The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review Norway, who have chosen Subwoolfer with “Give That Wolf A Banana”.
Are we howling to the moon? Read on to find out!
Subwoolfer – “Give That Wolf A Banana” (Norway Eurovision 2022)
Review: Subwoolfer – “Give That Wolf A Banana”
Sebastian: This. Is. Perfection. It takes something special to create a persona out of two average singers, establish a narrative that works as a giant metaphor for a coronavirus pandemic, and create a performance that is both eye-popping for the kids and hilarious for the adults. Whoever is behind the mask, and produced this Subwoofer masterpiece, deserves an out-of-this-world promotion. Catchy? Tick. Relatable? Tick. Mysterious? Tick. Winner vibes? Tick!
Tom: “Give That Wolf A Banana” had the potential of sounding cheap, looking cheap, and being a complete joke of a song. None of those things are true. This is a quality, well-produced and expensive track. Everything about this feels like it has been made by seasoned pros and not by an unknown artist trying to have a laugh on the big stage. It’s fun and yet oddly serious. The mystery element to the artists also gives a little extra spice to the Nordic sauce. Plus, the random, comic lyrics are perfect for every fair-weather and mega Eurovision fan. It’s genius.
Deban: A well-produced joke act. It’s catchy, social media savvy and latches on like a virus. Do I like it? Yes. Will it do well at Eurovision? Probably. However, with distasteful lyrics like “Is that saliva or blood dripping off your chin?”, and the masked identity of the singers, this year’s Norwegian entry is too gimmicky for me to take seriously.
Angus: There’s a proverb about throwing a bowl of spaghetti at the wall and seeing what sticks. In the case of “Give That Wolf A Banana” it feels like the whole pan has been launched at the kitchen wall. Wolf outfits! Little Red Riding Hood! Bananas! And yet the whole thing is so slick it is difficult to pick holes in it: strong production, the swirling mystery of who’s behind the mask and at the end of the day a strong Eurovision entry.
Jonathan: Yellow, banana-loving space wolves was not something I had on my Eurovision bingo card before the 2022 season started. But coming from left field with a completely new concept is certainly a good way to standout. Although the masks provide mystery, they do also limit the development of a personal connection with the performers and stop Subwoolfer from being able to create dynamism in the performance with any expressions. Thus, from the two-minute mark onwards it does begin to veer towards repetitive. However, it’s hard to deny that “Give That Wolf A Banana” is a catchy offering that demonstrates the strength of Scandi music producers.
Norway Eurovision 2022 ranking
In the Eurovision 2022 Wiwi Jury, we have 18 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 5.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.84/10
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