Cosmo Jones Beat Machine
Pekka Pirttikangas enjoyed sitting and listening at the practice place of finnish pioneers Chop Suey. His kin Marko Lukkarinen was on guitar. Soon Pekka and Paul Staufenbiel started developing “a new band with a raw blues-spirited sound”. Marko, Torsti Tuovinen and JP Hautalampi joined soon. In 1999 Bad Vugum released the debut album “My Style Is Eurostyle” of the original CJBM line-up:
Marko Lukkarinen – backing vox, slide guitar
JP Hautalampi – drums
Pekka Pirttikangas – vox, slide guitar
Torsti Tuovinen – junk percussion
Paul Staufenbiel – keys, harmonica
The sound is unique: no bass, but fuzzy keyboards, lots of percussions, and a twisted vision of african mutant nuclear turbo-rythmh-n-b.
Denmark’s Bad Afro records released the 7″ EP “Interplanetary Cosmobile”, which sold out quickly. In 2002 the band played in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Denmark and Estonia. Hot Igloo records released the scorching “Negrospiritualized” album to reap praising reviews in 2003. By 2004 JP left, and soon Paul left too. From the close galaxy of Astro Can Caravan came the musical experimentalists Arvi Hasu, Otto Eskelinen and Niko Votkin to continue the trip. In 2005 the moody album “No Matter How You Pray” came out via underground labels Zerga and Autotehtaat joining forces. More gigs came alongside the “NYC Fire / Jitterbug Swing” 7″ on Sporting Life Records. Arvi left in late 2005 and Pentti started on bass after considering for 2 seconds. Summer 2008 saw the release of “Belzeboogie” and more kilometers on the road.
In summer 2008 Niko handed the drumsticks back to JP. More gigs and wierdness from losing a practice space followed.
In spring 2009 the band started a huge project to collect as much unreleased material as possible for an upcoming bootleg called Lunar Notes. Photos were dug out and old cassettes transferred. A lot of tracks were thought to be lost, but maybe not after all.
In autumn 2012 it was time for Torsti to hand over the percussion bones to Teemu Mäenpää, who was an easy choice from Astro Can Caravan times. Also Otto concentrated more on his family and his new solar jazz unit New Garden Orchestra.
Skunkadelicatess was released in spring 2015 via Karkia Mistika Records and since the first pressing sold out quickly, to everyone’s joy, the second pressing is on neon-yellow vinyl.
Crank it to blow your top like a Fukushima Papa.
Emil Gibovic / NY 2016