It is with utter shock that ESC Covers received the news from the Netherlands that they had a vote to determine the worst Dutch Eurovision entry.
Today, 4 April, is the 40th anniversary of Bucks Fizz winning the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom with Making Your Mind Up. If you were around what memories do you have of that time?
A few days ago we finished with our Top 100 which were compiled from the top 10’s of 103 people. Now for about 2 weeks, Roy of ESC Covers will do his top 20 of Eurovision songs he would have liked in the top 100 but they did not make it.
On a side note, a big thank you to Carolina of Peru who drew the beautiful Johannesburg Eurofriend, which we use as the featured image.
The Fizz have released a brand new single and music video for the song T.O.T.P. It is a fun and upbeat retro style song based on the famous BBC tv show Top Of The Pops.
T.O.T.P. is taken from the their new album ‘Smoke & Mirrors’.
The Fizz are a spin off of Bucks Fizz, who of course, won the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom with Making Your Mind Up. The band now consists of original members Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston.
You can see the video clip for T.O.T.P. below.
Source: ESC Covers
1981 was the year Bucks Fizz won the Eurovision Song Contest with Making Your Mind Up for the United Kingdom. They went on to have two further number one hits in the UK – Land Of Make Believe and My Camera Never Lies as well as many more hits locally and internationally.
Three of the orginal members Cheryl Baker, Jay Aston and Mike Nolan are together now and touring with Bobby McVey (former member of Sweet Dreams ESC UK 1983 – I’m Never Giving Up). However, they cannot use the name ‘Bucks Fizz’. That is now owned by former member Bobby G‘s wife Heidi Manton. There has a been a continuous legal battle over the name for many years. Bobby G and Heidi tour as their own Bucks Fizz band.
It is probably due to the legal problems that the either of the bands have not been invited to the Eurovision Song Contest 60th birthday celebrations.
Cheryl, Jay, Mike and Bobby McVey now tour as Cheryl, Mike & Jay formerly of Bucks Fizz with Bobby McVey. The band are working on a single for summer release.