Surfin’ Suomolainen

by wjw on June 5, 2017

Continuing my exploration of the byways of Finnish culture . . .

One of the less overlooked aspects of Finnish musical culture consists of their excellent surf bands, which have attracted fans throughout the world.  Here’s the best known Finnish surf band, Laika and the Cosmonauts, who have attracted praise from no less an authority than surf music legend Dick Dale.

The music speaks for itself, though I have some questions about stuff that has nothing to do with the music.

First, what’s with Finnish bands and the Russian names?  Laika and the Cosmonauts, the Leningrad Cowboys?  I’ll be expecting Lenin and the Politburo next.

Second, is there actually  surf in Finland?  I mean, would the kahunas get stoked riding in the barrel, or would they hang their skegs on the slab and go pearling?

And— wait— is that Bill Murray on guitar?



TRX June 5, 2017 at 3:28 am

I dunno about surf, but Westerns were *huge* in Germany a century ago…

Steinar Bang June 6, 2017 at 11:54 am

Re: is there actually surf in Finland?

My first thought was “no!”. I would have thought the baltic and the gulf of bothnia were way too small to be able to produce a surf worth mentioning.

But appearently there are some spots.

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