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loituma! Dit deedle dit boom bam! (flash)
posted by boo_radley (45 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Is that a leek she's swinging? and does the song ever end? is she singing about a leek? help me.
posted by tula at 9:51 PM on May 20, 2006

This makes me happy. Kinda.
posted by brautigan at 9:52 PM on May 20, 2006

posted by mrnutty at 9:54 PM on May 20, 2006

Internet sensation. We were among the first.
posted by _aa_ at 10:06 PM on May 20, 2006

posted by boo_radley at 10:07 PM on May 20, 2006

Flash kills.
posted by abulafa at 10:11 PM on May 20, 2006

It sounds like Finnish babbling set to a repeating anime clip. I don't think it makes sense in any language.
posted by borkingchikapa at 10:23 PM on May 20, 2006

See also Leekspin for the same.
posted by boo_radley at 10:24 PM on May 20, 2006

What is it with kids and their leeks these days?
posted by OverlappingElvis at 10:28 PM on May 20, 2006

I could watch this all night. I believe the song is Leva’s Polka.
posted by vruba at 10:35 PM on May 20, 2006

omg ... and I am re-reading Snow Crash this week.

It is a sign.
posted by Surfurrus at 10:36 PM on May 20, 2006

At YouTube: Loituma live & Loituma GWB.
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 10:43 PM on May 20, 2006

Wikipedia tells all
posted by gubo at 10:46 PM on May 20, 2006

from a cz site here are the lyrics:
The sound of a polka drifted from my neighbor's
and set my feet a-tapping oh!
Ieva's mother had her eye on her daughter but
Ieva she managed to fool her, you know.
'Cause who's going to listen to mother saying no
when we're all busy dancing to and fro!

Ieva was smiling, the fiddle it was wailing
as people crowded round to wish her luck.
Everyone was hot but it didn't seem to bother
the handsome young man, the dashing buck.
'Cause who's going to mind a drop of sweat
when he's all busy dancing to and fro!

Ieva's mother she shut herself away
in her own quiet room to hum a hymn.
Leaving our hero to have a spot of fun
in a neighbor's house when the lights are dim.
'Cause what does it matter what the old folks say
when you're all busy dancing to and fro!

When the music stopped then the real fun began
and that's when the laddie fooled around.
When he took her home, when the dancing was over
her mother angrily waiting they found.
But I said to her, Ieva, now don't you weep
and we'll soon be dancing to and fro!

I said to her mother now stop that noise
or I won't be responsible for what I do.
If you go quietly and stay in your room
you won't get hurt while your daughter I woo.
'Cause this fine laddie is a wild sort of guy
when he's all busy dancing to and fro!

One thing I tell you is you won't trap me,
no, you won't find me an easy catch.
Travel to the east and travel to the west but
Ieva and I are going to make a match.
'Cause this fine laddie ain't the bashful sort
when he's all busy dancing to and fro.
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 10:48 PM on May 20, 2006

Um. The music's OK. The image is stupid and boring.

Not "the best of the web" by any means.
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 10:59 PM on May 20, 2006

I found it strangely mesmerizing.
posted by wordswinker at 11:29 PM on May 20, 2006

Welcome to the insanity test for 2006.
posted by Maxson at 11:32 PM on May 20, 2006

i... love... this... can't... think...
posted by ab3 at 12:26 AM on May 21, 2006

I hate all of you for not telling me about this earlier.
posted by aubilenon at 12:46 AM on May 21, 2006

MetaFilter - Worshipping all things Finnish since 1867!
posted by Vindaloo at 1:10 AM on May 21, 2006

Okay this is starting to become a problem.
posted by aubilenon at 1:33 AM on May 21, 2006

please help me. anyone.
posted by aubilenon at 2:04 AM on May 21, 2006

You're the man now, dog.
posted by Alexandros at 2:13 AM on May 21, 2006

Yay! Last night Lordi and now this! The Finnish domination of popular culture has begun.
posted by wilberforce at 3:33 AM on May 21, 2006

If anyone needs to know, the character is Inoue from Bleach. But I don't know why she's wielding that leek.
posted by Drexen at 3:56 AM on May 21, 2006

Those are the lyrics to the complete song but the popular bit that's linked is just a looped 30 seconds of mostly sounds-like-Finnish-but-doesn't-mean-anything, kind of scat. The entire song is much nicer as it employs more variety in the vocal arrangement than you'd guess from the short clip.

This is one of the cases where some extra context in the post really would have been more welcome than just "loituma! Dit deedle dit boom bam!"

