Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Finland 2015 - Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät - Aina Mun Pitää
It's the one we've all been waiting for - well me at least. Yes, the rumours were true, as the utterly splendid Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät have been selected for their home nation's televised Eurovision process. And despite what you may think about punk rock, this can only be a good thing.
Because PKN (as my spellchecker would prefer I called them from here on in) are unlike other punks, oh no. They were put together as part of a therapy project for adults with learning difficulties, and this would all be very admirable and nicey nicey should they not have all been such fantastically obnoxious old gits. You see, PKN don't play gnarly noisy punk rock because of their disabilities, they play it in spite of them, and they'd much rather go out and get hammered, make a racket and cause a bit of a ruckus than worry about what people are thinking about them - which sounds to me pretty much as punk as punk can be.
There is of course a fear that a wider audience will either patronise them, or moan they've only got this far because of their challenges. This of course is old cock, because as The Punk Syndrome, the excellent film about their music and their lives went to prove, they're all proper characters in their own right and don't give a shit about what you may think.
I really can't wait for the Finnish semis now, because even though this song is a bit more tame than their usual racketous old noise, absolutely anything could happen when they take to that stage on live TV. It's going to be flipping brilliant! Viva Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät and god bless all who sail in her!
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