Eurovision Song Contest 1989

Here are my choices for the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest; I’d only heard the entry from Yugoslavia before watching the entire contest online.

My Rank Country Title, Artist Eurovision Final Ranking
1 Italy “Avrei voluto” , Anna Oxa & Fausto Leali 9 (tie)
2 United Kingdom “Why Do I Always Get It Wrong?”, Live Report 2
3 Finland “La dolce vita”, Anneli Saaristo 7
4 Greece “To Diko Sou Asteri”, Mariana Efstratiou 9 (tie)
5 Turkey “Bana Bana”, Pan 21
6 Iceland “Það sem enginn sér”, Daníel Ágúst Haraldsson 22
7 Luxembourg “Monsieur”, Park Café 20
8 Austria “Nur ein Lied”, Thomas Forstner 5
9 Netherlands “Blijf zoals je bent”, Justine Pelmelay 15
10 Yugoslavia “Rock Me”, Riva 1

Interesting that the three songs that finished last at Eurovision (including Iceland, which earned the dreaded “nul points”) made it to my Top Ten!

Eurovision Song Contest 1988

Here are my choices for the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest; I’d only heard the entry from Switzerland before watching the entire contest online.

My Rank Country Title, Artist Eurovision Final Ranking
1 Belgium “Laissez briller le soleil”, Reynaert 18 (tie)
2 Ireland “Take Him Home”, Jump The Gun 8
3 Switzerland “Ne partez pas sans moi”, Céline Dion 1
4 Sweden “Stad i ljus”, Tommy Körberg 12 (tie)
5 Luxembourg “Croire”, Lara Fabian 4
6 Germany “Lied für einen Freund”, Maxi & Chris Garden 14
7 United Kingdom “Go”, Scott Fitzgerald 2
8 Norway “For vår jord”, Karoline Krüger 5
9 Portugal “Voltarei”, Dora 18 (tie)
10 Denmark “Ka’ du se hva’ jeg sa’?”, Hot Eyes 3

Usually, as I watch these contests, a handful of songs stand out and then I have to decide which is my favorite, but from the moment I heard “Laissez briller le soleil”, sung by Reynaert (aka Joseph Reynaerts) and composed by Reynaert, Dany Willem, and Philippe Anciaux, I knew it would be my favorite. I’d love to hear a singer like Alison Moyet or Adele cover this someday!

Shopping Expedition to Los Angeles!

Just made a shopping expedition to Los Angeles and this is what I bought!

Store Purchases
Amoeba Music
6400 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Take Me To The Land of Hell, Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band

Warp and Weft, Laura Veirs

満ち汐のロマンス (Michishio no Romansu, “Tide Flow Romance”), Ego-Wrappin’

Kiss Me Once, Kylie Minogue

6 Feet Beneath The Moon, King Krule

The Take Off and Landing of Everything, Elbow

Bish Bosch, Scott Walker

Preachers (The Unreleased Works 1969-1980), Svein Finnerud Trio

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
Max Ernst, Ulrich Bischoff (Taschen)

Type on Screen, edited by Ellen Lupton (Princeton Architectural Press)

Canterbury Records
6400 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Hotel Valentine, Cibo Matto

I also dined with old friends at Dino’s Pizza (3520 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505) and at Porto’s Bakery (3614 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505), both of which I highly recommend.

Also on my CD shopping list but I didn’t find them:  FKA Twigs, Safety Scissors, Emilíana Torrini, SSION, and No Regular Play.

sveinThe Svein Finnerud Trio album is what I call my “Dan Purchase”, named after my friend Dan who seems to own every album ever released.  Frequently he buys an album just because he likes the cover.  Every time I go to Amoeba I always make it a point to do a “Dan Purchase”.  This album was only $4, and the band consists of a pianist, double bassist, and drummer.  I’m hoping they are similar to the Tord Gustavsen Trio.

Eurovision Song Contest 1987

Here are my choices for the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest; I’d only heard the entry from Ireland before watching the entire contest online.

My Rank Country Title, Artist Eurovision Final Ranking
1 Finland “Sata salamaa”, Vicky Rosti & Boulevard 15
2 Iceland “Hægt og hljótt”, Halla Margrét 16
3 Denmark “En lille melodi”, Anne-Cathrine Herdorf & Bandjo 5 (tie)
4 France “Les mots d’amour n’ont pas de dimanche”, Christine Minier 14
5 Israel “Shir Habatlanim”, Datner & Kushnir 8
6 Spain “No estás solo”, Patricia Kraus 19
7 Germany “Lass die Sonne in dein Herz”, Wind 2
8 Sweden “Boogaloo”, Lotte Engberg 12
9 Cyprus “Aspro Mavro”, Alexia 7
10 Netherlands “Rechtop in de wind”, Marcha 5 (tie)

For the first time, Cyprus and Greece began their tradition of (almost) always awarding each other 12 points.

