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The Spectre is Haunting Europe

Manolo says, old Europe is in trouble: governments teeter on the edge of collapse, unemployment is at the record highs, social unrest grows. Dark days loom!

And yet, all of this is the mere sunny walk in the park compared to the true disaster barreling down the road towards the continent…. The Eurovision Song Contest!!!!!


Yes, it all starts out so innocently…
Finally, a use for all those unemployed Soviet biological warfare scientists.

With bizarre Belurusian human-butterfly genetic mutations!

What is it with the wings this year?

To be countered by glittery Maltese bird men, hovering ominously behind Justin Beiber-esque divas.
But this is the mere prelude to the true atrocity, the one which, no matter whatever precautions may be taken, inevitably makes its disastrous appearance at the Eurovision…

So young, so beautiful, so dorky.

The Accordion!

8 Responses to “The Spectre is Haunting Europe”

  1. Jane2 May 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    The Jane2 agrees that the Eurovision song contest is a spectacle that will surely lead to the modern Fall. However, the accordion should not be lumped with this media abomination. Think of the cuartetos (the Jane2 warns, do not think of the La Mona, however), the merengues, the cajun/zydeco music to name a few. The accordion deserves the noble place in musical history if only for them.

  2. Popartrockgirlyeah! May 26, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    It was particularly awful last year. After about 20 minutes I couldn’t take any more!

  3. theDiva May 26, 2010 at 9:58 am #


  4. angelhair May 26, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    Let’s add klezmer to the list of great musical genres that feature accordions.

    Europe has indeed fallen upon hard times. The continent that gave us Cervantes, Vermeer, Mozart and Michelangelo now offers up this. It’s always good for a few laughs, at least.

  5. Cara May 27, 2010 at 4:53 am #

    The strange thing nobody listens to this music on a daily basis. Eurovision pops up, shows its strange blossoms for a night of delightful weirdness, then it disappears again, winner and stars almost never to be heard of again.

  6. Shoesnotblues May 27, 2010 at 8:10 am #

    C’mon, the Eurovision is fabulously terrible and camp beyond words, but there every now and then a truly wonderful gem appears: like Elena’s I Would Die For You or those Serbian songs Lane Moje and Molitva.

  7. Theresa May 29, 2010 at 6:39 am #

    And to think – I could have been there LIVE this year! Alas, the tickets were $125 – 250 . Would that have been worth it for the butterfly mutants? Probably…