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Battledragon's Youtube cover of Bomfunk MC's Freestyler 1999 hit. Location: Hakaniemi Metro station.

Finnish Power Metal band recreates Bomfunk MC’s Freestyler music video, including remote control shenanigans

Battledragon's Youtube cover of Bomfunk MC's Freestyler 1999 hit. Location: Hakaniemi Metro station.
 

Here it is: Finland lacks an internationally known music scene compared to, say, Sweden which has produced hit phenomena ever since the days of ABBA.

A specific genre is something of an exception: Finland is estimated to have more metal bands per capita than any other country. Some of these bands are wildly successful within their genre.

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Teemu Keisteri as Windows95man DJ on a plane, where he played Darude's Sandstorm

Darude on a plane and beyond: The silly art of Finnish Windows95man DJ Teemu Keisteri

Teemu Keisteri as Windows95man DJ on a plane, where he played Darude's Sandstorm
 

Considered by some as an alternate Finnish national anthem of sorts, producer Darude’s international smash hit Sandstorm has a special place in the Finnish millennial psyche. The song, released back in 2000, connects us back to a time when it could heard as old-school ringtones on Nokia phones or admired as a music video on MTV featuring a chase through a sunny Helsinki.

Having recently returned as something of a retro phenomenon, one person took it upon himself to play the Sandstorm as part of a private DJ set on on airplane, at the request of logistics tech provider Relex.

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All you need to know about Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” on Saturday Night Live

In the US, republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been heating up the primary elections game with his unauthorized use of Neil Young’s 1989 rock anthem “Rockin in the Free World”.

The irony in the Trump staff’s choice of music lies, of course, in the lyrics of Rockin’ In The Free World. The song is obviously an attack on right-wing US policy, both foreign and domestic, during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr.

Instead of just looking up the lyrics, check out this iconic performance of “Rockin’ in the Free World” from Saturday Night Live back in 1989. Young actually worked out just before going on stage to get in the mood. Not known for being a big fan of TV performances, Young wanted to grasp for the emotional state normally reached during a two hour concert. Frantically jumping around, kicking and soloing on his Les Paul guitar, he’s backed by a tight band (Charlie Drayton, Steve Jordan, and longtime collaborator Frank ‘Poncho’ Sampedro).

The anger and sadness of this live cut are so perfectly channeled into Young’s voice and the drum fill in the last verse at “We got a kinder, gentler, machine gun hand”. It certainly gives me the chills, every time.

“Rockin’ in the Free World” was originally published on Young’s 1989 album Freedom, which reestablished his career a little bit. The album included two versions of the song, one resembling the intense rocker seen on SNL and an acoustic version as the opening track.

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