Let 3 is a modern rock band from Rijeka, Croatia that was formed in 1987. Its frontmen are Damir "Mrle" Martinović and Zoran "Prlja" Prodanović. The band is well-known in the former Yugoslavia for its unique approach to rock music and controversial live performances. Let 3 has gained a reputation for its provocative and vulgar lyrics. The band champions liberal causes such as women's and LGBTQ+ rights and opposes conservative politics and the Catholic Church.
Let 3 gained notoriety for their album Nečuveno, which had nothing recorded on it, but still sold 350 copies. They followed up with Jedina, of which the band initially refused to sell or distribute, leading to a staged (fake) suicide by firing squad in Zagreb. In 2000, Let 3 displayed a four-meter tall statue titled Babin kurac (Grandma's penis) in various cities throughout Croatia. The band's single "Rado ide Srbin u vojnike (Pička)" parodied Balkan machismo and militarism and featured extras in Serbian and Albanian national costumes masturbating. In 2006, the band was sanctioned by the police for performing naked at an open-air concert in Varaždin.
Let 3 was selected to represent Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 with their song "Mama ŠČ!" The band was joined by artist Žanil Tataj Žak as the character "Njinle" for their performance, and they won the competition with 279 points. Let 3's current members include Damir Martinović, Zoran Prodanović, Ivan Bojčić, Dražen Baljak, and Matej Zec.
Song: Mama ŠČ!
Writer(s): Damir Martinović Mrle
Composer(s): Damir Martinović Mrle & Zoran Prodanović
This song stands on its own as a bold statement, unapologetically provocative and an anti-war anthem. It's a unique blend of a drag show and a military parade, with lead singer Damir Martinović describing it as a "war opera" that goes beyond just denouncing war. The performers resemble dictators donning lipstick, driving home the message in a visually striking manner. Despite stiff competition this year, this song has already emerged as a strong contender in beforehand. Let's hope that this message resonates with audiences.