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Turbonegro performing at Getaway Festival in Gävle, Sweden, 2015
|Genres||Punk rock, hardcore punk, hard rock, glam rock|
|Years active||1989–1998, 2002–2010, 2011–present|
|Labels||Big Ball Records, DogJob Records, Get Hip, Repulsion Records, Amphetamine Reptile, Boomba Records, Epitaph, Bitzcore Records, Sympathy Records, Burning Heart, Virgin, Man's Ruin, Scandinavian Leather Recordings|
|Associated acts||The Vikings, Oslo Motherfuckers, Euroboys, Scum, Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult, Dukes of Nothing|
|Members||Duke of Nothing
Knut "Euroboy" Schreiner
Rune "Rune Rebellion" Grønn
Crown Prince Haakon Marius
|Past members||Hank Von Helvete
Harald "Harry" Fossberg
Pål Erik Carlin
Bengt "Bingo" Calmeyer
Pål Pot Pamparius
Turbonegro (Turboneger in Norway) is a Norwegian punk rock band, initially active from 1989 to 1998, then reformed in 2002. Their style combines glam rock, punk rock and hard rock into a style the band describes as "deathpunk".
Among the band's main influences are Black Flag, Rolling Stones, KISS, Venom, Radio Birdman, AC/DC, Iggy Pop & James Williamson, Circle Jerks, David Bowie, Electric Frankenstein, Ramones, The Lewd, Hanoi Rocks, Alice Cooper, Negazione, The Dictators and The Stooges.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Early years (1989–1994)
- 1.2 New look and new sound, rise to success (1995–1997)
- 1.3 Apocalypse trilogy part one, popularity boom and disbanding (1998)
- 1.4 On hiatus (1999–2002)
- 1.5 Reforming: new albums, new tours and greater fame (2003–2009)
- 1.6 Hank von Helvete's departure and replacement (2010–2011)
- 1.7 Release of new album and tour (2012)
- 2 Musical style
- 3 Band name
- 4 Turbojugend
- 5 Band members
- 6 Discography
- 7 Books
- 8 Side projects
- 9 References
- 10 Notes
- 11 External links
Early years (1989–1994)
Turbonegro came together as a band in Oslo, Norway, during the winter of 1988-1989. The initial lineup was Thomas Seltzer (a.k.a. Happy-Tom), Vegard Heskestad, Pål Bøttger Kjærnes, Rune Grønn, Pål Erik Carlin and Tor-Kristian "TK" Jenssen. Seltzer and Heskestad had formerly performed in a band called "De Dype" – a noisy and subversive ensemble inspired by American rock band Butthole Surfers. Early Turbonegro continued their conceptional styles.
Turbonegro performed their first show at Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen, Denmark in March 1989. By April, Turbonegro played their first show in their hometown of Oslo. In the following weeks, they recorded their debut single Route Zero and additional songs for their Turboloid 12" EP. Both records were released by Thomas Seltzer's own label, Straitjacket Records, which he started in 1983 to release the EP of his first band Akutt Innleggelse. This first session was recorded at Nesodden Musikkverksted by Christian Calmeyer. Seltzer played bass and drums on Route Zero. An initial pressing of 50 copies came with an exclusive demo tape called Computech, featuring a cover of The Stooges' 1970.
The early pre-deathpunk Turbonegro sound featured fairly tormented and distorted noise rock (some contemporary reviews compared it to a Halo of Flies or early Mudhoney type of sound). Turboloid was the second and last release by the original lineup. Drummer Carlos Carrasco left to play guitar for Anal Babes.
Route Zero was reissued by Sympathy For The Record Industry in 1990 with two songs from the Turboloid EP. In September of that year, Turbonegro left Norway to tour the U.S. for three weeks. Grønn was beaten up in a quarrel with crack addicts in front of a hotel in Minneapolis a few hours after their arrival and remained in the hospital. The band continued without him, but the tour was unsuccessful. Three weeks later, Turbonegro returned to Oslo.
