Friday, January 22, 2010

Nothing rhymed - Ei mitään uutta

On the B-side of Danny's 1971 single "Hän on lady" (cover of "She's A Lady") was this "Ei mitään uutta" (Nothing new). The Finnish lyrics were - as with yesterdays's Finnpick - written by Pertsa Reponen. The original song "Nothing Rhymed" was the breakthrough single for the Irish-born singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan (b. Raymond Edward O'Sullivan) in 1970. Gilbert at first performed under his born name, but in 1967 changed it to 'Gilbert O'Sullivan', a play of words on Gilbert and Sullivan (refers to the British Victorian era librettist W. S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan, who collaborated on 14 comic operas 1871-1896, of which H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado are among the best known). Much of Gilbert's early success was predicated on his unusual image, unusual haircut, short pants and flat cap. You can see Gilbert boy perform the song, here.

Here's the pair:

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