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January 24, 2013 7:54 AM   Subscribe

Winny Puhh, a finalist for the Estonian entry in the Eurovision Song Context, perform live on Estonia's prime breakfast TV show. You might want to turn your volume down a touch.

There isn't a lot of information about the band in English, but here's their Estonian Wikipedia page. and for something more melodic, here's another contender, Pohja-Tallinn, with some Estonian rapping.
posted by mippy (43 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Eurovision is the Untempered Schism of song contests. After viewing, some are inspired, some run away, and some go mad.
posted by Roentgen at 7:59 AM on January 24, 2013


Sheesh, ANOTHER masked Estonian speed-punk meets Boredoms on folk instruments entry? Eurovision is so dull.
posted by dirtdirt at 8:00 AM on January 24, 2013 [8 favorites]


Gimmicks gonna gimmick.
posted by resurrexit at 8:03 AM on January 24, 2013


It took me a few seconds of flashing and screaming to realize they are playing a ukelele and a banjo.
posted by louche mustachio at 8:05 AM on January 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


Google Translate doesn't work so well on Estonian (I don't speak it - when we were in Tallinn we were trying to use the pictures on food packaging to find reindeer sausage) but it appears to be about someone going to Latvia.

The Pohja-Tallinn one is interesting, though - the band name means 'North Tallinn' and the lyrics - again poorly translated - refer to the South. Is there a north/south divide in the city?
posted by mippy at 8:05 AM on January 24, 2013


Also, Winny Puhh sound like Melt-Banana.
posted by mippy at 8:05 AM on January 24, 2013 [3 favorites]


I watched the whole thing (3 mins, 15 secs) you know, just in case....Nope.
posted by Jody Tresidder at 8:06 AM on January 24, 2013


This really throws down the Eastern European weirdness gauntlet for Moldova.

I believe in you Moldova.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 8:08 AM on January 24, 2013 [10 favorites]


B-. Mark inflated for still not being Jedward.
posted by jaduncan at 8:09 AM on January 24, 2013


I hope The Rubberbandits do Ireland's entry this year, to be honest.
posted by mippy at 8:10 AM on January 24, 2013


You might want to turn your volume down a touch.

That must Estonian for "crank it up, fuckers!"
posted by NoMich at 8:11 AM on January 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


No real Irish entry will ever compare to My Lovely Horse.
posted by jaduncan at 8:13 AM on January 24, 2013 [8 favorites]


I like it.

(From what I can gather, Estonians are like Finns, only moreso. Also, they have the best flag.)
posted by Sys Rq at 8:14 AM on January 24, 2013


Sadly Ukraine is not offering anything like Verka Serduchka to compete with this this year.
posted by Kabanos at 8:15 AM on January 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


I like how the drummer is being considerate by playing with fluffy mallets, so as not to drown out the nuances of the stringed instruments.
posted by obscurator at 8:28 AM on January 24, 2013


Spoiler Alert: That's Arvo Pärt under the mask.
posted by jph at 8:32 AM on January 24, 2013 [5 favorites]


"Eurovision ... You might want to turn your volume down a touch."
posted by gyc at 8:39 AM on January 24, 2013


The lead singer is really in to the right to bear arms. Or at least wearing a bear arm. I like the music, kind of catchy.
posted by ChrisHartley at 8:45 AM on January 24, 2013


I have high hopes for the Dutch entry this year.
posted by Pendragon at 8:45 AM on January 24, 2013


mippy, you're right, they really do sound like Melt-Banana. But, ahh...Estonian.

Funny story. A few years ago, my old mp3 disc-player and a case of CDs got stolen out of my car when I ran into a gas station for a minute. Given the area I was in and the look of the guy I think stole it, it is likely the guy was hoping for some meth money, and perhaps was a fan of either country and/or generic hard rock (think Nickelback or Creed).

The loot he acquired was likely not what he expected, though: The mp3 player itself had a broken latch and was literally held shut by a piece of duct tape (it otherwise worked great). All the discs in the case were burned mp3 discs. I seriously doubt the guy was able to make any money off his score.

The thing I found funniest, however, was that when I ran into the gas station, I was listening to a Melt-Banana album (Charlie, I believe), and had paused it. The player would turn itself off after being paused for some time, and would start back up where you left off. Great function for hours-long mp3 discs. I like to imagine that the thief got home and hit play to see if it worked, and was assaulted with the loudest Japanese noise-rock unlike anything he had heard before, immediately regretting his decision.
posted by mysterpigg at 8:48 AM on January 24, 2013


The Pohja-Tallinn one is interesting, though - the band name means 'North Tallinn' and the lyrics - again poorly translated - refer to the South. Is there a north/south divide in the city?

