Just hours ago, we unveiled a brand new project which will be taking our readers through a journey of all of the competing entries in this years' Eurovision Song Contest which is set to take place in Baku, Azerbaijan. The first panel of critics as presented earlier this week are three males whose experience in the industry is well defined through what they have accomplished thus far. Kicking off with the first semi-final reviews, we head onto the Ex-Yugoslavian nation of Montenegro which was also recently separated from its counterpart Serbia, making them both independent nations. An internal selection was held by the national broadcaster; RTCG in which the popular Rambo Amadeus was chosen to perform the song Euro Neuro written by the performer himself, Rambo Amadeus.
Rambo Amadeus, the composer, writer and performer of the Montenegrin entry, is a cult-figure of the Ex-Yugoslav music scene. During his music career he succeeded in remaining clearly distant from the common so called “radio friendly” music, frequently using parody to express his beliefs. The self-called “World Mega Tzar” is famous for his crazy jazz-funk music, interesting texts and unpredictable live performances, spiced with brutal satire, which is sometimes standing on the border of stand-up comedy. The name of Rambo Amadeus is linked with the creation of the term of “turbo folk”, a unique music phenomenon of the Balkan Region, often linked to strange taste, aggressive folk music and mass popularity.
Antonije Pušić (his real name) was born in Herceg Novi, a town on the Bay of Kotor, which is officially included in the list of the thirty most beautiful bays in the world. As a youth, he won a number of recognitions for his achievements in sports sailing. His songs combine satirical lyrics on the nature of common people and silliness of local politics. He uses a mixture of musical styles including jazz and rock (converging towards drum and bass lately), and self-conscious ironic wit. His stage name itself is made from John Rambo and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Known also as a "charming king of jovial pop", his concerts are never mere repetitions of recorded songs, but a mixture of musical improvisation and humor exploiting all aspects of human nature in a crude manner.
Some fans compare his style and career path with those of Frank Zappa or Captain Beefheart. Six years ago he was declared for the first ambassador of UNICEF in Montenegro. Lately he used his creativity and fame the best way he could in order to give his contribution to UNICEF’s initiative to create an environment without violence in schools. He has issued 19 albums, and won numerous prizes for his music work, including the Grand Prix at the film festival in Valencia (Spain) for the music theme in the movie Boomerang and the Golden Rose at the festival of Montreux.
The Critics Voice Their Opinion
Jan Van Dijck
- No doubt that this song really gets on my nerves. Don’t believe that this song will achieve any success not even in Montenegro it self! I just cannot award this song any points, very sorry hence a nil (0) points for me.
- This is quite simply horrific. I find it utterly impossible to take this piece of ”music” seriously, and it isn’t at all amusing either. His voice is horrendous, and I just hope that Europe’s viewers won’t zip to another channel because of this opening song. I would certainly understand them though. I would just like to give this song one (1) point for the effort.
- The song has a funky vibe with nice bass and drums. The rap is horrible; and the chants don’t make it much better. Montenegro should come up with something more entertaining. Although we do agree with our colleagues in the review, there is something hence our three (3) points for this first entry.
Performer: Rambo Amadeus
Composer: Rambo Amadeus
Author: Rambo Amadeus
Song: Euro Neuro
Language: English / Montenegrin
History of the Nation
Following the split of Serbia & Montenegro, they both entered as independent nations at the Eurovision Song Contest but it seems that the event has been much kinder to the other counterpart noting that this side of the former nation is yet to make it to the finals of the esteemed musical event and following three (3) disappointments and lack of funds, the broadcaster decided to stop partcipating altogether before marking a return to the competition this year. Their best attempt thus far came in 2009 when they were represented by the beautiful Andrea Demirovic with the song Just Get Out of My Life written by the renowned Ralph Siegel. In the history of the event, Montenegro has given and received the most points from neighbouring nation, Bosnia & Herzegovina.