Eurovision Song Contest 1986

Here are my choices for the 1986 Eurovision Song Contest; I’d only heard the entry from Belgium before watching the entire contest online.

My Rank Country Title, Artist Eurovision Final Ranking
1 Netherlands “Alles heeft ritme”, Frizzle Sizzle 13
2 Belgium “J’aime la vie”, Sandra Kim 1
3 Luxembourg “L’amour de ma vie”, Sherisse Laurence 3
4 Finland “Never The End”, Kari Kuivalainen 15
5 France “Européennes”, Cocktail Chic 17
6 Turkey “Halley”, Klips ve Onlar 9
7 Germany “Über die Brücke geh’n”, Ingrid Peters 8
8 Cyprus “Tora Zo”, Elpida 20
9 Portugal “Não sejas mau para mim”, Dora 14
10 Spain “Valentino”, Cadillac 10

There was such a contrast between Belgium’s unbridled enthusiasm and Luxembourg’s understated calm, but ultimately, I thought Netherlands (for the third contest as of this writing!) had the best song.

Master list of Eurovision Song Contest reviews

I discovered the Eurovision Song Contest while my family was living in England; we watched the 1977, 1978, and 1979 contests. After returning to America, I pretty much forgot all about Eurovision until I read an article about it in the June 2010 issue of The New Yorker. I began watching it again in 2011 and onwards, making a total of seven contests I’ve seen as they happened live (as of June 11, 2014).

I’ve made it my goal to watch every Eurovision Song Contest (or, at least, listen to every song) and to rank my favorites. I’ve decided to start with 1980 (where I left off after 1979) and work my way forward to 2010, then go back to 1979 (need to review the three contests I saw in England, for I’ve forgotten most of the songs) then go backward to 1956. Below is a master list of my favorite songs from each year, with a link to the corresponding blog page.

Year Country, Song, Artist
2014 Georgia, “Three Minutes to Earth“, The Shin and Mariko
(final: Hungary, “Running”, András Kállay-Saunders)
2013 Netherlands, “Birds”, Anouk
2012 Sweden, “Euphoria”, Loreen
2011 Switzerland, “In Love For A While”, Anna Rossinelli
1989 Italy, “Avrei voluto”, Anna Oxa & Fausto Leali
1988 Belgium, “Laissez briller le soleil”, Reynaert
1987 Finland, “Sata Salamaa”, Vicky Rosti & Boulevard
1986 Netherlands, “Alles heeft ritme”, Frizzle Sizzle
1985 Germany, “Für alle”, Wind
1984 Turkey, “Halay”, Beş Yıl Önce, On Yıl Sonra
1983 Luxembourg, “Si La Vie Est Cadeau”, Corinne Hermès
1982 Germany, “Ein bißchen Frieden”, Nicole
1981 Portugal, “Playback”, Carlos Paião
1980 Netherlands, “Amsterdam”, Maggie MacNeal

Other links:
all articles with Eurovision Song Contest tag
my own version of Eurovision: The Jogovision Song Contest

Eurovision Song Contest 1985

Here are my choices for the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest; I’d only heard the entry from Norway before watching the entire contest online.

My Rank Country Title, Artist Eurovision Final Ranking
1 Germany “Für alle”, Wind 2
2 Portugal “Penso em ti, eu sei”, Adelaide 18
3 Norway “La det swinge”, Bobbysocks! 1
4 Belgium “Laat me nu gaan”, Linda Lepomme 19
5 Luxembourg “Children, Kinder, Enfants”, Margo, Franck Olivier, Diane Solomon, Ireen Sheer, Chris & Malcolm Roberts 13
6 Greece “Miazoume”, Takis Biniaris 16 (tied)
7 Cyprus “To Katalava Arga”, Lia Vissi 16 (tied)
8 Turkey “Didai Didai Dai”, MFÖ 14 (tied)
9 France “Femme dans ses rêves aussi”, Roger Bens 10
10 Sweden “Bra Vibrationer”, Kikki Danielsson 3

Sweden’s “Bra vibrationer” (which means “Good Vibrations”, not “Bra Vibrator”) might’ve ranked higher but for the fact it sounded similiar in style to Norway’s “La det swinge”. I’m not accusing either country of plagiarism, but didn’t want to place two such similiar sounding songs so high together in my ranking. Coincidentally, Sweden and Norway awarded each other 12 points during the vote.

Cyprus and Greece, however, did not give each other 12 points in 1985; they gave each other eight (Greece gave 12 points to France, Cyprus gave 12 to Germany).

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