If the Soviets did a remake of Grease, it might look like this (video)

Her name was Armi Anja Orvokki Aavikko. She was a Finnish beauty queen, best known for her duets with singer “Danny,” aka Ilkka Johannes Lipsanen. Apparently, Danny is an elder statesman of Finnish pop music nowadays.  And this is their hit video, “I wanna love you tender.”

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I love Wikipedia’s description of Danny, and this video below:

Danny achieved some notoriety outside Finland in 2006 when the 1978 music video duet with the late Armi Aavikko, “Tahdon olla sulle hellä”, sung in English as “I Wanna Love You Tender” became an internet meme. The choreography of this video was particularly noteworthy. While it was apparently intended to be “erotic and tantalizing”, in the eyes of many it principally succeeded in being hilarious.

Armi died in 2002, while Danny is still alive and kicking.


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  • pappyvet

    Check please !

  • JLSR

    It’s like a child choreographed it.

  • cambridgemac

    Oh you’re absolutely fine, your lips taste of wine…..

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    In the words of Bart Simpson, “It’s Craptastic!”

  • Luigi Proud DemoCat!

    Speaking of the Richard Simmons Dancers…

    http://youtu.be/Z-yeOZeLKj0

    (It’s worth a look, even if I can’t figure out how to embed it to display here!)

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    There’d be much less crotch grabbing on Lawrence Welk.

  • Luigi Proud DemoCat!

    Are you sure this isn’t The Lawrence Welk Show?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Ow. I think I broke my eyeballs.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    I was thinking it could have qualified as a skit on “The Carol Burnett Show.”

  • FLL

    Parts of the choreography (particularly the opening mess) resemble a Jazzercise class—almost like an instructional exercise video cooked up by Richard Simmons.

  • woodroad34

    Oh, dear……those You Tube meme song videos are so much better than this. I shudder with sympathetic embarrassment.

  • keirmeister

    How cute! They were just learning how to use a blue screen! :)

  • Island In The Sky

    John, are you starting a new career path as a curator of awful music videos that stick in one’s head? ’cause you’re 2 for 2 now ;)

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