Jyrki 69
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Background information
Birth nameJyrki Pekka Emil Linnankivi
Also known asJ. Darling
Born(1968-10-15)October 15, 1968,
Helsinki, Finland
GenresGothic rock, Glam rock, Rock and roll, Hard rock, Rockabilly, Glam metal (early)
Occupation(s)Musician, vocalist, songwriter
Years active1989–present
LabelsCleopatra Records,[1] Virgin Records
The End Records (United States)
Associated actsThe 69 Eyes, The 69 Cats, Andy McCoy, Ville Valo, Bam Margera, Maryslim
WebsiteThe 69 Eyes Official website

Jyrki 69 (born Jyrki Pekka Emil Linnankivi on October 15, 1968[2]), is the lead vocalist of the Finnish rock band The 69 Eyes. In their early years, the band's sound was more closer to glam metal, but since the album Blessed Be they have shifted into gothic rock.[3] The 69 Eyes prefer to label their sound as goth'n'roll.[3]

Jyrki's low and operatic bass-baritone vocal tone is reminiscent of fellow musicians Peter Steele of the gothic metal band Type O Negative and Andrew Eldritch of the gothic rock band The Sisters of Mercy (he covered their 1987 hit This Corrosion with Maryslim in 2007).[4] His voice has been influenced by Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and Glenn Danzig. He has written most of the lyrics of their songs.[3]

Other activities

In 2005, Jyrki was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Finland.[5] In 2005 and 2006, he spent time in Kenya and helped campaign against HIV-AIDS situation in the country and against child trafficking and sexual exploitation in parts of West Africa.[5]

In 2006, he was honoured with a TOYP award by Junior Chamber International (JCI) in Seoul, South Korea.[6]

In October 2013, Jyrki joined forces with Danny B. Harvey and Chopper Franklin to form the rockabilly group The 69 Cats. The group released their debut album Transylvania Tapes on August 5, 2014.


  • Jyrki has a master's degree in analytical chemistry.
  • He is known to be friends with Bam Margera - who directed the video for Lost Boys - and Ville Valo, the lead singer of HIM who portrays Jim Morrison in The 69 Eyes' video Wasting the Dawn.
  • Draws and reads comics. Specialized in Marvel Comics. A comic book called Zombie Love, featuring only Jyrki's comics, was published in Finland in 2006. It was a limited hard cover edition of 1000 and all the copies were numbered by Jyrki. No 666 was given to Glenn Danzig. A paperback edition is still available from the publisher Deggael Communications.[7]
  • He was awarded The Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) in Seoul, South Korea in November 2006.[8]
  • On Maryslim's 2007 album A Perfect Mess, he provided guest vocals on their cover of The Sisters of Mercy's "This Corrosion" and also appeared in the music video for the track.[4]
  • In 2002, Jyrki appeared on Kwan's album The Die Is Cast, performing vocals on the track "Lyrics of Poison".[9]
  • Jyrki appeared on the Fox News late night television show Red Eye on October 19, 2009 to promote his new album.[10]
  • Jyrki appeared on the CNN's BackStory on October 30, 2009 to talk about Halloween and The 69 Eyes.[11]
  • He's been vegan since 2014.[12]

Recording history


  1. ^ "Jyrki 69 - Biography & History - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Jyrki 69 age, biography". Last.fm. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "The 69 Eyes † Official website". 11 January 2008. Archived from the original on 11 January 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-11-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b "UNICEF Finland". Unicef.fi. Archived from the original on 2008-04-30. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2008-02-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Deggael Communications Ltd". Deggalcom.net. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  8. ^ "JCI TOYP Honorees". Jci.cc. Archived from the original on 2009-09-04. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-11-11. Retrieved 2009-11-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2009-11-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Video News - CNN". CNN. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  12. ^ Interview and Juice With Jyrki From The 69 Eyes!, archived from the original on 2021-12-15, retrieved 2019-11-25

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