Wednesday, August 29, 2007
EU Transnational Anthem
Here’s a post I’ve wanted to do for a long time, only I thought it was more Crooked Timberish, and I’m not a Crooked Timberer. But now that we’re part of an Everything Studies co-operative w/the Timberites, I’m going for it.
Here’s a suggestion for a new EU Anthem: Abba’s “Lay All Your Love On Me”:
This choice has many advantages:
(1) Abba is popular in all EU countries.
(2) Choosing this song would recognize one of the great European cultural achievements of the last 25 years, namely keeping disco music alive & well. (Cue O-Zone!)
(3) The message is right: lay all your love on the Union! transfer your nationalistic feelings to the greater whole! I assume that’s what the Unionists want.
(4) The chorus is positively anthemic. Can’t you just here a whole stadium of football fans singing it? Imagine, at the end of the UEFA Cup finals, both sides singing one song. Peace & harmony, forever!
Also the video contains nothing new, just a mixed-up mishmash of old Abba material! Perhaps the filming of a new video was blocked by reactionary eurosceptic conservatives. You could make that point .
The song could also be picked up by anti-Unionists, given that the members of ABBA eventually divorced.
As long as we don’t all have to go back to the 70s hairdos.
As a song, it’s too good. (Inter)national anthems pretty much have to be banal and pompous, so as to offend nobody - the exception which proves the rule being the Granada anthem under Maurice Bishop, a cracking piece of political ragga. But most people feel safer with “gibberish peppered with question marks” (Vonnegut), and there’s nothing to be done about it.