Month: May 2015

Eurovision

Ok, I admit it, I enjoyed Eurovision last year, the show, the songs, the banter on Twitter and Facebook. I was disappointed The Linnets (Netherlands) didn’t win, but once the bearded lady got her momentum, nothing was going to stop her. Eurovision 2014.

I intend to watch again this year. Georgia’s entry “Warrior” by former model Nina Sublatti is a little scary and it is difficult to make out the words. I still hope she does well.

I haven’t heard all the songs yet but of those I have heard my favourite is funky Guy Sebastian’s “Tonight Again” from Australia. If Australia win it will be a shock for the geographically challenged. I’ve been teasing people on Youtube who ask why Australia is in Eurovision, by telling them that they won last year….yes I DO know Australia isn’t Austria (one gave us Kylie the other gave us Hitler).

Eurovision is as much about politics as the music, Armenia’s entry is blatantly drawing attention to the “Genocide” with their song “Don’t Deny” (I wonder if Turkish TV will cut to an advert break when that airs) and Russia after the booing in 2014 has a song promoting inclusivity “A Million Voices”.

The UK entry “Still in Love with You”  by Electro Velvet sounds like a song from Chicago great for a party.

The UK doesn’t have enough friends in Europe to score highly, everyone loves Sweden (even Denmark in the voting but not in football) so they’ll probably win.

Other predictions: http://suzie81speaks.com/2015/05/23/eurovision-2015-grand-final-predictions/

http://talkaboutpopmusic.net/2015/05/23/eurovision-song-contest-2015-the-grand-final-predictions/

http://hughsviewsandnews.com/2015/05/23/eurovision-song-contest-2015-here-are-the-votes-from-the-hugh-jury/

…and the winner was Sweden (bookies’favourite)

Joy Division

35 years ago today, 18 May 1980,  Ian Curtis lead singer with Joy Division killed himself. His story is told in the film “Control” directed by Anton Corbijn. A tragic loss to music, but leaving  a legacy of  some wonderfully dark brooding tunes: “Atmosphere”, “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, “She’s Lost Control” and “Transmission”…