Report: LORDI Transformed From National Scourges To National Heroes

August 8, 2006

Dan Bilefsky of the International Herald Tribune has issued the following report:

Before the Finnish band LORDI won the Eurovision Song Contest in May with its hard-rock anthem "Hard Rock Hallelujah", its many critics warned that the latex- wearing monster mutants would embarrass Finland, inspire Satanic worship and scare children by blowing up Barbie dolls on stage.

But after ending Finland's 40-year losing streak at the world's biggest celebration of kitsch, the demonic quintet has been transformed from national scourges to national heroes — suggesting that, even in self-effacing Finland, the winner takes all, even when he or she dresses like a chainsaw-wielding Gothic troll.

The lionizing of the former outcasts has reached such surreal heights that there are plans in the works for a LORDI postage stamp, LORDI action figures, a LORDI comic book series, LORDI commemorative coins and LORDI, the movie — a horror film starring the band members as themselves.

It is a sign of our times that a Nordic country of five million people, renowned for its cellphones, flourishing economy and generous welfare state, has come to view the former pariahs as role models and a potent source of national pride. So much so that in Finland, LORDI has entered the pantheon of one-name celebrities like Santa, Sibelius and Cher.


Find more on
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • reddit
  • email

Comments Disclaimer And Information

BLABBERMOUTH.NET uses the Facebook Comments plugin to let people comment on content on the site using their Facebook account. The comments reside on Facebook servers and are not stored on BLABBERMOUTH.NET. To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).