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WIDOWS
BIOGRAPHY

Widows was formed in early 1970's by brothers T.B. Widow (vocals, bass) and Johnny Widow (guitar), after been influenced by bands like New York Dolls. It wasn't until 1975 that they got a permanent drummer as Rocky joined them. Many had tried before him, even Meiju Suvas (who later became fairly famous female schlager singer) had played on one gig with them. For a brief time Reiska played second guitar in the band, but he wasn't happy with their music style (which had at this time been influenced by Ramones), so he quit, and was promptly replaced by Kelloggs Bollocks. T.B. had been the singer as well as the bass player, but now he wanted to concentrate on the bass, so Jacky Ix joined in to be the vocalist. With this lineup (Jacky Ix, Kelloggs Bollocks, Johnny Widow, T.B. Widow and Rocky Ramone) Widows recorded three singles. The first one, for Love Records, had been recorded in 1978, but for some reason wasn't released until May 1979. This delay didn't make the band happy, so they switched to Poko Rekords after that. Things didn't work out very well within the band: Rocky had had enough and left, and Jacky announced that if Kelloggs wouldn't be kicked out, he would leave. So Kelloggs was out, and new guitarist J. Blockhead, as well as drummer Archie, was in. This lineup recorded Fun album in 1980. However, the lineup changes hadn't improved things that much, and Widows started to fade out. The finishing blow came when Jacky was sentenced to jail. Widows, in essence, was disbanded. Still, they played one more gig in Lepakko, with Pete Malmi on vocals, and even visited studio (T.B., Johnny, Pete Malmi and Affe Forsman on drums), but the recordings were never released.

After Widows Kelloggs Bollocks played in numerous bands until he died under mysterious circumstances in 1993. T.B. Widow continued to play bass in other bands, including Pelle Miljoona and Problems. Johnny Widow quit playing for several years, but has reactivated since, and played in many bands.

text by Mika Saastamoinen, translation by Jarkko Kuivanen
 
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