The 69 Eyes
are a multi-platinum selling Finnish rock band. They are currently
signed to EMI Finland. The band's albums are now distributed worldwide.
The End Records acts as the band's official North American distributor,
as Nuclear Blast Records provides distribution in Mainland Europe,
Ireland and the UK. Australia will be handled by AmpHead Music. All
Asian and Latin American releases are handled by EMI affiliates.
Initially, The 69 Eyes' music style was of glam metal and sleaze rock,
influenced by acts such as Mötley Crüe and Hanoi Rocks. However, they
began to incorporate more influence from gothic rock bands such as The
Mission and, The Cult and The Sisters of Mercy. Their sound was
described as a mix of the gloominess of gothic rock with guitar-powered
rock'n'roll. Their music continued to show further influence from other
rock artists such as The Doors, Elvis Presley, and Billy Idol as well as
vampire films and literature. The term "goth 'n roll" is used by fans
to describe their style. They are often described as a dark rock band, a
term which the band has embraced. In recent times, with the release of
Back in Blood The 69 Eyes have moved back to a more guitar based sound,
although gothic imagery and lyrical themes remain forefront in their
Formed in the bars of Helsinki, Finland in the summer of 1989 by Jyrki 69, Archzie (formerly of Syyskuu), Timo-Timo, Lotto and Bazie;
The 69 Eyes originally had a glam metal sound and were compared to
other Finnish Sleaze Metal acts such as Smack and Hanoi Rocks. The
band's lineup has stayed the same since 1992 when drummer Jussi 69
replaced original drummer Lotto who had played on the band's first two 7
inch vinyl singles.
The band released their first 7 inch EP, "Sugarman", in 1990, followed
by another 7 inch, "Barbarella" in 1991. These are the only two releases
that do not feature Jussi. These releases paved the way for the band's
first album Bump 'n' Grind released in 1992 which contained some
re-recorded versions of songs from the first 2 EP. This same year, the
band released their final 2 7 inch EP's, titled "Juicy Lucy" and "High
Times Low Lives". The band's second CD "Motor City Resurrection" was
released in 1994 via Japanese Label 1+2 Records. It has since been
re-released with 8 bonus tracks worldwide. Though not a full length
release, but rather a compilation album (much like Hanoi Rocks' Self
Destruction Blues), it collected the majority of the bands early
material and contributions to other compilations. It was followed in
1995 by Savage Garden which featured Hanoi Rocks guitarist Andy McCoy on
the track "Wild Talk". Also released during this time were 2 VHS tapes
"Motor City Resurrection" and "Savage Tales" available only through the
band's self-run fan club (the aptly titled "Get Down to 69") which are
seen rarely, if ever for sale online. 1997 saw the release of Wrap Your
Troubles in Dreams, which fans generally mark as the last 69 Eyes
"glam-era" album. The title track of this album was re-recorded for the
Angels album 10 years later. The goth rock infused Wasting the Dawn was
released in 1999 and was considered a milestone success for the band.
The CD was released internationally on Roadrunner Records and marked the
band's major label debut. The album's hit single, the title track
Wasting the Dawn lyrically paid tribute to The Doors' Jim Morrison and
was released as a digipack CD single. Jyrki 69 developed a concept video
for this track which featured long-time friend and collaborator HIM
member Ville Valo posing at a snowy cemetery as the ghost of Jim
Morrison. This video was released on DVD in Finland with a bonus behind
the scenes feature and marked first ever music DVD released in the
country. Both the video and feature were later added as extras on 2003's
Helsinki Vampires DVD.
In early 2000, the band began working with producer Johnny Lee Michaels
in Helsinki who would helm the band's next four albums, and contribute
to the fifth. Spring brought the single Gothic Girl which spent months
on the Singles Top 10 and on Finnish nation radio playlists. It became
the band's first gold record. This single was a precursor to the sixth
album, released in September 2000, Blessed Be which rose to number 4 on
the Finnish Album Charts and stayed in the top 10 for over a month. The
album spawned four singles, the aforementioned Gothic Girl, Brandon Lee,
The Chair and Stolen Season. Videos were filmed for the first 3
singles. After the release of Blessed Be, the band did their first short
tour in Germany which included a show at the M'era Luna Festival.
Support for the tour was Norwegian rock band Zeromancer.
