The legendary Finnish songwriter and poet Rauli “Badding” Somerjoki would celebrate his 71st birthday this year.
Previously unreleased Badding songs were interpreted and recorded by guitar legend Esa Pulliainen, founder of the band Agents, in cooperation with HIM vocalist Ville Valo.
“The story begins about three years ago when I found three demo tapes in a drawer which were sent to me by Badding many years ago. Then I contacted Ville who likes Badding’s music and has indeed a grip on it. I am more than happy that those songs can finally see the light of day, despite a 30 year delay, as Badding has wanted them to be released to the public – and now this promise is going to be fulfilled, ” says Pulliainen.
The band Agents and Ville Valo have cooperated before in interpreting Rauli Badding’s music several years ago, for a Finnish TV show (see video below).
The first single of Valo and the Agents feat. Badding music and lyrics is called “Orpolapsi kiurun”, where also Badding’s voice will be heard. The song will be released digitally on September 21, 2018.
The album Ville Valo & Agents will be released in early 2019, after that they plan to go on a tour.
(Info & photos: Universal Music Finland)