Euro-Vision

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This article is about the Belgian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 1980. For the article on the contest itself, see Eurovision Song Contest.
"Euro-Vision"
Single by Telex
from the album Neurovision
B-side "Troppical"
Released 1980
Format 7" single
Genre Synthpop
Label France Vogue, RKM
United KingdomUnited States Sire
Writer(s) Michel Moers, Dan Lacksman,
Marc Moulin
Producer(s) Telex
Telex singles chronology
"Rock Around the Clock"
(1979)
"Euro-Vision"
(1980)
"We Are All Getting Old"
(1980)
Belgium "Euro-Vision"
Eurovision Song Contest 1980 entry
Country Belgium
Artist(s) Michel Moers, Dan Lacksman,
Marc Moulin
As Telex
Language French
Composer(s) Michel Moers, Dan Lacksman,
Marc Moulin
Lyricist(s) Michel Moers, Dan Lacksman,
Marc Moulin
Finals performance
Final result 17th
Final points 14
Appearance chronology
◄ "Hey Nana" (1979)   
"Samson" (1981) ►

"Euro-Vision" was the Belgian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980, performed in French by Telex.

The song was performed nineteenth on the night, following Spain's Trigo Limpio with "Quédate esta noche". At the close of voting, it had received 14 points, placing 17th in a field of 19. The band were moderately pleased with the outcome of the Contest, but for a somewhat unusual reason. At the time lead singer Michel Moers was quoted as saying: "We had hoped to finish last, but Portugal decided otherwise. We got ten points from them and finished on the 19th (sic!) spot".[1] In hindsight their participation in the Contest however seems to have served its marketing purposes; some thirty years on "Euro-Vision" still remains one of the band's best-known songs, both in Belgium and internationally.

The song was the first entry ever to mention the Contest by name as part of what is generally agreed to have been a send-up of the whole event (previous entries such as Schmetterlinge's "Boom Boom Boomerang" had parodied the Contest without actually naming it). Further, in contrast to the generally upbeat and lively entries submitted from other entrants, Telex performed from behind synthesisers and in a robotic - somewhat Kraftwerk-esque - manner.

Telex released the song in French and English language versions and the band subsequently re-recorded the track for their first 'greatest hits' compilation More than Distance, also released in 1980, then retitled "Neurovision". Furthermore, in 1993 Telex released their first CD box set, once again with a reference to their Eurovision participation back in 1980; the album was entitled Belgium...One Point.

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