December 9, 2007

David Hasselhoff and the Berlin Wall

This video of David Hasselhoff singing on the Berlin Wall on New Year's Eve 1989, roughly two months after Berliners started tearing down the wall, is amazing. The Hoff's jacket is also amazing, as is his piano key scarf. I think the title of the song he's singing is "Looking for Freedom" or something like that. This goes a long way in explaining why the Germans love the Hoff.

Also, this BBC article is titled "Did David Hasselhoff really help end the Cold War?"

Also, pretty much any video of David Hasselhoff singing on YouTube is amazing, but the Berlin Wall one is especially amazing.

September 20, 2007

Tito's Home Page

Tito has been dead since 1980, but he has lived online on his very own home page since 1994!

Here's an article the New York Times wrote about the website in 1997. The website is pretty amusing, partially because it's written in the first person from Tito's perspective, but also because the website design is clearly from 1994. It's pretty ugly.

September 14, 2007

Some recent Eurovision highlights

Abba wins the Eurovision song contest in 1974. That was one great year!

If you want to add Youtube videos to your posts, it is very simple: Just copy the complete "embed" text from the box to the right of the video on Youtube, and paste it to the body of your post. The video will then appear on the blog.
But since we are on the Eurovision subject, here is the first entry Iceland sent to the contest, the group had the catchy name "ICY", the year was 1986, and the song was titled "GleĆ°ibankinn". Icelanders were extremely optimistic, but I think the song found few followers outside Iceland (and Finland apparently, the subtitles are in Finnish...). Since then it has become a major cultural phenomenon in Iceland. All Icelanders are familiar with this catchy tune, and know the chorus so they could sing along!

And talking about Eurovision sensations, heres the Russian t.A.T.u. who propelled themselves to major stardom with their supposedly "risque" and "lesbian" act in 2003:

The viewers very very disappointed with the Russian performance not being as suggestive as their previous live performances!
Then there is Dana International, who was the Israel entry in 1998:

Cultural conservatives in Israel were up in arms, because Dana International used to be a man. But, you know, obviously the decadent Europeans loved this show of sordid cultural decline, so Israel won the contest that year!