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The official guide to ROCKNROLL MACHINE - Track 10.

John Carpenter Powder Ballad

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What it this shit? Greil Marcus wrote in his opening lines in his infamous review of Dylan's Self-Portrait, history to eventually prove him wrong. Breaking though a strong smell of hairspray and gasoline, Turbo rocks into "John Carpententer Powder Ballad" with fist-pumping persuasion. Their "ballad" is the emotional peak on the album, and as second last song doing for the whole what "Humilliation Street" did for Apocalypse Dudes.

It's rare to hear "underground" rock bands pay tribute to the radio-metal of the 1980s, writing songs that should titillate Sharon Osbourne. "John Carpenter Powder Ballad" has an apocalyptic teenagers-escaping evil empire/adult world - running off into the night- experiencing freedom and true humanity just for a moment- kind of narrative. The title suggest a tribute to the VHS-era where a wave of directors made movies that worked especially good for collective viewing among teenagers; offering sex, blood, fashion, schools and principals, special effects and, of course, synthesizers and hard rock.

Euroboy: -Many of us had an upbringing that made us spend considerable amount of time in the rooms and cellars of suburban working-class homes. Before we started drinking and going into town, hiring VHS-movies and watching together with friends was a bit of social ritual on a Saturday. Looking back, a lot of those movies weren't bad at all, and there was something about watching together in a sofa.

- That's how I discovered heavy metal too, through a neighborhood kid that was a year older than me. His dad was really nice, buying him all those cassettes and magazines with posters. Just recently the whole Def Leppard-catalogue became available on streaming. I listened to that Pyromania-album for the first time since I was a child, and was instantly put back in his room - I could smell the carpet and the family's washing detergent. And I knew the whole album - only now I heard it and understood it as an adult. I heard a lot of great music in his room - Kiss, Judas Priest, Status Quo, first time I heard "Surrender" by Cheap Trick was there, and we were like 8-9 years old. One year later I was listening to The Cure and U2 and off to a different aesthetic. But I'm thankful for that experience - internalizing heavy metal at an early age. If not, I don't think I would've liked it or understood it in the same way.

- They say hair metal was killed by grunge. But the metal we got in the 90s was darker, more extreme and industrial. While metal was mainstream hit-music in the 80s, it became an unlistenable niche for a lot of people in the 90s. I think something got lost. Cause it can be very exiting music: it has melody and choruses you can sing along, it goes from ballad to explosive rock within the same song, it makes you feel good and energized, and it's music for everyman. Those artists got a lot of shit, but time has proven that the music stands up. Nirvana tricked the crowd on an English festival by ironically playing Bostons "More Than a Feeling" over the Smells Like Teen Spirit riff. I don't think they would've done that today.

Happy Tom:
Our love for 80's big pop hard rock shines thru here. In 1987 me and my elitist friends were reading Forced Exposure and listening to Sonic Youth, CRIME and Scratch Acid but when "Hysteria" came out it really blew my mind as something truly transgressive and satanic in all its grandiose shamelessness and some of those same qualities are present here as well. There was a basic song idea we had been struggling with for several years called "Hey Mr. Fancy Pants" written from the perspective of a whiny, needy Millennial about a coke dealer who always keeps people waiting. It was a great tune, super catchy, but it was also somewhat grey and dull. One night Euroboy presented a new version, obviously inspired by some of the main players from that same period, for instance Ozzy from those years.. He had also written this chorus, very Desmond Child-ish, sooo catchy. HM played the riff on his synth and it all clicked together like a perfect storm! We were toying with the idea of writing a Sabbath Assembly-esque devil worship spiritual but that would have been to much like Ghost, they already do a great job at that. Euro suggested these very sincere lyrics about some kids escaping the ruins of a vast city to start a new life somewhere beyond the horizon and thats what it became. The outro is very Mutt Lange-era Def Leppard but also Don Henley (one of our favourite songwriters), almost like latter day Lindsey Buckingham singing the "It's too late to turn back" part as the kids escape into the sunset, visually it reminds me of the final scene of "The Warriors".
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The official guide to ROCKNROLL MACHINE - Track 10.

John Carpenter Powder Ballad

https://turbonegro.lnk.to/ROCKNROLLMACHINE

What it this shit? Greil Marcus wrote in his opening lines in his infamous review of Dylans Self-Portrait, history to eventually prove him wrong. Breaking though a strong smell of hairspray and gasoline, Turbo rocks into John Carpententer Powder Ballad with fist-pumping persuasion. Their ballad is the emotional peak on the album, and as second last song doing for the whole what Humilliation Street did for Apocalypse Dudes.
 