In the winter of 1990, Seltzer reformed Turbonegro with Kjærnes and Grønn. Norwegian punk veteran Harald Fossberg, who had gained fame in the late 1970s with Norwegian punk pioneers Hærverk, was recruited as the new singer and, in the subsequent months, Bengt "Bingo" Calmeyer joined them on bass guitar. In the summer of 1991 the reformed lineup released the Vaya Con Satan 7" in the U.S., followed in early 1992 by their debut album Hot Cars and Spent Contraceptives on upcoming local label Big Ball Records. Both the single and the CD give an early introduction to the deathpunk sound – Turbonegro's self-acclaimed own genre.
The musical pre-settings were anticipating later Ass Cobra era – dark death-driven punk rock with occasional excursions into hardcore and metal, as well as a tendency to disruptive and sarcastic lyrics. Swedish broadcasting DJ Lars Aldman once described their sound as, "Radio Birdman meets Venom in an institution for sexually abused retards," and Danish Moshable magazine wrote, "One great big hunk of an album that simply barfs up the best in Scandinavian punk rock - and then slam it into overdrive. So fucking punk that it will tear you a new asshole - and then some!"
In December 1992, Turbonegro began a ruinous tour outside Norway. With money left from a grant, they went for one gig confirmed in Ålborg, Denmark, then headed south to Hamburg, Germany, where they became stranded in an unsuccessful search for an opportunity to play. After five days, the band ran out of money, but then they were able to make contacts with Gravy Train Agency, who organized several tours for Turbonegro outside Scandinavia in later years, as well as people from Crypt Records.
In late March 1993, Fossberg played his last show with Turbonegro at Sentrum Scene in Oslo. He quit due to health reasons and was replaced by Hans Erik Husby (a.k.a. Hank von Helvete), who would become their best known vocalist. With the new singer, the band was renamed Stierkampf (German for "bullfight"). They opened up for Poison Idea in Oslo and Denmark, as well as The Ramones in August 1993 at the Oslo Rock Festival.
The band's only professional release as Stierkampf was the Grunge Whore EP on Sympathy for the Record Industry. All songs on this release would resurface on their next album, with the exception of "Six Pack". Their second album "Never is Forever" (1994) was recorded by Christian Calmeyer at Nesodden Musikkverksted, and was self-released (limited to 1,200 copies) with a friend at Oslo Musikk Distribusjon. In their own words, this second album was "a tribute to Blue Öyster Cult", an attempt to dissociate from the lo-fi aesthetics of the garage. "When the rest of the punk oriented world tried hard to be lo-fi and 'real', Turbonegro as usual went the opposite way, creating a miniature suburban deathpunk opera. Seldom have pop culture, darkness and desperation blended so well." The release of this album followed their first full European Tour, which was nicknamed "Nihil Jung" and had 17 shows in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands.
By the winter of 1994-1995, the band had reclaimed the name Turbonegro, but had a new look referred to as the "Al Jolson schtick", though it did not last long. Happy-Tom summed it up with an anecdote, "So there we were backstage with our black faces and wigs and little hats, smoking pot with our all-time heroes the Bad Brains, and the absurdity just didn't cross our minds. I mean, those guys didn't mention it, they were probably just embarrassed on our behalf."
New look and new sound, rise to success (1995–1997)
The gag was long gone by May 1995 when they debuted the denim and moustache look. Happy-Tom said, "We feel that denim out-rocks leather at all levels. Leather is for empty, little people. Denim is for us big guys! And the kids love it!" With a new look came a new sound. Calmeyer, their engineer at the time, said, "We decided to make things more raw, trying to convey the power of the live performance, if not the sound."
The first recordings of the new and improved Turbonegro were the Denim Demon and Bad Mongo singles in the spring of 1995. That summer, Turbonegro left for their second attempt at a U.S. tour, "Namblin in the 90's". They played only 11 shows. In the words of Happy-Tom, "at least we didn't get the shit kicked out of us like we did the last time we were in the USA". In the fall of 1995, Bingo and Pål left the band, putting Turbonegro on hold. Pål wanted to travel, while Bingo didn't like the new musical direction ("less Slayer, more rock'n'roll.") Happy-Tom, at the same time, was suffering from stress injuries to his arms after the U.S. tour. Therefore, agreements were made to put the band on hold for a while.
