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The Rasmus

Background information
Origin Helsinki, Finland
Genres Alternative rock/metal
Funk rock (early)
Years active 1994–Present
Labels Playground Music
DRT Entertainment
Interscope Records (US)
Motor Music (Germany)
Associated acts Hay and Stone
Lauri Ylönen
Pauli Rantasalmi
Aki Hakala
Eero Heinonen
Former members
Janne Heiskanen

The Rasmus is a Finnish rock band that formed in 1994 in Helsinki while the band members were still in upper comprehensive school.[1] The original band members were Lauri Ylönen (lead singer/songwriter), Eero Heinonen (bass), Pauli Rantasalmi (guitar) and Janne Heiskanen (drums). Heiskanen quit the band in 1998 and was soon replaced by Aki Hakala.

Before releasing their fourth studio album Into (2001), they were simply known as Rasmus, but changed their name to The Rasmus in order to avoid being confused with a Swedish DJ of the same name. They gained international fame with their 2003 album Dead Letters which went gold and platinum in several countries, accompanied with the single "In the Shadows" which reached number 1 in a number of countries. Their follow-up album Hide from the Sun which was released in October 2005 also went platinum in Finland.[2]

The band is one of Finland's most successful with more than 3.5 million sold albums worldwide[3], eight gold awards and five platinum awards.[4] They have released seven studio albums, one compilation album and 21 singles. Some of the band's most famous songs are the singles "Liquid", "F-F-F-Falling", "In the Shadows", "First Day of My Life", "Funeral Song" , "No Fear", "Sail Away", "Livin' in a World Without You", and "Justify". Their most recent album, titled Black Roses, was released in 2008. Immediately it replaced Metallica's latest album Death Magnetic in the Finnish Album Charts and went gold after one week.[5]

In an interview held in June, the drummer Aki Hakala revealed that a compilation of all the band's success from the last 10 years would be released in the fall, and it would contain also the duet with Nightwish singer Anette Olzon.[6]

In late August the compilation's title was revealed: "Best of 2001-2009" and a month later also its cover and the tracklist were revealed too.

The duet with Anette Olzon, titled "October&April" appeared first on its official preview Friday 9th of October on a Finnish radio and was released digitally on November 17, 2009.[7]

In early 2010 The Rasmus started working on their next album, which will be released by the band's personal record label due to their contract with their previous label dissolving at the end of 2009.


Music videos

The Rasmus have released a total of eighteen music videos. Niklas Fronda and Fredrik Löfberg of Baranga Film have directed three of the band's videos, all from the Dead Letters album. Dead Letters is the album with most music videos: seven videos have been released from that album, including three versions of "In the Shadows". The first video they ever made was for Funky Jam in 1996.

Band members

The Rasmus in concert in Tampere, 2006


  • Lauri Ylönen – vocals
  • Eero Heinonen – bass
  • Pauli Rantasalmi – guitar
  • Aki Hakala – drums

Lauri Ylönen

He is the lead singer and was born Lauri Johannes Ylönen in Helsinki on April 23, 1979. His parents names are Matti and Liisa Ylönen and he has an older sister called Hanna, who was the muse of the song "P.S.", a song about Lauri's love/hate relationship with his sister. Lauri is the main song writer and has also worked on various collaborations with fellow Finns Apocalyptica and Ville Valo from the band HIM. He has also worked in the production of music for fellow Dynasty members Killer and Kwan, together with bandmate Pauli. In 2007, Lauri and other Dynasty members opened their own recording label, Dynasty Recordings. Lauri's nickname is "Lintu" which is the Finnish equivalent for bird which explains the crow feathers he once used to wear in his hair since just before their fifth album Dead Letters was released. He has been dying his hair blonde since early 2007 but has recently changed back to black for the Black Roses Tour. He was on MTV for the first time in July 2005. Was a presenter at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards. In 2008 he composed the score to Finnish thriller Zochori.[8].Is very rich.

