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July 2011: Summer Shenanigans

SUMMER!

As is customary, we've done our best to create a nice little piece of soundtrack for these fleeting hot summer nights. Enjoy!

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
122bpm

Lyrics

SUMMER SHENANIGANS

the word is out on the streets
fresh paint drips on concrete
kids gone crazy in the heat
you bet they're up to mischief

summer shenanigans
smells like someone's cooking up some bad ass plans
summer shenanigans
idle dirty hands and ants in the pants
happy summer mondays beat the winter weekends
gotta go wild before the summer ends

summer! (it's about time it's about time it's about)
summer shenanigans!

summer shenanigans
woke up buried neck deep in the sand
summer shenanigans
beware the guy with the jazz hands

summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer! (it's about time it's about time it's about)
summer shenanigans!

hey have you heard the news, boy
you can't get the blues, oh no
if you stay amused or even confused
stick with us and you get to choose

summer shenanigans!
summer! (it's about time it's about time it's about)
summer shenanigans!
shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!

just a little fun fun fun
everybody's gotta have some some
hey daddy-o, you're in a freaking YouTube video

summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!
shenanigans!
summer shenanigans!

May 2011: Break The News Gently

Ok, April is over and done with for one more year and it's time to get back into SERIOUS business. And that can only mean a track so heavily drenched in the 80s, you'll think we accelerated our Deloreans to 88mph!

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
140bpm

Lyrics

BREAK THE NEWS GENTLY

oh baby, break the news gently
but don't break me
don't want to cry again in front of them

she asked me if I'd go with you (I said "cool")
he asked you if you'd go with me (you said "mmmm")
at that lunch break I almost swooned
but now it's come to this

oh baby, break the news gently
but don't break me
don't want to cry again in front of them
oh baby, break the news gently
don't ruin the night for me
I already know but I won't let it show

they were playing our favourite song (forever young)
and soda pop in my glass was warm (afri-cola)
round and round the school gym we walked
you didn't hold my hand

oh baby, break the news gently
but don't break me
don't want to cry again in front of them

baby, break the news gently
it lasted barely for half a day
and we didn't get to dance or even sway
but when I'll see you on these same hallways every day
please don't turn your face away in shame
now I know how Reddie Redford feels
in "Princess" by Bogart Co

oh baby, break the news gently
but don't break me
don't want to cry again in front of them
oh baby, break the news gently
don't ruin the night for me
I already know but I won't let it show

January 2011: Newest Hottest Whatever

Happy new year!

Welcome to the third calendar year of Viola Music Club! This month's track is our 22nd free offering even if it feels like we've only just begun. Crazy how time flies!

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
120bpm

Lyrics

newest hottest whatever
newest hottest whatever
keep your act together
newest hottest coolest whatever

it all goes round
so hard to keep track
who's in who's out
either you are new blood
or you're losing ground
the novelty wears out
and it all feels fine
until you hit the ground

it all goes round
but everything is new just once
and we are history
if we can't make it

newest hottest whatever
newest hottest whatever
no prize for good endeavour
newest hottest coolest whatever

it all goes round
so hard to keep track
who's in who's out
either you are new blood
or you're losing ground
the novelty wears out
and it all feels fine
until you hit the ground

it all goes round
until you fall out of style
and oblivion
comes round to take you

newest hottest whatever
newest hottest whatever
nothing lasts forever
newest hottest coolest whatever

it all goes round it all goes round
it all goes round it all goes round

it all goes round
so hard to keep track
who's in who's out
either you are new blood
or you're losing ground
the novelty wears out
and it all feels fine

it all goes round
newest hottest whatever
it all goes round
newest hottest whatever
it all goes round
newest hottest whatever
it all goes round

you want it you get it you have it you use it
you want it you get it you have it you use it
you want it you get it you have it you use it
and then you lose it you lose it you lose it

September 2010: Puppies In The Rain

There goes yet another warm summer and it's time to cuddle up under a warm blanket to make sure you stay warm through the cold dark winter.

But make sure you don't forget our little furry friends, puppies!

