4 October 2013 - Norwegian popular music V - bands

The Pussycats conquered the Norwegian pop scene in the 1960s. Originally called “The Arctic”, the group went to Sweden in 1964, where they met Sten Ekroth.

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Ekroth proved to be a smart PR man. He renamed the band “The Pussycats” and gave each of the members a stage name, all ending with Pussy. They toured the country in their double decker bus and, after the release of their single “Cadillac”, they played to full houses everywhere. The band had a short life, however. It broke up in 1967, leaving behind memories of “Cadillac, Ebb Tide, Just a Little Teardrop” and five wild pussycats in red velvet trousers, turquoise shirts, high-heeled shoes and pony-tails tied up with pink ribbon.

In 1979, a punk band called “Wannskræk” was born in Trondheim. They changed their name to Dum-Dum Boys in 1985. Their debut album, “Blodig alvor” (1988), was well received and won a Spellemannpris (Norwegian Grammy award) in the Rock Music category. The following year they had their great breakthrough with “Splitter Pine” and received a second award in the same category. Their album “Pstereo” gave them a third award in the Rock Music category. Three awards in three years made Spellemann history. In 2011, the group was awarded the Alf Prøysen Honorary Prize.

Another great Norwegian pop group that was formed in the 1980s was deLillos. The name derives from the band’s front man and vocalist Lars Lillo-Stenberg, the man with the distinctive voice and the unusual, slightly naivistic lyrics. The group’s breakthrough came in 1986 with “Tøff I pyjamas”. In 1993, their popularity soared with the release of “Neste sommer”, which is regarded as the group’s most important album. deLillos have won two Spellemann awards. In 2012 they released ”Vi er på vei, vi kanke snu”. They are still on the go, much to the delight of all deLillos’ fans, and there are many of them!

Turbonegro was formed in 1988. They started their career as an underground band and gathered a hard-core of fans, the so-called Turbojugend. The group attracted a great deal attention with their on-stage gimmicks and, when they released “Never is Forever” (1994), their popularity exploded. This album is described as a masterpiece of Norwegian 90s rock. After the release of their album “Ass Cobra” (1996), Turbonegro drew full houses in most of Northern Europe. Following a turbulent period, the band was disbanded in 1998. In 2002 they reformed and took part in several festivals. Their rebirth was crowned with triumph after triumph. Their album “Scandinavian Leather” (2003) flew straight to the top of the sales lists. Turbonegro are still going strong and released a new album, “Sexual Harassment”, in 2012.


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Date of issue: 4 October 2013
Values and subjects:
A Domestic: Pussycats
A Domestic: DumDum Boys
A Domestic: Turbonegro
A Domestic: deLillos
Photos: © (NK 1860) John Myhre/NTB Scanpix,
© (NK 1861) Stian Andersen, © (NK 1862) Raymond
Mosken, © (NK 1863) Carsten Jøssund,
Arne Bendiksby/NTB Scanpix
Design: Madeleine M. Karlstrøm
Method of printing: Offset
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