Monday, March 27, 2006

This years Finnish entry in Eurovision

A Finnish friend of mine put me on to these guys - a very cheesy and entirely entertaining metal outfit called Lordi.

Lordi will be the official Finnish act in the Eurovision song contest this year and have a very 80's metal / cockrock kind of sound, with lyrics all in English. There's a kind of The Darkness feel about them but heavier and without the o.t.t falsetto.

According to their bio

Lordi is a self-taught professional FX-make-up artist. Each costume and make-up has been designed, sculpted and detail painted by himself. It takes up to five hours to get the whole band applied in make-up and dressed in the multi-part rubber suits.

The stage set, which contains two stone towers with gargoyles on top, a wide stone logo and a whole lot of horrific props, were also done by the band from the scratch.

Lordi also drew a 12-page Lordi comic book, which was given to consumers as a bonus gift when they purchased the first single "Would You Love A Monsterman?". The single went gold and reached #1 in the Finnish single charts.

Lordi entered the studio to record their debut album "Get Heavy" with producer T.T. Oksala in early 2002.

Musically Lordi is strongly inspired by 80's heavy metal melodies, with a twist of modern day programming. Simple, striking, ass-kicking heavy rock!

The album was finally mixed in London at SARM STUDIOS by Kevin Shirley, who?s previous work includes names like IRON MAIDEN, AEROSMITH and THE BLACK CROWES among others.

Being a strongly visual band, Lordi shot their first video, "Would You Love A Monsterman?", in a staged horror forest. It was designed by the professionals that were behind OZZY OSBOURNE's image.

The video was also co-scripted by Lordi, who drew the storyboards. The "Would You Love A Monsterman?" video gives a glimpse of what to expect from the up-coming Lordi stage shows: pyros, special effects and monsters.

Lots more information to be found on their official website -

Monday, March 20, 2006

Hits and Memories

So now you're Paul Simon's Producer Full Fathom Five
Got no money theredsunband
Grace King Creosote
Mornings eleven The Magic Numbers
Constant ships Sodastream
Oh, Madalene The Oranges Band
Swimmers Broken Social Scene
Solar Flare Endorphin
Black Heart Calexico
Everything reminds me of her Elliot Smith
John Wayne Gacy Jr Sufjan Stevens
Music The Beautiful Girls
Outer accelerator Stereolab
Run baby run Alex Cortiz
It's a dream Neil Young
This modern love Bloc Party
Silver Bird Collard Greens and Gravy
Blackjack Tortoise

Jazz Devil Barry Adamson
Ring of Fire Ed Kuepper
Postcard Karma County
Please break me gently Tex Perkins
Empty Nights Art of fighting
Love in the cupboard Jim Dead
Crazy Cordrazine
Holiday in Spain Machine Translations
For a short time Tiddas
Morning Rain The Sleepy Jackson
Requiem for the Punters Club The Lucksmiths
Human equivalent of penicillin Rob Clarkson
Arthurs Pizza Pnau
Constant Ships Sodastream
Rubin The Anyones
Hush Money Hugo Race and the True Spirit
Ocean of you The Blackeyed Susans
Wide Open Road Weddings Parties Anything

Monday, March 06, 2006

Monday's choons

U.S Forces Midnight Oil 4.08
Worry Worry The Fiery Furnaces 2.05
The Golden Path The Chemical Brothers 4.36
Gimme Danger Iggy Pop 3.23
She finally gets to travel The Beautiful Few 4.03
Salt water fish Ruby 8.26
Open air channel Rocket Science 7.13
Shakin' Dandy Warhols 3.55
Starman Culture Club 5.14
The Passenger Iggy Pop 4.43
Better the devil you know The Meanies 3.05
Talking talking lion blues Mick Thomas 3.45
Flag (Half mast mix) Alabama 3 3.40
Down in Splendour Straitjacket fits 3.38
Wrong party Dallas Crane 4.14
Hitched The Kills 4.02
Livin' in the city The Casanovas 4.13
A big star The City Lights 2.30

Dirty Lives Love as laughter 3.09
What I want Mark Hilton 3.47
Sunshine 78 Saab 4.49
Lay down Dallas Crane 3.16
Promised Land Edan 3.11
Heart in a cage The Strokes 3.27
Killing Lies The Strokes 3.50
Latin Flute Deodato 4.46
Weight of the world BRMC 3.41
Metal and hair The Mess Hall 2.35
I see a darkness Johnny Cash 3.42
La Di Doh Ed Kuepper 6.34
The Complaint Buju Banton 3.49
Time Edwin Starr 2.54
Winter in the hamptons Josh Rouse 3.12
Chinito Chinito Ry Cooder 4.54
Tin Pan Valley Robert Plant & the strange sensation 3.45
Shame PJ Harvey 2.33
Government Centre The Modern Lovers 2.03