Sunday, January 30, 2011

There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis - Rautalankamalli

Taiska recorded "Rautalankamalli" (Wire model) in 1982 for her album "Oma tie". The lyrics were provided by Raul Reiman. Pity this wasn't released as a single. The original song had one of the longest titles in a succesful pop song, "There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis". It was performed and co-written by Kirsty MacColl, the daughter of famous English folk singer Ewan MacColl (Ewan finnpicked here, and Kirsty here). It was Kirsty's first hit single, charting in the UK at number 14 in 1981. BTW, the "chip shop" is a take-away, selling fish-and-chips and other hot fast food for hungry Britons. You can see Kirsty perform the "Chip Shop" -song, here.

Here's the pair:


Anonymous said...

uuuh taiska! I have just remembered that i am looking for a song of her:
"Naisen muotokuva" that is the cover of Mia Martini's "Ritratto di Donna". You should remember Mia for her participations to Eurofestival.. with this song Mia won the Tokyo Popular Misic festival in 1977... can you post it if you have it? Taiska's records are very hard to find on the net :)

DM said...

I don't unfortunately have Taiska's version, but it can be heard at:

Anonymous said...

yes yes I have heard both youtube versions.. one is cut, the other in poor quality.. i too have a mp3 of that song.. though I hoped I could get a better one from your huge collection :) if you wanna make a post with taiska and mia martini versions let me know and I send them to you :)