Its rare to hear underground rock bands pay tribute to the radio-metal of the 1980s, writing songs that should titillate Sharon Osbourne. John Carpenter Powder Ballad has an apocalyptic teenagers-escaping evil empire/adult world - running off into the night- experiencing freedom and true humanity just for a moment- kind of narrative. The title suggest a tribute to the VHS-era where a wave of directors made movies that worked especially good for collective viewing among teenagers; offering sex, blood, fashion, schools and principals, special effects and, of course, synthesizers and hard rock.
 
Euroboy: -Many of us had an upbringing that made us spend considerable amount of time in the rooms and cellars of suburban working-class homes. Before we started drinking and going into town, hiring VHS-movies and watching together with friends was a bit of social ritual on a Saturday. Looking back, a lot of those movies werent bad at all, and there was something about watching together in a sofa.
 
- Thats how I discovered heavy metal too, through a neighborhood kid that was a year older than me. His dad was really nice, buying him all those cassettes and magazines with posters. Just recently the whole Def Leppard-catalogue became available on streaming. I listened to that Pyromania-album for the first time since I was a child, and was instantly put back in his room - I could smell the carpet and the familys washing detergent. And I knew the whole album - only now I heard it and understood it as an adult. I heard a lot of great music in his room - Kiss, Judas Priest, Status Quo, first time I heard Surrender by Cheap Trick was there, and we were like 8-9 years old. One year later I was listening to The Cure and U2 and off to a different aesthetic. But Im thankful for that experience - internalizing heavy metal at an early age. If not, I dont think I wouldve liked it or understood it in the same way.
 
- They say hair metal was killed by grunge. But the metal we got in the 90s was darker, more extreme and industrial. While metal was mainstream hit-music in the 80s, it became an unlistenable niche for a lot of people in the 90s. I think something got lost. Cause it can be very exiting music: it has melody and choruses you can sing along, it goes from ballad to explosive rock within the same song, it makes you feel good and energized, and its music for everyman. Those artists got a lot of shit, but time has proven that the music stands up. Nirvana tricked the crowd on an English festival by ironically playing Bostons More Than a Feeling over the Smells Like Teen Spirit riff. I dont think they wouldve done that today.
 
Happy Tom:
Our love for 80s big pop hard rock shines thru here. In 1987 me and my elitist friends were reading Forced Exposure and listening to Sonic Youth, CRIME and Scratch Acid but when Hysteria came out it really blew my mind as something truly transgressive and satanic in all its grandiose shamelessness and some of those same qualities are present here as well. There was a basic song idea we had been struggling with for several years called Hey Mr. Fancy Pants written from the perspective of a whiny, needy Millennial about a coke dealer who always keeps people waiting. It was a great tune, super catchy, but it was also somewhat grey and dull. One night Euroboy presented a new version, obviously inspired by some of the main players from that same period, for instance Ozzy from those years.. He had also written this chorus, very Desmond Child-ish, sooo catchy. HM played the riff on his synth and it all clicked together like a perfect storm! We were toying with the idea of writing a Sabbath Assembly-esque devil worship spiritual but that would have been to much like Ghost, they already do a great job at that. Euro suggested these very sincere lyrics about some kids escaping the ruins of a vast city to start a new life somewhere beyond the horizon and thats what it became. The outro is very Mutt Lange-era Def Leppard but also Don Henley (one of our favourite songwriters), almost like latter day Lindsey Buckingham singing the Its too late to turn back part as the kids escape into the sunset, visually it reminds me of the final scene of The Warriors.

 

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All these write-ups solidify the feelings from each of the songs. So cool. I love that this record is a love letter to the late 70s / 80s. Good times.

Great song guys one of my favs in RNR Machine

This art is fantastic

Best track on the record! My fav.! 💜

Per-Anders Nordås Gundersen

Kevin Martin

Jeremy Lega

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The official guide to ROCKNROLL MACHINE - Track 9.

Let The Punishment Fit The Behind
(Art by Branca Studio)

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-Dude, where's my city? "Let the Punishment fit the Behind" deals with a well-known topic in punk: gentrification, inner city renewal and a new demography taking away all that once were yours. A song about loss, alienation and revenge - with a grin. Given to Turbonegro as a gift from the Almqvist-brothers in The Hives, "Let the Punishment fit the Behind" is the swedes tribute to Oslo's rock scene and their friends in Turbonegro. Entering the last part of the album like a pair of outworn, checkered Vans walking into Ridgemont High's slippery tiles, this song opens up like a new chapter.

Euroboy: We got this song from The Hives guys, and we all liked it - a cool and fun song. It has a bit of that New York powerpop/punk-sound of the Dictators, Ramones and Dead Boys. A big part of turbo's music in the past, but not really a dominant influence since Apocalypse Dudes. It's a good thing having different songwriters on a hard rock guitar album. Different writers have different tastes and sensibilities. A band's way of sounding and grooving might be similar from song to song. But with different writers you can get more variation, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. When it works, it's always a good thing, adding extra layers and depth.

Happy-Tom:
Howlin' Pelle sent us a mail with a MP3 attachment, "Hey guys, my brother and I wrote you a song, it's a true-to-form bona fide Turbo tune". We gave it a listen and lo and behold: it WAS a goddamn Turbo song! Soooo good, they outTurbo-ed us!
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The official guide to ROCKNROLL MACHINE - Track 9.

Let The Punishment Fit The Behind
(Art by Branca Studio)

https://turbonegro.lnk.to/ROCKNROLLMACHINE

-Dude, wheres my city? Let the Punishment fit the Behind deals with a well-known topic in punk: gentrification, inner city renewal and a new demography taking away all that once were yours. A song about loss, alienation and revenge - with a grin. Given to Turbonegro as a gift from the Almqvist-brothers in The Hives, Let the Punishment fit the Behind is the swedes tribute to Oslos rock scene and their friends in Turbonegro. Entering the last part of the album like a pair of outworn, checkered Vans walking into Ridgemont Highs slippery tiles, this song opens up like a new chapter. 
  
Euroboy: We got this song from The Hives guys, and we all liked it -  a cool and fun song. It has a bit of that New York powerpop/punk-sound of the Dictators, Ramones and Dead Boys. A big part of turbos music in the past, but not really a dominant influence since Apocalypse Dudes. Its a good thing having different songwriters on a hard rock guitar album. Different writers have different tastes and sensibilities. A bands way of sounding and grooving might be similar from song to song. But with different writers you can get more variation, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. When it works, its always a good thing, adding extra layers and depth. 
  
Happy-Tom: 
Howlin Pelle sent us a mail with a MP3 attachment, Hey guys, my brother and I wrote you a song, its a true-to-form bona fide Turbo tune. We gave it a listen and lo and behold: it WAS a goddamn Turbo song! Soooo good, they outTurbo-ed us!

 

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What happens to u guys... you use to not suck.

That's an awesome poster...

One of my FAVORITES on the album.

Back to the roots! 🤘☺️

Τζόνυ Όνλυ το καλύτερο του δίσκου δεν είναι δικό τους....

Lovin it 🤓

Suzie Drennan 😮

Viandox Ferri

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USA in May! #ROCKNROLLMACHINETOUR

More info & tickets: turbonegro.com/#live
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USA in May! #ROCKNROLLMACHINETOUR

More info & tickets: http://turbonegro.com/#live

 

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Missouri!

Who booked this shit?

Yer never going to come to Atlanta, are you?

When do tickets go on sale for the Regent?

NY is tempting. Wish you were playing Philly or Baltimore though

🤘I scream into the night, TURBONEGRO MUST BE DESTROYED🤘

More USA tour, California and Nevada is just not enough. You need east coast, midwest, south.

Couple of dates in Canada would be nice

This just isn't enough! We need a full tour all around the USA

David Kays! Check out those dates. When you going to LA?

Book a few shows at MAX WATT'S MELBOURNE and SYDNEY (formerly THE HI FI) in AUSTRALIA please 👌👌👌

Orlando or Atlanta please please please!

Love you guys! Please come to Vancouver or Seattle! 🤘

Come to montreal

Portland or ? Come on guys

That's a hell of a hop, NY-CA for a show two days later. See you in Vegas!

This means war, mate.

Contemplating driving from Texas to Cali for one of these

Thru some happy mischance my bestie (nj) and I (nc) will find ourselves at prb in lv and we canNOT FUCKING WAIT.

Well you've got part of both coasts covered.

Come to Portland!

Umm...need some east coast dates specifically close to me goddammit.

