by wjw on May 26, 2017

I’m continuing my prep for the worldcon by investigating Finnish culture, and I discovered this video by Steve’n’Seagulls, with their own interpretation of a modern classic.

Gotta love the anvil.  The accordion player with a dead animal on his head.  And the fact that, for the first time, I can actually understand the words.

TRX May 26, 2017 at 8:16 pm

Yep. It turns out there’s a whole “Thunderstruck” meme running on Youtube. Even one by “White Trash Washing Machine.”

But you might get a kick out of the cover by 2Cellos:

Apparently they’ve been around for quite some time, but I only now discovered them.

Steinar Bang May 27, 2017 at 5:23 am

Re: Finnish culture

I have a CD with Eläkeläiset.

Bought it after stumbling past the scene where they were playing at the Roskilde festival in Denmark, many, many years ago, and stopped up because I heard what sounded like a (very strange) version of Led Zeppelin’s “Black dog”…

Anarkistijenkka is still a favourite.

Susan Beaty May 27, 2017 at 9:59 pm

I so wish we felt like we had the money to go to Worldcon this year, but retirement happened before we were really ready for it. I look forward to hearing about it from you and others who are able to attend. Since I had already registered, I’m at least able to vote on the Hugos again.

James R. Strickland May 29, 2017 at 3:35 pm

I have you to blame^h^h^h^h^hthank for my new favorite band of the moment… -JRS

wjw May 29, 2017 at 11:56 pm

James, my work here is done!

Steinar, Eläkeläiset is indeed very strange, and I hesitate to ask what a “humppa band” might be, especially given the tongue-in-cheek Tom of Finland-style artwork.

TRX, I also liked the 2 Cellos version of “Highway to Hell,” complete with guest appearance by Steve Vai.

Susan, very sorry you won’t be coming to Finland. Next year in San Jose?

Privateiron May 31, 2017 at 8:40 am

I really like this version. I also like the fact that the original is not too far off the spirit of this remake. Unlike so many overly serious hard rock bands, AC/DC seem like the kind of guys who could have made something like the backyard Finnish version themselves.

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