Original Finnish text: http://nyt.hs.fi - Ilkka Mattila, 12.10.2007
The cellist have visited Sello only once (a big shopping centre in Helsinki capital area - translator's note)
Would you buy an album with four ocarino players playing Metallica?
Eicca Toppinen: No I would not.
What is it with you Apo guys that you can't keep your shirts on?
Eicca Toppinen: Raging around on the stage makes one sweating. Playing is also tough, but mostly it's the headbanging. Perttu is usually the one who takes his shirt off in the start, I do it a bit later. Except I'm not fit enough for that.
Which one of the following you are ready to give up?: Sipoo (Eicca's hometown), cello, bridle or your silky hair?
Eicca Toppinen: I have actually given up bridle already, haven't been riding for ten years.
(issue related to the local political argument between Helsinki and Sipoo - translator's note) You Sipoo-people had to give in to Helsinki concerning the regional merge. From where comes the next threat?
Eicca Toppinen: Previous time it came from Russia during the war, when the Russians bombed Sipoo with the ammunition they could not carry far enough to Helsinki. This tiny Sipoo does have several financial threats.
Why are girls fascinated by horses?
Eicca Toppinen: Maybe they express their caring needs when taking the responsibility of a huge animal. Why not boys as well.
How do you prevent your hair branching? (not sure about the word... meaning the hair having "two ends" when it's not in good shape - translator's note)
Eicca Toppinen: Can't do much. Have it cut regurlarly.
What is the father's role in childbirth?
Eicca Toppinen: Father is supposed to be as near as the mother lets him to be. Usually you get iked down if you approach wrong time. Human being has such strong natural drugs uploaded.
Which one of your wife's characters you would prefer your sleeping toy: Nella Kvist (Kotikatu) or Kiti Kuikka (Sydanjaa)? (both Finnish tv-series)
Eicca Toppinen: Kiti, for sure. She has got more edge and dimensions.
Which one has better makeup: you or Marion Rung? (Finnish female singer, about 60 years old - translator's note)
Eicca Toppinen: We compete on the same level. Mine is a bit messier and I can do it faster.
What did you buy when visiting Sello last time?
Eicca Toppinen: I've been there once. Had a hamburger.
How does love feel in your heart?
Eicca Toppinen: It does not feel in heart, it is an overwhelming sense in the lungs. It's just confused with the heart because it's near the lungs.
How do you call the events on 1918?
Eicca Toppinen: Talking about the revolution, the civil war? Civil War.
With what tune would you greet the 90-years-old Finland?
Eicca Toppinen: Sibelius Finlandia. In a way I support the idea of Finlandia as our national anthem, though Maamme is okay. Finlandia is far better though, but maybe it's too challenging to be sung together.
When you wake up, you notice that you've got a tail. Where do you put it?
Eicca Toppinen: I hold it proudly with my coal poker. Probably it's that type.
Cellist Eino "Eicca" Toppinen, 32, is the founding member of Apocalyptica, he has composed music to the movie "Blac Ice", is married with actress Kirsi Ylijoki and they have two kids.
English translation by Sanni,
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