Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sweat (A La La La La Long) - Kesäolo

Today we start a new randomly running serie called Finnpicks' Smurfing Sunday. And as we are again experiencing that sweaty summer feeling under recurrent heatwave, it's fit to start it with this particular song. Smurffit is the Finnish incarnation of "Les Schtroumpfs", the blue comic book creatures created by Belgian comic book artist Peyo in the 50's. They have spread all over the world since then and their escapades are shown in television, also in Finland. The Finnish Smurffit have also launched a successful recording career, cutting some 18 albums. They carry on the tradition of covering international hit songs in Finnish. a tradition that has almost vanished in the last 20 years. I guess their music is targeted to 1-6 year olds, and therefore it's quite amazing/amusing to find such songs as "Sexy Sexy Lover" covered (with more appropriate lyrics of course). This song "Kesäolo" (Summer feeling) was from their 4th album "Kesähitit" in 1998. The album earned two gold records and one platinum record in sales. The original song "Sweat (A La La La La Long)" was an European smash hit for Jamaican reggae group Inner Circle in 1992.

Here's the pair:

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