A lot of people probably first heard of Loituma via Northside's "cheaper than food" Nordic music samplers. The band page there will lead you to some other interesting stuff.

There are remixes out there, too.
posted by Wolfdog at 4:32 AM on May 21, 2006

Oh, MAN did I have some weird dreams last night. Was it the two hours of listening to this before bed? Was it that I ate nothing but cake all night before that? There's really no way to know, without scientific experimentation that could result in madness.
posted by aubilenon at 7:24 AM on May 21, 2006

The original song is actually called Ieva's Polka (not Leva's Polka). The song is about girl called Ieva (or Eeva; Ieva is how the name is pronounced in eastern Finland).
posted by severiina at 8:00 AM on May 21, 2006

Wilberforce: Yeah, three finland posts this week on MeFi. ;) Looks like HIM's place as most-worshipped-by-foreigners is going to be challenged.
posted by taursir at 8:09 AM on May 21, 2006

boo_radley's post was much better.
posted by sourwookie at 8:16 AM on May 21, 2006

Wow! This is certainly the best of the Web! I can die a happy man now. "loituma! Dit deedle dit boom bam!"...means what? So again, I have to waste my time going to a link to find out. Oh, boo_radley, you're so clever!
posted by sluglicker at 8:21 AM on May 21, 2006

(Disclaimer: I work with NorthSide)

Loituma's CD Things of Beauty is available direct from NorthSide, but not right now thru places such as amazon, or in mainstream record stores. NSD is re-releasing the CD in mid-July.

The new version will be enhanced with live video recorded at public TV studios in St. Paul MN, April 2000, the year Loituma appeared at the Nordic Roots Festival. Nordic Roots Festival 2006 lineup is now confirmed, with lots of Finns!
posted by omnidrew at 8:41 AM on May 21, 2006

you can create a lovely little canon by opening a few windows of this flash nonsense and have each start a few seconds later.
posted by seawallrunner at 9:50 AM on May 21, 2006

The antibacterial nature of mothers milk is well known in lactating circles. I have even seen mothers squeeze the milk into their infant's eyes to prevent/heal eye infection.

A sad issue, though, is how vulnerable lacatating women are to environmental toxins -- there are a large number of persistent pollutants (chemicals used in pesticides, metals or industrial chemicals) that tend to accumulate in the fatty breast milk. Some governments are taking action to monitor chemicals in breast milk. The US is not one of them.

The damage being done to nursing infants via toxins in breast milk could be considered a kind of 'state infanticide'.
posted by Surfurrus at 9:55 AM on May 21, 2006

ACK ... wrong thread!
posted by Surfurrus at 9:56 AM on May 21, 2006

Loituma Tapdancing oh god that's more addictive then craq !
posted by elpapacito at 10:59 AM on May 21, 2006

I'm pretty sure crack is more addictive than that YouTube link, elpapacito. I'm pretty sure that hitting myself in the face with the claw end of a hammer is, too.
posted by CRM114 at 1:05 PM on May 21, 2006

This song's been a favorite of mine for years... first heard it in wtfux.org's mp3 dump about 2 yrs. ago.
posted by hjo3 at 4:26 PM on May 21, 2006

The internet confuses.
posted by TwelveTwo at 4:34 PM on May 21, 2006

boo_radley, thanks for the FP, I love Loituma's toe-tapping, fun, vital, joyous Ievan Polkka! It's definitely addicting. Reminded me vaguely of a revved up singing horses flash. It seems the lyrics have a naughty edge. Enjoyed the silly YouTube vids too, especially the group singing the song live. There's a dancing robot one. In the anime version "she spins the leek because she is telling her friend what she is planning to cook (usually something weird)."

In case anyone wants to sing along in Finnish.
posted by nickyskye at 4:45 PM on May 21, 2006

CRM114 writes "I'm pretty sure crack is more addictive than that YouTube link, elpapacito. I'm pretty sure that hitting myself in the face with the claw end of a hammer is, too."

Because you did ? Craq or hammer ? OH BOTH I see !
posted by elpapacito at 6:22 PM on May 21, 2006

It's IMPOSSIBLE to sing along!
posted by 235w103 at 9:10 PM on May 21, 2006

235w103, ROFL!!!
posted by nickyskye at 7:33 AM on May 22, 2006

It's pretty easy to sing along if you choose the right voice.

Pol, pol, pol, pol,
pol, pol, pol, pol,
pol, pol, pol, pol,
pol, pol, kaa.

posted by Wolfdog at 8:54 AM on May 22, 2006

I love this.
posted by agropyron at 12:36 PM on May 24, 2006

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