This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Who Put the Bomp - Maailman paras levy
Pirkko Mannola (see previous entry), singer, actress and former Miss Finland, recorded lots of songs in the beginning of sixties. Most of them were very popular, and most of them were cover versions. One of those was "Maailman paras levy" (World's best record), released as a single in 1962. The lyrics of the song reflect interesting change of roles, as compared to the original song. The girl in Pirkko's song thinks the record is great mainly becouse she got it from the boy she loves, and the boy in the original thanks those who put the 'bomp' in the record that made the girl fall in love with him. The original song was performed and co-written by Barry Mann (born Barry Imberman). Barry Mann was a staff songwrtiter, and did most of his work with his wife Cynthia Weil. Perhaps the most famous song written by them is "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" for Righteous Brothers. In 1961 Mann sang this novelty "Bomp" -song that made the Top 10, which parodied the nonsense words of the then recently popular doo-wop songs.
Updated on 01.01.2010: added Pirkko's German language version "Bam-schi-bam" as Pirko Manola.