SURE WISH THAT HE WASN'T HERE
.Kilopop!'s first hit, reaching #7 in the All-Euro chart in 1966. Trynka: "I was just 15 years old, yet had seen a lot of the world already. All the girls I knew were typical teenagers concerned with dates, their 'reputations', clothes, hair... but my interests were a little more... experimental."
KISS R'N'R GOODBYE
.This 1967 follow-up to "Sure Wish" reached #4.Trynka: "My boyfriend at the time was the son of a very rich Luxembourg banker - a royal too - but although he thought he wanted a pop star girlfriend and a Bohemian life, he really was just gezhnitse (a square)."
RED DRINKS! RED DRINKS! (YOUR LIFE STINKS)
.Released in 1973, with chart action in Finland (#11), Iceland (#24), Belgium (#86) and Ireland (#5). Furk: "I was on holiday in Reykjavik and I went down to the hotel bar for a lager... but it must have been AA night or something, because everyone was drinking cranberry juice. Now, Iceland is a hard-drinking country, yet all these people were looking at me like I was the one with the drinking problem... which I don't have... honest."
SKY MEN
.A UFO encounter tune written by Geoff Goddard and first recorded by the eccentric UK producer Joe Meek in 1963. Kilopop!'s version dates from 1968, and reached #2 in France and Germany. "Spend a little time with my brother Furk," Trynka says, "and you too will come to believe that aliens walk among us!"
TO THE WIND (OR SOMETHING)
.In 1971, a world-weary Trynka ran away to Papua New Guinea to study meditation with a Goilala shaman. "I wrote this song - with the sounds of the jungle all around me - as a sort of 'letter home' to tell Furk why I didn't want to come back." But after chanting to a coconut for 33 days straight, and getting little response, she decided to give modern life another shot. Although never charting, this hypnotic tune became popular with Europe's hippies and gypsy-travellers... with the phrase "To the wind!" replacing "Goodbye" in hostels, squats and campgrounds across the EU.
.HEAVEN CAN HURT
.The one that got away... this arena-rock epic reached #2 all across Europe in 1974, and came in #2 in the Eurovision Song Contest... both times robbed of the #1 slot by ABBA. Trynka: "They are all good friends of mine and I love them dearly, but they had so many hits and so much money already... couldn't they have just taken the year off?"


BEAT OF THE WORLD
.A real rarity - part of a live radio broadcast from the bathroom (!) of a hospitality suite at MIDEM in Cannes, France, '85. Kilopop!'s label hosted an on-air party celebrating the band's 20th anniversary, and when a journalist asked if there were any new songs in the works, the touring band grabbed any available noise-maker (toy keyboards, travel guitars and even a trashcan) and jammed on this work-in-progress... until someone tripped over a wire and unplugged the Codec. "I hate this recording," Trynka says. "They put me in a shower stall, the tune's in too low a key and the French engineer put a silly processor on my voice. And all I could think about during the whole thing was 'I wish everyone would just go away so I could pee.' "
MILLIONS & MILLIONS
.This slice of social realism got to #3 on the All-Euro chart in 1998. "The tune started life as a fast, hard rocker," Furk says. "But all the pop hits on The Voice of America were medium tempo tunes with acoustic guitars, drum machines and cooing backing vocals. Since I really wanted an American success, I went for that kind of arrangement." Never charted in America, but did get used in a commercial for the New Jersey State Lottery.
GONE I GO
.A non-CD B-side from 1984, and Furk's only recorded lead vocal. Furk: "Trynka was in hospital (a bad herring) but the studio was booked so I had to step forward. It's a kiss-off song that I wrote after seeing an old lover in the airport in Rome. The old, old story... boy meets girl, boy loses girl... to another girl."
WHO ARE PARENTS?
.Another B-side dating from 1989. Furk: "Our record company expected a hit, but I'm very contrary and so made a Shaggs cover instead. That's Perry Robinson - an American from New Jersey - on clarinet. We were playing a festival in Denmark, and Perry was also on the bill, so we grabbed some studio time in Copenhagen. Our label hated it, but the tune actually charted in Estonia."
COMING BACK DOWN TO EARTH
.From 1999's "Energie-Fabrik" CD, where Furk added lyrics to 12 of Raymond Scott's instrumental compositions. All the more impressive, since Trynka sings only in phonetic English.
BONUS TRACKS
.Red Drinks! (Sonny and Cher version), Millions & Millions (LP version), Who Are Parents? (instrumental version), Millions & Millions (original 4-track demo)








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