Apollo

Apollo was a Finnish psych-rock band that released a self-titled album on Blue Master in 1970. Percussionist Edward Vesala became a prominent ECM recording artist. Members: Edward Vesala (drums, percussion, flute, vocals), Harri Saksala (vocals, accordion, harmonica), Eero Lupari (guitar, vocals), Heimo Holopainen (bass, vocals) Background Apollo formed in 1969 when jazz drummer Martti “Edward” […]

Kalevala

Kalevala were a Finnish art-rock/psych band from Helsinki that was active for nine years, starting in 1969. In 1972, the band debuted with the popular People No Names album on Finnlevy. Between 1975 and 1977, the band released two further albums on Hi-Hat. Members: Juha “Lido” Salonen (guitar, bass, vocals), Beaver Aitto-Oja (drums, 1969), Remu […]

Organ

Organ were a Finnish synthpop band that released two singles in 1981/82 and the album Nekrofiilis, all on Poko Rekords. Members: Pekka Tolonen (synthesizer), Mikko Saarela (synthesizer), Tapani Lahtinen (synthesizer), Seppe Parkkinen (synthesizer, percussion) Discography: Nekrofiilis (1982) “Kundi meikkaa” / “Kaavakekauhu” (1981) “Suajele mua vähän jostain päin” / “Neekerisuukkoja” (1982)

The Group

The Group were a Finnish jazz-rock super-band that released a self-titled album on Finnlevy-subsidiary Dig It in 1978. It features bassist Pekka Pohjola and keyboardist Olli Ahvenlahti, who previously partnered in the jazz-rock supergroup Uni Sono, along with Pohjola sidemen Seppo Tyni (guitar) and Vesa Aaltonen (drums). All four would appear on Pohjola’s 1979 release […]

Ferris

Ferris were a Finnish jazz-rock/psych band from Helsinki that released a self-titled album on Love Records in 1971. Members: Dave Lindholm (guitar, vocals), Heikki Hiekkala (organ, guitar, vocals), Matti Saxelin (drums, percussion), Jaakko Itävaara (bass), Klaus Stolt (bass, 1971) Discography: Ferris (1971)

Sukellusvene

Sukellusvene were a Finnish jazz-rock band from Lappeenranta, Etelä-Karjala, that released a standalone single and the album Vesi- ja lintumusiikkia, both on Love Records in 1979. Members: Lassi Talasmo (alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet), Kari Litmanen (keyboards), Jukka Mäkinen (guitar), T. Tuomanen (guitar, bongos), Pekka Muhli (bass), Timo Kotineva (drums) Discography: Vesi- ja lintumusiikkia (1979) […]

Piirpauke

Piirpauke are a Finnish ethno-jazz/rock band from Piippola, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa, that released two albums and a live disc on Love between 1975 and 1978, followed by a round of titles on Ponsi, Kerberos, and Rockadillo during the 1980s. Members: Sakari Kukko (wind instruments, keyboards, kantele, percussion, vocals), Antti Hytti (bass), Hasse Walli (guitar), Jukka Wasama (percussion), […]

Nova

Nova were a Finnish symphonic-rock band from Helsinki that released a standalone single in 1975 and the album Atlantis in 1976, both on Love Records. Members: Antti Ortamo (keyboards, vocals, guitar, harmonica), Jukka Marjala (drums), Veikko Kumpula (bass, 1975), Junnu Kostia (guitar, 1975), Michael Wasenius (guitar, 1975-?), Petri Peltola (bass, 1975-?) Discography: “Käytävä” / “Kaupungin […]

Yellow

Yellow were a Finnish hard-rock/psych band from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi, that released the album Keltakuume on Finnlevy in 1975. Members: Hannu Takala (lead vocals, piano, percussion), Melvin McRae (guitar, vocals), Helge Koskela (bass), Raimo Osterman (drums) Discography: Keltakuume (1975)