Saturday, May 24, 2008

The golden days of Eurovision



Not long now before the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest kicks off in beautiful Belgrade.
I've always been a big fan of the contest but would be the first to admit that the quality of songs has declined markedly in recent years.
As I wrote in The Guardian:
Hardcore Eurovision-sceptics will doubt it, but there was a time when the continent's annual music-fest did actually produce good music. The golden age of Eurovision - like the golden age of football, television sitcoms and most other things which really matter - was the 1970s.
The strength of 70s Eurovision was shown by the quality of the songs that didn't win. Italy's Gigliola Cinquetti would have romped home in any other decade with her beautiful ballad Si, but had the bad luck in 1974 to come up against a Swedish outfit called Abba. The 1975 contest was another classic, won by the Dutch group Teach-In, with Ding a Dong, arguably the best winning song of all time.


And of course, Ding a Dong was followed a year later by the classic 'Save Your Kisses for Me', a runaway winner for The Brotherhood of Man, and the biggest selling Eurovision hit single of all time.

And as a reminder of those glory days, above is real You Tube gem: a video featuring all the Song Contest winners from 1956-79. Enjoy!

2 comments:

Douglas said...

It's your fault that I have the lyrics of the first few moments of Ding E Dong stuck in my head!

Is't sang geleden yet?

Neil Clark said...

Just for you, Douglas, here are the full lyrics in the original Dutch. Enjoy!

Dinge-dong

Is 't lang geleden? Is 't lang geleden
Dat mijn hart je riep met z'n ding-dinge-dong?
Is 't lang geleden? Is 't lang geleden?
In de zomerzon ging het bim-bam-bom

Tikke-tak gingen uren, hoelang zou 't duren?
Tikke-tikke-tak en dan bim-bam-bom
Tikke-tak al die nachten bleef ik op je wachten
Tikke-tikke-tak en toen bim-bam-bom
De tijd was om

Is 't lang geleden? Is 't lang geleden
Dat je zei "ik ben zo blij", ding-dinge-dong?
Is 't lang geleden? Is 't lang geleden
Dat de kerkklok voor ons sloeg bim-bam-bom?

Tikke-tak zou het doorgaan dat je wilde weggaan
Tikke-tikke-tak en dan bim-bam-bom
Tikke-tak... al die nachten bleef ik op je wachten
Tikke-tikke-tak en toen bim-bam-bom
De tijd was om

(Bim-bam-bom, bim-bim-bam-bom)
Het wordt later en later, en voor je 't weet
Denk je, waar is de tijd toch gebleven
Die je hebt gekregen van mij?
(Bim-bam bim-bam...)
Ieder uur dat ik gaf, duurde eeuwen
Die je hebt gekregen van mij

Is 't lang geleden? Is 't lang geleden
Dat mijn hart je riep met z'n ding-dinge-dong?
Is 't lang geleden? Is 't lang geleden?
In de zomerzon ging het bim-bam-bom

Tikke-tak gingen uren, hoelang zou 't duren?
Tikke-tikke-tak en dan bim-bam-bom
Tikke-tak al die nachten bleef ik op je wachten
Tikke-tikke-tak en toen bim-bam-bom

Tikke-tak gingen uren, hoelang zou 't duren?
Tikke-tikke-tak en dan bim-bam-bom
Tikke-tak al die nachten bleef ik op je wachten
Tikke-tikke-tak en toen bim-bam-bom
De tijd was om