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Oslo, Norway (1989 – 2010, 2011 – present)

Turbonegro (known as Turboneger in Norway) is a Norwegian band from Oslo, formed in 1989. The band describes themselves as “death punk.” The band started with Thomas Seltzer (the bassist, Happy-Tom as he is also called) setting up a band with some friends, called Akutt Innleggelse. They played some local concerts, and made an EP, including 3 songs, “CIA/KGB”, “Supertstjerne” and “Lovesong”, written by Thomas. The EP was named “Echoes From the Asylum”. The cover art is a drawing of a skeleton, which Thomas found in his mothers book about the Scottish psychologist R. D Laing. The publisher was Straitjacket Records, also made by Thomas.

Thomas and a couple of friends started another band, now called “De Dype”. Butthole Surfers, Sonic Youth, poop, Nietzsche and provocation was what they cared about. Their first concert was in the basement of Chateau Neuf, the Cirkus. They appeared drunk on-stage, none of the guitars were tuned, and they forgot the fuzzpedals, so the guitars sounded like violins. The point was to show the students at the party that they gave a fuck about them. The arrangers at last kicked them out.

Then, Turbonegro became a topic.
It wasn’t worse than Pål Bøttger Kjærnes (Pål Pot Pamparius) screaming out aloud: “Hey, let’s put a new band together! What shall the band name be?” Pål suggests Mindburger. Another suggests Nazipenis (which later ended up as a name of the band’s tribute band). But suddenly Pål remembers a tag he had seen under a bridge in Finstad, Ski. Turboneger (Turbonegro in english). Founding member Thomas Seltzer once said, “A turbonegro is a large, well-equipped, armed black male in a fast car, out for vengeance. We are his prophets.”

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