Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät have been voted to be Finland’s representative in Vienna with “Aina mun pitää”:
PKN’s four members have learning disabilities and their story was the subject of a 2012 documentary called The Punk Syndrome. They were expected to win UMK 2015 and now join Italy’s Il Volo and Estonia’s Elina Born & Stig Rästa as early favorites to win Eurovision in May.
Bassist Sami Helle told The Guardian, “We don’t want people to vote for us to feel sorry for us, we are not that different from everybody else – just normal guys with a mental handicap.”
Aside from the inspirational back story, PKN are breaking new ground at Eurovision. Not only are PKN the first punk band to perform at the Song Contest, but, as Eric Graf pointed out on Twitter, their song “Aina mun pitää” is the shortest Eurovision entry ever at just one minute and 27 seconds.
Our household is split on “Aina mun pitää.” Jen thinks it’s plodding clatter. I think it’s a fun throwback to the early days of punk and hardcore music, more along the lines of Black Flag than the Sex Pistols. I’m not expecting the voting public to go all in on a punk song, but then again it wouldn’t be the first time an unusual Finnish band grabbed the trophy at the Grand Prix.