Come on, blow us up! I dare you.

So yet again Israel’s doing something a little weird.

Saturday night, we were over at some friends and caught wind of something playing in the background on their computer. One of the other guests freaked outin happiness and started to sing along.

On further investigation, this is a song written by Israeli band “Teapacks“(a friend of mine actually shows up in one of their music videos). The song sounds a lot like their other songs, and is in three languages – English, French and Hebrew.

So I’m not really impressed by the song itself – but I have to consider the fact that Israel’s choice of song has caused a lot of ruckus in international news, as well as first being rejected from the Eurovision contest, and then allowed after appeal.

It’s pretty interesting – Israel’s history of the Eurovision. Joined the contest in 1973 – and got 4th place.

Then, only five years later, a first place win! And then another! The first, a somewhat gibberish song, the second “Haleluyah” – you may have heard it.
Then silence for almost 20 years – with few high-placing songs – and then we bring on a transsexual singing some weird song about a Diva or such.

And Israel wins.

Important to mention – Diva took a total of 172 points – higher than both other Israel wins. Last year, however, the Finnish heavy metal band Lordi with “Hard Rock Hallelujah” took a record-breaking 292 points (just for a scale!) in Finland’s first-ever Eurovision win.

Israel, the land of wholesome historical values and entire neighborhoods cordoned off for the Sabbath – Israel wins with a Diva. Good for us.

And then – silence yet again, with some pretty lame entries over the past few years, and then we come to this year. Brilliance.

So go ahead, enjoy the show – May 10th for those interested. It’s gone to hell and it ain’t coming back too soon.

In any case, if you really want to push a button, I suggest you do it in the safety of your own home, by clicking right here.

Watch the clip here.

Thanks for reading.

  • Shawn Yonah

    Yeah, but when you watched it Saturday night you said it was another boring Tipex song. Either way, it’s one hell of a lot better than “Happy Birthday To You” or last year’s train wreck disaster.

    Further, Eretz Nehederet did a wonderful job on making fun of both Donna International and Kobi Oz with a single fifteen second riff. what’shisname behind the desk wishes Kobi good luck, and may they win as did Donna international. Kobi sputters, “??, ????, ???? ????… ????…????…????…”

    • That was obviously before I had time to fully investigate the song in depth and the press surrounding it.
      “It’s better than” – or “It’s less terrible than” are two different things – and this is definitely the latter.
      There is no doubt that everyone is capable of making fun of Dana and laughing a lot – the fact remains that s/he won – and nobody of ours has since.
      What does that tell you?

  • I think this song is a rather clever satire with many levels. I like Teapacks, even though I’m usually not one for Israeli popular music.

    While the first part of the song is a political regional satire, the last part in Hebrew is partly a meta-satire about what Teapacks thought will be the big hullabaloo about the song itself — (“here it is in the kdam (pre eurovision), a song without (that is not about) peace.”, “might this be too pungent, should sing a song of palms, a desert song without flags”). Brilliant.

    • But is that what we want? “Clever satire”? Yes, we’ll vote for Israel – Israelis in other countries, that is – and probably lose. Yet again.
      The world votes on what they think is good music, cool music – see last year’s winner Lordi. Damned awesome.
      I think you and I could fit into that group somewhere.
      Their “damned cool” perception gave them Finland’s first win with resounding numbers – almost double what Israel has ever been able to rake in.
      So I look forward to a sad loss this year – yet again.
      ~ “Happy Birthday…” ~