As Europe boards the "Alors On Danse" bandwagon (is it just me or does this song make anyone think of Raphael gone ravey??) it's nice to see this article on the Guardian's website today, where the writer makes the connection between dance music and melancholy lyrics... http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2010/may/06/most-depressing-euro-pop-anthem
EDIT 14.05.2010: I played "Alors On Danse" to faithful travelling companion tonight who immediately pointed out to me that it sounded like one of his fave French bands Louise Attaque :))
On a more positive note, it's good to see the return of the Euro-hit. For the past couple of years there hasn't really been a big song which has broken out of one European country and spread across the continent over the late spring and summer months, topping the charts everywhere along the way: the only recent one I can particularly think of being Milow's "Ayo Technology", cruelly overlooked in the UK (quelle surprise...) Latterly Europe's summer hits were more likely to emerge from Lady GaGa, Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry and Jason Mraz than from any European act. However, the cross-continent success of the Stromae song, along with the very popular "Stereo Love" (which is now on the Radio 1 A-list playlist - will it be a hit here I wonder?) prove one thing: The Euro-hit is back. Hooray!!