The biggest news this weekend is of course the triumph of Finnish monster Lordi at the Eurovision song contest in Athens, Greece. As always, WFMU's Beware of the Blog was on the ball very early and predicted the outcome. Since Mr. Lordi expressed his love for Greek history and Greek food in this interview, it seems appropriate to remind everyone that Eurovision has brought more to the world than the tasteful costumes of Lordi and Dschingis Khan.
I will only highlight two of dozens of deeply philosophical songs from the rich and colorful Eurovision history. In 1979, Elpida from Greece entered the contest with a song about Socrates (MP3), finishing 8th. But the epitome of European high-brow songwriting, and the answer to all of Socrates' questions was 1975's winning entry from the Netherlands, Ding-A-Dong (MP3) by Teach-In. It isn't quite complete without the visuals, but you can see them perform it live on the legendary German TV show Disco in this clip on YouTube.
And if you haven't had enough yet, check out lots of great pictures from past Eurovision song contests here.