Label: Johanna - JHNCD-2518 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: Finland • Genre: Rock • Style: Punk
The original vocalist Jorma Nurminen only stayed for a couple of months, but he was the one who came up with the name for the band. This lineup recorded a demo, which, according to a review in Hilse magazine, sounded like Sham 69 and Johnny Moped.
Like many others at the time, Vaavi members too had their own fanzine called Vatkain ja Abel. Later he formed his own band Pupukuusikko. At this point they started taking things a little more serious, and writing songs of their own. Previously they had been playing cover versions of songs by Johnny Moped, Sex Pistols and even Bay City Rollers, but now Ramones and Undertones became their major influences. They only played a ten minute set, but came second, Ratsia being the winner.
The Sadetta - Vaavi - Tytöt Hymyilee place brought them a recording deal with Rokitwhich offered to release one single for them. The A side is written by Nurminen and Hipponen despite the fact that it was credited to Hipponen and is probably Vaavi's best known song. The B side is a real burst of energy, written by Hipponen. Like previously, Siukonen was in charge of the production if you can call it that.
Since the deal with Rokit consisted of one single only, they got a new deal with Love Records ' successor Johanna. The record was named EP:n nimi. Out of the four songs, two were Sham 69 covers, the two others being their own material.
The EP was released in a fold-out cover, and produced by Siukonen and the band. In early the band's best effort so far was released, in the form of the single Hei Anne milloin tulet? The A side is a Sadetta - Vaavi - Tytöt Hymyilee tune, and the other A side is a catchy Sadetta - Vaavi - Tytöt Hymyilee song.
Regardless, it wasn't a hit. At the time of the release the old vocalist Nyman had already been replaced, as ex-Jawa Ilkka Isotupa joined the band on vocals and guitar, and was already participating in the recordings of the band's debut album, started in January.
Nyman joined Pupukuusikko and later Kari Hipponen's band. The album was produced by the record label boss Atte Blom with the band. The LP isn't your typical new wave album: the songs, with their unusual chord progressions and rhythm changes, are harder to grasp, if compared for example to Ratsia's material.
The story behind the song went like this: Hipponen and Siukonen were walking on the street, and all the girls were Sadetta - Vaavi - Tytöt Hymyilee . Vaavi's version is sung by Viitanen. Another easy-for-ears song is Tuu mun viereen, a slow love song. On the bonus EP there are some humorous cuts too: Pogo party is a funny story about Sadetta - Vaavi - Tytöt Hymyilee day in the life of a punk boy.
Later Vaavi made a new failed attempt on the song. Most Sadetta - Vaavi - Tytöt Hymyilee the album's songs are written by Hipponen, but others participated as well. Micklin played the keyboards parts.
That summer was also released the triple album Metropolisfeaturing live recordings by Ratsia, Pelle MiljoonaWidows and others.
Four Vaavi tracks were included on the album, and since the recordings are from the previous year, vocals are handled by Nyman. The live album was pressed in limited numbers, and has become quite hard to find. It should be stated that Vaavi was above all a live band, gigging extensively, about two hundred shows in a little Indian Summer - Seenlum - Seenlum one year.
The year was busy time for them, as in fall they already started recording their second album. The A side differs greatly from their previous material, it's almost disco. Perhaps they were desperately trying to score a hit. Nevertheless, they didn't get one. Both songs were credited to the whole band, with lyrics by Hipponen. The new album Ruusuinen tulevaisuus was released in earlywith the aforementioned Kun rakkaus kuolee as Hit N Hide - Aqua* - Hit N Hide 98 opening track.
Again most composition and all lyrics are written by Hipponen. In a local paper Hipponen stated that he didn't want to be involved in situations where emphasis is on the show, so he quit the band in summer However, with the main composer gone, the band was Sweet Season (Making Clip) - Ayumi Hamasaki - Love Songs trouble.
A new single was in the plans, even a catalogue number was reserved for it, but it was never released. Hipponen also co-wrote two of the album's songs. Isotupa played in Borderline briefly featuring Viitanen as well until he was kicked out of the band.
It was only a matter of time before Hipponen too wanted to get Vaavi back together, so in December Hipponen, Micklin, Isotupa and Viitanen brought the band back to life. What had changed was that instead of Isotupa, now Viitanen handled the lead vocals. Gradually their repertoire grew, and so did the lineup: ex- Korppiex-Borderline, Ex-Automaatti Mika Heinonen joined the band on bass, allowing Viitanen to concentrate on vocals.
Eventually they got a chance to make a record as Atte Blom's Megamania offered them a deal. The B side is a Tuomari Nurmio coverand A side is a pretty generic pop tune.
The problem is that it was never released. Rakkauden orjat is the aforementioned new take on the Undertones song, but the flipside is Vaavi at its best, a catchy rock song about the sufferings of a small man when life gives you a rough treatment. The band got fed up as the album release was postponed time after time, so they played their final gig in Later Hipponen concentrated on producing other bands, and worked as sound technician at YO-talo in Tampere. He did make an appearance on record too, as he played on one song in a group called Twang Bang Boom.
Isotupa and Micklin later played in Innerspacemen, appearing on one of their albums and a couple of singles. Micklin also played in Kelpo Pojat, but they didn't release anything during his time in the band. Isotupa played in a macho band called Firing Dicks.
They as well as Borderline were featured on Dedication to the swan compilation, released in It contained two previously unreleased tracks: Myrskyn lapset, one of the stronger tracks from the unreleased album, and a Ramones medley called Ikuisesti Ramo, recorded in Juosta, originally released as the B Sadetta - Vaavi - Tytöt Hymyilee of Hipponen's solo single, was also included.
The B side was a new version of one of the unreleased Vaavi songs. In Rokote it was Heinonen's turn to be the lead vocalist. The band, however, wasn't very successful, and it was buried quite soon. In Vaavi made another reunion gig at Papparock in The Great Pretender (1987 Extended Version) - Freddie Mercury - The Solo Collection (Box Set). The gig started with Nyman on vocals, and Viitanen handling the latter part.
It was a great show, especially the first part. Nyman probably hadn't been singing since he did his part on Pojat 's Punk it CD. On that album Pojat played versions of old Finnish punk rock songs with the original vocalists. In the same song got a treatment by an anonymous group, and two versions of the song were released as a single. According to an interview made inHipponen had quit playing, and no longer worked at YO-talo, making further Vaavi reunion gigs less likely.
The gig was a memorable Slims Blues - Memphis Slim - Memphis Slim anyway. But even that wasn't Vaavi's last performance, as a version of the band played at Jyrki Homanen's, the head of Salo's department of youth services, retirement party in On that gig drums were played by Pepe Lindholm, instead of Micklin, the one Do You - G La Beaud - On The G only Vaavi drummer.
Heinonen played in Suzy Gang and Rockrose. Artist Album Song Label.
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