Greece Entry: Koza Mostra Featuring Agathon Iakovidis - Alcohol Is Free

June 05, 2013 Critic Jonni 0 Comments

Another collaboration for my Eurovision Special. I forgot about Greece's entry when I reviewed Nodi Tatishvili & Sophie Gelovani's song "Waterfall".

Koza Mostra is the band, they are a six piece consisting of Elias Kozas, Stelios Siomos, Christos Kalaitzopoulos, Dimitris Christonis, Vasilis Nalbantis and Alexis Archontis. They are known as mixing genres up, hence why their songs are popular because it draws in a multitude of different fans of certain types of music. They did very well in Eurovision. I wouldn't be surprised if they become more known in the future. The collaborator is Agathon Iakovidis. He seems like a famous old man such as Engelbert Humperdinck. He adds a different flavour to the track, along with a comedic performance in this quirky video.

"Alcohol Is Free" was written by Elias Kozas and Stathis Paxidis. The song is sung in Greek and I have no clue what they are singing, apart from the chorus, which is in English and is a repetition of the song title. It is very catchy, hence why they did so well in the competition this year. They are apparently singing about the Greek government-debt crisis as well as the feeling of suffering because of it. It has hit a few charts but it's biggest impact, clearly, was on the Eurovision Song Contest.

Greece came 6th out of 26 countries, and Koza Mostra Featuring Agathon Iakovidis got 152 points. Finland gave 1 point, Belgium gave 2 points, Belarus gave 6 points, Malta gave 4 points, Russia gave 10 points, Germany gave 6 points, Armenia gave 8 points, the Netherlands gave 1 point, Romania gave 7 points, the UK gave 8 points, Hungary gave 1 point, Denmark gave 6 points, Azerbaijan gave 4 points, Italy gave 7 points, Norway gave 5 points, Austria gave 7 points, Croatia gave 5 points, Montenegro gave 8 points, Cyprus gave 12 points, Latvia gave 1 point, San Marino gave 12 points, Macedonia gave 4 points, Bulgaria gave 7 points, Israel gave 2 points, Albania gave 10 points and Switzerland gave 8 points.

The music video is very entertaining, and in some ways could be connected to the song. The narrative definitely. But let's start off with the performance side.

Koza Mostra is known for wearing kilts in their performance pieces, in which it is sometimes known as a Fustanella. They have so much energy, and it goes perfectly with the song. They were a big hit on the stage at Eurovision, and I reckon they will fill any gig with a lot of fun. I kind of want to see them live, just to see if they can keep up that bouncy energy for hours.

The narrative, as I stated before, could link in with the song because of Agathon Iakovidis being multiple stall sellers, as well as being a chef and in various other places Koza Mostra walks about.  Koza Mostra ignores him and tries to get away from him, but he pops up everywhere, he's become their groupie and soon enough they kidnap him and makes him join them up on stage.

Overall a very catchy song, and a hilarious accompanying music video, that had me in giggles all the way through, but at the end I was like: what have I just watched? It's amazing, it's fun, it's weird in a good way  and I can't help but enjoy watching it. The video is as good as the song, meaning if you don't like the song you may not like the video, and vice versa. Hence my rating.