Zombies Finnish First

Krrrrushing the opposition in the Eurovision Song Contest!

Monster hard rock heavy metal zombie mask wearing whatever group Lordi from Finland dominated the contest, though some Russians think it’s a sign of European conspiracies against Russia. Like everything else in the world.

I used up my snark quota for this week already, so I don’t have anything to say about the contest, but those hardy souls at Manolo’s Shoe Blog even watched some of the semi-finals. So we didn’t have to.

(533kr1t m3554ge 4 4m3r1c4n5: Next time a European gets shirty about his or her sophisticated culture and your supposed lack of same, just mention the time five Finns in monster masks became songmeisters of the whole continent…)

UPDATE: “Sadly, No!” gets it. And points to a YouTube of the performance, plus an interview with someone who has magenta hair and claims that naked people were running in the streets of Helsinki, bars were offering free champagne and 100,000 people will greet Lordi when they land in Suomi. Monster Finland r00lz! 1!!

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About Doug Merrill

Freelance journalist based in Tbilisi, following stints in Atlanta, Budapest, Munich, Warsaw and Washington. Worked for a German think tank, discovered it was incompatible with repaying US student loans. Spent two years in financial markets. Bicycled from Vilnius to Tallinn. Climbed highest mountains in two Alpine countries (the easy ones, though). American center-left, with strong yellow dog tendencies. Arrived in the Caucasus two weeks before its latest war.

10 thoughts on “Zombies Finnish First

  1. Here’s a thought.

    2001 – Estonia
    2002 – Latvia
    2003 – Turkey
    2004 – Ukraine
    2005 – Greece
    2006 – Finland

    Has Eurovision’s center of gravity moved permanently to the eastern half of Europe? Should “old” Europe even bother any more?

    DoDo: I’m not British, and Eurovision rules. /Rules/.

    Doug M.

  2. Well, I don’t know if the songs rule, and if, what it is that they rule. Still, the point-distribution ceremony is maybe as much a part of the year as Spain’s Christmas lottery. I can’t believe Eurovision is thinking about aboloshing it, although I’m not sure yesterday’s streamlined version wasn’t better than before. And I don’t care if the center of gravity has moved to the east – if so, it will probably a transitory phenomenon, like in European football leagues. On the other hand, I’m rather grateful that the EU uses wheighted voting ;).

  3. Doug: I’m not British

    Sorry, wrong guess from the name…

    Tobias: the point-distribution ceremony is maybe as much a part of the year as Spain’s Christmas lottery

    Indeed, that’s the main event 🙂

    No offence to Lordi (this was a song for Eurovision after all, their other music might be much better), but if I’d think of Finnish music, I’d think of HIM or Apocalyptica. On the other hand, as some ex-Yugoslav countries insist on sending real good musicians (e.g. the Serbian guy two years ago, the Bosnian this year), and Lordi made a breakthrough for rock music, we could see a seismic change…

  4. DoDo, some confusion about the names here.

    Doug Merrill – Doug Muir. The post was by Doug Merrill and the comment was by Doug Muir. The latter isn’t British (although from Scottish/Irish descent) and he is nuts about the Eurovision. I can safely say that because I’m married to him…

  5. There seems to be an echo in the blogosphere that Lordi won Eurovision because of the spectacle and the song was laughable. I’m sure there were plenty of protest votes and rock fan votes and comedy votes and whatnot but still, the song’s quite good. It’s easily as musical as anything else that was there.

    Disclaimer: Yes I’m biased.

  6. Just heard the winning song… very old school and commercial hard rock and definitely not my kind of thing (I like a little bit more spice, say, Marilyn Manson or Sepultura).

    But kudos to Finland anyway. Folklore rules!

  7. Thx, Doug, this is refreshing. I just read some UK news about the contest, and the amount of whinery is pathetic. Sry, the british song really wasn’t more than mediocre. It did lack a catchy songline, and the show was nothing special compared to the competition. While the brits where the pioneers of selling a song by letting sexy girlsa distract the audience, this didn’t work this time because of the surplus surply of young flesh. I especially wonder why the cute ladies were dressed like auditing for a 60’s Eurovision revival. Someone counted on the votes of “Austin Powers” fans? Hmm…

    And, yes, Germany’s performance wasn’t great either. Nice song, but it didn’t excite the audience. One pundit said on TV, you need to hear it three times to get it. Right, and that’s not good enough for Eurovision. Plus that chorus of “No, No, Never” couldn’t cope with “Hard Rock Halleluhjah”. Too negative implications, simply too german.

    Besides the song, what is important nowadays is a great show, professional entertainment. And it was Lordi who delivered! Pyrotechnics, the costumes, the masks, the bat wings, and, refreshingly, NO aerobics distinguished their performance. That made the difference. That the phrase of their song was simple enough so that even an audience, for which english is a foreign language, could ‘sing’ along didn’t hurt either, sure.

    As to all that brouhaha about neighborhood voting, it’s obvious that this wasn’t essential this year. Even without the points from Sweden and Denmark, Finland would have won. So what’s to learn for 2007? More show, more risk, more fun! There isn’t any reason why the leading pop nation in Europe (speaking about the UK, not Germany, hehe) shouldn’t be able to come up with a classy act for 2007 that’s at the same time persuasive and surprising enough to differ from all that mainstream.

    Just remember that Pink Floyd had a huge success in the 80s with a song about teenagers and school. Even that unlikely topic can be the base of a hit when real artists handle it.

    So, boldness, pls! Regard what Lordi sang: ‘The jesters will be the new kings!” Indeed.

  8. >Too negative implications, simply too german.

    Well, actually, the song was written and performed by an Australian expat-slash-immigrant – Jane Comerford (http://www.texaslightning.net/info_jane.html)… of course, you can always argue that integration into German gloominess worked quite well here. Interestingly, she wrote it originally as a slow rock ballad.

    I think one of the main problems for the Eurovision song contest is the following: stars have nothing to win there, but a lot to lose. That makes it a newcomer event, but, sadly, given the state of the responsible major label music industry, marketability in the bigger home markets is more important than actually winning.

    Texas Lightning has a CD out full of cover versions (except for no no never) that’s selling extremely well.

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