Kauko Röyhkä

~ Person

Legal name: Jukka-Pekka Välimaa


Kauko Röyhkä, (born Jukka-Pekka Välimaa, 12 February 1959, Valkeakoski), is a Finnish rock musician and author. Since the early 1980s he has been a popular rock artist in Finland known especially as a strong lyricist.

Röyhkä lived his youth in Oulu and has later lived in Turku and Helsinki. His recording career began in 1980 with the debut album Steppaillen. To date he has recorded 23 full-length albums. His most famous backing band has been Narttu ("Bitch"), that was together in various line-ups throughout the years 1980–1990. Röyhkä has also had many side projects, including a band called 500 kg lihaa ("500 kg of Meat"). In 2007 Röyhkä performed his songs with the Mikkeli town string orchestra.

Röyhkä has studied literature and has been praised for his lyrics, especially during the late 1980s. Röyhkä is a singer and guitarist, and has said that, after realizing that he couldn't learn to play like his idols, he wanted to create his own style of playing. In public Röyhkä has been a slightly provocative figure. He managed to raise some fuss in the early 1990s by claiming to be satanist (later he explained that the statement was just an experiment with publicity). Some of the most well known songs by Röyhkä include "Lauralle", "Talo Meren Rannalla", "Paska Kaupunki" and "Paha Maa". The albums Maa on voimaa and Pikku enkeli found their way onto Soundi magazine's list of the alltime 50 greatest Finnish popular music albums.

Röyhkä began publishing books in the same year as his debut album appeared in 1980. Originally he wanted to be an author rather than musician. Röyhkä has written ten novels or short story collections and some other works including the biography of Finnish porn star Henry Saari and a book about Velvet Underground. He has also written columns for the newspaper Kaleva and record reviews for Rytmi magazine.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Steppaillen Kauko Röyhkä 3
1990 Kaksi koiraa Kauko Röyhkä 1
1991 Tyttöjen ystävä Kauko Röyhkä 2
1993 Jumalan lahja Kauko Röyhkä 1
1994 Kaunis eläin Kauko Röyhkä 1
1995 Akti Kauko Röyhkä 1
1997 Sinä olet tähti Kauko Röyhkä 1
1998 Puiden alle Kauko Röyhkä 1
1999 Rock'n'roll-klisee Kauko Röyhkä 1
2001 Miss Farkku-Suomi Kauko Röyhkä 1
2002 Etsijät Kauko Röyhkä 4 1
2005 Elämä ja Kuolema Kauko Röyhkä 1
2009 Hiekkarantaa Röyhkä ja Rättö ja Lehtisalo 1
2014 Etelän peto Kauko Röyhkä 2
2016 Aamuöiseen sateeseen Kauko Röyhkä 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Pohjoinen taivas: 1991-1993 Kauko Röyhkä 1
1998 20 suosikkia: Lauralle Kauko Röyhkä 1
2000 Räyhähenki muistelee: kokoelma 1980 - 2000 Kauko Röyhkä 1
2004 Selkäranka 1996-2004 Kauko Röyhkä 1
2006 Lauluntekijä Kauko Röyhkä 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Kauniit pelastetaan Kauko Röyhkä 1
2001 Disko-Datsun Kauko Röyhkä 1
2002 Pauliina, rantatyttö Kauko Röyhkä 1

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