GALLERY: Estonian president releases charity album with favorite songs from his youth ({{commentsTotal}})

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves presented his compilation album "Teenage Wasteland - Favorites 1963-1678" in Cinema Sõprus on Thursday evening. The album, the proceeds from which will be donated to My Dream Day charity project, goes on sale today.

The compilation includes 16 songs from 1963-1978 that influenced the President when he was growing up in the United States of America. There are gems from Motown’s prime and 60s teenage symphonies, trippy blues and quirky artrock, proto-punk and glamrock, observational tales and rabble-rousing anthems.

Teenage Wasteland – Favorites 1963-1978 tracklist:

Four Tops – I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
The Temptations – My Girl
The Shangri-Las – Leader of the Pack
The Beach Boys – Help Me, Rhonda
Cream – Tales of Brave Ulysses
The Band – The Weight
The Velvet Underground – Rock & 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 To (My Lovely)?
MC5 – High School

According to Ilves, the songs in the "Teenage Wasteland“ compilation have all shaped his later tastes in music, from new wave to punk, grunge down to today's Wolf Alice, Palma Violets and the ruler of Estonian indie, Vaiko Eplik. "These were the songs I listened to at night with a small 12 transistor radio when I was growing up, which provided much needed redemption for life in what The Who called a Teenage Wasteland. Funny to say now, turning 62, but back then my life was saved by rock 'n' roll," he admitted.

"This isn't a complete collection of my favorite songs. That would include all kinds of songs from 1963-78 most Estonians know – the Beatles, the Stones hits, for example," Ilves said. "They also do not include bands that wouldn't give permission for a collection of this type, which means crucial songs such as the Kinks "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night" are missing. As are the We Five's "You Were On My Mind" which a mere year later paled before Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love". Missing too is the musical and spiritual father of Pearl Jam and Nirvana, Neil Young, in his "Cinnamon Girl" phase. As is the early garage punk band Music Machine's "Talk Talk"."

The album was produced by the president's former security adviser Andres Vosman, alias DJ Drummie. It is being released by Universal Music Baltics and it will be available on CD in record stores and in Spotify streaming service from today, December 4.

During the launch on December 3, Ilves took to the DJ set, where he was joined by several Estonian musicians and DJs. He was accompanied at the party by Latvian cybersecurity expert and defense adviser Ieva Kupce.

Minu Unistuste Päev (My Dream Day) is a charity that aims is to make dreams come true for seriously and chronically ill children treated at Estonian hospitals. You can read our feature about them here.

Editor: M. Oll

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