Toronto

Alverto, you free May 26th? Lol

Portland, OR needs some Rock and Roll Machine!⚓️

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The official guide to ROCKNROLL MACHINE - Track 8.

On The Rag

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After the mystery introduction from someone claiming this song to be "especially written for this market - Sweden and Denmark" - "On The Rag"s gnarly opening show off Turbos roots in hardcore and punk. For the second time on the album (RockNRoll Machine being the first), the band use an evil-sounding tritonus/diminished fifth in the riff - famously used by Black Sabbath on the title track of their debut album.

"On The Rag" is about mid-life crisis, but written from the perspective of a middle aged woman. Desperate and depressed she's trying to keep up with the joneses, while her yoga pants are "crawling with ants". A holiday (in Cambodia?) is not going to save her, but she just found her relief: marihuana.

Euroboy: -We had a lot of fun making this one. There was at least twice as many verses, it was like a Dylan-song! The coughing at the end is not Ozzy, but Hillary Clinton, a good subject for the song! The song is arranged to sound very tense in the verses, and have a release of frustration in the choruses. The song is uptight and nasty, but when the song's character discover pot at the end, we needed something with a more cruising, groovy vibe to lift her off the misery, and came up with this cool neo-psychedelic surfpunk-riff. It reminds me of DEVO.

Happy-Tom:
Our take on The Circle Jerks' "Beverly Hills", but with the most nihilistic riff ever, it just drains the life out of you and kicks you in the face at the same time. The modern upper middle-class woman's seemingly eternal search for self-actualization and stress & anxiety relief is quite a spectacle, and we wanted to recreate that musically, almost like a headache that explodes into a full-on migraine attack. She wants mindfulness but ends up smoking pot instead. I can't think of anything more ridiculous to sing than "smoke…pot…smoke…pot", Euro came up with that and we laughed for hours. He also came up with the outro guitar theme, which reminds me of the slightly gothy instrumentals you would hear on Bones Brigade skate videos, or something TSOL would dabble with, with the guitar drenched in flangy chorus and the tension building like a wave.
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The official guide to ROCKNROLL MACHINE - Track 8.

On The Rag

https://turbonegro.lnk.to/ROCKNROLLMACHINE

After the mystery introduction from someone claiming this song to be especially written for this market - Sweden and Denmark  - On The Rags gnarly opening show off Turbos roots in hardcore and punk. For the second time on the album (RockNRoll Machine being the first), the band use an evil-sounding tritonus/diminished fifth in the riff - famously used by Black Sabbath on the title track of their debut album. 
  
On The Rag is about mid-life crisis, but written from the perspective of a middle aged woman. Desperate and depressed shes trying to keep up with the joneses, while her yoga pants are crawling with ants. A holiday (in Cambodia?) is not going to save her, but she just found her relief: marihuana. 
  
Euroboy: -We had a lot of fun making this one. There was at least twice as many verses, it was like a Dylan-song! The coughing at the end is not Ozzy, but Hillary Clinton, a good subject for the song! The song is arranged to sound very tense in the verses, and have a release of frustration in the choruses. The song is uptight and nasty, but when the songs character discover pot at the end, we needed something with a more cruising, groovy vibe to lift her off the misery, and came up with this cool neo-psychedelic surfpunk-riff. It reminds me of DEVO. 
  
Happy-Tom: 
Our take on The Circle Jerks Beverly Hills, but with the most nihilistic riff ever, it just drains the life out of you and kicks you in the face at the same time. The modern upper middle-class womans seemingly eternal search for self-actualization and stress & anxiety relief is quite a spectacle, and we wanted to recreate that musically, almost like a headache that explodes into a full-on migraine attack. She wants mindfulness but ends up smoking pot instead. I cant think of anything more ridiculous to sing than smoke…pot…smoke…pot, Euro came up with that and we laughed for hours. He also came up with the outro guitar theme, which reminds me of the slightly gothy instrumentals you would hear on Bones Brigade skate videos, or something TSOL would dabble with, with the guitar drenched in flangy chorus and the tension building like a wave.

 

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"Holiday in Cambodia"...Cold...Hot...Smoke...Pot😂😂😂

That “smoke...pot...” part put a big smile on my face, remembering when I first started listening to Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables! Beverly Hills is also one of the best songs by Circle Jerks, so a great combo!

One of my favourites! The feminist approach is working great!

Who is the band/artist at the start of the song, is it the Beatles?

Well enough for me to make me go buy it!! Rock on!!

