The 2015 Finnish entry, “Aina mun pitää” by punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, has divided Eurovision fans. Some aren’t feeling the band’s punk rock style, but it does have plenty of admirers (and not just the bookies). Many musicians have been inspired to record their own versions of the song. And if you think “Aina mun pitää” is weird, just wait till you hear the covers…
1. The acoustic version
Let’s ease into this and start with something pleasant. The video looks like someone dropped their phone on the floor, but it’s captured a gentle, folky version of “Aina mun pitää” by Finnish musician Tapani Kangas.
2. The lounge bar version
Twangy guitar and bursts of organ give this version by LautaJaska a laidback feeling, the sort of thing you’d expect to hear an ageing Elvis impersonator singing in a smoky lounge bar.
3. The American version
Detroit rock band The Seatbelts take inspiration from their Finnish brethren and perform a spirited cover of the song in English.
4. The electro twist version
This version by Neurobashing is has driving, industrial beats, taking “Aina mun pitää” into dark, spooky places.
5. The ukulele version
Finnish ukulele band UkEt made this version that mixes dinky ukuleles with the same growly PKN vocal attitude. They even manage to make their version shorter than the original, shaving four seconds off PKN’s 1:24.
6. The badly translated French version
Les Grands Buveurs Au Tonnelet claim to have created their French lyrics by putting PKN’s own English version into Google Translate. The result is the perfect soundtrack for a drunken afternoon in a French cafe.
7. The synth pop version
The Berlin-based electro maestro Surf Dancer turns “Aina mun pitää” into a highly danceable ’80s style synthpop track clocking in at an epic 3:23.
8. The busker version
Legendary British busker Danny McEvoy has been recording covers of this year’s entries and he gives an enthusiastic rendition of “Aina mun pitää”, even singing the Finnish lyrics.
9. The black metal version
Of course a song from Finland is going to spawn a black metal cover. Here’s Lucifer Valonkantajan Tuomiopäivä rocking out in a cosy suburban living room. The video features a cute cat.
What do you think of these covers? Would any of them do a better job for Finland in Vienna? Or does it make you appreciate PKN’s original version more?
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