Finland’s Eurovision 2015 Entry

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.

4 thoughts on “Finland’s Eurovision 2015 Entry

  1. Yeah – the second Lordi these guys definitely aren’t. Lordi had a song with an actual melody and a recognizable structure, both of which this one lacks. If “Mala dama” got no love from televoters, I don’t think this will do that much better. If having a great background story to the song was all you needed to win, we’d have gone to Reykjavik in 2012.

    • We’re figuring that while the public will respond to this, the juries are not going to. The song is too simplistic, and with the jury structure the way it is, they can easily spike it. It’s dangerous to try and predict what the juries are going to go for, but from a musical perspective, we can’t see the juries getting behind this.

      • I maintain that the song, not just the story, needs to resonate with the audience, or at least be so unobtrusive as to vanish into the background (see “Party for Everybody” – I don’t think a lot of people who voted that song into second place just eleven points shy of “Euphoria” in the televote actually enjoy listening to it without a video of the performance). “Aina mun pitää” is too abrasive for that, and I can’t really see them putting on much of a memorable show either. But we’ll see soon enough.

  2. I’ve been watching some of their interviews, and they are actually extremely high functioning (especially the bass player, who speaks fluent English). They do make a great case in the interviews, and the song is more entertaining than some of the others in the lineup this year (Denmark and Cyprus come to mind).

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