Various Artists: EurNoVision 2015 (link supplied)

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Various Artists: EurNoVision 2015 (link supplied)

Having enjoyably missed much of this year's Eurovision Song Contest -- better staging and lighting than songs, right? -- a compilation of "outsider" music from the various underground scenes of Europe billed as EurNoVison sounded suitably subversive.

But deary me . . .

And dreary this. 

If this is subversion then sign me up for the counter-revolution.

The music by the 20 artists on this compilation ranges from the mundane through the familiar to tediously bloody-awful.

"Avant-garde"?

And "outsider music from ther various underground scenes of Europe"?

Je dit nein, me ol' cock.

Cleaners From Venus with the sub-Kinks pop of Rose of the Lanes might work beyond the context here (by not by much), but the self-described "crazed synth-pop" by DAT Politics from France is tedium-perpetuated . . . .

Farfisa-pop and retro-cheap synth-pop elsewhere? 

The press release on this introverted nonsense said "With EurNoVision there are no winners, only weirdos".

Sorry to say, but I much preferred EuroVision winners because, frankly, the entrants in that Other EuroThing were actually much more weird.

resized__240x240_DAFThis is boring.

And that's the worst crime any musician can commit. More especially if they parade under some "alternative/weird" banner.

Back to school kids.

This makes me long for the old days of DAF . . . and the older days when subversion actually meant something.

If you care, knock yourself out listening to this enormously self-aggrandising album here

Such a lot of nonsense.

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