Mittwoch, 1. April 2015

Mediocre music and scary lyrics - Germany, Russia and Norway at ESC 2015

"When there's nothing left to talk about, 'cause you know the flame is running out, two hearts are left to burn, do you know, we're only left with smoke." Germany's song "Black Smoke" expresses resignation, caused by a poisoned relationship. The listener gets no change for the better, not a word of hope. Macabre is the title "Black Smoke", because it reminds of the novel by HG Wells' “War of the Worlds”. In the novel, Black Smoke refers to a poison gas. 

At ESC one should not sing about surrender, destroyed relationships and poison gas
 ... and Germans never ever. The ignorance regarding this inappropriate representation at ESC corresponds to the exclusive attention to the Russian entry by ESC-experts as Jens Maier. Because of Russia’s "message of peace" he gets out of control and rejects all journalistic standards. His newspaper article "Russland als Weltverbesserer. Zum Kotzen" is no accident, the German song title is no coincidence! 

Politically polarizing articles about ESC are quite familiar to me since 2008. They are usually claim that Eastern European countries are breaking the rules, although these countries act in compliant and correct manner. Maier is even allowed to spread this perspective in “Texte zur politischen Bildung” (articles for political education)”. So far my warnings of hidden propaganda of war were rejected with the argument of conspiracy theory and of the triviality of the Eurovision event. But this year there is support for the first time. 

Einfach zum Kotzen – wie der Stern den Eurovision Song Contest zur Russlandhetze instrumentalisiert 

Ich weiss wo Putin war 

Stern hetzt gegen ESC-Teilnehmerin Polina Gagarina 

The result of years of indoctrination could be observed last night at the Eurovision 60th anniversary concert of the BBC. During the performance of the Russian winner from 2008, Dima Bilan, it came to a great uproar because of boos. Are these groups really music fans or do they covertly work for NGOs?

Russia and "A Million Voices" 
The Russian broadcaster Channel One has commissioned an international team of Russians, Swedes and Germans with the preparation of their contribution and exactly follows the standard. The result is a rather banal peace-and-joy-song, sung by Polina Gagarina. And we can already assume that the gay ESC-fans will boo it in May.

The basis of the ESC songs have been fixed at the last meeting of Eurovision’s delegation: "It was noted at the meeting that the Eurovision Song Contest rejects all political motives and instead enhances the idea of peace, love and unity....“ Because of this requirement the songtitle of the Armenian "commemorative song" (s. Armenia supplies ESC with a memorial song) had to be changed because of a complaint from Azerbaijan. Meanwhile I am assuming that it is no coincidence that NDR and gay experts in Germany praised this foul aggression in the Armenian title. 

I would like to point out the sensitive issue of international telephone voting and dubious rankings: 
The entire European data are entrusted to a German company (Digame), simultaneously Germany breaks the rules with abusive criticism without any meaning against non-Nato-countries. The political propaganda is presented in media as popular mainstream. Thus a query of taste becomes a query of political behavior. Finally, they want to know whether the political manipulation has been successful. There is no control over what happens to the data and their interpretation. 

Cold-blooded monster from Norway 
The song of Norway is about helplessness and destroyed relationships, too, but in contrast to the German contribution the song is not brainless performed, but the performance is well managed. When I saw the winners Morland and Scarlett Debrah of the Norwegian preselection for the first time, I could not share the enthusiasm. The mal singer looked tired, the female singer reminded of a witch and their ballad was boring. Advantageously was only the support of an orchestra. 

But if we add the text of "A Monster Like Me", the music comes to a different meaning and the performance becomes consistent. "I did something terrible in my early youth." Instead of confession of love we listen to a confession of murder. That is something special in this genre of popmusic. 


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