of today's young fashionistas.) For all of those reasons I used the movie poster to "suck you in" to my post featuring... (drum roll) undead and in poison... Count Dracula and the lovely ladies of Romanian pop. :)

      Yessum, Bela struggled later in his career. He was typecast as Dracula and couldn't find quality acting roles. He was also eccentric. At the request of his son and 5th wife, Lugosi was buried in one of his vampire capes. It is hard to believe that Bela passed away more than 60 years ago!

      I'm happy to know you got so much out of the post, dear friend Cheryl. Thanks again for joining the fun. Happy Halloween!

  8. Happy Halloween Dear Shady! Yes, it's the last day of my fav month and I'm very behind in blogging and visiting my favorite places for tricks and treats..and you always hand out the big candy bars so I just had to return this year for your Halloween blast. What beauties, what talent and how fun that they are all over the globe! They're not hiding in any "Dark Shadows" and maybe if these groups and lovely ladies are lucky they will be like real vamps and never age! However, I'm not as lucky so I must head for the haunted pines and get to my blog. Thanks for some good music and blood curdling screams! Also, Romanian Holiday is one of my very favorite movies..just sayin'! Hope your treat bucket is over flowing tonight! Boooo!!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Happy Halloween to you, dear friend. I am very happy to see you!

      Thank you for dropping in on Halloween night. I hope the weather conditions are favorable tonight for the trick-or-treaters in your part of Ohio.

      It pleases me that you were impressed by these Romanian pop artists. I have a feeling DJ Drac will be back next year at this time with another set of Balkan dance tunes and I hope you will still be with me when he returns.

      It makes me sad to think that Eddy, Squeak and my Toto aren't around tonight to join in the fun and excitement of Halloween. I hope Chubbsie isn't freaking out over all the commotion. Please remember to give him a few treats.

      Thank you again for making time for a visit and for your wonderful comment, dear friend YaYa. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  9. Happy Halloween Shady. What did you do on this spooky night? I pretended not to be home, kept the lights out but kids still kept ringing the doorbell. Drove the dogs nutso! I can't do the Halloween thing with the dogs. It's just too much --- for me at my age anyway...

    This sure was a Balkan Blowout! Good stuff. I'm sure if I were younger, I'd be into this music in the clubs because I love to dance.

    I find it really interesting that so many of these Romanian artists sing in English. But then again, in most countries, English is a second language and is quite common.

    I liked Alexandra Stan's voice best. Mr. Saxobeat is a good song. The others were too but I just liked her sound better. Had a little Latin flair to it, at least to my ears...

    I also liked Inna's In Your Eyes and the G Girls Call the Police.

    Now I'm energized and probably won't be able to get back to sleep! :)

    Have a great week, mi amigo...

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you very much for swinging by, dear friend! My goodness, you sure were up late last night partying to my Balkan Blowout! Between the rousing music and the excitement of trick-or-treat night I hope you weren't too wired to get back to sleep.

      My Toto used to go crazy on Halloween. She'd stand in our front window and bark her head off for hours watching the t-or-t kids parading up and down the street and coming to our door. Even so, Toto's stubby little tail never stopped wagging, a sign that she was enjoying herself. Halloween and Christmas were her favorite days of the year. I miss her more than I can tell you. Life isn't the same when you no longer have a dog in it, and I'm sure you realize that.

      Yessum, just like those Russian girls I introduced, Serebro, these Romanian artists release quite a lot of material in English to expand their global reach. Romanian music has a diversity of ethnic influences including Latin American. Many pop tracks update the country's traditional sound by using synthesized accordion, for example. Romanian dance-pop (or "Popcorn") has its critics in that country just as disco and modern dance-pop do in ours. I am pleased that your ears matched Mrs. Shady's on "Saxobeat." There are more great songs by Alexandra Stan, INNA and others coming up in future editions of Romanian Holiday and Riley's Rave. They are bien caliente. Por favor, estar aquí.

      Thanks again for being here, dear friend Michele. I pray for better days ahead for you and your mother. Please stay in touch with me and enjoy the rest of your week!

  10. Happy Halloween, Shady!

    Creative play on words and great post! I love the EDM songs you posted and will have to check out more. After last night's Science After Hours at the Franklin Institute, I'm ready for some EDM! :)

    I always love the selections you make. Have a great All Soul's Day, dear friend!

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Good morning to you, dear friend! Thank you very much for stopping by to experience Romanian Holiday: "the Best Beats by Balkan Beauties." Please beware. D.J. Drac is short on $$$. He might put the bite on you. :)

      Yessum, this EDM sound coming out of Romania is very exciting. I've been into it for a year now and never get tired of listening to it. This sound is refreshing. It cleanses the palate.

      I am eager to check out your Franklin Institute "Science After Hours" post. Nobody does Halloween the way you do Halloween, dear friend. :)

      Thanks again for coming, JM, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  11. Dracula must be turning over in his grave. Or maybe he's just dancing in his sleep.

    "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" has got nothing on the take-over by pop music of the world. Time to kick the creepy organ player out of the castle and replace him with a dance party DJ.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. Hi, Lee!

      Unless I'm reading your wrong, you are telling me that you like Romanian dance-pop and enjoyed the post. I'm happy to know it. I don't think pop has entirely taken over the world, nor will it ever. There will always be room for diversity.

      Thanks for coming and have a nice day!

  12. Tom, First off I apologize for not visiting during my blog hiatus. I was slammed and my cyber life suffered. I'm back to blogging for the time being but that might change if things press me. Anywho, great Halloween post and cool new music, too. All of these are new to me for the most part...well maybe all of them are. I appreciated the intro to these young ladies. I think my favorite artist in the mix is Liviu Hodor. Her style was more in tune to my ear and No Stress has a nice dance quality to it. Have a good evening and I'll see ya around the Blogosphere block, my friend!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks for dropping by. I'm very happy to know you are still with me. :)

      I'm on a mini hiatus of my own this week because I'm on the road again, living out of a suitcase, and listening to the BOTB competitions on a tinny laptop. However, that won't stop me from coming over to sample your tunes and vote.

      I'm happy to know you got a chuckle out of this post and enjoyed the Romanian dance-pop. To clarify, Liviu Hodor is a male musician, producer and DJ and the female artist who sings "No Stress" is Ramona Sora aka Mona. Your ears match mine and Mrs. Shady's on that one and, you're right, it is a danceworthy recording.

      Thank you again for visiting, listening and commenting, dear friend Cathy! I'll be over to see you soon.

  13. Sounds kike Dracula was dancing to the Romanian tunes you shared!

    1. Hi, Mike!

      I'll bet these lovely ladies of Romanian dance-pop drove Dracula batty and he just had to fang them. :) Thanks for stopping in, good buddy!

  14. That was appropriate for Halloween! I had no idea Romania had its own dance-pop stuff going on.

    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Thanks for catching the tail end of my month long H-ween celebration filled with scary things that go Trump in the night. :)

      Yessum, as I am having fun discovering, Romania has thriving dance-pop, heavy metal and rock 'n' roll scenes - all the stuff that we like here in the U.S.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend Sherry!

  15. Great Halloween post!! Sorry i caught it late but i'm here now.

    1. Hi, Holli!

      I'm glad I caught your comment. I hope this post gave you a chuckle or two and put you in a dancin' mood. Thank you for being such a great friend, Holli!


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