TIGERTAILZ mainman Jay Pepper goes bezerk in rant over band's Eurovision snub Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 January 2016 17:50

Jay Pepper, founding member of TIGERTAILZ, has aimed a rant at those responsible for making their mind up on the British entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, telling the powers that be that they can "kiss [his] glam rock Welsh arse!"




"So, to cut a very long story short we decided to submit a new Tigertailz song for Eurovision 2016," the guitarist writes. "The BBC were making a big noise on how the submission process was open and the shortlisted songs would be chosen by the OGAE (UK Eurovision Fan Club). Obviously, this is down to the debacle the BBC have made of selecting the UK entries over the last 5+ years, with all of them finishing near the bottom of the contest.


"So we write a new song called 'Pipped It Popped It' specifically for the competition. The tune is so infectiously catchy it'll have you pulling your flares on and teasing your hair in no time. Then, we create a '70s Glam Rock image and shoot a video that plays homage to legendary British artists like David Bowie, Mott the Hoople, The Sweet, and T. Rex; all in the style of a '70s Top Of The Pops set. We even throw in some comedy choreography moves ala Brotherhood Of Man.


"Sounds perfect for Eurovision, right?


"Well, no; obviously we got it very wrong. We quickly get the auto email response ‘Unfortunately your song hasn't been shortlisted’.




"Was our song even listened to? Who knows, but clearly the BBC and UK Eurovision Fan Club didn't think a song and image that celebrated David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, Mott the Hoople, The Sweet and T. Rex was worthy of showing the British public and letting them decide. And this is in a month when British Glam Rock legends like David Bowie and Mott the Hoople's Dale 'Buffin' Griffin have died. A perfect chance to celebrate that great British era of music with a UK Glam Rock entry at Eurovision. They obviously know better. Well, their track record over the last 5 years proves this, doesn't it?


"And so the BBC will now run a programme on February 26th to showcase the 6 shortlisted acts and the public can vote on which one they want to represent the UK at this year's Eurovision. I would like to wish all the artists the very best. Good luck and do us proud. I really mean that. We all love Eurovision and the UK should always be a major contributor.


"But on Friday, January 29th Tigertailz will release our ‘rejected’ Eurovision 2016 entry, 'Pipped It Popped It', and we will let the people give their views on whether they think it worthy of representing the UK at this year's UK Eurovision Song Contest. I hope you all enjoy it and raise a glass to our British music legends that shaped the art of music and entertainment for generations to come.


"Finally, I would like to say that in the unlikely event that the entire UK population watches our 'Pipped It Popped It' song and demand it represents the UK in this year's Eurovision, then the Director General at the BBC will need to Kiss my Glam Rock Welsh arse before I'll let them use it!


"Thank you for listening."


Jay Pepper - Tigertailz - January 2016


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