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History

Forming the band and first gig

Liimapäät was founded in Tornio during the autumn of 1991. This happened in the traditional way of first getting a gig and then thinking who would play in the band. The members were gathered from the first and fresh medianome students of Tornio. The gig was set to be on Saturday and the band was formed on Tuesday. In that time the first line-up (Make, Vesa, Jussi) was formed and some kind of set was practiced.

The name Liimapäät, "Glueheads", was already decided and the basis of the set was found from the demos made earlier by Make, who had played in another Ramoband called King Surfers. Ramopunk was a natural foundation

The first gig went okay, although Vesa's leg was in a cast and there wasn't much time to practice the too few songs. During the next year some gigs were done in the Tornio and Kemi area in Northern Finland and more songs were practiced.

Joo joo!

The first recording, Joo Joo!-EP was recorded in the legendary Teatteri 42-studio in Tornio during the spring of 1992. The EP was manufactured in Norway, because of a cheap deal offered from there. Everything didn't go well, though. According to Make the Norwegians "screwed the covers up completely and the price was f*cking high". More costs came from the tolls which weren't thought of. Joo Joo! got into circulation during the fall and even rose to that time's indiechart among many known Finnish punk bands

Crew changes

The drummer Jussi became more interested in Irish music and jazz(!), which some medianome students (those who could really play) played and resigned from the band during the 'chart success' of Joo Joo! His follower was Edu, whose band mates from the Kapteeni Perkele-band even tried to force some sanctions on him for joining such a school band. Kapteeni Perkele was soon a familiar band because of a shared practice room, and the topic was forgotten. After a few gigs in Fall '92 Mika, who had started his studies in Tornio and had previously played in Raahe with Make in King Surfers, joined the band. Mika became the singer and Make focused on the guitar, background vocals and occasional lead vocals.

Skootteri

With this line-up, Make, Mika, Vesa, Edu, the last set of gigs were played and another EP, Skootteri, was recorded secrectly in the studio of medianome students. The record came out Spring '93, after Liimapäät had already played their last gig in May in Tornio's Jesperi, which had become their second home. Make had stopped his studies and moved to Helsinki, which meant the end of the band. Even with a new line-up the band didn't have chances to develop into any serious band and because gigs were only in the Tornio-Kemi area, only the most enthusiastic ramofans knew them.

Not only empty glue tubes for memories...

More than ten gigs (which most were videotaped by other students, some with 2-3 cameras), two EP's and a handful of songs were left for memories. The songs were published in a half official cassette release along with the first pre-Liimapäät demos and some live material. Furthermore, a music video directed by Make was made from the song Leffabiisi. The video was selected by a famous Finnish director Markku Pölönen as his favourite in some video contest. Especially the production of the second record was something to be quite happy with, although some review said that the songs could have been radio hit material if they would have been recorded better.

After Liimapäät-era Vesa, among other things, played bass in Eristetyt and did JT-Magazine. Mika did some vocals in a 7" release by Frank's Ark. Although Make has played guitar (and done some songs) from 1997 onwards in a hc-punk band Selkkaus, there is some continuity in all this. For example, an old unrecorded King Surfers song, 'Surfin' Birdie' was born again with new lyrics as a hit song of Selkkaus, 'Proletariaatin diktatuuri'.

The Glueheads:

1991-1992

Make Pyhtilä

Vesa Keränen

Jussi Leipälä

1992

Make Pyhtilä

Vesa Keränen

Mika Junnikkala

1992-1993

Make Pyhtilä

Vesa Keränen

Edu Kettunen

Mika Junnikkala

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