Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Born This Way - Pall Oskar

In keeping with my Mardi Gras theme, today's subject is the reigning queen of the European gay pop scene. If Iceland's Pall Oskar were any more out of the closet, he'd be in outer space! Loud, outspoken and extremely camp - Pall has been winning fans around the world since first coming to fame as a Eurovision contestant in 1997. He might have only placed 20th in his heat but his outrageous performance (accompanied by a group of PVC clad sluts) left a lasting impression. Over the past decade, Pall has become a national hero in Iceland and a familiar face at Pride events across Europe.

As much as I enjoy Pall's latest album (check out this camp delight!), I find the language barrier too overwhelming. I'm sure I'd appreciate the music a lot more if I had some idea what he was singing about. I guess that's the reason why I'm still so enamoured by Pall's 1999 English language debut, "Deep Inside". The album is a brash portrait of gay life, from the bitter ( the touching "No One To Love") to the sweet. My favourite cut is the bright and shiny pop explosion, "Born This Way". This strikes me as the ultimate Mardi Gras anthem - an unapologetic declaration of self-acceptance. Be warned, this tune is gayer than Kylie and Dannii rollerskating past a Streisand concert!

If you think "Born This Way" is the pinnacle of fabulousness, check out Pall's amazing Dionne Warwick drag act (below)! I was stunned by the physical transformation and the uncanny performance. I'm completely mesmerised by his faithful rendition of "I Say A Little Prayer". I hope Pall brings out an entire album of swinging Bacharach & David covers. Check out Pall's Myspace for more information and order his music from here. Mardi Gras really needs to import this fabulous fag for next year's event!

6 comments:

Robpop said...

I love Paul! I did a thing on him at DSTP regarding the track Make Up Your Mind back in April 2006. This is what i said-

"Paul Oscar is the most popular and most respected pop star in Iceland. His Deep Inside is the twin sister to Madonna's Confessions on A Dancefloor only it was born some 7 years before the Americans attempt to lick the mirrorball proving that it is only europeans who do europop best. If not best, they do get there first"

How shameful is that. Most respected popstar in Iceland? What about that lady Bjork? The winner of all those awards. Anyways, I love the album. Its brilliant.All his stuff are a work of art. Enter Me and Round n Round are my jams. Will never tire of those. Despite being over 7 years old...

Mike said...

I don't give a fuck about Bjork. She's as boring as bat shit. The only other Icelandic superstar I can think of is the sublime Silvia Night! Pall should team up with her for a Eurovision triumph!

AcidJasmine said...

Christ! She's is CAMP!

LEXY said...

He NEEDS to do a duet with Silvia Night. By the way have you heard her album yet? So damn hard to find!

Mike said...

Unfortunately, I haven't heard it in full. I'd love too but it's hard to find and ridiculously expensive to order to Australia. I'm sure Silvia is worth it though!

Jamie said...

I love love love Paul Oscar. 'Minn Hinsti Dans' still sounds as fresh and tantalisingly sexy as it did 11years ago. I love the orchestral flourishes against the cold clinicalness of the euro-beat.