Sielun Veljet

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Sielun Veljet
Sielun Veljet.jpg
Sielun Veljet at Teatria in 2011. From left to right: Jouko Hohko, Jukka Orma, Alf Forsman, Ismo Alanko. Lighting design: Vinski Viholainen
Background information
Also known as L'amourder
Kullervo Kivi & Gehenna-yhtye
Leputation of the Slaves
Pimpline & the Defenites
Adolf und die Freie Scheisse[1]
Origin Finland
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1983–1992, 2011
Labels Poko
Associated acts Ismo Alanko, Hassisen Kone
Past members Ismo Alanko
Jukka Orma
Jouko Hohko
Alf Forsman
Hannu Viholainen

Sielun Veljet (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈsi͡elun ˈʋeljet]) was a Finnish rock band of the 1980s. They were formed soon after the disbanding of Hassisen Kone by its former frontman Ismo Alanko. Sielun Veljet never achieved the fame or the record sales figures of Hassisen Kone, but they became famous for their powerful stage presence and aggressive, shamanistic post-punk musical style.[2] Most of the band's recorded material is sung in Finnish, except for their 1989 album Softwood Music Under Slow Pillars. They have also recorded English-language versions of their songs under the moniker L'amourder. In 2011, they released a new song, Nukkuva hirviö (Sleeping beast).

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Sielun Veljet was formed shortly after Hassisen Kone, a successful and well-known new wave band, disbanded. Singer-guitarist Alanko and guitarist Jukka Orma wanted to start making a totally different kind of music than what Hassisen Kone had done and what the Finnish public expected of them.[3] The band was complete with bassist Jouko Hohko and drummer Alf Forsman.

The band's live performances were loud, energetic and extremely intensive from the beginning, and people soon stopped expecting another Hassisen Kone. The concerts were sometimes extremely long—one gig in Nivala in the 1980s lasted for four and a half hours and ended only when security personnel forced Alanko off the stage.[4]

The band's self-titled debut album was recorded live in 1983. Shortly thereafter, with the 1983 EP Lapset and the 1984 album Hei soturit, the band started slowly gaining popularity.[3] The two recordings were joined together on later releases.[5]

Breakthrough[edit]

L'amourha (1985) became the critical and commercial breakthrough for Sielun Veljet, and remains by far their highest selling album. "Peltirumpu" became the band's first real hit. The album and its follow-up Kuka teki huorin (1986) are considered the most accessible Sielun Veljet recordings, and remain the band's only studio album gold records.[6][7] The song "On Mulla Unelma" (I have a dream) from L'Amourha album was banned by Finnish national broadcasting company, YLE, after it was performed by the band in the Härmärock television show that was broadcast on independence day. The song's lyrics blaspheme Finnish national symbols.

After Kuka teki huorin, Sielun Veljet started re-recording some of their material in English in order to find an audience outside Finland. They recorded an EP Ritual (1986) and the album Shit-Hot (1987) using the alias L'amourder. The name is a direct translation of the name of their most successful album - "murha" means "murder" in Finnish. A tour in Europe followed, and the band was even allowed to tour in Soviet Russia, which proved to be a success.[8]

Suomi-Finland (1988), recorded in Finnish, saw Sielun Veljet moving into a more acoustic sound than before. The album's lyrics concentrated on the issues present in late 1980s Finland, such as the growing influence of American culture.[3] It was followed by all-acoustic Softwood Music Under Slow Pillars (1989), written in English but not released outside Finland.

