60 years old | Maukka Perusjätkä became an unrestrained phenomenon of his time, but the self-exhausted musician did not hang on to a shaky rock star

“I decided early on that I would get the profession I like,” says Mauri Airta, an electrician trained. He was known in the 1980s as Maukka Perusjätkä.

Not at all there is nothing left, acknowledging the bit reluctant sounding Mauri Airta the meeting place of the first proposal. Anyway, instead of a birthday interview, it might be more comfortable to burn your neck on a hot golf course in domestic landscapes in Nurmijärvi than in Kallio in Helsinki.

But here on the Second Line of the Rock he is now smiling and here on the Second Line his life started twice. First Mauri Airtana, then Maukka as the Basic Continuer.

Tasty Basic Dude was one of the most famous figures of the 1980s in Finland. The leather-headed bald head shouting the chainsaw on the record and on stage was a punk singer and a Pop Culture phenomenon salted with unforgettable slogans, whose name and reputation spread like wildfire in the media.

And he had the hits that younger ones might recognize: at least War against apathy, Säpinää and Clothing, maybe also Before World War III, When you condemn mut and Pea pods.

“After all, the popularity suddenly exploded in my hands and I also had a pretty quick head up. I thought I was better than the others, ”Airta admits.

Airta stands on the sidewalk at the corner of Second Line and Wallininkatu. Behind his back is a plot where Maukka Perusjätkä let out his first raw voices, but there is nothing left of the wooden house block and courtyard that surrounded the plot. The site of the demolished wooden house called Kill City is the red-brick Municipal House, which is currently being renovated.

On the plot behind Mauri Airta’s back was born his artist self, Maukka Perusjätkä, who howled a chainsaw on a plate and a stage. The site was a demolished Kill City, which was replaced by a red-brick Municipal House. “I would have had a work gig there once, too, but I didn’t go,” says Airta, who trained as an electrician in 1981.

“At our house was my own studio in Kill City, which I think was convenient to participate in.

And it is also connected to the chainsaw that developed into Maukka Perusjätkä’s trademark, which he first howled in a 1979 publication. A whinein the song, a later punk classic.

“I got the saw from the second line because I didn’t have the studio key,” Airta says and laughs. And after all, that studio door suddenly opened as he pounded his partner in the courtyard of Kill City.

Saman according to legend, the door opened Ralf Örn, A friend and musician who ran his own club in Kill City. He composed, lyricized, arranged and produced Maukka Perusjätkä’s first three albums and was also editing pop artist Maukka Perusjätkä from Mauri Airtta, who played rock for fun.

But Airta does not feel that there was a substantial difference between Mauri and Mauka. Sure, he portrayed the character, but the lyrics were for the most part than his own life.

“Maybe it would still have been healthy to make some difference between Mauri and Mauka, as I burned out pretty soon. There was no time for recovery, no peace for a moment, ”says Airta about the Craziest years of the Basic Dude, when he was not even twenty.

Browsing through the magazines, it is clear that the media was really passionate. Maukka Perusjätkä, quoted by teachers, researchers, politicians and cultural figures, was interviewed about Kansan Uutiset in Suomen Kuvalehti and Uusi Laulu in Uus Suomi – and was referred to in the cartoons of both Helsingin Sanomat and Hymy. Among other things.

But would the peak have still been that Clothing-discohit singer ended up with a chainsaw in his hand as a paper doll for more than a million readers of Apu weekly?

Maukka Perusjätkä’s biggest hits are the song Clothes, released in 1980. In August of the same year, Maukka Perusjätkä became the paper doll of the popular Apu magazine.

Airta was far from wise, and was not left to hang on to a shaky rock star.

“I decided early on to get a profession I like and didn’t know anything better than that,” Airta says.

He trained as an electrician at Vallila Vocational School and is currently a project manager in a company of thirty people, which could be, after his name, a basic rock band: Sähköpartio oy.

The day job has also made it possible for the relationship with music to remain unforced. Recently weighed fifty pounds, Airta continues to tour on a regular irregular basis – now with the band Sotaa v dementia – and plans to release a new record. From the previous, double plate Life in small pieces ten years have passed.

Of course, Finland’s first Basic Jack would have exports anyway, based on the name alone in municipal policy. “They courts again saying they’re coming to us,” says Airta.

“I replied that you come to us to really look at this thing. I have friends of all colors, but do you have any? ”

Maukka Perusjätkä (right), Ralf Örn and Maija Byckling in the yard of Kallio’s Kill City in 1979 behind him an exhibition emphasizing the importance of the house as a functioning youth base. The petitions did not help, the whole block of wooden houses was demolished. The final stages of Kill City were filmed in the most popular Finnish film of 1980, Here Comes the Life !, where Maukka Perusjätkä sang two songs and said with a sigh “Huame will be the catapillers”.

Maukka Perusjätkä (right) made his fourth album Things in order! (1982) Ilkka “Ile” with Vainio, who had written all the songs. The band’s name was Maukka & Ile’s Disco, and the “last name” Basic Dude was not mentioned on the cover. “This is the first band I have been involved with from the beginning to the end,” said Maukka in November 1982 at Helsingin Sanomat.

Watch the video from the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation’s Living Archive below how Maukka Perusjätkä and Nahkatakit performed the song Tahdon sotota ja apathia in the YLE’s youth program in late 1978. Guitarist Esa Pulliainen, drummer Keimo Hirvonen and saxophonist Hepa Halme, among others, played in the band:

Mauri Airta

  • Born in 1961 in Helsinki, lives in Nurmijärvi.

  • Graduated from high school in Ressu, or Helsinki Lyceum.

  • Degree in electrician from Vallila Vocational School 1981.

  • Started performing as Maukka Perusjätkä in the summer of 1977 with musician and composer Ralf Örn.

  • First album A whine (1979), followed by Before World War III (1980) and Puppies (1981).

  • A total of eight albums, the latest Life in small pieces (2011).

  • Works in a Helsinki-based electricity company as a project manager.

  • He is still touring, now with his band War Against Dementia.

  • He enjoys golf, used to play youth coaching for a long time.

  • Four children and three grandchildren.

  • Turns 60 on Thursday, July 22nd.

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