Sunday, July 12, 2015

Pave - Aye Aye Aye 7" (1980)

Pave Maijanen is a well known Finnish pop star with countless records released over the years. His song Ai Ai Ai was a pretty big hit and the record is not very hard to find - but this one is. This is the rare English version.

A - Aye Aye Aye

B - Black Mercedes -62

He has sang in English in the past. One album he put out with his band Pave's Mistakes called Pida Huolta   had 12 tracks and half were in English. The re-issue of that album had another ska song called Think What You Think. He did do a few other ska songs in Finnish including a cover of the Little Willie John song Fever (called Kuume) that was made famous by Peggy Lee.

Pave did record another one of his Finnish hits in English. It's called Yamma Yamma. The English version of Yamma Yamma isn't as hard to find as Aye Aye Aye and Yamma Yamma is not a ska song but I have included the Finnish and English versions in this download with every other song I mentioned in this post. In fact, Aye Aye Aye isn't really ska either. It's more ska-influenced but another Finnish pop star called Mona Carita covered it a couple years later and her version was more ska than this version so I included hers in this download as well. (Here's her version.)



Anonymous said...

Where did you find these songs?

Cheers from Finland!

Tone and Wave said...

I have a few of Pave's albums and I think I have a couple Mona Carita albums. Finnish music is more important than a lot of people realize. The very successful Californian band Guns N Roses based their early career on the Finnish band Hanoi Rocks.

A lot of Finnish pop music in the 80s sucked as much as the American stuff. It was mostly Pop/dance music and glam-metal but there were some good bands that were alive in the underground:

Unborn SF were pretty well known
So was Kollaa Kestää
Pyhät Nuket
Lola Ego
Cartoon Rockers
Pelle Miljoona