Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The 2009-50: No.12 - You got the keys right in your hand, open the locks and do your thing

"Speakerbox" - Signmark featuring Osmo Ikonen.

Firstly special thanks to Keira for this one: if you hadn't written about it on the wonderful, much-missed Tales From Turku then I probably would never have discovered my 12th favourite song of 2009.

On paper, this shouldn’t work: but it did. A sign-language Finnish rapper, teamed up with an extremely talented soul vocalist, competing to be Finland’s Eurovision entry. Inevitably it was one of the great "ones that got away" - although credit to eventual winner Waldo’s People for their 90s-revivalist dance - and went on to become one of those songs that I can't go too long without hearing. I'll be eagerly following Osmo's musical career from now on and will be cheering on his efforts in the 2010 Finnish national selection.


Keira said...

Thanks for the mention. I love this song still! We'll have to play it on the show one time.

Oh, and don't tell anyone but I'm applying for a masters course in Turku, which if I get in (fingers crossed) will see the rebirth of TFT. :)

EuropeCrazy said...

Ta! You've got to play "Speakerbox" some time. By the way I'm still loving Sounds of Europe. Unfortunately missed a couple of shows in those weeks I wasn't feeling well but I try to catch it most weeks. Still a top quality show presented by (of course) my two favourite superstar DJs!!

Fingers and everything else crossed for Turku :))))