In 2002 the band released Paris Kills, which would be known as their
breakthrough album. It stayed for weeks as number 1 in Finland and went
gold in a month of its release. It has since gone platinum. In Germany
it rose to number 35 in the first week. After touring Europe and Finland
for months, a sold-out show at Helsinki's famous Tavastia Club was
filmed and documented in November 2002 for use in the "Helsinki
At the end of 2003, The 69 Eyes signed to EMI Finland as they geared up
to record Devils. The "Lost Boys" single was released in Finland at this
time, paying homage to the film of the same name as anticipation for
the full length album grew. 2004 saw the release of Devils, their 8th
album, to which they toured the UK in support of Wednesday 13. Once
again the album was a success in their native Finland. It became the
band's 4th album to reach gold status and the second to reach number one
position on the Finnish TOP 40 album charts. It was Released in Finland
in October 2004 and in October 2005 in USA through 456 Entertainment.
In 2005 The 69 Eyes played nearly one hundred shows around the world in
fifteen countries, from Mexico to Japan. Devils was also released in the
USA with an alternate cover from the international release. The band
filmed their video "Lost Boys" in Hollywood and the Philadelphia area,
directed by MTV star Bam Margera.
In March 2006, The 69 Eyes briefly toured the USA for the first time
with Program The Dead & Damone, performing live on Last Call with
Carson Daly. This marked the band's first ever US television appearance.
Angels, the sequel to the 2004 album Devils, was released in Europe in
March 2007. It debuted at number 1 in Finland and has since gone gold.
Shortly after their tour with Cradle of Filth & 3 Inches Of Blood,
Angels was released on the 25th of June 2007 in the UK. The first single
from the album was "Perfect skin" which went straight to number 1 on
the Finnish singles chart. The second single was "Never Say Die". Videos
were filmed for both singles and received international airplay.
The band did a summer 2007 US tour with Wednesday 13, Night Kills The
Day, & Fair To Midland, and supported Within Temptation on tour in
the UK in November. They played 125 shows world wide in 2007.
In 2008 the band released their first live album, titled The 69 Eyes:
Hollywood Kills. It featured a complete live show recorded at the Whisky
a Go Go in West Hollywood in March 2006. The performance featured hits
spanning the six latest albums an introduction by Bam Margera and a live
cover of The Ramones "I Just Wanna Have Something to Do". The concert
was also filmed in its entirety. Five tracks from the performance were
released on DVD as bonus content on the Angels/Devils box set and the
entire concert was released on the "Back in Blood" bonus DVD.
The band began 2009 by touring in Europe as a part of Hellhounds
Festival with Tiamat and Ava Inferi. In early 2009, The band started
initial recording for their ninth studio album with Grammy award winning
producer Matt Hyde. The recording process took place in Los Angeles. It
was also revealed that Johnny Lee Michaels provided post-production
work in Helsinki. The new album Back in Blood was released 28 August in
Europe and the 15th of September in the USA. In early June 2009, Bam
Margera directed the music video for the first single from the album,
"Dead Girls Are Easy." The video premiered on playboy.com on 17 of July
2009. The 69 Eyes also toured Australia for the first time in mid June,
playing in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. A tour of the United States
followed in October 2009, and Jyrki 69 was featured on both FOX New's
"Red Eye" program, and CNN International also. In December 2009, the
band debuted their newest video for the song, "Dead & Gone" via
Myspace. This new video marked the band's third collaboration with Bam
Margera. On August 10 the band revealed a contest for fans to create a
video for the next single "Kiss Me Undead". The response was
overwhelming, and on September 30 the band posted their 14 favorite
videos on their YouTube page.
In April 2010, during an interview with Sean Twisted of
Renegaderadio.net, Rudi Protrudi, frontman & founder of the
Fuzztones, reported he had completed work on new song with The 69 Eyes,
although further details were unavailable during that time.
On the official The 69 Eyes webpage they reported a European tour with Hardcore Superstar and Crashdïet in March and April 2011.
Early in 2012, The 69 Eyes began recording their next studio album X. X
was released on September 28, 2012, across Europe and on October 9,
2012, in the United States. The first single from the album was "Red"
and featured a music video. The second single was "Borderline." Both
singles were available before the album was released in Europe. On
February 2013, the band released the singles "Love Runs Away" and
"Tonight" simultaneously via iTunes. "Tonight" was released exclusively
in Finland while "Love Runs Away" was released everywhere else. Both
singles included two previously unreleased tracks, "Rosary Blue" and
"Dracula's Castle," the latter being the song Rudi Protrudi reported he
had co-written with The 69 Eyes back in 2010.
The 69 Eyes released a double CD compilation of their radio hit singles
called “The Best Of Helsinki Vampires” on November 1, 2013. The
compilation also included a brand new single “Lost Without Love.”