Music / Vazelina Bilopphøggers

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Vazelina Bilopphøggers (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.


Discography:

  • 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 commercial is still running every December, despite the band's lineup having changed in the meantime.
  • 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.
  • Downer Ending:
    • In "Feil side ta Mjøsa", the narrator ends up losing both his farm and his wife (she leaves him for a slaughterer).
    • In "Konstant i Opel", the narrator buys a car he can't afford, fails to pay his debts and ends up abandoned by everyone.
  • Drunk Driver: "Blålys" is about this. He is stopped by the police and claims that he "only drinks water", despite visible inebriation.
  • Gargle Blaster: In "Drekk det opp (en enkel sang om brenn'vin)", Høgger'n forces Viggo to drink a disgusting cocktail that leaves him vomiting.
  • 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.
  • Honest John's Dealership: In "Konstant i Opel" a sleazy car salesman sells the protagonist an overpriced old Opel, which ends up ruining him.
  • Honor Before Reason: Parodied in "Dorull", where the main character chooses to leave the toilet without wiping his butt because there's no toilet paper available, and he can't bring himself to use the Elvis poster on the wall instead.
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