Läjä Äijälä

Veli-Matti ”Läjä” Äijälä (born 29 September 1958) is a Finnish musician, comics artist and poet. He is best known as the singer and primary songwriter of the legendary hardcore punk band Terveet Kädet.

Läjä Äijälä
Läjä Äijälä at Helsinki Book Fair in 2010.
Läjä Äijälä at Helsinki Book Fair in 2010.
Background information
Birth nameVeli-Matti Äijälä
Born (1958-09-29) September 29, 1958 (age 62)
Tornio, Finland
GenresPunk, alternative rock, electronic music, noise rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, comics artist, poet
Years active1978–present
Associated actsTerveet Kädet, Death Trip, Billy Boys, The Leo Bugariloves

Äijälä has been associated with many side projects like the synthpop band Leo Bugariloves, rockabilly group Billy Boys and noise rock band Death Trip. In 2004 Äijälä released a compilation album Passions of Läjä Äijälä which includes music of Terveet Kädet and eight of his side projects.[1]

Läjä Äijälä has been working as a comics artist since the 1980s. He has released several comics albums and a book of his poems. Äijälä has also done the artwork for some album covers. One of his works is the cover of Johannes Kastaja by CMX.[2]


  1. ^ Discogs
  2. ^ CMX Biography Archived 2013-05-09 at the Wayback Machine (in Finnish)