La det swinge
|"Let It Swing/La det swinge"|
|Single by Bobbysocks!|
|from the album Bobbysocks!|
Alixzandra (English version)
|Eurovision Song Contest 1985 entry|
|◄ "Lenge leve livet" (1984)|
|"Romeo" (1986) ►|
Composition and production
The song is a tribute to dancing to old rock 'n' roll heard on the radio. Befitting the subject matter, the song itself is written in an old-fashioned style, with a memorable saxophone melody starting the song. The melody arrangement is in retro style, containing elements of contemporary 1980s music and throwbacks to the 1950s.
The song entered, and won Melodi Grand Prix 1985, and was therefore selected to represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 1985. For the performances, the two members – Hanne Krogh and Elisabeth Andreassen – appeared in sparkling, bright purple jackets, worn over black and white outfits; Krogh sported a black-and-white striped floor-length gown.
At the Eurovision Song Contest, the song was performed thirteenth on the night, following Italy's Al Bano and Romina Power with "Magic Oh Magic" and preceding the United Kingdom's Vikki Watson with "Love Is". At the close of voting, it received 123 points, placing 1st in a field of 19.
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This was the second appearance for both Andreasson and Krogh in the Eurovision Song Contest; in 1982 Andreassen had represented Sweden in the duo Chips with Kikki Danielsson singing "Dag efter dag", and in 1971 Krogh had finished 17th (second from last) in the contest, with the song "Lykken er". (Danielsson also competed in the 1985 contest, finishing third after Bobbysocks and West Germany's Wind, with the song "Bra vibrationer", again representing Sweden.)
Andreasson went on to appear in the contest on two more occasions – she finished sixth in 1994, performing a duet with Jan Werner Danielsen, entitled simply, "Duett" and in 1996, she appeared as a solo artist, finishing second to Ireland's Eimear Quinn. Krogh also returned to the Contest in 1991 as part of the group Just 4 Fun, finishing 17th with "Mrs. Thompson".
Following their win, the single "La det swinge" peaked at #1 in the Norwegian and Belgian singles chart, and entered the charts in Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, United Kingdom to name a few.
- "Let it Swing" – 2:50
- "La det swinge" – 2:50
- Ingela "Pling" Forsman wrote lyrics in Swedish, as "Låt det svänga", which was recorded by artists and groups as Stefan Borsch, Ingmar Nordströms och Jan Welander, all of them 1985.
- Swedish heavy metal group "Black Ingvars" covered song on their 1998 album "Schlager Metal".