Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Jeans On - Stidi

Urpo (real name Urpo "Upi" Sorvali) was a man of many occupations; musician, drummer, composer, arranger, producer and distinguished musical scholar and educator. He was also a collector and built up a collection of hundreds of different percussive instruments. Upi was also present in magnitude of recordings as a studio musician. The stage name "Urpo" was used when he toured and recorded as a solo artist in the 70's. He recorded "Stidi" (Urban slang for 'Matchstick') in 1976 as a b-side of his biggest hit "Teryleeniä". The original song was written and performed by a British guy called Dave Dundas, and was called "Jeans On". The song originally appeared as a television advertising jingle for Brutus Jeans. It was subsequently - by public demand - expanded to a single and was an instant hit reaching number 3 in the UK Chart in 1976. The words used in the jingle - "I pull my Brutus Jeans on" - were replaced with "I pull my old blue jeans on" for the single release. Dave Dundas is also 'Lord David Dundas', becouse he is the son of the 3rd Marquess of Zetland. Dundas is a one-hit wonder in pop music but he is better known as a musician and for his score writing for film and television.

No comments: