Seven years ago a six note sax riff by a Eurovision contestant nearly broke the Internet. Moldova’s Sunstroke Project introduced the world to a then-unknown alto player—who still remains largely nameless to the world at large, except by the nickname: Epic Sax Guy.
Epic Sax Guy has been subject of a great many YouTube video compilations, tributes, and redux. There was of course also the now-famous 10-hour version of his solo riff. I have to ask myself though: How stoned do you have to be to listen to 10 hours of this riff ❓ ❓
Now in case any of you forgot what this riff sounded like, here is the earworm again…
Although the Sunstroke Project didn’t win Eurovision 2010, they did compete in the finals, and placed 21st. This year the group is back, but on a much smaller scale, and IMHO, with much less going for them. Yes, they kept their instrumentation of vocals, violin and alto sax, but they also lost their female guest singer, larger background instrumentation, as well as their dancers.
The song pattern is also not what one would expect. In the words of 1990s Swedish super group Roxette: Don’t bore us, get to the chorus!
Oh, but wait, there is no chorus. There is however, a Sunstroke Project now-infamous saxophone riff, but even that is no earworm. I have listened to their song multiple times, and as soon at is was over, I can’t remember it, or the sax riff. Now having listened to it a grand total of about 10 times, I still don’t remember it—and I love Europop. I grew up on this stuff!
My prediction for Eurovision 2017? Despite qualifying for the final, Epic Sax Guy will not help Sunstroke Project win Eurovision this year. What do you folks think? Does anyone here want to admit to voting, or even watching?
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