Song Of The Day 5/19/2015: Mørland and Debrah Scarlett – “A Monster Like Me” (Norway)

I'm Ovision -- Eurovision! 2015: As I mentioned in the long-winded preface to this week, this year there’s a decidedly down feel – or at least a foreboding feel abridged by thunderous resolve and shapeshifting she-beasts – to many, if maybe not most, of the Eurovision entrants. Even a peppy song, like this Bieber-esque froth fest from Moldova’s Eduard Romanyuta, gets a video treatment teeming with violence, nihilism, bondage, and a sex scene ripped off from the Charlie Sheen movie The Chase. But you know what they say in Frommer’s travel guides: If you’re looking for pitch-black psyches searching for release through dysfunctional relationships with others who match their deep, deep levels of misanthropy – dude, you’re goin’ to Norway!

Behold “A Monster Like Me,” by far the most messed-up song/video combo-pak to be had in Eurovision 2015, from the most Scandinavian Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra tribute duo in the world, Mørland and Debrah Scarlett. You can see for yourselves how they decide to absolve Mørland’s long-standing childhood remorse over… something, we’re never told exactly what. I’m pretty sure it’s graver than a fixed game of hopscotch. Beyond that I won’t speculate. In this winsome dual homage to Gosford Park and Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” video, the two of them exert a cold, calculating vengeance on less alabaster social archetypes that could be worse than death. It’s certainly weirder. This is some twisted, Ken Russell type shit we’re talking about here. Gaze upon the two of them as they give each other the sinister half-smiles normally reserved for siblings sharing a private dirty joke. As of right now this song’s the 7th favorite to win, and if it actually triumphs I will be equal parts happy and terrified. Well done, song of Norway. And don't pass the gravy. I don't know where it's been.

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