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Wednesday, 25 April 2012 02:12

Austria: Reviewing the track 'Woki Mit Deim Popo'

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One of the countries that has somewhat been phased out of the Eurovision Song Contest for quite some time due to what they stated to being a number of political issues returned in good form last year and will be hoping to maintain that as they take part in the 2012 edition of the competition which is being staged in the city of Baku, Azerbaijan. In fact, the sixteenth position in the running order has been handed out to Austria who left this showcase following a disappointing result back in 2007 with Eric Papilaya and his song Get a Life, Get Alive. This time round, they are being representing by a group who actually finished in the runner-up position last year commonly known as Trackshittaz and the track that they are putting forward is actually in a dialect bearing the name Woki Mit Deim Popo written by Lukas Plöchl and Manuel Hoffelner.

Trackshittaz consists of Lukas Plöchl alias “G-Neila” and Manuel Hoffelner alias “Manix”. Born in the upper Austrian Mühlviertel district, both band members are flagship examples of their unique genre - “tractor gangster party rap”. The duo first became known for their YouTube hit Alloa bam Fraunz, based on the house track Alors On Danse and Lukas Plöchl’s participation in the ORF casting show Helden von Morgen.

After their debut Oidaah pumpn muas’s (platinum status), which appeared early in 2011, and their following hit Prolettn feian längaah (gold status), both of which reached no. 1 in the albums chart, their run of success continued in February 2012 with their third album Zruck zu de Ruabm (gold status). Trackshittaz goes back to its roots here, the raps centering on party and village life. They are supported on their travels by their producer Sam Vahdat, who emphasises the authenticity of the duo and sparkles with his wild sounds and heavy beats.

After coming second at the national final of the “Eurovision Song Contest” in 2011, Trackshittaz succeeded this year in the competition for the Austrian ticket to Baku. In May, they will face the next challenge - the First Semi-Final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Hopefully, they’ll get not only Austria but all of Europe dancing with their boisterously youthful impetuosity and their song Woki Mit Deim Popo.

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Jan Van Dijck

  • Don’t believe that Europe is waiting for a rap song made in Austria, although the song has got something. Reminds me of the German entry back in 2000 by Stefan  and entitled Wahhe Hadde Dudde Da. This one could be a black horse….and therefore finds the half way stage with me with five (5) points.
Knut-Oyvind Hagen
  • Oh, no no. Last year you sent a beautiful singer with a lovely voice, and now this mess without any 
  • qualities at all? Shame on you, Austria. If justice is done, you will battle with Macedonia and San 
  • Marino for the last place in this semi final. I fear it might entertain a few, but for me it ain't amusing 
  • it all, just very underwhelming. One (1) point is more than enough in this case.
  • This is a rap performance on top of a dance-influenced production. The rap itself is not outstanding, it hasn’t got the right feeling or vibe. Even though it's a parodic performance it has some elements of a hook and that is why, we agreed to give this track a total of three (3) points.

Entry Background

Performers: Compact Disco

Composers: Lukas Plöchl

Authors: Lukas Plöchl and Manuel Hoffelner

Song: Woki Mit Deim Popo

Language: Austrian

Broadcaster: ORF

History of the Nation

Austria has been competing in the Eurovision Song Contest since the second edition was held way back in 1957 and their history has been slightly negative noting that they have finished in last place on seven occasions, the last of which came way back in 1991 when Thomas Forstner took to the stage for the second time in his music career with the song Venedig im Regen only to be completely ridiculed by achieved the dreaded nil points. The fact of the matter is that years earlier, in 1989, he managed to finish in fifth place with the track Nur ein Lied. Nevertheless, they have managed to rack up a victory back in 1966 with Udo Jurgen and his song Merci Cherie and their last top ten result comes in 2003 with madman Alf Poier finishing in sixth place with his performance of Weil der Mensch zählt. It will be interesting on how the Trackshittaz will be received in Europe!

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Last modified on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 11:04