Iceland 2014: Pollapönk

Pollapönk © midi.is
Artist name: 
Pollapönk
Song title: 
No Prejudice
Song writer(s): 
Heiðar Örn Kristjánsson / Haraldur F. Gíslason / John Grant
Year: 
2014
Language: 
English
Country: 
Iceland
Starting position semi-final 1: 
5
About the song: 

No Prejudice was  written by two of the band's members, Heiðar Örn Kristjánsson and Haraldur F. Gíslason together with John Grant. Despite the humorous music video and happy vibe of the song, the lyrics do actually deal with a more serious issue, namely that of prejudices that abound in society. The message of the song is packed in a playful, almost punk light sound, very much in keeping with other songs the band has composed.

Since winning the Icelandic selection, No Prejudice has been released digitally and has topped a number of the Icelandic download and airplay charts.

About the participant: 

Pollapönk describe themselves as a band for everyone; for men and women, for kids with wild hair and balding men! The band was formed in 2006 and have three albums to their name. Their self titled debut appeared that same year and was the graduation project of Heiðar Arnar Kristjánsson and Harald F. Gíslason from the Iceland University of Education. Their efforts became an instant hit with both kids and adults alike. The two were joined shortly afterwards by two other members, Arnar Gíslason and Guðni Finnsson, who have performed in the bands Dr. Spock and Ensími. The foursome has released two subsequent albums: Meira Pollapönk in 2010 and Aðeins Meira Pollapönk in 2011. Heiðar og Haraldur first performed together in a band many moons ago, but didn't exactly hit the big time. Many of their songs have received extensive airplay in their native Iceland and some of their songs such as Leyniskápurinn (The secret cupboard) and Þór og Jón eru hjón (Þór & Jón are married) and have gotten tens of thousands of hits on Youtube.

About the selection: 

Iceland continued with a similar format as used in previous years for this year's edition of Söngvakeppnin 2014. A total of 297 entries were submitted to broadcaster RÚV, a 25% increase on the pervious year. Two semi finals were held at the RÚV studios in Reykjavík, each featuring five acts. Two acts from each semi were awarded places in the final by means of televoting, and one act from each semi was awarded a jury wildcard. The grand final took place in Reykjavík at the Háskólabíó on the 15th of February and featured the following acts:

1. F.U.N.K. - Þangað til ég dey
2. Ásdís María Viðarsdóttir - Amor
3. Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir - Lífið kviknar á ný
4. Gissur Páll Gissurarson - Von 
5. Greta Mjöll Samúelsdóttir - Eftir eitt lag 
6. Pollapönk - Enga fordóma

All entries were performed in Icelandic, and two entries would advance to a superfinal. These were chosen by a 50/50 combination of jury votes and televoting. Pollapönk and Sigríður Eyrún Friðriksdóttir were the two that went head to head in the superfinal. New for this year was that the entries were supposed to be performed in the version they would be presented in Copenhagen. Pollapönk performed their entry in a bilingual version, but it was revealed a few weeks after the contest that the winning entry Enga fordóma will be performed solely in English. As winners of Söngvakeppnin 2014, Pollapönk were also awarded a monetary prize of ISK 1 million.

Lyrics: 

Lala lalalala lala lalalala lala lalalala lala la

Life is way too short for short-sightedness
and tell me who has got the time
for narrow-mindedness
Listen to what I say
cause every-buh buh buh buh buh buh
body looks the same on the inside
And it puh puh puh puh puh puh puh puh
pays:
to wear a smile

Let’s do away with prejudice
don’t discriminate, tolerance is bliss
we got to get together on this
cross this problem off our list
I may stutter when I speak
(but) you don’t need to call me freak
it’s not trigonometry
inside we’re the same

Hey!

Even if you’re taller
Or someone who is smaller
Or perhaps you’re thinner
Or one who loves his dinner
Listen to what I say
cause every-buh buh buh buh buh buh
body looks the same on the inside
And it puh puh puh puh puh puh puh puh
pays:
to wear a smile

Let’s do away with prejudice
don’t discriminate, tolerance is bliss
we got to get together on this
cross this problem off our list
I may stutter when I speak
(but) you don’t need to call me freak
it’s not trigonometry
inside we’re the same
buh buh buh buh buh buh…

Hey!

Let’s do away with prejudice
don’t discriminate, tolerance is bliss
we got to get together on this
cross this problem off our list
I may stutter when I speak
(but) you don’t need to call me freak
it’s not trigonometry
inside we’re the same

Lala lalalala lala lalalala lala lalalala
Lala lalalala lala lalalala lala lalalala
Lala lalalala lala la

Let’s do away with prejudice
don’t discriminate, tolerance is bliss
we got to get together on this
cross this problem off our list
I may stutter when I speak
(but) you don’t need to call me freak
it’s not trigonometry
inside we’re the same.

Lyrics as performed in national selection: 

Hey! Lífið er of stutt
Fyrir skammsýni

Úr vegi skal nú rutt
Allri þröngsýni

Hlustið undireins

Inn við bebebebebebe ...
beinið erum við eins

Og það bobobobobo-borgar
Sig að brosa

Burtu með fordóma
Og annan eins ósóma
Verum öll samtaka
Þið verðið að meðtaka
Þótt ég hafi talgalla
Þá á ekki að uppnefna
Þetta er engin algebra
Öll erum við eins

Hey! Hvort sem þú ert stór
eða smávaxin

Hvort sem þú ert mjór
eða feitlaginn

Hlustið undireins
Inn við bebebebebebe ...
beinið erum við eins

Og það bobobobobo-borgar
Sig að brosa

Burtu með fordóma ...

Bababababab ...                  

Burtu með fordóma ...

Lalalalalalalala ...

Burtu með fordóma ...

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