Friday, January 26, 2007

VII: Year Of The Puppet - Hüpiknukk (UPDATED 31-08-08 & 21-01-09 & 19-03-11)

Puppet On A String comes with a variety of titles in different languages. There's Sprellemann and Sprattelgumma, Paprikajancsi and Sätkynukke, and they will all be featured here in the Year Of The Puppet.

My favorite title for Puppet On A String is Hüpiknukk. Try saying it 10 times in a row, and fast.

Hüpiknukk is the Estonian version of Puppet On A String and the version featured today is a version by Heli Lääts, one of the most popular Estonian popsingers from the 60's and 70's.

Heli Lääts has recorded many coverversions of international hits since the early 60's and most of her work has been released on cd in the past years. Another singer that would have graced the Eurovision stage very well if only…..

So it's not a surprise some Eurovision songs found their way to Heli Lääts' repertoire.
Sweden 1962 - Keväd ja paike (Sol och vår)
United Kingdom 1967 - Hüpiknukk (Puppet On A String)
France 1968 - Allikas (La Source) - update: Thanks Frank
Germany 1969 - Kaunid Balleriinid (Primaballerina) *
Monaco 1971 - Tänav, pink ja puu (Un banc, un arbre, une rue)
Netherlands 1975 - Ding-dinge dong (Ding a dong)*
France 1977 - Lind ja laps (L'oiseau et l'enfant) *

All seven song can be found on 3CD Heli Lääts - Eesti Kullafond (Hitivabrik, rel 2004)

Tracks marked * can also be found on the CD Unustamatu Eurovisoon, a compilation CD from 2002. It features 22 Eurovision songs covered in Estonian, dug up from the vaults to celebrate the Contest being held in Tallinn. (Hitivabrik, 2002)
Kaunid Balleriinid was also released in a remixed version by DJX on a 12"inch vinyl and DJX CD Tähesadu DJX Episood 1. He mixed the song with Spillers Groovejet minus Sophie Ellis Bextor

Other versions of Hüpiknukk have been recorded by Ivo Linna (a.k.a. The old man with the young bird, Eurovision 1996) and by Seelikukütid (A female folksy combo who recorded a zillion albums).

All cds available at, an Estonian CD shop I have had some good experiences with.
Heli Lääts - Hüpiknukk
UPDATE 31-08-08
It turns out Heli Lääts recorded even more Eurovision covers, 17 in total.
In addition to the ones mentioned above there are a few that have been released digitally (at sources like Muusika 24 and Delfi Musika (unfortunately I can't buy downloads there, but there are excerpts)
-Trubaduur- (1969) (NL De Troubadour)
-Pärast sind- (1972) (LU Après Toi)
-Maailm on suur- (1974) (GB Long Live Love)
-Head Teed! - (1974) (LU Bye, Bye, I Love You)
And these have been listed but I haven't found any further details yet
-Mu ümber on kevad- (1967) (NL - Ring Dinge Ding)
-See maailm- (1971) (DE Diese Welt)
-Ühe päeva armastus- (1971) (IE One Day Love)
-Tule, tantsime koos- (1978) (ES Bailemos Un Vals)
-Teater- (1980) (DE Theater)
-Et oleks rahu- (1982) (DE Ein Bisschen Frieden)
UPDATE 21-01-09
Make that 18, In 1966 she also recorded the 1958 winner Dors Mon Amour (André Claveau, France), so maybe there's even more...
- Valss kaunil kevadpäeval [kevad on käes] (1958) (FR Dors Mon Amour) (excerpt here)
UPDATE 19-03-11
19: Päikese Trummid is Tom Tom Tom, the Finnish 1973 entry (Marion Rung)

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