My plan for watching every Eurovision Song Contest was to start at 1980 (because I had seen 1977-1979 while living in England), work my way forward to 2010 (because I began watching Eurovision again in 2011), go back and review 1977-1979, then work my way backwards to the first contest in 1956. However, yesterday I watched 1967 online with Twitterers @Dixenborg and @Eurovisually, the latter of whom is on a similar mission to mine.
My top ten choices are below, but here are a few impressions I had watching such an old contest. Obviously, it was nothing like ESC today!
1. Breakneck speed production: no postcards here. A song is sung, the singer leaves the stage, the next singer comes on, and the next song begins. Repeat until finished.
2. Nice to have the orchestra “back”. The last year a live orchestra was at Eurovision was 1998; since then, the performers have used pre-recorded backing tracks.
3. Nice also to hear the various languages again, with only United Kingdom and Ireland singing in English. 1998 was also the last year there was a rule requiring songs to be sung in their respective countries’ native language(s).
4. Voting was much different; each country had a jury of ten members, and each member cast a single vote for his or her favorite song. Thus, the maximum points any country could award another was ten points, but it was also possible for a country to award a single point to ten countries.
Here are my choices for the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest; I’d only heard the entries from Luxembourg and the United Kingdom before watching the entire contest online.
|My Rank||Country||Title, Artist||Eurovision Final Ranking|
|1||Monaco||“Boum-Badaboum”, Minouche Barelli||5|
|2||Luxembourg||“L’amour est bleu”, Vicky Leandros||4|
|3||Norway||“Dukkemann”, Kirsti Sparboe||14 (tie)|
|4||United Kingdom||“Puppet on a String”, Sandie Shaw||1|
|5||Portugal||“O vento mudou”, Eduardo Nascimento||12 (tie)|
|6||Belgium||“Ik heb zorgen”, Louis Neefs||7|
|7||France||Il doit faire beau là-bas””, Noëlle Cordier||3|
|8||Finland||“Varjoon – suojaan”, Fredi||12 (tie)|
|9||Italy||“Non andare più lontano”, Claudio Villa||11|
|10||Spain||“Hablemos del amor”, Raphael||6|
What struck me about my top choice was, right from the start, it made me think of Siouxsie Sioux, of whom I am a big fan. Between the explosive orchestration, Minouche Barelli’s somewhat strident singing, and composer Serge Gainsbourg’s lyrics about wanting time to experience the world and to find love before being blown up(!!), if Siouxsie had covered “Boum Badaboum” on her Mantaray album, I wouldn’t have found the song out of place–I probably would’ve thought it her original composition.