Saturday, August 28, 2010

NORWAY 1984 - Lenge leve livet

It's been forever since I posted an ESC entry now, so it's about time to get round to that again. :-)

This is a Norwegian entry, like I promised back in January (I think), and it's one which I'm sad to think did so badly, partly because it's my favorite band, and partly because the song really does rock. YES, the choreography was famously ill-advised. But the song itself just is so fantastic. I love it. If you can get hold of their greatest hits album, Dollies beste, then make sure to listen (more than once) to the remastered version of this song. Fantastic is the word. Benedicte's voice ... OMG.

This is Dollie de Luxe, ie Benedicte Adrian and Ingrid Bjørnov, performing Lenge leve livet, their own composition, at Théâtre Municipal in Luxembourg on Saturday, May 5th, 1984. Contrary to popular belief, they did not come last, but placed 17th out of a total of 19 competing countries (they beat Yugoslavia and Austria - hardly an impressive feat, I know). The song ought to have done much better, and indeed could have, if the performance hadn't looked so weird. :-)

Lyrics with translation here.


findabair said...

Now *this* is an excellent ESC entry ;D

Hope you're enjoying Hammerfest - say hi to Elin from me!

Kiko said...

Great post!!! They are just wonderful, you know!!! Pity I still didn't know them by that time. But just love Lenge Leve Livet. And all that came before and after that! :D
Ha det bra!