Yeah, that Google translation is hilariously bad, much like the song itself. The lyrics have nothing to do with a north/south divide (he's singing about sleeping in and getting to work only in the afternoon), and there is no such divide in Tallinn. As to what the band name refers to - Põhja-Tallinn is one of the city's 8 administrative districts, mostly associated with wooden slums, higher than average crime rates and drug use.
posted by daniel_charms at 9:03 AM on January 24, 2013


For some more weird Estonian Eurovision finalists, here's one from the late 1990's. The singer in that video was later arrested for drug trafficking.
posted by daniel_charms at 9:16 AM on January 24, 2013


"Eurovision ... You might want to turn your volume brain down a touch."
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:17 AM on January 24, 2013


I'm still not convinced that Verka Serducka wasn't actually Alexei Sayle.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:24 AM on January 24, 2013


KULTUUR
posted by Greg Nog at 9:28 AM on January 24, 2013


FUCK YEAH ELECTRIC BANJO MOTHERFUCKAZZZZZZ
posted by Madamina at 9:31 AM on January 24, 2013


I believe in you Moldova.

Every time I re-watch Moldova from 2011 I become even more convinced that it was an act of pure artistic genius.
posted by nangua at 9:51 AM on January 24, 2013 [5 favorites]


I'm a big fan of this entry from (I think) 2010.
posted by robtoo at 9:51 AM on January 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


Can someone explain to me why Eurovision isn't a prime-time special in the U.S.?

Surely, it'd get better ratings than another version of America's Extreme Top Bachelor Star.
posted by madajb at 10:26 AM on January 24, 2013


Nice marmot.
posted by yoink at 10:32 AM on January 24, 2013


Can someone explain to me why Eurovision isn't a prime-time special in the U.S.?

Hell, we should do like one of my friends once proposed and stage our own Eurovision where every state gets an entry. There's no way that wouldn't make for some compelling television.
posted by Copronymus at 10:44 AM on January 24, 2013


Hah, yeah, these guys rock. (Fuckin' hot, too...) :P The Melt Banana comparison is apt, though these guys are way more listenable. Remind me of early Hives, too. As John Peel said, "It's nice to know there are some bands out there that remember that guitars are supposed to make a clangorous noise". (Or, yanno, banjo and.. tiny guitar and giant round guitar, whatever they are.)

The whole 'hilariously insipid' Eurovision thing has been done to death. Time for some worthwhile acts to start invading it, just because.
posted by Drexen at 10:45 AM on January 24, 2013


Every time I re-watch Moldova from 2011 I become even more convinced that it was an act of pure artistic genius.

Yeah, I would be lying if I said that "I try to kiss you, but you slip away" was not something said, in offensively over the top accents, at least three times a month in my house.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 10:56 AM on January 24, 2013


More Estonian music news: In April, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra will perform a short opera based on an angry Twitter exchange between Estonia's president and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman.
posted by martinrebas at 12:30 PM on January 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


Every time I re-watch Moldova from 2011 I become even more convinced that it was an act of pure artistic genius.

I dunno. I mean, Roxette meets Men Without Hats on the stage set of an unexpectedly upbeat live-action remake of Worker & Parasite? Just seems a little played out, you know?

Smart money's on Greece this year. Just gonna be a pack of bouzouki strings in the middle of the stage, tucked in an envelope addressed to Angela Merkel. For four minutes and 33 seconds. That's where it's at now, man.
posted by gompa at 12:59 PM on January 24, 2013




Every time I re-watch Moldova from 2011 I become even more convinced that it was an act of pure artistic genius.

Wow. Just... yep.

Moldova is also responsible for this piece of eternal wonderment.


My personal feeling about Eurovision was summed up most eloquently by Lithuania's, uh, confident 2006 entry. But really, we all are.
posted by louche mustachio at 1:03 PM on January 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


Moldova is also responsible for this piece of eternal wonderment.

You know, everybody focuses on the sax guy, and I get why, but let's not forget that that song contains the line "We have no progressive future, I know your lying nature." That song is really a treasure. Actually, I like a ton of stuff from Eurovision 2011, but I think I like Rockefeller Street more than most people.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 1:14 PM on January 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


Every time I re-watch Moldova from 2011 yt I become even more convinced that it was an act of pure artistic genius.

When the topic of Eurovision Song Contest comes up in our (American) home, that is what we envision. It is so notAmerican, and notWhatWeAreUsedTo. Zany is a good descriptive.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 2:08 PM on January 24, 2013


absolutely brilliant - also, is it about the finnish town of lahti ?
posted by sgt.serenity at 2:45 PM on January 24, 2013


Winny the Pooh does not know why he participates in the contest.
posted by Wordshore at 2:47 PM on January 24, 2013


I'm getting a Hurra Torpedo - Total Eclipse of The Heart vibe from this. Also, I learned from the related videos that there is not one, but two accordion covers of 'Du Hast' floating around out there by Ukrainians.
posted by mcrandello at 4:19 PM on January 24, 2013


Ah, the official video. Oh please please please be the representative in the final.
posted by Wordshore at 4:29 PM on January 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


Dude, The Locust are still around. Awesome.
posted by bardic at 9:11 PM on January 24, 2013


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