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|Rauli "Badding" Somerjoki|
Rauli Somerjoki in 1984
|Birth name||Rauli Aarre Tapani Somerjoki|
|Also known as||Badding|
30 August 1947|
|Died||14 January 1987
|Genres||Finnish rock, Schlager, rock and roll|
|Labels||Love Records, Johanna Kustannus, Minimusic, Dojo AAB-Tuotanto|
|Associated acts||M. A. Numminen, Suomen Talvisota 1939–1940, Agents|
Rauli "Badding" Somerjoki (born as Rauli Aarre Tapani Somerjoki) (30 August 1947, Somero – 14 January 1987, Helsinki) was a Finnish rock singer born in Somero to a family of five children. His nickname Badding was derived from Paddington Bear. His records were published on such labels as Love Records.
Badding Somerjoki founded his first band, The Five Yes in 1963 and also worked in the group Suomen Talvisota 1939-1940. Together with M. A. Numminen, he caused some scandal with provocative songs like "Mitä nuoren aviomiehen tulee muistaa" and "Jenkka ulkosynnyttimistä".
Badding's most famous songs include "Fiilaten ja höyläten" (originally Reelin' and Rockin' by Chuck Berry), "Paratiisi" ('Paradise', a song composed by Badding himself and the lyrics written together with Arja Tiainen), "Bensaa suonissa" ('Gasoline in veins', composed by Badding himself, the lyrics written by Jarkko Laine), "Ikkunaprinsessa" ('Window princess', originally Glendora), "Tähdet, tähdet" ('Stars, Stars', a song made by Somerjoki himself) and "Laivat" ('Ships', 'Parakhody', originally a Russian popular song).
During his later career, Badding worked with the Agents. His last gig took place in Seinäjoki on 28 December 1986. During the autumn, he had suffered many bouts of bronchitis, and in January 1987 he died in Helsinki of alcohol-related ailments. He was only 39 years of age.
- Synnyin rokkaamaan (1971)
- Näin käy rock & roll (1974)
- Sydän lämpöä täys (1975)
- Rakkaudella – Raulilta (1982) / Sävel rakkauden (1986) / Bussi Somerolle (2001)
- Ikkunaprinsessa (1982)
- Tähdet, tähdet (1983)
- Laivat (1985)
Several compilation albums and a tribute album have been also released.
Aki Kaurismäki has used Somerjoki's music in his films and published a biography of Somerjoki titled Badding: Rauli Somerjoen elämä ja laulut (1996) written by Heikki Metsämäki and Juha Miettinen. Somerjoki also appeared in the film The Worthless (Finnish: Arvottomat) by Mika Kaurismäki in 1982.
In 2000 Markku Pölönen directed the film Badding, starring Janne Reinikainen about Somerjoki's life. (It is available on DVD, bundled with Pölönen's Onnen maa, a comedy-drama about a Finnish farm family, featuring Finnish tango.)
- Heikki Metsämäki and Juha Miettinen: Badding: Rauli Somerjoen elämä ja laulut. Sputnik, 1996. ISBN 951-97431-0-3. (Finnish)
- List of best-selling music artists in Finland
- Tony Latva and Petri Tuunainen, Iskelmän tähtitaivas, WSOY 2004, ISBN 951-0-27817-3 (Finnish)
- Media related to Rauli Somerjoki at Wikimedia Commons