First of all, thanks for all the comments on the Atari Music post. I was hoping it would get some more video game minded folks to post their favorites, which it did. But best of all, it inspired blog reader Gavin Richmond to make his own video for Little Brother's Atari 2600 song, using vintage Atari commercials. Download Quicktime (15.5mb) or GoogleVideo. Check out Gavin's blog for more fun videos, a future one of which will feature people doing the robot for a late 80s electronic dance band that are somehow still around.
Oh, and that photo to the left? Total BS. But it amused the heck out of me none-the-less, which is exactly what the comedy of the Van Gogh Gogh's is supposed to do. You can read the whole story of Atari 8 tracks and other fake 2600 products here.
Back in May, Lukas posted about the glorious history of the Eurovision song contest, and the insanely catchy 1975 winners, Teach-In. Well, browsing around today I discovered this crazed Eurovision fan from Tel Aviv who has posted some 400 videos on YouTube of contestants from the 1950s through today.
Got a few hours to kill? There are so many gems in there, especially during the 70s and 80s, that I can't even begin to watch them all. But here are links to just a few of my international favorites (read the comments, etc, on the YouTube pages for more details):
Denmark 1983 Israel 1985 Norway 1983 Greece 1977 Netherlands 1966 United Kingdom 1981 Belgium 1967 Finland 1966 Iceland 2000
Cyprus 1987 - the song is a dud, but those dancers are HOT
Sweden 1977 - An astoundingly lame Beatles tribute song. Check the comments section below for more on this one!
And you just can't go wrong with virtually all of the 1976 edition:
Austria Finland Switzerland France Israel
And the United Kingdom.
They swept the award in 1976 with one of the biggest hits in Eurovision history, earning an 80% vote. The song is "Save Your Kisses For Me" (mp3) by Brotherhood of Man. It is indeed insanely catchy, and the dancing has certainly won my vote! And these guys were in for the long-haul, not only scoring several chart topping hits, but staying together and performing to this day. You can even book them for your next event!
If you find any other favorites, post them in the comments. My eyes are not yet fully glossed over with Eurovision cheese.