Since I have nothing better to do than visit my half dead father, clean my house and rewrite the governance of my company and the wholly owned subsidiary we recently opened in Taiwan, I’ll record here for history that Finland has a mature music scene. I’m surprised at how few people seem to know anything about it.
Here we go:
- One of the best songs ever written and performed, in any jurisdiction, any era: Salaa Tupakalle by Lasten Hautausmaa.
- By the same : Tuulipuut
- By the same: Tove (very unfortunately and most unnecessarily spoiled by a bland male voice chiming in like a high school music teacher backing up the wavering performance of a pupil at a school concert)
- By the same: Kirkkaasta hämärään (… remember, this is Finnish)
- A tad nastier, not for the faint-hearted: Saturaatio by Oranssi Pazuzu.
- For older folks (going on 35) the swampy and perky Onion Soup by 22-Pistepirkko
- Catchy metal: Pomo the Master by Ursus Factory
- Metal: the spectacular Ajan Takana by Mara Balls
- Punk: Kotibileet by Huora
- Jazz (not the old fogey stuff, but really nice modern jazz): Härmä by VIRTA
As I said, Salaa Tupakalle is just one of the best songs ever. Other songs need to be considered:
- No Rain by Blind Melon
- Across the Universe in Fiona Apple‘s interpretation
- The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill by Hüsker Dü
- Again And Again by Bob Mould
- Egøverride by the same
My son says there’s a great thing going on in electronic music as well in Finland. But I haven’t gotten to that yet.