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Ikäheimo, J. (2021). Hardcore heritage: Consecrating the northern anxiety of Terveet Kädet. In L. Maloney, & J. Schofield (Eds.) Music and heritage: New perspectives on place-making and sonic identity (pp. 173-182). Routledge.

Hardcore heritage : consecrating the northern anxiety of Terveet Kädet

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Author: Ikäheimo, Janne1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Routledge, 2021
Publish Date: 2023-01-30


A hardcore-punk band Terveet Kädet from the town of Tornio in northern Finland reached a global audience in the 1980s, and the location was essential for its music. As the sole border town to Sweden, Tornio was the place in Finland to keep up with the current international beat in music, comics and hardcore porn. The singer ‘Läjä’ Äijälä, the only permanent band member until the disbandment in 2016, mixed these sources of inspiration with a northern anxiety: a peculiar state of mind stemming from a harsh climate and an oppressive inward-looking society. The resulting mix is not only undeniably barbarous, but also unique and strangely appealing. Surprisingly, in 2010, Terveet Kädet transmuted from an unfamiliar oddity into local heritage. As with the case of the Sex Pistols and 6 Denmark Street, this was ill conceived by the general public, thus calling attention to the processes of heritagisation and sensemaking of the experienced past in the present.

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ISBN: 978-0-429-34304-9
ISBN Print: 978-0-367-35983-6 978-0-367-74103-7
Pages: 173 - 182
DOI: 10.4324/9780429343049-20
Host publication: Music and heritage : new perspectives on place-making and sonic identity
Host publication editor: Maloney, Liam
Schofield, John
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
615 History and archaeology
616 Other humanities
Copyright information: © 2021 selection and editorial matter Liam Maloney and John Schofield; individual chapters, the contributors. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in Music and heritage: New perspectives on place-making and sonic identity on 14 April 2021, available online: It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.