A Swede who lives in Finland and who is lost in Euroland - the wonderful world of Eurovision
There is always some matter to discuss or just a song I want to share
Very welcome - I hope you'll like it here!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Runner-up: United Kingdom 1960

Swinging London still feels very remote as the second of the Johnson brothers takes to the Eurovision stage. As Teddy Johnson had represented his home country the previous year, now it was younger brother Bryan's turn to show off his vocal chords for all the world to see.

They are really rather impressive, his vocals. But still Eurovision keeps hanging on to a very old idea of entertainment.

This song could very well be taken from the soundtrack of an animated Disney short film in the early 1940's. Well groomed, extremely polished and almost unbearably cheerful. You just wait for a Mickey Mouse in black and white to enter the stage to do a jig.

Nobody had to feel challenged or disturbed or anything, which was probably just the point.

A deserved 2nd place?
Not really even though it is hard to judge fairly. In my mind several countries had more interesting entries on offer - Norway, Switzerland and Germany to name a few - while this one is pleasant, inoffensive and very easily forgotten.

Bryan Johnson - Looking High, High, High (United Kingdom 1960)

No comments:

Post a Comment