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
130bpm

Lyrics

PUPPIES IN THE RAIN

puppies in the rain
they'll steal your heart away
under autumn's veil
loppy ears and soggy tails
they don't even know their names
or if they have yet any
if the coldest heart can break
it will break for them

for puppies in the rain
oo-woah-woah-woah-woo-oh
puppies in the rain
oo-woah-woah-woah-woo-oh

puppies in the rain
want to feel the warmth again
and find the kindness that can save them

puppies in the rain
lost on a strange terrain
they just want to play
but they'll need a safer place
a warm lap and loving arms
that'll never let them down
the cold world makes us all bark
but we only want some love

like puppies in the rain
oo-woah-woah-woah-woo-oh
puppies in the rain
oo-woah-woah-woah-woo-oh
puppies in the rain

take them home and dry their hair
tuck them in a warm blanket
and they'll snuggle up to somebody who deserves it

puppies in the rain
want to feel the warmth again
and find the kindness that can save them

we're puppies in the rain
oo-woah-woah-woah-woo-oh
puppies in the rain
oo-woah-woah-woah-woo-oh
puppies in the rain
oo-woah-woah-woah-woo-oh
puppies in the rain
oo-woah-woah-woah-woo-oh

Red Carpet - Sad Eyed Disco Dancers

Red Carpet was by far one of the most amazing bands ever from the Finnish indie pop scene. We were fortunate enough to have them cover us on their farewell ep 'The Band They Coulnd't Hang' in 2007.

Here's their cover of our track Sad Eyed Disco Dancers, from our Melancholydisco album.

Check out more Red Carpet from their MySpace page or from Last.fm (although you should know that there are several other Red Carpets as well).

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Viola

Lyrics

sad eyed disco dancers
shy away the glances
hide inside their favourite songs

sad eyed disco dancers
teargas on the dancefloor
hearts riot by the mirrorball

sad eyed disco dancers

sad eyed disco dancers
lost in the neon sadness
comforting strobe oblivion

sad eyed disco dancers

I'm lonely, you're lonely too
we dance and I only see you
don't let the music end
if only by chance something could take place

sad eyed disco dancers
sleepdancing past their chances
disconnected from the world

sad eyed disco dancers

I'm lonely, you're lonely too
we dance and I only see you
don't let the music end
if only by chance something could take place

sad eyed disco dancers
cool cats and silly prancers
nowhere else to go

sad eyed disco dancers

I'm lonely, you're lonely too
we dance and I only see you
don't let the music end
if only by chance something could take place

sad eyed disco dancers

July 2010: Neon Lightning

Hey everybody! Greetings from USA (Tommi) and Lieksa (Riku)!

We're still feeling summery here at Viola Music Club this month, so we bring you a simple story of carefree disco dancing underneath neon lightning and disco thunder! Enjoy!

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
180bpm

Lyrics

NEON LIGHTNING

the night sky is in need of neon lightning

hey, something's on it's way
yeah, it's in the air
wow, can you feel it now
cool, just let it loose

neon lightning
shining, striking
we're dancing under
disco thunder

June 2010: Popsicle Summer

SUMMERTIME!!!

Hey everyone! Those nine long ones are behind us again and we're ready to do our best to grab a hold of yet another fleeting summer!

To help y'all grab yours, here's our musical tribute to one of the coolest - literally - inventions ever: the popsicle!

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
180bpm

Lyrics

POPSICLE SUMMER

here it comes
pop pop pop pop pop popsicle summer

ooh I'm longing for another popsicle
cos Finnish summer is so fickle
every spring at least will bring some new tastes
all of which are not that great
but there might be new candidates for
pop pop pop pop pop popsicle summer

life has just began
and we discover that we're always young
when days are spent in such idle ways
we'd go so far for just a popsicle
cos it's time for pop pop pop pop pop popsicle summer

hats off to Frank Epperson who was just eleven
when he bumped into his invention
a frozen drink combined with a wooden stick (ingenious!)
ice pop ice block ice lolly icy pole
oh so sweet and fresh and ice cold
when it gets hot you'll surely dig this
pop pop pop pop pop popsicle summer

life has just began
and we discover that we're always young
when days are spent in such idle ways
we'd go so far for just a popsicle
cos it's time for pop pop pop pop pop popsicle summer

this is a tribute to
pop pop pop pop pop pop popsicles
of yesteryears that are now missing
Handy with it's pointed finger
Roger Rabbit's jelly center
Jenga was a long green spiral
Batman, Pop Up, Rio Cola
M.A.C. Black Orange, where did you vanish
please stay with me, at least you Pommac and Päärynä Lipsi!

