Ypö-Viis

 

Ypö-Viis

Dad, what was punk rock? That was the question by Die Toten Hosen in the beginning of the nineties, but if we ask the question at Ilosaarirock Festival 2008, we might very well get the answer from Ypö-Viis. Yes, it's really the legendary three-chord, Ramones-influenced punk band from the windy shores of Gulf of Finland, and in their original line-up to boot! Though the songs of Ypö-Viis are forever engraved on the memory of Dad's contemporaries, there's no reason why these simple tunes and wildly amusing lyrics wouldn't just as easily stick in the younger generation's mind.

Ypö-Viis' most active time was from 1977 to 1981, when the band released a handful of great singles and one proper studio album (Halpaa lystiä, and even managed to make a live album Karhulan poikii, live – in as cheap and headlong manner as possible, of course. Though the band wasn't always known for their orderliness, they still made some history in the process: their first single Energia on A ja O (with the hilarious version of The Clash's London Burning, in Finnish Kotka palaa! after the band's hometown, on the B-side) is the very first Finnish self-published single, now a precious collectors' item. The band also had their own short-lived indie label before "selling" themselves for free to another, somewhat bigger indie company.

If your own dad couldn't tell you what punk rock was, these people about your daddy's age will show hands-on what the fuss back then was all about: punk was about do-it-yourself, about triumphal smile after learning the third chord, and most of all about whole-hearted enthusiasm. And yes, the fuss today is still mostly about all the same things. The best things in the world can last a lifetime – like C, F, and G.


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