2014: Pollapönk - No Prejudice

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.

Participant Profile

  • Year 2014
  • Song title No Prejudice
  • Song writer(s) Heiðar Örn Kristjánsson / Haraldur F. Gíslason / John Grant
  • Language English
  • Video

In the semi final

  • Which semi final? Semi-Final 1
  • Starting position 5
  • 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 ViðarsdóttirAmor
    3. Sigríður Eyrún FriðriksdóttirLífið kviknar á ný
    4. Gissur Páll Gissurarson – Von 
    5. Greta Mjöll SamúelsdóttirEftir eitt lag 
    6. PollapönkEnga 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • National final lyrics


    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 ...