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the cure peforming at riot Fest, 2014. Photo by Sean Benham.

British Intervention: Soundtrack your winter with these 11 British albums

English rock band The Cure peforming at Riot Fest, 2014. Photo by Sean Benham.

If you want to survive a long northern winter then music is your best bet. Without music we would all be shells — pods — rotting in a vegetable state without a proper soundtrack. But instead of totally starving your sun-deprived brain monster, toss that jerk a little snack with these soul-piercing ensembles hailing from the land formerly known as ‘part of the EU.’

 

1. The Cure – The Head on the Door

Mr. Smith hit the nail on the head on the door with this record — a must-have for any collection.

 

2. Depeche Mode – Violator

A record that elevated DM to EPIC rockstar status.

 

3. Killing Joke – Brighter Than a Thousand Suns

Killing Joke are pros at making tunes that curtail sad tendencies…Jaz Coleman is a genius. 

 

4. T-Rex – The Slider

To put a bop in your brain.

 

5. David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

One of my personal favorites by the late and great.

 

6. New Order – Movement

A band that has countless good records and a recognizable sound.

 

7. Tears for Fears – Songs from the Big Chair

It’s just perfect…

 

8. Echo and the Bunnymen – Ocean Rain

Another great English band that has many memorable hits.

Honorable track mention not from Ocean Rain, are you still paying attention?

 

9. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

Ian Curtis is a legend and he is immortalized in this amazing record.

 

10. The Damned – Machine Gun Etiquette

DAMNIT! You can’t go wrong with a founding drummer named Rat Scabies.

 

11. Eurythmics – Revenge

ANNIE LENNOX! It’s enough said. She is a force stronger than failed relationships. 

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Endnote

I do not claim to know anything about music but I have graciously devoted a good chunk of my life attempting to absorb as much knowledge as I can pertaining to every aspect of music, and there’s always something more to learn — and retain. As long as you have the passion for discovery there’s infinite stuff available to make you feel good. 

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That’s a MiniDisc: 14 Finnish music videos that will make you feel old

Screenshot from Darude's Sandstorm video

Do you know that sinking feeling of realizing that time flies and you’re older than you think? Yeah, we do too, and honeslty, it’s like a fun roller coaster ride. In light of this universal feeling, we’ve collected a bunch of Finnish pop tunes you might remember from the past two decades (!).

If you’ve grown up in Finland as a millennial, you might have associated these tracks with everything slick and international. See, there was a time when convincing Finnish pop in English was a shiny new thing. Chances are you will remember these tunes like yesterday. But once you look closer at their accompanying videos, they will feel as dated as you secretly know you are yourself.

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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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Flow Festival sign. Photo by Jussi Hellsten.

18 reasons why you shouldn’t bother going to Helsinki’s Flow Festival

Flow Festival sign. Photo by Jussi Hellsten.
Often described in the international press as one of Europe’s best music festivals, you’d think Helsinki’s Flow would be a no-brainer to add your bucket list. However, before you rush to get your last minute ticket of the partially sold out event (August 12-14 this year), you should consider these 18 very important reasons to think again. Read more

Fab Finland: 10 Finnish Eurovision songs that should have won

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Love it or hate it, Eurovision is back in all its kitsch glory. Finland’s Sandhja may already be out of the running, but the show must go on! So, as we eagerly wait to see who’ll be crowned this year’s winner, let’s take a trip down Eurovision memory lane and celebrate great Finnish contestants of yesteryear. Lordi maybe Finland’s only victor, but we think each and every one of these showcased songsters deserves a prize too. Crank up the volume, put on your dancing shoes and we’ll tell you why.

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Watch Prince’s insane cover of the guitar solo in The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

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Sadly, Prince, the musical artist, has been confirmed dead today at the age of 57. For a quick look back at the highlights of Prince’s musical career, you could do worse than to check out Pitchfork’s coverage of his death. Here at Ink Tank we like to find weird and interesting things on the web, so in honor of one of the most creative people in showbiz, we’d like to take a different approach.

Namely: check out Prince’s guitar solo in this all-star cover version of The Beatles’ ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, shot at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions. The song starts a bit ho-hum, of as massive all-star TV jams usually do, with musicians such as Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison’s son Dhani Harrison, all wanting a slice of the show.

Then, at 3 minutes and 25 seconds, everything changes as Prince arrives and drops a stunning, virtuoso guitar solo on top of the already catchy song. The distinctly Harrisonesque tune, from on the fab four’s unnamed ‘White Album’, is known for its crispy guitar, originally played by none other than Eric Clapton on the record.

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16 David Bowie quotes that show why he was such a legend

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Everybody has a David Bowie tune they love and we’re no different. Somehow Bowie was one of those musicians you expected to live forever. Maybe it was his music or maybe his magic. One thing that’s in no doubt though was that he was an extraordinary artist in every sense of the word. As a celebration of his life and his wonderful way of thinking, we’ve put together a showcase of some of his wisest quotes. Each one shows why he was such a legend and why he’ll be so sorely missed, but never forgotten.

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”

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Be a Flow pro: 10 ways to make sure your Flow Festival rocks

If there’s one Finnish festival everyone should check out it’s Helsinki’s Flow Festival (August 14-16 2015). Since it first kicked off in 2004, Flow has established itself as Finland’s premier event for eclectic music styles, usually booking many of the most fascinating alternative, indie, electronic, rap, hip hop and R’n’B acts from around the world. This year’s lineup headlines acts du jour such as Alt-J, The War on Drugs, Future Island, MajorLazer while the art-pop elite is represented by Beck and Pet Shop Boys. Easy to get to, with awesome food and ambiance, this artful orgy of hipness has everything the enthusiastic festival-goer needs. So, with all this awesomeness on offer how do you make sure your Flow Festival 2015 rocks? Here are our top 10 tips.

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13 Jim Morrison quotes that will make you look at life differently

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Jim Morrison is without a doubt one of music’s most enduring stars. Poet, rock god and controversial bad boy, he was also a man who in his 27 short years philosophized greatly on life, love and the universe. Surprisingly, at the beginning of his career, he was an incredibly reserved stage performer who often sang with his back to the crowd. Yet by the end so powerful were his performances that more than once they led to riots. This passion can be seen in his lyrics, his poetry and his musings. To celebrate that lust for life, here are 13 Jim Morrison quotes that’ll make you look at your own life differently.

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