Best of Jope Ruonansuu album covers 1988–2010
Jope Ruonansuu, is a comedian/impersonator/musician who has enjoyed great success for nearly three decades now. Here’s a best of his comedy record covers.
Matkiva kulkuri, 1988
Hey look – it’s a fresh faced Jope standing in front of some vintage Detroit muscle looking a bit like a young Jabba the Hut. Or Epic Sax Walrus. Believe it or not, but this is actually the best record cover Jope has done to date.
Don’t believe us? Then we present you…
Jope Ruonansuu presidentiksi, 1993
Being an impersonator it’s hard not to get involved in politics. Or wearing a Finnish flag tie to a backdrop of a Finnish flag. We get it. You’re supposed to be a politician.
Politiikkaa ja erotiikkaa, 1993
In fact, so much fun can be poked at politicians, so why not realease a second album the same year? On this cover Jope is giving THE FINGER to politics, and the Man in general.
It’s not too subtle, is it? Look, he’s FLIPPING THE BIRD on the cover. Sure everyone is getting it?
Kiikun kaakun, 1994
A change in direction can be seen though for the 1994 Kiikun kaakun album. This cover actually doesn’t differ that much from most Finnish album covers released that year. “So how do we know it’s funny”, we hear you ask.
Well, we don’t. Is it?
By 1996 jope’s graphic designer is finally starting to find his own, unique style. A style that won’t win any awards, but will resonate well with the man on the street.
You see, it can’t be anything too fancy or peope won’t think it’s funny.
Vara Mara, 1997
Vara Mara sees a return to politic impersonation. Jope’s version of president Ahtisaari is sidesplittingly funny. The record cover reflects this funniness.
Neuroopan omistajat, 1998
Finland becomes part of the Europian Union in January 1995, and this is still a hot topic in 1998. Jope decides to ”take the pulse” on things with his new comedic record. He’s quite literal about it.
Hauskaa joulua t: Jope, 2000
Stop press – the millennium sees a new, illustration-led direction for Jope! His graphic designer also has a huge relevation by discovering the typeface for the new millennium, Sand.
Sand is both informal and funny. What a perfect typeface.
The new style proves succesful. The Lomakiertue CD is also grundbreaking by including a game and some video content. Technology is amazing.
Työnnä kännykkä hanuriin, 2002
By 2002 literally everyone has a mobile phone, and Jope tells you to “shove it up your backside”. Not sure why that’s supposed to be funny?
We guess you have to listen to the CD to get the subtle humour.
Ha ha, okay, but this is funny. It’s a clever pun on the Finnhits series of records – popular in the 1970 – but Jope is calling his CD Finnshits!
Ruonansuu also manages to show off his range as an impersonator on the cover – it’s like looking at five different persons!
Jope still has his finger on the puls when reality-TV hits the screens big time in the early noughties. He’s so with it.
This is also the first in a series of albums that parody popular movements in society.
Me hirviöt, 2006
Lordi wins the Eurovision song contest in 2006 dressed up as monsters. Jope realizes he kind of looks like a monster a releases a parodic album.
Tanssii läskien kanssa, 2007
Jope’s version of Dances with the Stars is called “Dances with the fatsoes”. Because he’s fat. Ha ha!
Enkeleitä toisillemme, 2007
Wow–wow–wow. But wait, what’s this now? Jope Ruonansuu suddenly releases a non-comedical album in 2007 with his “most sensitive songs”. What’s going on? Is it even the same guy anymore?
Luckily Jope is back in form three years later with his Facebook parody album, Naamakirja.
Good old Jope!