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Belaboris - Once Upon A Time lp (Dark Entries)


"BELABORIS was born in 1982 as the brainchild of Finnish producer KIMMO
MIETTINEN. What Malcolm McLaren had been to The Sex Pistols, Miettinen
was to Belaboris. He would put together an all-girl band that looked
great in photographs but were backed by professional musicians. The
first line-up was VILMA VAINKAINEN on main vocals, SISKO VAINKAINEN and
RITA on back-up plus JAKE and MARI who did not sing at all. The backing
band behind Belaboris was a local New Wave group called TYHJAT PATTERIT
(which translates to Empty Batteries). The main songwriter was ESA IJAS
(guitar, synthesizer) along with his bandmates ARI IJAS (bass) and
MARTTI JALONEN (drums). Belaboris' debut 12" single "Kuolleet Peilit"
was released in November 1982. It was followed by the "Odotus" 7" single
in February 1983. The B-side was a cover of the Serge Gainsbourg song
"Baby Pop". The band broke up and posthumously released a mini-LP called
Olipa Kerran in 1984. WIthin a few months, an all new Belaboris line-up
was put together. This version was a trio consisting of SAARA SOISALO
(lead vocals), SALLAMAARI MUHONEN (backing vocals) and MINNA SOISALO
("moral support"). They released a 7" single "Rakkauden Jälkeen," an
atmospheric electronic version of ‘60s Scandinavian pop hit by Carola.
Shortly thereafter this line-up was quietly shelved and no further
efforts were made. Once Upon A Time collects songs from all three EP
releases and the "Olipa Kerran" mini-LP as well as two unreleased demos
never before on vinyl. In Finland the synthetic Futurist/New Romantic
pop was simply called "Futu". Belaboris were in their own peculiar,
undefinable no-woman's-land, in between the Finnish Futu and Gothic
scenes. Between 1982 and 1984 Belaboris crafted catchy, melodic synthpop
with the occasional guitar. Their lyrics were stylistically "kitchen
sink melodramas" with occasional Gothic elements inspired by movies. The
name Belaboris, is a combination of the horror actors Bela Lugosi and
Boris Karloff. All songs have been remastered for vinyl by GEORGE HORN
at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The vinyl comes housed in a full color
jacket and includes an insert with liner notes, lyrics and photos. Three
decades on, Belaboris have grown a considerable posthumous cult
reputation that has spread also outside their native country, even
defying the language barrier. Maybe Miettinen's idea worked, after all" - Dark Entries

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 12 June, 2013.

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