Neljä Ruusua

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Neljä Ruusua
Neljä Ruusua - Ilosaarirock 2011 1.jpg
Neljä Ruusua at the 2011 Ilosaarirock festival.
Background information
Origin Helsinki, Finland
Years active 1982–2007
Labels EMI
Members Ilkka Alanko
Petteri "Kode" Koistinen
Jari "Lade" Laakkonen
Kari "Kämy" Kämäräinen

Neljä Ruusua (Four Roses) is a Finnish rock group formed in the city of Joensuu in 1982. The group consists of guitarist-singer Ilkka Alanko, guitarist Petteri Koistinen, bass guitarist Jari Laakkonen and drummer Kari Kämäräinen. Their style of music was influenced by punk in their earlier years, but changed over time to more conventional Finnish rock and pop music. The most popular albums of the band are Haloo (1992, Hello) and Pop-uskonto (1993 Pop-religion), which bought the band to a great popularity.

The band has released 12 studio albums, with two English albums, Mood (1996) and Not For Sale (1998), which were the band’s attempt to break the English language market. After these two unsuccessful albums, the band returned to their native language and released their so-called comeback album Uusi Aalto (1999, New Wave). On August 13, 2007 it was announced on the band’s official website that the group retreats to spend a quiet life for an indefinite period, and they made their so far last public appearance in August 17. The band’s future is completely open, any plans for recordings, concerts or other activities has not been established. In 2011 they played in the Ilosaarirock-Festival in Joensuu. On January 4, 2012 it was announced on the band's Facebook-Fanpage that the group started recording their 13th album.


The group formed in 1982 under the name Talouskukkaro, and changed their name in 1985; in the late 1990s, they made an attempt to break the English language market, and released some albums under the name 4R.[1] The band's guitarist/vocalist Ilkka Alanko is brother of famous Finnish singer-songwriter Ismo Alanko.


Studio albums[edit]

  • Neljä Ruusua (1987, Four Roses)
  • Kasvukipuja (1987, Growing Pains)
  • Hyvää Päivää (1989, Good Day)
  • Hyvää Yötä Bangkok (1990, Good Night Bangkok)
  • Haloo (1992, Hello)
  • Pop-uskonto (1993, Pop-religion)
  • Mood (1996, in English)
  • Not For Sale (1998, in English)
Year Title Title translation
(in English)
1999 Uusi Aalto New Wave 1
2001 Valuva Taivas Flowing Sky 4
2004 Karelia Express 1
2006 Ensi-ilta Premiere 3
2012 Katkera Kuu 4
2015 Euforia 2

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title FIN
1994 Energiaa
2000 Popmuseo 1
2012 Haloo 20v. Juhlapainos 50
2012 Poplaulajan vapaapäivä - 20 suurinta hit 13


Year Title FIN
1999 "Varjo" 15 Uusi aalto
"Hunningolla" 3
2000 "Popmuseo" 19 Popmuseo
2001 "Missä vaan" 12
2004 "Popstars" 4
2006 "Tahdon" 17


  1. ^ Biography at Allmusic
  2. ^ a b c Steffen Hung. "Neljä Ruusua discography". Retrieved 2012-10-14.