Monday, 20 May 2013

Such guilty pleasures...

Yes - I watched Eurovision.  Didn’t you?

My personal favourite was Dracula from Romania.  I tried to convince Mr SDS that this entry was really just a piss-take (which is what I liked about it) – seeing as the song seemed to be a rip-off of Dr Alban's 'It's My Life' (so much so that it even had the same title) but with predictable, moon-in-June lyrics delivered in an unpredictable soprano voice by a man in a wonderfully, devilishly, outrageous outfit.

I failed...

Well, my joy at the 'irony' of Drac dissipated at the very end of his performance when he gave the look of a sighing diva (possibly pretending to be) overwhelmed by adulation.  Hmm.  But I'm choosing to ignore the signs because I just want to believe it's ironic. And mainly because I need an excuse to watch it again purely for his costume which I have a secret (ok, not so secret now) longing to experience first-hand - or even second-hand.   I have a guilty desire to be embraced and carried off in and to have filthy deeds done to me by the wearer of such a delight.  Not him necessarily - any man will do really - well, any man that would look good in that costume which I suppose does limit it rather a lot, perhaps completely.  But I live in hope (or should that be: "a fantasy world".) 

Would a 'wink' emoticon be too obvious here, or would you think I was being ironic?


Romania didn’t do as well as they should have in my (admittedly warped) opinion, but as every cloud has a silver lining - and as I’d like to find out if that outfit does too - I’ll be searching for the aforementioned costume on eBay shortly.  Some black leather gloves would top it off nicely.

Also this weekend there was a repeat of BBC Four’s ‘…Sings James Bond’ which maintained a level of excitement rarely felt in this household on a cold May evening.  I enjoyed Moby, Garbage and Dusty in particular.  Then as I watched Shirley Bassey in her long, shimmering, spangly dress it occurred to me that I may get to the end of my life having never actually worn one.  Is it too late? 


18 comments:

  1. What about that mad dress that rose up about twenty feet into the air? Yes, I watched it. Amongst all the terrible drivel I thought the UK's entry was particularly awful. My favourite? Estonia for it's 'classic' Eurovision sound. I think they came last. Norton was pretty funny this year.

    As Shirley Bassey, her dress may have been fine but keep her away from me!

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    1. Yes there were one or two visual surprises, weren't there? Absolutely agree about UK entry. Norton and the lovely Swedish hostess kept me smiling though!

      Indeed, spangly dress or no, I'm not so keen on Burly Chassis...

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  2. I'm with UKIP on the whole Eurovision thing, get us outta there!!! That is what their campaign's about, right? ;o)

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    1. :-)
      But I'd quite miss it... (I think?)

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  3. Somehow now...I'm feeling very self-conscience about the Vineyard Vines collegiate pants and white buck saddle shoes I'm wearing.

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    1. Sounds very exotic to me, e.f....

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  4. Fortunately a friend had a 60th birthday party on Sat evening so I managed to not see 1 second of it... and I'm hoping to keep it that way! ;-)

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    1. Fair enough! You missed some laughs, though - the 'Swedish Smorgasbord' was worth the entry ticket alone.

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  5. I used to love the programme in the 50s to about 65 (remember the Alisons and Pearl and Teddy Johnson...before your time)...but I am afraid I just can'not watch it now or choose not to watch it. Saying that Morrissey wanted to do it a few years back..that would have been fun.

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    1. Oh, I would LOVE to see Morrissey do it! (There's another reason to live in hope!)

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  6. I used to work with a guy who took Eurovision weekend off and threw parties to celebrate the contest. He knew his stuff too - I would quiz him about the bass player on the Danish entry in 1963 or the writers of Belgian entry in 1971 and he could pull this information out of his brain at the drop of a hat. His knowledge was encyclopedic. At my request, he made me a compilation once of the weirdest songs ever to feature in Eurovision. There were some rum old tunes on that CD.

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    1. Amazing. But the bit that gets me most about this, The Swede, is where you say "At my request...." !! :-)

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    2. Given half a chance he would talk for hours about the minutiae of the contest, particularly when it was Eurovision season, and I really had zero interest. He owned every song ever to have made it to transmission (and also many that didn't) and told me that I'd be surprised at some of the odd stuff that had cropped up over the years, so (in an effort to draw some kind of line under the conversation) I asked him to compile a few of the weirder moments - and some of them were very weird indeed! Your post reminded me about my old colleague. I haven't seen the CD for years, so I imagine it got lost along the way somewhere, although all this reminiscing has made me wish it hadn't.

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    3. I have to admit it's roused my curiosity too! I bet there was some jaw-droppingly odd material on it. I wonder too if your ex-colleague is still as into it as he ever was and still a completist? Maybe it's time for a BBC Four documentary!

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  7. But why on earth did we choose Bonnie Tyler to represent us ? We all know that every now and then she falls apart.

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    1. :-)
      But imagine what might have happened to her if it had been held in France...

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  8. I watched it in Italy, on Italian TV. The commentators roared helplessly with laughter all the way through it. As did I. No idea whether I was laughing ironically or not, though...

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    1. I can't think of anything more appropriate than watching Eurovision on Italian TV... brilliant!

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