cos it's summer and life has just began
and we discover that we're always young
when days are spent in such idle ways
we'd go so far for just a popsicle
cos it's summer and life has just began
and we discover that we're always young
when days are spent in such idle ways
we'd go so far for just a popsicle
cos it's time for pop pop pop pop pop popsicle summer

February 2010: Heart Breaks Into A Song

This month in Viola Music Club: were a-rockin'!

That's right! It's full-on 110% full steam ahead MIDI rock n' roll from the Viola camp this time.

This month's top achievement: fitting words like "ventriloquist" and "cardiologist" into a carefree indierock lyric.

Download song: Heart Breaks Into A Song (mp3, 320kbps)
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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Tempo:
138bpm

Lyrics

HEART BREAKS INTO A SONG

heart breaks into a song
the only one it knows
but no one sings along
they just stare

heart breaks into a song
and everybody stops
where does that sound come from
it's an awkward show
but I'm no ventriloquist
what the hell is going on

heart breaks into a song
the only one it knows
but no one sings along
are they just scared
when my heart breaks into a song

heart breaks into a song
an organ-grinding song
the voice is shrill yet so strong
something unheard of
hey cardiologist
tell me what is wrong

heart breaks into a song
the only one it knows
but no one sings along
well I don't care
when my heart breaks into a song

catch that song before it's gone
take it home and sing it to your darling

heart breaks into a song
please tell me doctor
what am I to do
when it sings like this

heart breaks into a
heart breaks into a
heart breaks into a
heart breaks into a song

Special treat: Ultramariini - Ikuisesti (Viola remix)

Hi Friends!

Here's a little extra summertime treat for you nice people out there! In the end of 2005 we created a remix for our good friends Ultramariini for their third album Kauempana kuin kuu.

Download song: Ikuisesti (Viola remix) (mp3, 320kbps)
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Shamateur

A weird song about a tamarin monkey. Has something to do with tambourines and such. Beach vibes. Don't ask.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

I woke up by the sea
under a tangerine tree
the night was so serene
in the a tree a tamarin
sang to me :

"shamateur
you got what you deserved"

the sand covered me
from my neck to my feet
"if you help me, tamarin
I'll buy you a trampoline,
help me"

"shamateur
you got what you deserved"

I couldn't move my body
my head felt like a tambourine
oh little tamarin
don't shake that tambourine
so wildly

"shamateur
you got what you deserved"

A For Apathy

We kinda got a bit political on Anything Can Stop Us. This track, Tedium Rock and Invisible Revolution all present far more direct statements about how people live their lives than any of our other material. Or maybe they're just observations.

Anyway, musically one of our most aggressive tracks. Frantic tempo, glitchy / distorted electronics... Weird.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

Sweet adolescent dreams
that boredom buries
cold as charity
stripped of their ideals
it's not ok
to let them slip away

and it's A for apathy
what might have been will never be
life without a dream
will always lead to apathy

the preying vultures
of cash counter culture
try to indulge her
the lost asphalt girl
and they sell her void
to fill the holes

and it's A for apathy
what might have been will never be
life without a dream
will always lead to apathy

in the sleepaway towns
kids born for the riots
grow into dead-end autopilots
with safety in numbers

and it's A for apathy
what might have been will never be
life without a dream
will always lead to apathy

Invisible Revolution

A song about cats. A song about revolutions. A song about hearts over bank accounts.

What more could you ask for?

