Norway: Hungry Hearts pay tribute to the iconic Finnish artist on new single “Tom of Finland”

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They’re the Norwegian electro-pop band who made an impact at Melodi Grand Prix 2016. Now the Hungry Hearts have released new single “Tom of Finland” which pays tribute to the iconic Finnish artist Touko Valio Laaksonen, best known as Tom of Finland.

Hungry Hearts competed in Norway’s national final MGP in 2016 with the electropop song “Laika”. It used the tale of Laika — the first dog in space — as a metaphor for a troubled relationship.

Now the group is paying tribute to the iconic queer artist Tom of Finland on their new club track of the same name.

The song features guest vocals from the Swedish/Norwegian singer-songwriter Kristian Kaspersen. He brings a male perspective to the song, but it still remains rooted in the Hungry Hearts’ origins as a lesbian performance art collective.

The Finnish artist Touko Valio Laaksonen was known for his highly stylised illustrations of homoerotic fetish art. He depicted ruggedly handsome, muscular men, often dressed as sailors, leathermen and policeman — or sometimes not dressed at all.

The Hungry Hearts and Kaspersen capture this world of knowing glances, posing and preening. Kaspersen sings, “All these beefy, hunky curves/I lose my mind/Posing like a star, you know what you are”.

While the song describes the drama and emotions of a heated night out, musically it can also serve as the soundtrack for such a night. The synthpop sounds are reminiscent of the Pet Shop Boys signature sound, and “Tom of Finland” also captures the same melancholic feeling the British duo is known for.

The Hungry Hearts are currently working on a follow-up to their 2016 album Dyke Forever. It is expected their sophomore album will be released sometime in 2018.

“Tom of Finland” – The Hungry Hearts featuring Kristian Kaspersen (lyrics)

The way you look, the way you dress
The way you dance in your slinky golden pants
You shake your Tom of Finland chest
Hoping for romance

Knocking on my nerves
All these beefy, hunky curves
I lose my mind
Posing like a star, you know what you are

Love is a state for those in faith
Life is a spin where lovers win
And touch the sky
When lovers meet and sting the heat
Don’t ask why

My heart is beating like a drum
Your eyes are shining in the sun
I feel so high I wanna fly
No limit in the sky

Objects of desire
Cruising in the park
Sailors and policemen
A lover in the dark

All your affection
Running through my blood, driving me insane
Driving me insane

Love and passion
So close to pain, I lose my mind
I lose my mind

The way you talk, the way you walk
The way you dance in your slinky golden pants
You shake your Tom of Finland chest
Expecting romance

Knocking on my nerves
All these beefy, hunky curves
I lose my mind
Posing like a star, you know what you are

Lover in the dark
I need a lover in the dark

All your affection
Running through my blood, driving me insane
Driving me insane

Love and passion
So close to pain, I lose my mind
I lose my mind

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