Pauli Rantasalmi

Pauli is the guitarist and was born in Helsinki, Finland on May 1, 1979. He helped design the "dynasty" logo on two of his guitars. He co-owns the record label Dynasty Recordings with Lauri Ylönen, who is the singer in the band. Together they have also produced one of the Finnish band Killer's album before they split. Pauli has a Singaporean wife and his first child (a baby girl) was born August 13, 2008, in Singapore where he currently lives.

Aki Hakala

His full name is Aki Markus Hakala. He is the drummer and was born in Espoo, Finland, on October 28, 1979. He joined the band in 1999, after the former drummer, Janne Heiskanen, left the band to "find himself". Aki originally sold band merchandise at their shows and joined the band after jamming with Pauli. He says that the only thing he was ever good at was drumming, and he "sucked at everything else", although he has done some acting in the past in Siamin tytöt (a Finnish drama series) and can play the guitar. Before joining The Rasmus, he was a drummer for Killer and Kwan, (he was replaced by Risto). In 2006, Aki decided to finally have LASIK eye surgery, and ceased wearing his trademark black glasses. Early 2007, he stopped dying his hair black, opting instead for platinum blond. In July 2007 he welcomed his first daughter.[9]

Eero Heinonen

He is the bassist and was born Eero Aleksi Heinonen in Helsinki, Finland, on November 27, 1979. Eero is a follower of Sahaja Yoga and is a quiet and well-balanced person, but also well-known for playing tricks on bandmates and others. He was the first member of the band to get married and he is also a father of two young daughters, 2 and 4. After playing in Korpi Ensemble for many years he now has a new side project (since 2004) called Hay and Stone, where he is bass player and lead singer. Eero also plays the violin.[10]

Lauri Ylönen in concert in Milan, 2005


Studio albums

Year Title Record label
1996 Peep Warner Music Finland
1997 Playboys Warner Music Finland
1998 Hell of a Tester Warner Music Finland
2001 Into Playground Music Scandinavia
2003 Dead Letters Playground Music Scandinavia
2005 Hide from the Sun Playground Music Scandinavia
2008 Black Roses Playground Music Scandinavia


Year Title Record label
2001 Hell of a Collection Warner Music Finland
2009 Best of 2001–2009 Playground Music Scandinavia


Years Tour Countries Cities Concerts
2003 Dead Letters Tour 29 107 296
2005 Hide from the Sun Tour 36 110 249
2009 Black Roses Tour


The Rasmus were part of a brotherhood of Finnish bands known as "Dynasty", along with the hip-hop band Kwan and the now-separated modern rock band Killer.[11] Dynasty also have a studio in Helsinki, where they recruit new Finnish talent.[12] Several members of Dynasty have tattoos with the Dynasty text; one can be found on Pauli's left and Lauri's right arm. Pauli and Eero also have instruments and gear bearing the Dynasty logo. Pauli has helped with the production of Kwan, winning an EMMA for Producer of the Year in 2001.[13]

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

The Rasmus are a Finnish alternative rock band, formed in Helsinki in 1994.



Into (2001)

  • She's found something to die for
    Something to fight for
    Someone to show her the way
    She's found someone to cry for
    Someone to lie for
    Heart full of blood of the dinosaurs
    • "Someone Else"

Dead Letters (2003)

  • You're up there
    You're always with me
    Smiling down on me
    • "Still Standing"
  • These foolish games
    always end up in confusion
    I'll take you back
    just to leave you once again
    • "Funeral Song"
  • No more shame

She has felt too much pain in her life
In her mind she's repeating the words
All the love you put out will return to you

She's fading away
Away from this world
Drifting like a feather
She's not like the other girls

    • "Not Like The Oteher Girls"

Hide from the Sun (2005)

  • No reason to lie, no need to pretend
    I'm grateful to die
    to live once again
    I'm fearless to fly
    and reach for the end
    And reach for the end
    • "Sail Away"
  • I'll take the shot, for you

I'll be the shield for you
Needless to say,
I'll stand in your way

I'll take the shot, for you
I'll give my life, for you
I'll make it stop
I'll take the shot for you

    • "Shot"

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