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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Contents - Iain Shed­den spin­doc@theaus­tralian.com.au

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

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