(Vazelina Auto Wreckers) is a Norwegian
pop and rock group, specializing in songs that borrow elements and chord progressions from classic songs (sometimes covering the songs outright), and crafting a mostly-original composition by adding bizarre humorous lyrics, which more often than not have little to no relation to a song's original lyrical content.
Their most famous and iconic lineup consisted of Viggo Sandvik (vocals), Eldar Vågan (guitarist and principal songwriter), Rune Endal (bass), Jan Einar Johansen (organ, saxophone, backing vocals), and Arnulf Paulsen (drums), affectionately known as "Høggern" ("The Wrecker/Chopper"). The group was named after Paulsen's actual auto wrecking yard, which was in turn, according to legend, named after a Hispanic translation of the title of the film Grease
They are one of Norway's most beloved and prolific acts, having more or less continually performed for thirty years and counting
, and have branched out into television, comics, video games, and more.
- 24 timers service (1980)
- Slitin i knea (1981)
- Blå lys (1982)
- På tur (1983)
- Fem fyrer med ved (1984)
- Musikk tel arbe' (1986)
- Gå for gull (1987)
- Tempo (1989)
- Full behandling (1990)
- 11 år uten kvinnfolk (1992)
- Rock-a-Doodle (1994)
- Hææærli' på toppen ta væla (1997)
- Hjulkalender (2000)
- Bensin på bålet (2007)
Tropes associated with Vazelina Bilopphøggers:
- Author Appeal: Rock 'n' roll, liquor, cars, Gjøvik, and sports. And wrecking cars, naturally!
- Band Toon: Several products, including albums and yes, comic books, feature the band members in heavily stylized cartoon form, courtesy of illustrator Dag Endal.
- Big Fun: "Aagot Stang" may clock in at an eighth of a ton, but she's a nice, helpful sort.
- Call Back: "Borghild" features both a lyrical and musical reference to their first single, "Gi meg fri i kveld".
- Car Song: Oh yeah; on the verge of Author Appeal. After all, these are genuine auto wreckers we're talking about.
- Celebrity Endorsement: For years they have served as spokesmen for potatoes and its derivative byproducts, even recording several commercial songs.
- Another well-remembered commercial would be for Grandiosa pizza, to which the brand owes no small debt for its near-ubiquity.
- The Cover Changes The Meaning: Oh boy, where to begin... well, for one, "Blålys" ("Blue Moon") is about losing one's license due to drunk driving.
- Christmas Songs: The soundtrack for Vazelina Hjulkalender. Most notably, "Hematt til jul" is regarded as a modern Norwegian christmas classic.
- Doo Wop Progression: Oh yes, more than a few. The album Blå lys is almost a concept album in this regard.
- Drunk Driver: "Blålys" is about this. He is stopped by the police and claims that he "only drinks the water", despite visible inebriation.
- Grand Theft Me: In "Sven Torsell", the ghost of the titular Swedish accordionist possesses Høgger'n, and it's implied the other band members are as well.
- Greatest Hits Album: A few, most notably Bedre hell' all medisin!, consisting of thirty-eight favorites and two new songs on two discs.
- Instrumentals: A regular inclusion on albums, particularly in the '80s.
- In The Style Of: Songs that aren't blatant covers are often like this. "Surfbrett", for instance, borrows recognizable elements from at least three songs by The Beach Boys.
- Large Ham: Viggo Sandvik; accept no substitutes (The fans sure didn't!).
- Lyrical Dissonance: "På magan bak en sten", the most strangely soothing doo-wop ballad about spying on a woman sunbathing naked ever.
- One Woman Song: "Borghild".
- Pop-Star Composer: For the Don Bluth film Rock-A-Doodle (they also provided voices), which does the film a whole lot of good by way of Woolseyism.
- Sgt. Pepper's Shout-Out: Hææærli' på toppen ta væla, with the boys dressed as sea captains and famous Norwegians pasted over the original celebrities' faces.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: See the picture up there? That's how they are all the time.
- Shout-Out: "Da var det schäferen beit". The titular German shepherd's name is Monkey.
- Step Up to the Microphone: "Hei Paulsen" is a whole song about Viggo trying to get the reluctant Høggern to sing.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: All in all, Viggo is pretty damn similar to Bjørn Berg, whom he replaced.
- Tarzan: Jane hits on Eldar in "Tarzan Boogie", which pisses Tarzan off something awful.
- The Band Minus the Face: The post-Viggo line-up is regarded by some as this.
- Trrrilling Rrrs: Viggo does this... all the time. It's bound to become a bit of a distraction once you start paying attention to it.
- Youth Is Wasted on the Dumb: "Trynet på en dau mann" has the narrator going to a haunted museum, not caring about it because he's "17 years old and unkissed".
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Høggern in at least one televised sketch show.