Michael Xii, Raphael Sedlmaier

Jesus Guare Reiner Mentges

Come to southamerica!!!

This track is tits!!!

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The entire population of The Big O AKA Oslo came out last night, such a magic night! See you in two weeks, London and Amsterdam!

 

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Hells yeah guys! Keep killing it! See y'all in Vegas!

Fuck sake i wanna see you in the O!. See you in London though;)

<3 fra Oslo/Istanbul

Come to Poland dudes

Got my tickets already. Going with the wife

Så jävla bra konsert, tack!

cannot wait for you guys on OFF festival!

Come to Shanghai....and Bangkok

See you guys in London!

"Rock'n'roll machine" est génial ! Bravo, les gars !

Victor Chanut Amsterdam 🤘🔥🔥j espère que tu as nos pass👿👿

Come to south Germany!

Sara.

Bring your ass in Italy !!!! 😂😂😂

You will indeed!:)

Laura Simmons Noel Gardner almost our turn.

TURBO MOTHERFUCKING NEGRO!

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It’s been over six years now since the word got out that the Titans from The Big O* (as in Oslo, Norway) were re-resurrected for a second time since their grimy beginnings back in 1989. «Hell, not even Jesus could do THAT!» music lovers worldwide were heard to shriek.

Back in the saddle, the band have crisscrossed the globe delighting fans old and new, packing ’em in from LA to Ålesund, Melbourne to Manchester and all points in between.

November 2015 heralded the unveiling of not only the first new music since 2012’s Sexual Harassment but a new member for the group! Hot For Nietzsche found our boys on full throttle, staring the void right in the face and raising a glass to its honour. The video was shot on location in Vegas – a suitable backdrop for the debauchery.

The HFN single release show in Oslo saw the stage debut of the newest edition to the denim recruits: Keyboard Wizard Crown Prince Haakon-Marius, a hugely invaluable addition to the line-up, according to Guitar Ubermensch Euroboy: «We’re happy to have a keyboard player back in the band again, six years after Pål Pot Pamparius performed his last show with the band. Crown Prince Haakon Marius is a friend of ours from the Oslo music scene and an amazing musician! We had so much fun getting back in the studio as a six piece, to record new material which the addition of a keyboard-player inspired the songwriting and the production.»

Well, lightning does strike twice, because May 2016 saw ANOTHER new single! Just in time for final exams, TURBONEGRO unleashed Special Education to the unsuspecting public. A story of a teenage boy’s fall from academic grace and the cruel and unusual discipline he finds at the very bottom, the song was inspired by repeated watchings of Scum and The Story Of O on the tour bus VHS player; «They were the only tapes we had!» Guitarist Rune Rebellion confesses.

Bass player and cultural commenter Happy-Tom could not contain his excitement: «A golfer from Phoenix once claimed that school is «out». Norway José, au contraire say we: school is «in»! This saucy tale of sizzling hot sexual abuse will MAKE GOING TO SCHOOL GREAT AGAIN.»

And so finally, in the wake of the infamous blizzards of the Scandinavian Winter of 2017, the savvy six gathered in the studio in Oslo to embark on the venture that is now about to be revealed to the world as the ROCKNROLL MACHINE, their ninth studio album to date.

First new song shared was the title track «RockNRoll Machine» – a song perfectly hitting the fine line between clever and stupid, without ever turning lukewarm. Everyone has been intrigued and frightened by all the talk about A.I. and robotification of society lately, this one is about bringing that tech-talk into boogie rock territory and stop thinking so much about tomorrow. The Rock and Roll Machine has all the traits you’ll find a in a classic rocker: he keeps going all night, telling Tchaikovsky the news, but is still quite cheap and affordable, and, unfortunately a bit unpredictable (according to some reviewers), quickly becoming passé.

Vocalist Tony Sylvester AKA The Duke Of Nothing had this to say about the new material: ”We’ve spent the the past years honing our skills. The music we are releasing now is more distilled, more refined, more pointed, more powerful; we travelled to the future and this is what we heard on the radio!”

Turbonegro´s ninth studio album ”ROCKNROLL MACHINE” will be let loose on the World February 2nd, almost to the day 20 years after the release of their now classic ”Apocalypse Dudes” album, and will be followed by Euro and US club tours, and a bunch of festival performances throughout 2018.

 

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Thomas Olavsen, Time Out Agency (Norway)
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Ryan Harlacher, CAA (North-America)
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David Ball, CAA (Europe, ROW)
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