As you know, I am not generally the sort of owl to indulge in frivolities of a plebeian level. Television broadcasts such as The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent only serve, in my opinion, to prove Britain’s mass delusion as to their “talent”. I must admit, however, that I cannot help but to aspire to Simon Cowell’s level of unashamed superiority.
It may come as somewhat of a surprise, therefore, to learn that I find the Eurovision Song Contest to be a creation of unrivalled joy. From the representation of each nation’s culture and taste to the blatantly biased point scoring, each minute involves more entertaining viewing than an entire hour and a half of The Voice. To celebrate Saturday’s competition, I have gathered some songs which loosely represent some of the wonderful countries to be found beyond our fair isle.
Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out Of This Country
Vampire Weekend – Holiday
Rosemary Clooney – Botch-A-Me
Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata
The Bees – A Minha Menina
The Very Best – Warm Heart Of Africa
Princeton – Florida
Pink Martini – Sympathique
Irene Grandi – Sono come tu mi vuoi
Andrew Bird – Danse Carribe
Local Natives – World News
Simon & Garfunkel – El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
The Beach Boys – Kokomo
Enya – Orinoco Flow