Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Vampires Are Alive

Remember when Michael Jackson put a disclaimer at the beginning of his "Thriller" video?

"Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in the occult."

Well, Swiss artist DJ Bobo neglected to put any such disclaimer for his Eurovision 2007 entry "Vampires Are Alive." And it's hurting him (or perhaps helping him, come to think of it).

As Finland for Thought notes (citing the supposed Lordi influence), Swiss evangelicals are up in arms about the occultic references in the song.

On Tuesday the Federal Democratic Union (FDU) handed in a 49,000-signature petition to the government condemning DJ Bobo's "Vampires Are Alive" as an affront to people's religious convictions....

The FDU petition accuses DJ Bobo – real name RenĂ© Baumann – of trivialising hell and Satan and says his "occult lyrics" are beyond the pale. The offending lyrics include lines such as "Free your spirit after midnight, sell your soul" and "From heaven to hell, enjoy the ride".

Others say the song is just plain bad.

Eurovision is a yearly song contest, sort of a proto-American Idol, which has mutated into some strange generator of discordant, embarrassing pop gems. (See: Lordi.)

Switzerland’s entry for 2007 is this amazing travesty called “Vampires Are Alive,” at its lyrical crux completely missing that vampires, by defintion, are not alive, and then spinning out from there in a shower of blood and synchronized dance.

Even if the song is subpar, this wouldn't be the first Eurovision song to have that distinction. Not every song can be a "Waterloo," after all.

Here's the song:


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