Hassisen Kone

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Hassisen Kone
Origin Joensuu, Finland
Genres New wave, punk rock
Years active 1979–1982, 2001
Labels Poko Records
Associated acts Ismo Alanko, Sielun Veljet
Website www.poko.fi/hassisenkone/
Past members Ismo Alanko
Reijo Heiskanen
Jussi Kinnunen
Harri Kinnunen
Jukka Orma
Safka Pekkonen
Hannu Porkka
Antti Seppo

Hassisen Kone was a Finnish rock band, founded in 1979 in Joensuu. The young musicians rose to popularity in 1980 after winning the Finnish rock championship in the new wave category. They recorded three highly successful albums before disbanding in 1982. The singer/songwriter Ismo Alanko has led several bands since then and continues to be an influential name in Finnish rock music.

History[edit]

The idea of forming Hassisen Kone came to Ismo Alanko in 1979, when he heard the Eppu Normaali album Maximum Jee&Jee while working in Stockholm. Alanko returned to Finland and started the band with guitarist Reijo Heiskanen and drummer Harri Kinnunen. The band's name was based on a local home appliance store of the same name. The three men had earlier played together in a progressive rock group called Sight. Kinnunen's little brother Jussi was hired to play the bass.[1]

In March 1980, the newly formed Hassisen Kone won the Finnish rock championship, an annual competition for young musicians held since 1970.[2] The victory raised public interest for the band, and when their debut album Täältä tullaan Venäjä was released in June, it was an instant hit. The ironic lyrics of the song "Rappiolla" caused some reporters to start complaining about indecency in rock songs.[3][4]

The band's follow-up album Rumat sävelet (1981) was considered a more serious and mature record than its predecessor. The album's harsh and sometimes personal lyrics reflected how the sudden rise to stardom had effected the then 20-year-old Alanko.[1] The same year Hassisen Kone took part on the Tuuliajolla tour on Saimaa, with Juice Leskinen and Eppu Normaali. Material of the tour was included in the Kaurismäki brothers film Saimaa Gesture.[5]

For Harsoinen teräs (1982), Jukka Orma replaced Reijo Heiskanen on guitar and some additional members were hired to work on the more rhythmic and progressive album featuring saxophone, xylophone and keyboards. The classical and prog background of Alanko was more and more evident in the songwriting.[1] Harsoinen teräs was also translated into English and released as a promo album called High Tension Wire in 1982.[6]

Hassisen Kone disbanded in August 1982. Alanko and Orma went on to form Sielun Veljet shortly afterwards. Jussi Kinnunen had a six month break from music, after which he has played in several bands, including Tiina Tiikeri, Pertti Neumann's band and Ismo Alanko Säätiö.[7] Harri Kinnunen has played, among others, for Sleepy Sleepers and Lapinlahden Linnut.[8][9]

Hassisen Kone has played several nostalgic reunion concerts after they disbanded. In 2000, they reunited for a concert on midsummer at the Joensuu Laulurinne. The concert was filmed and released as a DVD titled 20 vuotta myöhemmin (20 years later).[7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Released Title Chart Peak Certification[10] Label
1980 Täältä tullaan Venäjä - Platinum (1997) Poko
1981 Rumat sävelet - Platinum (2005)
1982 Harsoinen teräs - Gold (1982)
High Tension Wire (English language promo LP) - -

Compilations[edit]

Released Title Chart Peak Certification Label
1982 Historia 1980-1982 - - Poko
1987 Poko-klassikko - -
2000 Tarjolla tänään 1 Gold (2000)

DVDs[edit]

Released Title Label
2001 20 vuotta myöhemmin Poko

Singles[edit]

Released Title Label
1980 "Hassisen Kone" Hilse
"Muoviruusuja omenapuissa" Poko
"Rappiolla"
"Kolumpia orkesteri"
1981 "Jurot nuorisojulkkikset"
"On jouluyö, nyt laulaa saa"
"Pelkurit"
"Rajat"
1982 "Levottomat jalat"
"Hiljaa virtaa veri"

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Tero Valkonen on Pomus - Populaarimusiikin museo - Retrieved on March 6, 2008
  2. ^ yle.fi - Elävä arkisto - Retrieved on March 6, 2008
  3. ^ Suomipopin 99 suurinta, City magazine 21/1999
  4. ^ yle.fi - Poppia kyydissä - Retrieved on March 6, 2008
  5. ^ Saimaa-ilmiö on nyt.hs.fi - Retrieved on March 6, 2008
  6. ^ Tero Alanko: Tarjolla tänään: Hassisen Kone - Soundi magazine 04/2000
  7. ^ a b Pale Saarinen: Jussi Kinnunen - moni-ilmeinen muusikkopersoona - SELVIS 2/2002
  8. ^ Matti Komulainen: Sleepy Sleepers vilautti snadisti anarkiaa - Turun Sanomat July 5, 2003
  9. ^ Lapinlahden Linnut hekotuttaa uusintanakin - Turun Sanomat July 21, 1998
  10. ^ ifpi.fi - Retrieved 2008-03-05