Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Squeeze Box - Mutsi täytti viiskyt

Freeman (real name Leo Friman) broke through in 1976 with his smash hit 'Ajetaan me tandemilla" (Lets ride on a tandem bike). At first Freeman was guitarist in a group called Waterloo, but later went solo. His early hits were all his own compositions and lyricist was our old Finnpicked friend Hector (se previous entry). In the 80's Freeman was music jourmalist in Finnish National Radio, and from the 90's until present days he's been very active with the retro group Menneisyyden Vangit (Prisoners of the Past). Freeman recorded "Mutsi täytti viiskyt" (Momma turned fifty) in 1976 and it was released as a B-side to his another hit single "Osuuskaupan Jane". Lyrics were again done by Hector. The original song was performed by The Who and was called "Squeeze Box". It was on their "Who By Numbers" -album and released as a single in 1975. The dictionary tells us that "The term Squeezebox is a colloquial expression referring to any musical instrument of the general class of hand-held bellows-driven free reed aerophones such as the accordion or concertina. The term is so applied because such instruments are generally in the shape of a rectangular prism or box, and the bellows is operated by squeezing in and drawing out." Of course lyrics both in Finnish and original version, song contain sexual innuendo.

Here's the pair:

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