Monday, May 31, 2010

One last Eurovision post

First off, there's a bit of a backlash in Sweden against us folks in the UK. As one of the big 4 countries that contribute the greatest funding to the contest, we get a free pass to the final. However, the UK hasn't made much of it lately, finishing last this year and, in fact, last 3 of the past 8 years.

Swedes, who take Eurovision far more seriously, are smarting at their failure to make the final, and are pointing a finger at the UK, asking why the country of the Beatles and Radiohead can't muster the energy to send a decent song to the show. They have a point...

To close on a happier note, here's one of my favourites of the night, the Lithuanian band inCulto with "Eastern European Funk". Their lead singer said in an interview that it was "hard for a self-respecting band to make it in Lithuania, so they decided to respect themselves a little less." Brilliant. Be sure to watch all the way through:

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