Breakup[edit]

After the commercial failure of Softwood Music, the band decided to quit. A greatest hits collection Myytävänä! was released the same year, followed by a three-CD box set Musta laatikko in 1991. Musta laatikko included some rarely heard live and studio material, as well as a full live set under the alias Kullervo Kivi & Gehenna. A documentary film titled Veljet was also released in 1991.[3]

In 2007, Jukka Orma mixed together some Tuomari Nurmio covers the band had recorded in 1990, some of which had been included on Musta laatikko. The album was released as Otteita Tuomari Nurmion laulukirjasta, and it reached #1 on the Finnish album charts, highest position ever for Sielun Veljet.[9]

Influence[edit]

Sielun Veljet has influenced several Finnish rock and metal bands, such as Maj Karma[10] and Turmion Kätilöt. Turmion Kätilöt have covered the Sielun Veljet song "Volvot ulvoo kuun savuun" on their "Verta ja lihaa" single.[11] A tribute album to them, titled Säkenöivää voimaa - tribuutti Sielun Veljille, was released in 2002 and featured among others Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus, Maija Vilkkumaa (who has also recorded a cover of "Peltirumpu") and Neljä Ruusua.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Released Title Performer Chart Peak[9] Certification[7] Label
1983 Lapset (EP) Sielun Veljet - - Poko
1984 Hei soturit - -
1985 L'amourha - Gold (1986)
1986 Kuka teki huorin - Gold (1995)
Ritual (MAFTER 3) (EP) L'amourder - -
Shit-Hot - -
1988 Suomi-Finland Sielun Veljet - -
1989 Softwood Music Under Slow Pillars - -
1991 Musta laatikko
  • CD 1: Muistinmenetys
  • CD 2: Taudinkuva
  • CD 3: Isältä pojalle

Sielun Veljet
Sielun Veljet
Kullervo Kivi & Gehenna-yhtye
- -
2007 Otteita Tuomari Nurmion laulukirjasta Sielun Veljet 1 -

Live albums[edit]

Released Title Performer Chart Peak Certification Label
1983 Sielun Veljet Sielun Veljet - - Poko
1988 Onnenpyörä Leputation of the Slaves
Pimpline & The Defenites
Kullervo Kivi & Gehenna-yhtye
Adolf und die Freie Scheisse
- - Seal on Velvet
1989 Fuck Women, Let's Dance - Live in der Grouppentheater Pimpline und the Defenites (Sielun Veljet without Alanko) - -

Compilations[edit]

Released Title Performer Chart Peak Certification Label
1989 Myytävänä! Sielun Veljet - - Poko
2003 Aina nälkä - Veljien 20 pahinta hittiä 16 Gold (2006)

DVDs[edit]

Released Title Performer Certification Label
2002 Sielun Veljet DVD Sielun Veljet - Poko

Singles[edit]

Released Title Performer Label
1983 "Emil Zatopek" Sielun Veljet Poko
1985 "Toiset on luotuja kulkemaan"
"Peltirumpu"
1986 "Kevät"
"I Will Stay" The Leputation of the Slaves
"Tin Drum" L'amourder
"Museossa" Sielun Veljet
1987 "Rakkaudesta"
1988 "Ihminen"
1989 "Meidän äiti imppaa" Pate & Sielun Veljet
1991 "Laatikoita" Sielun Veljet
1992 "Säkenöivä voima"
2011 "Nukkuva hirviö"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sielun Veljet on discogs.com - Retrieved on April 7, 2008
  2. ^ Jarkko Jokelainen, "Sielun Veljet on säilynyt mielissä" (Helsingin Sanomat, 27 January 2007)
  3. ^ a b c d Tero Valkonen on Pomus - Populaarimusiikin museo - Retrieved on 7 April 2008
  4. ^ Sari Sainio: Vastavirtaan - Aamulehti February 2, 2007
  5. ^ Sielun Veljet discography on ismoalanko.com - Retrieved on 7 April 2008
  6. ^ JT Lindroos: Kuka teki huorin review on Allmusic - Retrieved on 9 April 2008
  7. ^ a b Sielun Veljet on ifpi.fi - Retrieved on April 9, 2008
  8. ^ JT Lindroos: Sielun Veljet biography on Allmusic - Retrieved on 9 April 2008
  9. ^ a b Sielun Veljet on finnishcharts.com - Retrieved on April 12, 2008
  10. ^ Mikko Huikkonen: "Maj Karman suoraviivaistumisyritys" (Etelä-Suomen Sanomat 11 October 2004), found on majkarma.com
  11. ^ Verta ja lihaa on turmionkatilot.info - Retrieved on April 12, 2008

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