In that same year, Anthony Martin started his new label, Boomba Records, in order to release Turbonegro's third album Ass Cobra. It did not come out until the spring of 1996 and, by September, they were touring Europe again with a new lineup. Anders Gerner from Angst was added as the new drummer, so Happy-Tom returned to playing bass. Pål was replaced by Knut Schreiner, with whom Happy-Tom had played in The Vikings. Knut (a.k.a. Euroboy) was added to the band to help reshape their sound. The Prince Of The Rodeo 7" was Euroboy's recording debut with Turbonegro.
Also at this time, Pamparius returned from traveling in Thailand to open his famous "Pamparius" pizza parlor outside Oslo in Kolbotn. He decided to rejoin the band as the keyboard player and dancer. His return would be the final touch in the latest incarnation of the band. The new look, sound and album irritated and fascinated the European underground. People were starting to pay attention to Turbonegro.
In December and January, Turbonegro continued touring with 14 more dates in Spain, Portugal, France, Germany and Denmark. The insignia of their stage performance – the bulging denim, Hanky's routine to stick a lit Roman candle up his ass, Happy-Tom's sailor hat, Euroboy's lithesome and sultry guitar choreography, and Hanky's attempts at addressing the audience in their broken native tongue – became Turbonegro's trademarks.
In spring 1997, Turbonegro had another lineup change. Christer Engen (a.k.a. Chris Summers, from BigBang took over on drums, and they were ready to tour Europe again. This time, they opened up with a modified version of a Grand Funk song, "We are a Norwegian Band".
Hank wore Alice Cooper-like make-up and lit Roman candles in his ass (referred to as "assrockets"). Their final album was Apocalypse Dudes. Musically, they made a move into mid-1970s punk & glam territory in the spirit of proto-punk pioneers á la The Dictators, The Ramones or late Iggy & The Stooges, plus a bit of New York Dolls travesty thrown in. As Euroboy explained, "When I came into the band, that added a ’70s rock-n-roll feel that wasn’t there before...Turbonegro was just as dirty, but they were certainly more punk rock-driven than (before). We brought the Rolling Stones into the Ramones."  It was time to take the new and improved Turbonegro back across the Atlantic with the "Summer of Head" U.S. tour. They were more warmly received this time, but still played only a few shows that were plagued with problems. Nonetheless, after years of stumbling through lineup changes, name changes and various shticks, they finally found themselves.
Apocalypse trilogy part one, popularity boom and disbanding (1998)
In the autumn of 1997, their next album Apocalypse Dudes – the first part of the so-called Apocalypse trilogy – was recorded at Endless Sound studios in Oslo with producer Pål Klaastad. When Happy-Tom was asked if their new sound and album had anything to do with Euroboy's entry into the band, he replied, "Yep, he's a genius, and so is our new drummer Chris Summers, The Prince of Drummers. We released the punk album of the millennium with 'Ass Cobra,' and didn't want to make an 'Ass Cobra' part two, plus we spent two years writing new stuff, so as to make sure that every song is a hit, so we ended up making the rock album of the next millennium."
The album was released in March 1998 by Boomba Records. However, it was released in Norway exclusively by Virgin. It is regarded amongst many fans and critics as their best and most successful album. Moshable magazine wrote, "Apocalypse Dudes is the perfect mix of classic 70's US punk / rock'n'roll like Dictators, Heartbreakers & Ramones... every tune on this release is fucking brilliant". Jello Biafra said, "The new Turbonegro record is possibly the most important European record ever."
Turbonegro supported the album by playing 24 sold-out shows throughout Europe. By fall, they returned for another 16 European dates on the "Darkness Forever" tour, which was for a long time their last, and ultimately the end of Turbonegro. According to Happy-Tom, "Turbonegro broke up in the waiting room of a psychiatric emergency ward in Milan, Italy." Hank's mental indisposition became a serious problem and, as a result, the remainder of the tour was cancelled. They bid their farewell on 18 December 1998, at Mars in their hometown of Oslo. The last song they performed onstage before they broke up was the final encore "I Am In Love With The Destructive Girls."
