Simon Neil on Eurovision: “I once tried to represent the UK”

Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil has revealed that he once tried to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Speaking in an interview with The Times magazine, the Ayrshire-born singer revealed that he once tried to enter the Eurovision with his side project Marmaduke Duke. Simon said:

“I have another band called Marmaduke Duke, and we did actually try entering Eurovision. You have to dream big.”

He also revealed how he spent his evening watching Eurovision 18 years ago, saying:

Eighteen years ago a friend and I took some acid and watched Eurovision, and it was one of the greatest nights of my life. The universe opened up to me. I got it, I realised how tongue-in-cheek the whole thing is, and now I waste a night each year watching Eurovision.

Simon formed the experimental side project with JP Reid from the group Sucioperro and the pair have released two albums, the ‘Magnificent Duke’ and ‘Duke Pandemonium’.

It’s unknown what year Simon tried to represent the UK and with what song, although Marmaduke Duke were most active between 2003 and 2009. ESC Bubble have reached out to Simon to get more information.

Simon’s other band Biffy Clyro have released 4 albums that have reached the UK Top 3, including 2 UK Number 1 albums. Their most recent album ‘Ellipsis’ reached the Top 5 in countries such as Austria, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland. Their new album ‘A Celebration of Endings’ is due to be released on 14th August.

Below you can see some of Biffy Clyro’s biggest hits:

Below you can see Marmaduke Duke’s biggest hit ‘Rubber Lover’.

James Newman was due to represent the UK this year. In our interview with James in June, James said that he’d be interested in representing the UK again, although the BBC have yet to make a decision.

If Simon was to represent the UK in the future it’d be the first time a Scottish act represented the country since Scott Fizgerald in 1988.

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