Spin Doctor tunes in from Canada. Plus the latest album releases
In the spirit of too much Moz is never enough, SD would like to add a little aside to the Morrissey interview elsewhere in this issue. One thing with which yours truly could identify in the singer’s
Autobiography was his childhood fascination with the Eurovision Song Contest, back in the day when its cheesiness was not offset by production values. Those were the days, if you were British, when sleep could be lost wondering if Boom
Bang-a-Bang or Congratulations would be good enough to sway the judges from far-off lands, who screamed their verdicts down primitive phone lines. Moz liked to sit in front of the TV and keep score, as indeed did I. More recently he was approached to write a song for the competition, so it seemed like a good idea to ask him what he thought of Eurovision today and of Australia’s participation in it. Not surprisingly, he was perfectly forthright. “It’s illogical,” he said, “for Australia to be included unless they change the name of the contest. Seven-year-old kids will assume Australia to be in Europe.” As to the phenomenon it has become since those formative years, Moz was less than enthusiastic. “The contest now is essentially about costumes and special effects, whereas years ago every singer had the same stage and the same lighting and no props. This meant that people actually heard the song, which isn’t possible now. Your ears fight against explosions and your eyes are blinded by flash photography and revolving lights and you begin to wonder if they are there to divert your attention from the fact that what you’re hearing isn’t actually any good. As with all modern music, the content is always the same, so that you either get the My Heart Will Go On power ballad, or you get the absurd monsterfrom-hell gimmick of someone being lowered into a bubbling vat of boiling fat. The song is the least consideration and seems to get in the way of the presentations.” If Guy Sebastian should win, thus granting us entry again next year, we can assume we won’t be competing against Moz.
Morrissey despairs at the modern-day Eurovision song contest