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen / Tommi Forsström
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

someday we won't be alone
they'll contact us on our headphones
time is speeding up
to the moment when all those outcast
will get their chance

hearts reign over bank accounts
when the invisible revolution's through
feelings beat bureaucracy
as the invisible revolution dawns

someday when you wake up
all that you can live without
has been taken out overnight
your cat will have a knowing smirk
he's our new recruit

hearts reign over bank accounts
when the invisible revolution's through
feelings beat bureacracy
as the invisible revolution dawns

learn to become invisible
and you can see the real view

when we have changed enough little things
then we have changed all of reality
it will happen soon

hearts reign over bank accounts
when the invisible revolution's through
feelings beat bureaucracy
as the invisible revolution dawns

hearts rain
the invisible revolution's through

Leaving Home On Christmas Eve

Our very first released Christmas song!

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Deepspeed

"Melancholic three-minute epic that aims high yet falls a little short. Our tribute to Autour De Lucie?"

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

you're driving so fast now
sceneries blur
lights all pass by like ghosts
how the enthralling speed keeps us close
if we stop all ceases to glow
oh how the world is so slow

there are no words to say
on cruel motorway
no further delay
just drive me away
there's no better way

we're chasing the traces
on passing faces
aching to feel something real
the deepest sensation
of losing temptations
strips the life of false meanings
maybe the next one, darling

there are no words to say
on cruel motorway
no further delay
when all flows away
no reason to stay
just drive me away
there's no better way

and it all feels just the same
until you throw yourself away

no further delay
when love flows away
no further delay
you drive me away

Angelic

Bouncing pop with surprisingly optimistic lyrics and some mighty double bass drum action. When this was new, we thought it sounded like Eskobar, whatever happened to them? Has allegedly been played in Brazilian radio. Sometimes we play a "rockin'" version of this in our unelectronic electric (phew!) set.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

"you make me dream again
I'm living fast asleep
life keeps sliding 'til something good will come our way
my love's so true only in songs in my head

so will we ever believe
I'm going to wait forever
the less we fear the more we see
that we're beautiful together

you make me so aware
there's angel here somewhere
you're still trying to define the world with pretty words
your love's so true, it whirls into everybody's head

so will we ever believe
I'm going to wait forever
the less we fear the more we see
that we're beautiful together
oh, make me change into something better
oh, make me change"

Deepspeed (Escapist Pioneers version)

Palindrome-titled disco track with lyrics about how motorway cruises correspond with dysfunctional relationships ("Art Of Driving", "Crash" (book and film, not the band..), anyone?). Or something like that. Still a live regular and always almost gets the people dancing...

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

"we're driving so fast now
sceneries blur
lights all flash by like ghosts
how the enthralling speed keeps us close
if we stop all ceases to glow
oh how the world is so slow

there are no words to say on cruel motorway
no further delay when all flows away
there's no better way

we're chasing the traces of passing faces
aching to feel something new
the deepest sensation of losing temptations
strips the life of false meanings
maybe the next one, darling

there are no words to say on cruel motorway
no further delay when all passes away
no reason to stay, drive me away
there's no better way

and it all feels just the same
until you throw yourself away

no further delay, when all passes away
no further delay, drive me away"

Always Never Lasts (demo version)

A light disco-pop "hit" with bittersweet lyrics. Classic Placebo/New Order -esque bass line and an eurodance beat. The first Viola song played in national radio! Still a live favourite, an updated version is being planned on our debut album.

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Music:
Riku Kärkkäinen
Words:
Riku Kärkkäinen

Lyrics

"forever is over too fast and always will never last
so pull me out from your schemes
words sever us so painfully
however hard we choose to do without
it all flows back tomorrow
all the tears we've swallowed

and true love can fade away ever so gently
yet real hurt is as far from this as tears from the rain

you pierce me through and through
I was already yours (how true)
our kingdom is a jewel in the bottom of an ocean

and true love can fade away ever so gently
yet real hurt is as far from this as tears from the rain

you said "we were so close"
so terribly close
that there was nothing between us

and true love can fade away ever so gently
yet real hurt is as far from this as tears from the rain

always never lasts
always never lasts
always never lasts
yet never might be soon"