In the run-up to each heat of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), Finland’s selection for Eurovision 2015, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — will rate the songs from that heat. Up next is Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät with their song “Aina mun pitää” (“Always I Have To”). This is one of bookies’ favourites to win UMK 2015. Read on to see if we agree…
“Aina mun pitää” reviews
Deban: Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät aren’t good ambassadors of Finland. To outsiders, they are caught in an ugly time warp. Despite their sob story that music in general and “Aina Mun Pitää” in particular offers solace to the elderly and handicapped, the reality is that they’ll never be the kingpins of social mobility. To enjoy this, you need to zone out on a cocktail of barbiturates.
Josh: This song get’s a flat out no from me. There is absolutely nothing pleasant about this. The music is too loud for his voice and he sounds like a grandpa trying to do screamo music. And it doesn’t even last for two minutes! No. Just no.
William: I have a mentally handicapped sibling so am naturally moved by their personal story. We should all applaud their efforts — and their team’s efforts — to fight the invisibility that plagues people with special needs. However, UMK is a song contest and we have to evaluate the song. In their number screams replace any sort of chorus, and shrieks fill the gaps in between. This is not music. It’s noise with a good backstory.
Ramadan: This is one of the hardest things to do in my life. They have a disability, yes, but I’m just not a fan of this style of music. Not only that, the song is way too short for Eurovision. I just don’t know what to say, really, as it’s a touchy thing.
Robyn: I love these guys – a group of special needs adults who are using the raw power of punk rock to rage against the everyday frustrations of life. And despite the rawness of the performance, there is a song hiding in there. At less than 90 seconds, it’s a really short entry (hey, it’s punk!), and while it’s not likely to make it to Vienna, it will certainly give UMK some attitude. Are you bovvered?
Sami: I really hate this kind of music. It’s way too loud, it sounds like they are just banging on their instruments and there’s not even real melody there. It’s also quite forgottable — all you remember is the name line. I really hope we don’t end up sending this to Vienna, as I’m pretty sure this would just get us to the last place in our semifinal. These guys have my total respect, though, for doing what they love, no matter what people say.
Sopon: There’s all kinds of rock that Finland can send. Chick rock (like Hanna), heavy metal (Lordi), death metal (that band from ’08), alternative rock (Softengine), and… this. I’m sorry, but lesbihonest here. This is really, really bad. I know all about the backstory and everything, but in the end of the day, it’s about the music.
Patrick: I’m really sorry to say this, but it’s just a bad song. This style of music doesn’t appeal to me, and it reminds me a bit of Lordi’s winning number from 2006. Anyways, I have big respect for them and they should still be proud of themselves. Keep on working guys!
Mikhail: I simply don’t like the song. It sounds really annoying and I can only switch off the sound.
The highest and lowest scores have been removed before calculating the final scores to avoid bias. We have removed a high of 6 and a low of 0.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 1/10
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