Back at Eurovision 2012, the Trackshittaz — that’s Lukas Plöchl (aka G-Neila) and Manuel Hoffelner (aka Manix) — won Austria’s national selection with “Woki mit deim Popo” (Shake Your Ass). At Eurovision in Baku, the unfortunately named duo took tacky to a whole new level with strippers dancing around polls while wearing sweaty, glow-in-the-dark brassieres. Their song reached its lyrical height when it rhymed “low” with “ho”. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they finished last in their semi final — and with the lowest number of points in either heat. But hey: at least they looked good sunning by their hotel pool.
Now, after five albums and five years as a duo, the Trackshittaz have decided to call it quits. Speaking in a 16-minute video uploaded to their web site, they explain that the decision to break up was difficult but neccessary.
In the video they look back on their polarizing career. They finished second to Nadine Beiler in Austria’s 2011 national selection, ultimately signing with Sony and watching their debut album go platinum. The following year they edged past Conchita Wurst to secure their berth in Baku. So far, so good. But they weren’t prepared for the media criticism that followed their exit — or the later accusations of misogyny and plagiarism. “We shot up so quickly and then fell quickly, then went up into space and then fell again,” Plöchl raps in the video. “It’s all ups and downs.”
It’s evident that the whole experience has left them exhausted.
The Trackshittaz at Eurovision 2012
“What a pity. Sh*t happens,” Lukas told us at Euroclub following the group’s elimination. “If the jury doesn’t respect rap, or something like that, then they could say there is no melody in what we sing, so it has no worth. But I’ve given everything, and Manuel has given everything.”
Trackshittaz: Interview at Eurovision in Concert 2012
In one of their first pre-Eurovision interviews, the Trackshittaz caught up with wiwibloggs at Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam in April 2012. They explained that they wanted Europe to keep moving and to keep dancing despite the doom and gloom of the recession. As Manuel said: “Turn off your head and shake your booty!” Lukas also explained that he parties every week to “keep the shape.” Judging from his modeling portfolio, it’s a nice shape indeed!
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