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.
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
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.
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.
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'.