Monday 17 May 2010


Wigwam and Tasavallan Presidentti are pretty well known to prog heads, but they were just part of Finland’s musical landscape. In their home country, both were on Love Records, the pioneering Finnish independent outfit founded by Henrik Otto Donner, Christian Scwindt and Atte Blom in 1966.

And with the Love Records Anthology, 1967-1976 RPM International is privileged to tell the story of this incredible label for the first time outside Finland, showing there was so much more to the country’s music than Wigwam and Tasavallan Presidentti.

It’s an extraordinary comp: there’s the jazz-inflected Pihasoittajat, the atmospheric Piirpauke and the traditional music-influenced Juice Leskinen & Coitus Int.

The full picture of this revolutionary label is presented with rare tracks from Finland’s first psychedelic outfit Blues Section – who evolved into both Wigwam and Tasavallan Presidentti – freak folk from the legendary Pekka Streng, an extraordinary Christmas song from Finnish national figure M A Numminen and very rare experimental music from the ground-breaking avant gardist J O Mallander.

Release date is 28 June.

Tracklist is:
1. Blues Section: Hey Hey Hey (Some Of Love, LRLP6, 1968)
2. Magyar: Saastepilkku (Uusiin Maisemiin, LRLP96, 1970)
3. Wigwam: Must Be The Devil (single, LRS1021, 1969)
4. Atlantic Ocean: Take A Look Around You (Atlantic Ocean, LRLP16, 1970)
5. Pekka Streng: Kaukana (Kesämaa, LRLP67, 1972)
6. Tabula Rasa: Gryf (Tabula Rasa , LRLP135, 1975)
7. Tasavallan Presidentti: Last Quarters (Lambertland, LRLP60, 1972)
8. Pekka Streng: Olen Erilainen (Magneettimiehen Kuolema, LRLP28, 1970)
9. Blues Section: Cherry Cup-cake Twist (single, LRS1014, 1968)
10. Royals: High (Spring ’76, LRLP 159, 1976)
11. Juice Leskinen & Coitus Int.: Zeppeliini (Juice Leskinen & Coitus Int., LRLP88 1973)
12. Blues Section: Shivers Of Pleasure (single, LRS1006, 1967)
13. J O Mallander: Degnahc Ev’ouy (Decompositions EP, LREP 108, 1970)
14. Pihasoittajat: Manalan Neiti (Kontanten Kotia, LRLP131, 1975)
15. Piirpauke: Konevitsan Kirkonkellot (Piirpauke, LRLP148, 1975)
16. M A Numminen: Joulupukki Puree Ja Lyö (LRLP43, 1971)

Tuesday 11 May 2010


I’ll be doing some DJing at Pure Groove on Thursday as part of the Oui Love French week. I start at 19h (7pm).

Pure Groove is here:

What I’ll play will be pretty much this:
Michel Polnareff: Voyages
Alexandre Désilets: Traffic Aérien
Catherine Ribeiro: La Peitie Fille Aux Fraises
Arnaud Fleurant-Didier: Le Réproduction
Brigitte Fontaine: Il Pleut
Benjamin Biolay: L’espoir Fait Vivre
Pierre Lapointe: Deux Par Deux Rassambles
Elodie Frégé: Le Jeu Des 7 Erreurs
Pierre Bachelet: O’et Sir Stephen
Françoise Hardy: Champ D’honneur
Eric Charden: Jolly Dolly
Julian Clerc: Jivaro Song
William Sheller: Opus Magnum (Part 1)
Jacques Dutronc: Il Est Paris 5h S’eveille
Michel Colombier: Candy
Johnny Hallyday: Jeune Homme
Jean Cherhal & Emily Loizeau: Qui Est In, Qui Est Out
Stella: Je Ne Peux Plus Te Voir En Peinture
Pussy Cat: La La Lu
Sylvie Vartan : La Chanson
Cinq Gentlemen: LSD 25 Ou Les Metamorphoses De Margaret Steinway
Delphine: La Fermature Eclaire
Ronne Bird: N’écoute Pas Ton Coeur

Wednesday 5 May 2010


One country's icons aren’t necessarily palatable elsewhere, and so it is for Eddy Mitchell. Some of his early rock ‘n’ roll with Les Chausettes Noires is great fun, unfettered and worth hearing. Some of his mid to late ‘60s stuff is great too: like a Gallic Tom Jones. But otherwise and elsewhere, for the non-French, he’s hard going.

Equally, his recent album of covers of songs from films is a pretty tough listen. Review here: