Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Bomb out - Kojo

Timo Kojo was born in Helsinki, Finland on May 9, 1953. He started his recording career in 1977 when his band, Madame George, released their only album: 'Madame George: what's happening?'. He then proceeded to release three solo albums. The last of these three albums was not a commercial success. He then decided to represent Finland with the song 'Nuku pommiin' ('Bomb out'). The rock song was a protest against nuclear bombs and the potential danger of a nuclear war in Europe during the cold war, which was in its heyday at the time.

Despite its pacifist message the song received no points. However it revived Kojo's career in Finland. He remains not so well known in that country, but his performance in Eurovision is a landmark in Finnish Eurovision Song Contest history. I was eleven years old when Kojo performed his song, and I remembered it vividly as well. I was very glad when I finally found the single 'Bomb out' in 1998.

My collection: 7" single no. 2970
Found: Bea Records, February 21, 1998
Cost: 10 guilders
Tracks: 'Bomb out' / 'Video Venus'

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