Hassisen Kone

Hassisen Kone

Infobox Musical artist
Name = Hassisen Kone

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Origin = Joensuu, Finland
Genre = New Wave, Punk rock
Years_active = 1979-1982, 2001
Label = Poko Records
Associated_acts = Ismo Alanko, Sielun Veljet
URL = [http://www.poko.fi/hassisenkone/ www.poko.fi/hassisenkone/]
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Past_members = Ismo Alanko Reijo Heiskanen Jussi Kinnunen Harri Kinnunen Jukka Orma Safka Pekkonen Hannu Porkka Antti Seppo

Hassisen Kone was a Finnish rock band, founded in 1979 in Joensuu. The young musicians rose to popularity in 1980 after winning the Finnish rock championship in the New Wave category. They recorded three highly successful albums before disbanding in 1982. The singer/songwriter Ismo Alanko has led several bands since then and continues to be an influential name in Finnish rock music.


The idea of forming Hassisen Kone came to Ismo Alanko in 1979, when he heard the Eppu Normaali album "Maximum Jee&Jee" while working in Stockholm. Alanko returned to Finland and started the band with guitarist Reijo Heiskanen and drummer Harri Kinnunen. The band's name was based on a local home appliance store of the same name. The three men had earlier played together in a progressive rock group called Sight. Kinnunen's little brother Jussi was hired to play the bass.Tero Valkonen on [http://pomus.net/001787 Pomus - Populaarimusiikin museo] - Retrieved on March 6 2008]

In March 1980, the newly formed Hassisen Kone won the Finnish rock championship, an annual competition for young musicians held since 1970. [ [http://yle.fi/elavaarkisto/?s=s&g=4&ag=26&t=493 yle.fi - Elävä arkisto] - Retrieved on March 6 2008] The victory raised public interest for the band, and when their debut album "Täältä tullaan Venäjä" was released in June, it was an instant hit. The ironic lyrics of the song "Rappiolla" caused some reporters to start complaining about indecency in rock songs. [ [http://www.city.fi/artikkeli/Suomipopin+99+suurinta/81/ Suomipopin 99 suurinta] , "City" magazine 21/1999] [ [http://yle.fi/poppiakyydissa/ohjelmat.php?ohjelma_id=3 yle.fi - Poppia kyydissä] - Retrieved on March 6 2008]

The band's follow-up album "Rumat sävelet" (1981) was considered a more serious and mature record than its predecessor. The album's harsh and sometimes personal lyrics reflected how the sudden rise to stardom had effected the then 20-year-old Alanko. The same year Hassisen Kone took part on the Tuuliajolla tour on Saimaa, with Juice Leskinen and Eppu Normaali. Material of the tour was included in the Kaurismäki brothers film "Saimaa Gesture". [ [http://nyt.hs.fi/elokuva/artikkeli/1135227149810 Saimaa-ilmiö] on nyt.hs.fi - Retrieved on March 6 2008]

For "Harsoinen teräs" (1982), Jukka Orma replaced Reijo Kinnunen on guitar and some additional members were hired to work on the more rhythmic and progressive album featuring saxophone, xylophone and keyboards. The classical and prog background of Alanko was more and more evident in the songwriting. "Harsoinen teräs" was also translated into English and released as a promo album called "High Tension Wire" in 1982. [Tero Alanko: [http://www.soundi.fi/arvostelut?nid=5568&levyarvostelu=Hassisen+Kone_Tarjolla+t%C3%A4n%C3%A4%C3%A4n%3A+Hassisen+Kone Tarjolla tänään: Hassisen Kone] - "Soundi" magazine 04/2000]

Hassisen Kone disbanded in August 1982. Alanko and Orma went on to form Sielun Veljet shortly afterwards. Jussi Kinnunen had a six month break from music, after which he has played in several bands, including Tiina Tiikeri, Pertti Neumann's band and Ismo Alanko Säätiö.Pale Saarinen: [http://www.elvisry.fi/022002/kinnunen.html Jussi Kinnunen - moni-ilmeinen muusikkopersoona] - "SELVIS" 2/2002] Harri Kinnunen has played, among others, for Sleepy Sleepers and Lapinlahden Linnut. [Matti Komulainen: [http://www.turunsanomat.fi/verkkolehti/?ts=1,3:2012:0:0,4:72:0:0:0;4:73:0:0:0;4:74:0:0:0;4:75:0:0:0;4:94:1:1:2003-07-05,104:94:163779,1:0:0:0:0:0: Sleepy Sleepers vilautti snadisti anarkiaa] - "Turun Sanomat" July 5 2003] [ [http://www.turunsanomat.fi/ajassa/?ts=1,3:1007:0:0,4:7:0:1:1998-07-22,104:7:14575,1:0:0:0:0:0: Lapinlahden Linnut hekotuttaa uusintanakin] - "Turun Sanomat July 21 1998]

Hassisen Kone has played several nostalgic reunion concerts after they disbanded. In 2001, they reunited for a concert on midsummer at the Joensuu Laulurinne. The concert was filmed and released as a DVD titled "20 vuotta myöhemmin" ("20 years later").


Studio albums


See also

*Sielun Veljet


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