On hiatus (1999–2002)
On the threshold of what was expected to be a major breakthrough for the band, Turbonegro withdrew from the music business and appeared unlikely to ever return. While there were several reasons, Hank von Helvete's drug addiction made it impossible for him to continue. Leaving the band to undergo treatment for heroin dependency, as well as his struggle with depression, von Helvete returned to his childhood town in northern Norway. There, he worked at a Local radio station and as a guide at a Fishing Village Museum. Another reason for Turbonegro's hiatus was that the band was stuck in an oppressive record deal with Boomba. The band saw very little money from the arrangement, and cancelling their tour with Nashville Pussy after playing only half the dates added to their financial problems.
In 1999, Bitzcore Records out of Hamburg bought the contracts from Boomba and began to reissue Turbonegro's entire back-catalogue of albums. The year 1999 also saw the release of a posthumous live album entitled Darkness Forever! It released selections from two of the band's shows in Hamburg and Oslo, documenting Turbonegro's larger-than-life stage antics. Their appreciation among contemporary artists from diverse musical genres as rock, pop, punk and even black metal was displayed on Alpha Motherfuckers, a tribute album to Turbonegro that was compiled over a span of two years and released by Bitzcore in May 2001. The lineup included, among others, Queens of the Stone Age, Nashville Pussy, Therapy?, HIM, Bela B. & Denim Girl (a.k.a. German technopop star Blümchen).
During these four years, the band members would rarely speak; however, the momentum from their previous albums (especially Ass Cobra and Apocalypse Dudes) continued to grow as more and more music fans turned to their music. Unbeknownst to the band, Turbonegro was becoming a cult phenomenon. Fan clubs were established all over the world (see Turbojugend).
The immense following and the tribute album revealed a huge interest that, by audience numbers, hadn't existed before they had quit. When Turbonegro was approached by the organizers of the Norwegian Quart Festival about possible participation in 2002, Turbonegro agreed to the reunion. What was initially meant to be a one-off event to provide an opportunity to the many new fans to witness a Turbonegro performance, finally resulted in the band's reunion. The festival shows received tremendous response.
Reforming: new albums, new tours and greater fame (2003–2009)
Shortly after the Bizarre Festival, the band announced that they signed a record deal for two new albums with Burning Heart Records, an independent record company from Sweden with a long tradition in the punk & hardcore sector. Burning Heart also licensed Turbonegro's most successful albums Ass Cobra and Apocalypse Dudes from Bitzcore and reissued them as digipak CDs with additional video footage from the recent Res-erection show at Quart. Turbonegro appeared in an episode of Viva La Bam during Season 1. The band plays their concert at Bam's West Chester home. Their single, "All My Friends Are Dead," was also used in some episodes of the show.
The band released its highly anticipated album, the second installment of the Apocalypse trilogy, Scandinavian Leather in 2003, complete with artwork of a skull Ouroboros from legendary Revolver-designer Klaus Voorman. A U.S. tour with Queens Of The Stone Age proved that the American Turbojugend contingent had grown completely out of control, and almost 150 shows later, Turbonegro finished the Scandinavian Leather campaign by selling out the House of Blues in Los Angeles two days in a row in December 2004.
While Scandinavian Leather was recorded at their own Crystal Canyon Studio in Oslo, Turbonegro decided to bring in Steven Shane McDonald as co-producer for Party Animals. This follow-up to 2003’s Scandinavian Leather and the last installment in the Apocalypse trilogy was released throughout Europe on 9 May (in Norway 2 May). It continued the 1970s and 1980s glam metal and hard rock-influenced party-oriented deathpunk sound that was first introduced on Apocalypse Dudes. Party Animals was followed by intense touring throughout Europe and, in October, they visited the U.S. A collection of remixes and rarities appeared in 2005 as Small Feces.
Turbonegro went on tour again in 2006 to mostly European locations. In summarizing the band, Happy-Tom said, "Most rock 'n' roll bands start as a riot but end up as a parody. We started up as a parody but ended up as a revolution."
The Turbonegro official site was completely redesigned for the new album release, and the new site debuted on 11 June 2007.
