FINLAND – After 10 years I personally had the pleasure to meet again with Lauris from THE RASMUS. It was April 2012 when THE RASMUS performed at a MAD TV concert under the rock of the Acropolis.
That initiated the exclusive information. Speaking about Greece, Lauri revealed that while he was penning the song in Hawaii, he got a call from Desmond Child who was last summer in the island of Folegandros and invited him to finish the song together. Lauri got the plane and after 35 hours he arrived in Greece and along with the famous musician, composer and producer, created JEZEBEL.
Lauri explains to us why the Biblical figure of Jezebel was used in the song to present female empowerment and respect. But it is not all about women as the lyrics and the meaning of the song can apply to boys as well, giving his life as an example for reaching self-confidence.
Lauri says there was never a proposal for Eurovision until Darude proposed him the 2018 Finnish entry. This comes as a surprise because their appearance in the Finnish selection of 2012 sparked rumours that YLE could have been proposing THE RASMUS for Eurovision.
The big question was if Jezebel will appear on stage in Turin. Lauri says Jezebel is and will be always around.
ABOUT THE BAND
The Rasmus is a Finnish rock band that formed in 1994 in Helsinki while the band members were in upper comprehensive school. The original band members were Lauri Ylönen (lead singer-songwriter), Eero Heinonen (bass), Pauli Rantasalmi (guitar) and Jarno Lahti (drums). Jarno Lahti left the year after and was replaced by Janne Heiskanen in 1995. Heiskanen quit the band in 1998 and was soon replaced by Aki Hakala. Pauli Rantasalmi left the band and was replaced by Emppu Suhonen in 2022.
The Rasmus has sold 5 million albums worldwide, and about 350,000 albums in Finland alone. They have won numerous awards, both domestic and international. They are best known for their 2003 hit single “In The Shadows”.
While still in high school, Lauri Ylönen, Eero Heinonen, Pauli Rantasalmi and Jarno Lahti formed the band “Rasmus” while they were in 8th grade. The band played their first gig at their schools’ pre-Christmas party (23 December 1994). In 1995 Jarno left the band and was replaced by Janne Heiskanen. In December 1995 they released their debut EP 1st, including the songs “Funky Jam”, “Myself”, “Frog” and “Rakkauslaulu”. In only a few weeks the EP had already sold 1000 copies. The EP was originally released independently through Teja G.
Records but was re-released through Warner Music Finland after they signed with them early in 1996. The band also wrote the song “Don’t Shut the Door” which would stay unused until it was re-written in 2009 as “October & April” for their compilation album Best of 2001–2009.
In 1996 they released their debut album Peep through Warner Music Finland. The album was first released in Finland on 23 September, where it went Gold, and later in Estonia and Russia, and subsequently worldwide. Later in 1996, the band released two more EPs, 2nd and 3rd. Even though labelled as an EP, 3rd went No. 8 on the Finnish Singles Chart later that year. Next year the band won an EMMA (the Finnish equivalent of Grammys) for the best newcomer of 1996.
Lauri and Pauli decided to quit school to focus fully on Rasmus and on 29 August they released their second album Playboys. It went Gold in Finland, and the single “Blue” also went Gold when it was released in May of the same year. The Rasmus have released a total of twenty music videos. Niklas Fronda and Fredrik Löfberg of Baranga Film have directed three of the band’s videos, all from the Dead Letters album.
Dead Letters is the album with the most music videos: seven videos have been released from that album, including three versions of “In the Shadows”. The videos of “Immortal” and “Your Forgiveness” were directed by bassist Eero Heinonen. The first video they ever made was for “Funky Jam” in 1996.
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