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Uncle Deadly

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Oslo, Norway (2009 – present)

Uncle Deadly is a Norwegian group. Formed in Oslo, Norway in 2009, Uncle Deadly is the second side project of Geir Zahl, best known as a founding member of Kaizers Orchestra. The lineup consists of Geir Zahl on vocals and guitar, Christer Knutsen on guitar and keys, Morten Abel on guitar and bass, and Bjørge Fjordheim on drums. Knutsen was a member of his previous solo project, Zahl, and Fjordheim is a member of Cloroform, in which Zahl’s bandmate in Kaizers Orchestra, Øyvind Storesund, plays.

The name “Uncle Deadly” is a reference to the Muppet by the same name, who is also known as the “Phantom of The Muppet Show”. Always uncomfortable with having named named his first solo project after himself, Zahl decided to try a different approach for his next project. A friend of Zahl suggested that he choose a name from his favorite TV show from his childhood; Zahl’s favorite show being “The Muppet Show”. Fascinated by the duality of the name of the character “Uncle Deadly”, Zahl named his new band after the character. He opted for his new project to have more of a theatrical aspect, in which he was to play a character based partly on himself, similar to the “band aliases” of Kaizers Orchestra.

Songs for the then-unnamed project were likely written sometime between the dissolution of Zahl and the founding of the new band. The recording sessions for Uncle Deadly’s first album were held sporadically between July and October of 2009 in Morten Abel’s Elektroland Studio in Stavanger, Norway.

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