Jarkko Martikainen

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Jarkko Martikainen
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Background information
Born (1970-10-24) October 24, 1970 (age 48)
Greifswald, GDR
Years active1987–present
Associated actsYUP

Jarkko Martikainen (born October 24, 1970 in Greifswald, GDR) is a Finnish singer, songwriter and member of the rock band YUP. In addition to his musical career, Martikainen has worked as a columnist, a record producer and a documentary filmmaker. Martikainen has also illustrated his first solo-album Mierolainen (2004) and YUP's third album, Toppatakkeja ja Toledon terästä (1994).

Martikainen has a very versatile and distinct voice. His lyrics are satirical and have taken lots of influence from old Russian authors like Mikhail Bulgakov and especially Daniil Harms. Martikainen's lifestyle could be described as "a bit of a Tolstoyan".

In 2005, Martikainen published a collection of short stories, Pitkät piikit ja muita kertomuksia, which, among other things, criticizes modern lifestyle and consumerism.


  • Pitkät piikit ja muita kertomuksia (2005)
  • 9 teesiä: Säkeitä kadonneiden arvojen metsästäjille (2008)



Year Album Peak positions Certification
2004 Mierolainen 3
2006 Rakkaus 10
2009 Toivo 12
2011 Usko 4
2014 Koirien taivas 2
2016 Ruosterastaat 6
2018 Aina auki
(with Luotetut miehet)

Live albums

Year Album Peak positions
2007 Hyvää yötä hyvät ihmiset  –


Year Single Peak positions Album
2009 "Polte päästä paratiisiin" 1
"Jokainen sotilas on vihollinen" 2


  1. ^ a b c "Jarkko Martikainen discography". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  2. ^ http://ifpi.fi/tilastot/virallinen-lista/albumit/2016/40
  3. ^ http://ifpi.fi/tilastot/virallinen-lista/albumit/2018/36