Friday, December 19, 2008

Wigwam, Eero Koivistoinen and Seija Simola in 1969

Wigwam feat. Seija Simola & Eero Koivistoinen: 'Birthday Day' (1969)

Wigwam feat. Seija Simola & Eero Koivistoinen: 'A Girl I Knew' (1969)

Seija Simola, 1969. Image © YLE.

See the videos also here:

  • Wigwam & Seija Simola: 'A Girl I Knew'
  • Wigwam & Seija Simola: 'Birthday Day'

    Info in Finnish on Wigwam and Seija Simola:

    An archive discovery from December 1969: Wigwam and Eero Koivistoinen present with chanteuse Seija Simola two rock numbers in a psychedelic setting for a "Luola" ("Cave") section of a YLE TV show called Tunti ("Hour"). Wigwam provided in 1970 the music for a TV drama called Grottan, though they are not featured in the play itself.

    Wigwam is presented here by the original members Ronnie Österberg (drums), Mats Huldén (bass) and Vladimir "Nikke" Nikamo (guitar); with additional members Tuomo Tanska (keyboards) and Eero Koivistoinen (saxophone), the latter having been in the line-up of Blues Section with Jim Pembroke and Österberg. Pembroke and Jukka Gustavson who both joined Wigwam in 1969 are not involved. Seija Simola was heard on Koivistoinen's seminal Valtakunta album of 1968.

    The songs played by Wigwam here are originally from the repertoire of Denmark's Savage Rose; with Finnish translations provided by Juha "Watt" Vainio, though only one of the translations is heard. Other topics of this Tunti episode were the "pop report" and "today's politics" (something that would never happen in a contemporary pop music TV show). Also a Czech short film was seen. This Wigwam performance is the only known remaining videotape of the band, pre-1974. (Info provided by Jukka Lindfors/YLE Elävä Arkisto).

    More by Wigwam:

    Wigwam: 'Colossus' (1976)
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