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Wir geben 'ne Party

"Wir geben 'ne Party"
Eurovision Song Contest 1994 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Dorkas Kiefer,
Kati Karney,
Melanie Bender
As
Languages
Composer(s)
Lyricist(s)
Conductor
Norbert Daum
Finals performance
Final result
3rd
Final points
128
Appearance chronology
◄ "Viel zu weit" (1993)   
"Verliebt in Dich" (1995) ►

"Wir geben 'ne Party" ("We're Having a Party" or "We're Throwing a Party") was the German entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1994, performed in German, English by Mekado. Mekado were backed on stage by Rhonda Heath, formerly of Silver Convention, who had themselves represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 1977, placing 8th.

The song was performed fourteenth on the night, following the Netherlands' Willeke Alberti with "Waar is de zon?" and preceding Slovakia's Tublatanka with "Nekonečná pieseň". At the close of voting, it had received 128 points, placing 3rd in a field of 25. According to The Official History of The Eurovision Song Contest by John Kennedy O'Connor,[1] the group struggled with the complex choreography during rehearsals, but the performance was faultless on the night.

The song - written and composed by prolific duo

In a pre-emptive move before the "free language rule" was reinstated, the song features a series of Anglicisms, particularly in the chorus. The girls sing such lyrics as "So rock me, Baby, heut ist alles egal" ("So rock me, baby, today everything is the same"). Of particular note is the remark by one singer to another that "Ich hab genau so'n Hip-Hop Feeling wie du" ("I have exactly the same hip-hop feeling as you"), a line which marks the first inclusion of any reference to that style of music in the Contest.

While the performance itself remained relatively static (the Contest was still conducted in a room of music professionals, rather than the general-admission Contest of more recent years), a series of high-fives brought some movement to proceedings.

An English-language version of the song was also recorded, bearing the title We're Givin' A Party, an accurate - if less idiomatic - translation of the original title.

It was succeeded as German representative at the 1995 Contest by Stone & Stone with "Verliebt in Dich".

References

  1. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Official History of The Eurovision Song Contest. Page 138. Carlton Books, UK, 2007. ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3

External links

  • "Wir Geben 'Ne Party" lyrics
  • Performance video, featuring Wogan's remark
Preceded by
"Viel zu weit"
by Münchener Freiheit
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
1994
Succeeded by
"Verliebt in Dich"
by Stone & Stone
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