Inspirations – A Mixtape By Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?

“I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s”
Henry Moore

As we’re a month in, how are those New Year’s resolutions going? The queues at the gyms are slowly drifting away, the pubs are prepping for the start of an anything but dry February, and the Supermarkets are probably prepping to ditch the much loved vegan range. One piece of research from last year suggested that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February; so if you’re still going, you’re doing great.

Gandhi probably didn’t even say, “be the change you want to see in the world”, and if he had perhaps that’s a resolution we could all take on board. In recent years, a lot of people have been down, a lot of people have struggled with the politics and injustices of the world, and perhaps now is the time not just to question where it went wrong, but look at how we can start to make it right. A resolution could be the start not of an inevitable failure, but a real change, and we don’t need a New Year to think that can only be a good thing.

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Photo and header photo by Heidi Kero – 

Now fans of tenuous links everywhere, strap yourselves in! A common New Year’s resolution is to get fit, a good way to get fit is to watch fitness shows on Youtube, or for the older readers, on VHS, leading to the inevitable question: Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?

Jane Fonda, as anyone who has binge watched the recent series of Grace & Frankie knows, is great, and the Finish-trio named after her iconic workout video are quite possibly just as good. The band, from Kouvoula, Finland’s tenth largest city, make music they describe as, “flower grunge”, recently released their second album, Jazzbelle 1984/1988, a collection of infectious, joyous music, equally inspired by synth-pop and garage-rock.

With their energetic and slightly surreal approach to songwriting, Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? recall acts like Cowtown or Nervous Twitch, fusing the world’s of 1960’s girl-groups with the more glam-tinged edge of punk. Originally formed by Lead songwriter Ekku Lintunen with his collection of vintage keyboards and drummer Janne-Petteri Pitkälä, the band’s sound was fully realised after the arrival of singer and bassist, Susse Stemma-Sihvola, whose sneering, vocal style was the perfect counterpoint to the twitchy keys and pounding snare hits.

Today the band have put together a versatile and varied collection of the various artists who inspired their sound, taking in everything from AC/DC and Oasis to Tilly & The Wall and Bill Conti.

EKKU (casio wizard, backing vox):
1. Nirvana – Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle
You could pick any song from Nirvana. The greatest band ever. Perfect in its combination of vulnerability and rawness. Main reason why I started playing rock ‘n’ roll.

2. The Elgins – Heaven Must Have Sent You

I love the Motown sound. Quite a lot of our songs have that 60s girl group-vibe going on. Music video for (Do The) Shämäläin was inspired by this band. 

3. Bill Conti – Gonna Fly Now

Bill Conti is up there at the top of the list with the greatest (Morricone, Herrmann, Greenwood) movie composers. There is a song on our new album that’s heavily influenced by Conti’s work on the Rockysoundtrack, especially by this tune. When I was still playing ice hockey we used to listen to this in our locker room just before a match to get in to the mood. 

SUSSE (Lead vox, bass):

4. Tily & The Wall – Alligator Skin
I love the energy of this song. And really, how can you not love a band with a tap dancer? 

5. Oasis – The Masterplan

To me every Oasis song is either brilliant or slightly less brilliant. This one in itself is a masterpiece. 

6. The Orchids – The Boy Can’t Dance

Well, that may be the case, but I sure can dance. Especially to this song! Got the record from when I’ve been DJing. 


7. MC5 – Tutti Frutti
Because rock ‘n’ roll is the best. 

8. Hurriganes / The Flamin’ Groovies – Keep ‘a Knocking

Because rock ‘n’ roll is the best. I can’t decide which version I prefer. 

9. AC/DC – TNT

Because rock ‘n’ roll is the best!

Jazzbelle 1984/1988 is out now. Click HERE for more information on Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?

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