Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Italy 2016 - Elio e Le Storie Tese - Vincere L'Odio

You can always rely on the Elio's for a bit of a hoot, but the boys have excelled themselves this year, submitting an entry that's not so much a song, but a medley of all the best Sanremo songs from the 50s to the 70s that you've never actually heard.

Seriously, it's a thing of beauty. Every time you start to get familiar with a segment they whip off and kick into the next one at breakneck speed. Musical genres and epochs hold no bounds for them, as they dart stylistically around the world of song and manage to cram them all into a compact form, leaving you all exhausted and disorientated by the story's end. Fans of Frank Zappa and The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band will love it, mind.

It's impossible to hum, and even more difficult to explain, and even though one suspects they'll get their traditional face-saving second or third place finish, I'd really love this to get chosen to get the golden ticket to Sweden. There are very few of the fan sites that even have the language to explain what's going on, and it'll confound and confuse the heck out of a whole continent of commentators. A boy can but dream though!

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