Ace Songs for Europe

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Hurrah. What with all the news about Morrissey possibly being involved with the UK Eurovision entry this year, it's definitely Eurovision season.

My friend Trixie has asked me to be the shiny "Eurovision correspondent" on Londonist.com, so clicky here to read my first post.

Over the next few months, I'm going to feature some of the best songs from the many, many preselections all around Europe.

Today, we have Olivia Lewis singing Vertigo from Malta. Olivia has come second in the Maltese selection lots of times, so must be a shoe-in to do well this time. Vertigo is pure eurovision, with wonderful lyrics.

Olivia LewisReasons why Vertigo is ace:

  • ethno-pop rhythm and beats

  • the clever contrast-ful in the lyrics: "yes / no" "stay / go"

  • "gave you all, A to Z" - it's about maps!

  • Nonsensical lyrics: "I've become indigo"

  • despite the flat hair in this photo, Olivia likes big hair and ridiculously overblown costumes, as can be seen here and here.

  • clap-clap-clap-clappy clap-clap-clap-clappy

  • the sheer amount of lyrics that offer really obvious choreography:
    * you're spinning me round and you're holding me down
    * and I turn. You're not there
    * you're lifting me high, then you're taking me low

  • Vertigo!

Hurrah.

Download Olivia Lewis - Vertigo mp3

11 comments:

Annie said...

But but but... that post on the Londonist is credited Talia. Don't you get a credit? Or is Talia a pseudonym?

Jamie said...

The clap-clap-clap-clappy clap-clap-clap-clappy bit is just fabulous!

Anonymous said...

OK I am officially in a Eurovision frenzy. I'm trusting you to keep fuelling it for the next, what, four months is it? Wow!

Talia said...

That's because his account hadn't yet been set up but now it is so the name will be changing!

Poster Girl said...

I second Jamie and Orange Anubis--songs with clapping! Eurovision commentary! What more could you ask for?

Adrian said...
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Adrian said...

PosterGirl / OA / Jamie - Hurrah for a Eurovision frenzy in January. I'll be scouring all the national finals, even the dire ones like Moldova.

Annie - it's exactly as TaliaTrixie says, I'll be posting as myself from now on. But thanks for your concern!

Goggle said...

"Nonsensical lyrics: "I've become indigo""

Maybe it's referring to the new age concept of the "indigo child" that says that people with indigo colored auras have a heightened sense of the paranormal. Or maybe it's just because it's a color that rhymes with "vertigo".
But I like this song, and it and "L-Imhabba Ghamja" are my favorites from the Maltese preselection.

Anonymous said...

Frenzy? You're not wrong. I think I've peaked too soon with all this Morrissey publicity an' all. I must go and lie down (and try not to think of David Civera again).

Adrian said...

goggle - I think she sings:

"You colour me blue, turn my passion to red / it's feeling like I've become indigo"

Hurrah. That makes sense, but nonsense.

Chig - best not think about this nice Sebastian boy in the Slovenian selection. It's a DimaInternationalPornAlert all over again.

Anonymous said...

I think that "indigo" refers to her sister who is a singer as well who goes with the stage name of "Indigo" - so its actually a pun - one which only we Maltese understand unfortunatly!