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#Suomi100: Olet mun kaikuluotain

Wednesday, 6 December, 2017

Finland is 100 today and we’re celebrating with Ville Valo, best known as the lead singer with the hugely popular Finnish gothic rock band HIM. Ville’s life is a very Finnish tale. He was born in 1976 in central Helsinki to Kari and Anita Valo and the family then moved to the suburb of Oulunkylä, where Anita worked in a shoe shop. Kari was a taxi driver, but he gave up that profession to open a sex shop in downtown Helsinki, called Aikuisten lelukauppa (“adult toy store”), where Ville worked occasionally as a teen.

Anyway, John Denver wrote Annie’s Song in 1974 and in 1976, the year when Ville Valo was born, a man by the name of Hector Finnish (!) repurposed it into Finnish with the title Olet mun kaikuluotain. Happy #Suomi100.


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