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Greece’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

April 10, 2016

Greece

Greece’s video is just about the most macho thing I’ve ever seen in my life.  It makes 300 Spartans look like a Jane Austen adaptation.

Here’s the video…

 

The guy begins his run in front of a rock formation that resembles the rock formation that kept cropping up in the original series of Star Trek.  Come to think of it, William Shatner was always getting his shirt off.  I’m sure the same rock formation crops up again as he keeps running, always in profile and always from left to right.  All of this evokes a sense that this guy is part of relief work on a Greek urn.

The camera loves his torso and lingers on it affectionately.

He is accompanied by very military looking dancers who enjoy their lacing up their black leather boots more than the actual dancing.

There are women in “Argo”, the artists who offering us Greece’s official entry.  They’re just kept at the back somewhere.  And we can hear them singing.  Indeed, I feel confident that the actual competitive on stage performance of this song may well bear no relation whatsoever to the promotional video.  In the stage performances, singing women may even be allowed to show their faces.

But we’ll still be left with a remarkable discrepancy between words and music – the kind of mismatch I think I last heard when Robert Smith of The Cure sang about being “terribly terribly terribly terribly happy.”  The music is broody – Aegean – suffused with ominous drum-beats.  The words are all about “having some fun”.

We are the rise in the rising sun
dance with us and have some fun
We are the rise in the rising sun
join with us for a Utopian Land

Planet Earth 2016-
No matter what they do
Our generation will endure
I have experienced a flee when I was young,
and I step forward even when I look behind.

I get up in the morning and I meet the guys
we are on fire, off we head for the Utopian Land
in these parts of the world
we found no place to stand
let’s try and paint it red in the Utopian Land.

We are the rise in the rising sun
dance with us and have some fun
We are the rise in the rising sun
join with us for a Utopian Land

Hop, hop
This is our very own hip hop
We got the tickets and we’ re off to the airport
Waiting for the plane
for two hours straight,
I got some pickles and my friend has got the drinks
Vodka it is, then, and whatever else time brings
Grandma’s frying fish
And we ‘re on the plane dancing
It won’t be long now
Before we ‘re gone
It is dusk here and we ‘re heading to the dawn.

We are the rise in the rising sun
dance with us and have some fun
We are the rise in the rising sun
fight with us for a Utopian Land

It is dusk here and we ‘re heading to the dawn
It is dusk here and we ‘re heading to the dawn

We are the rise in the rising sun
dance with us and have some fun
We are the rise in the rising sun
join with us for a Utopian Land

We are the rise in the rising sun
dance with us and have some fun
We are the rise in the rising sun
join with us for a Utopian Land

 

I think the sombre incongruity of these rather strangely detailed and party-loving lyrics and the austere rhythms of the song, points to a certain ontological problems with party-going in a “Utopian” land.

“Utopias” are many things.  They are peaceful, orderly, contented etc. etc. etc. – but “fun” is not a word that springs to mind.  Can you imagine a wild party in Plato’s Republic?  Parties are, at their best, messy and unpredictable.  A party might go wrong at any moment.  A party is never “utopian”.

It is a bold move on the part of Argo and Greece as a whole to take on Plato, to create a mis-match of form and content that provides an imminent critique of utopic rationalism. It may not come off though, from a competitive point of view.  I have trouble humming this.  Am experiencing some torso envy in the meantime.

In the meantime, here’s Finland

https://conradbrunstrom.wordpress.com/2016/04/09/finlands-2016-eurovision-entry/

Here’s Austria by the way…

Austria’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

Here’s Armenia

Armenia’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

 

 

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