This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
More Than Sympathy - Sait pelkkää sympatiaa
Petri & Petterson Brass was very popular Finnish pop group in the 70's. What made the group exceptional was the extensive use of horns - not quite common in those days. The lead vocalist was Petri Petterson (real name Ilkka Petterson) and the group included also three older Petterson brothers. Later in the 70's Petri went solo for awhile releasing highly acclaimed "Nuoruus" (The Youth) -album. In the 80's he left the stage and worked as an music editor in Finnish National Radio. Petterson Brass reunited in 2007 and made a new album. This "Sait pelkkää sympatiaa" was released in 1973 on the B-side of their cover of "Angie". The song originated from Belgium and was performed and written by a singer called Ignace (real name Ignace Baert). Ignace was lead singer in a band called Lilac Street Band, but this "More Than Sympathy" was his first solo effort in 1973. Ignace was at the time in love with a girl who studied violin at the Conservatory of Ghent, but they both wanted to keep that relationship secret, thus the lyrics "I can give you more than Sympathy - I can give it to you secretly".