Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will publish a compilation album of songs which inspired him when he was growing up in the United States.
The 16 songs are from the period 1963-1978, and played a role in Ilves's early life, Eesti Ekspress reported.
The President enlisted the help of his former security adviser Andres Vosman, also known in the local music scene as DJ Drummie. The album will be published by Universal Baltic and it will be available on CD and to stream.
All proceeds will go to the foundation ”My Dream Day,” which helps seriously or chronically ill children.
The tracks on "Teenage Wasteland – 16 Early Fave Raves of the President" include: Four Tops "Can’t Help Myself," Temptations "My Girl," Shangri Las "Leader of the Pack," The Beach Boys "Help Me Rhonda," Cream "Tales of Brave Ulysses," The Band "The Weight," Velvet Underground "Rock’n’Roll," Roxy Music "Virginia Plain," The Who "Baba O’Riley," Lesley Gore "It’s My Party," New York Dolls "Trash," The Troggs "Wild Thing," David Bowie "Panic in Detroit," Ramones "I Wanna Be Sedated," Peter Sarstedt "Where Do You Go (My Lovely)" and MC5 "High School."
Ilves was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1953 to Estonian refugees who escaped the Soviet occupation. He moved to the United States at an early age and returned after Estonia regained independence.
Editor: J.M. Laats