Tuesday, April 25, 2006

"Chainsaw Buffet" Coming To Eurovision

I love Eurovision, the absurdly bad song contest in whcih every European country submits one act to perform an original song, everyone votes on it and a winner is declared. Some great artists -- like ABBA -- have been on Eurovision, but mostly it's an excuse for Europop ballads, crazy costumes and clueless Eastern Europeans running around like it's 1982. Finland -- a country portrayed as very slef-conscious and timid -- is being represented by a KISS-like heavy metal bit of craziness called Lordi. Some people are upset.
As he stuck out his tongue menacingly, his red demon eyes glaring, Lordi was surrounded by Kita, an alien-man-beast predator who plays flame-spitting drums inside a cage; Awa, a blood-splattered ghost who howls backup vocals; Ox, a zombie bull who plays bass; and Amen, a mummy in a rubber loincloth who plays guitar.
But looks can be deceiving.
While other boys in Lapland were playing hockey, Mr. Putaansuu played with his Barbie doll and began experimenting with makeup.... Awa, the ghost, is a soft-spoken blond who wears glasses and studied classical music. Even Mr. Putaansuu, who wears a black leather jacket when not sporting serpent lapels, says his music is closer to gospel than Satan. After all, one of the band's hit songs is "The Devil Is a Loser."

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