Laika & The Cosmonauts

Laika & The Cosmonauts were a Finnish rock band. They had the same lineup from the time they formed in 1987 until they stopped recording in 2008. The band was named after the Russian cosmonaut/dog Laika. Their sound is usually described as surf rock, but a Boston Globe review noted that the band's sound is "far beyond the limitations of any specific genre." They relied heavily on the Finnish rautalanka (electric guitar) tradition. The band toured the United States and Europe several times and although relatively unknown in the United States, their music was admired by many musicians, including Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Mike Palm of Agent Orange (band), and Surf Rock legend Dick Dale. Al Jourgensen of Ministry called them "the best f**king band in the world."

Links To Peel

Peel seemed to have discovered the band in the 90's and would often play their music on his shows.

Shows Played

Laika and the Cosmonauts - The Avengers

Laika and the Cosmonauts - The Avengers

  • 09 July 1998: unknown (LP: Instruments Of Terror) Amigo
  • 23 July 1998: Piedras Negras (CD - Instruments Of Terror) Upstart

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