Biography All Music GuideWikipedia
All Music Guide:
Hailing from the tiny Finnish village of Utajarvi, 22-Pistepirkko emerged from just outside of the Arctic Circle in 1982, winning Band of the Year honors in their native land for a pair of EPs including the acclaimed Piano, Rumpu & Kukka. With the release of 1987's Kings of Hong Kong, the trio -- brothers PK (vocals, guitar) and Asko Keranen (synthesizer), and Espe Haverinen (drums) -- began recording in English; the bluesy Bare Bone Nest followed two years later, and with 1992's Big Lupu 22-Pistepirkko began earning their first notice outside of Scandinavia. After 1994's Rumble City, LaLa Land, the group resurfaced two years later with Zipcode, a collection of remixes; Eleven followed in 1998.
22-Pistepirkko, (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈkɑkskytkɑks ˈpistepːirkːo]), is a Finnish popular music band formed in 1980. It was formed in a small rural village of Utajärvi in Northern Finland but moved to Helsinki, the capital of Finland, in 1985. The band now produces music in English, though at first their main language was Finnish.
Their early albums were inspired by rock and roll and underground icons like Bo Diddley and The Sonics, but they have developed their unique sound by adding other influences to their music. Today they play an unconventional but distinctive mixture of pop, punk, rock and electronica, and achieved this fusion before artists such as Primal Scream or Beck popularized this kind of sound.
During 22-Pistepirkko's 2001 European tour, director Andreas Haaning Christiansen traveled with the band and shot a documentary, Sleep good, rock well, which was released on DVD in 2005.