Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Hei hei näkemiin

Meiju Suvas (see earlier entry) released "Hei hei näkemiin" (Hey, hey, bye bye) as an album track on her second album "Pidä musta kiinni" in 1983. The lyrics were provided by Raul Reiman. The original song was performed by US one-hit-wonder band called Steam, who had a smash hit with "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye". The song was co-written by Paul Leka. who has written several other finnpicked songs. Somehow, we Finns seem to like Paul's songwriting. Other writers were Leka's old band mates Gary DeCarlo and Dale Frashuer, and they recorded the song under fictitious band name "Steam" with Gary in lead vocals. It became a number one pop single on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1969. The song's chorus remains well-known, and is frequently used as a crowd chant at many sporting events.

Here's the pair:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Meiju arrangement was of course copied from Bananarama's hit version.