On 27 October 2007, Rune Rebellion played his last live show with Turbonegro in Stavanger, Norway, and subsequently left the band. He said, "The decision was made this summer, realizing I hadn't had time off at all from work or touring for three years." Despite his departure from the position of rhythm guitar, he was still closely collaborating with the band by running their label, Scandinavian Leather Recordings and managing their itinerary.
On 3 March 2008, it was announced that Chris Summers had been asked to leave the band. He had already been gone from the band for six months due to a broken foot. On the band's website, they announced that, "[due to] personal problems and a focus on other projects, we have been forced to ask drummer Chris Summers to resign from Turbonegro." Chris' replacement was announced to be Vikings drummer Thomas Dahl, who had been filling in for Chris since he broke his foot.
In early 2008, guitarist Euroboy also announced that he and Happy-Tom were working on a new album tentatively titled Tumours. They continued their Retox album tour throughout 2008 and 2009, and on 7 August 2008, Turbonegro celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Apocalypse Dudes by performing the entire album at the Øya Festival in Oslo, Norway.
Hank von Helvete's departure and replacement (2010–2011)
On 9 July 2010, Norwegian newspapers announced that Hank had left the band. Subsequently, in early December 2010, news broke that a new band featuring Hank von Helvete on vocals had been formed, called Doctor Midnight & the Mercy Cult, with an album to be released in 2011.
Euroboy stated in an interview with "Lydverket" that Turbonegro would appear with Tony Sylvester as the replacement for Hank von Helvete for the first time in Hamburg on 15 July. Former member Rune Rebellion also rejoined the band as rhythm guitarist, while Rune's replacement and former keyboardist Pål Pot went on to become a part-time member, due to family and working commitments.
Release of new album and tour (2012)
In May 2012, social networks announced that a new Turbonegro album was about to be released. The new album would be titled Sexual Harassment, and would be released on June 13, 2012, on the Universal Music label for Norway, Sweden and Finland, and Volcom Entertainment for the rest of the world. This announcement was followed by the release of the album's first single "You Give Me Worms" on May 4. The Album is produced by Matt Sweeney.
In an interview with the Swedish Newspaper Värmlands Folkblad in April 2015, Tony Sylvester says that the band is currently working on new material, but that he can not say when and how the music becomes available.
A later update revealed the album, titled "Rock N' Roll Machine" would be released in February 2018.
Turbonegro's lyrics often attack political correctness. For example, the cover of the single "Bad Mongo" depicts Adolf Hitler as mentally retarded, and in the song "Hobbit Motherfuckers," they complain that there is "not enough suffering" and "not enough natural selection". Their genre of punk has been self-described as deathpunk. The band has stated that their music superseded existing genres, so they dubbed it "deathpunk" as a way to avoid being pigeonholed into musical groupings they felt they were above. Lyrics referencing the genre choice include "gimme deathpunk baby, and I like it" from the song "Get it On." Sharing characteristics with certain musical predecessors, (Sex Pistols wearing swastikas, etc.), Turbonegro has been praised by some as playing the most up-to-date form of punk with an anarchic blend of humour, shock and sexuality.
In the Turbonegro – The Movie DVD extras, Happy-Tom says that, early on, festival-goers expected Turbonegro to be gothic metal or black metal in the vein of other Norwegian bands. They are notorious for their on-stage gimmicks. An early version of the band wore blackface and wigs onstage in an effort to challenge those watching their shows. On The Reserection DVD, the band states that early on they were often driven away from shows they were to play because they were not edgy enough or did not fit the look that the crowd wanted. As a result, the onstage schticks started to become as much of the Turbonegro experience as the music. Following several tours in blackface, the band started an oddball theme of tight denim pants, nautically themed stage props and homosexual innuendo, stylistically similar to the characters of Tom of Finland. A tongue-in-cheek joke, the homosexual/transvestite stage presence found its way into the band's music, including songs such as "Prince of the Rodeo" and "Rendezvous with Anus" which are both thinly veiled references to anal intercourse. Levi's jeans endorsements soon followed, and the trucker-cut jacket soon became standard fare amongst fans.
The band's first break-out album, Ass Cobra (1996), was widely acclaimed. Jello Biafra would later comment that it was one of the best punk albums of the 1990s. Following Ass Cobra, was Turbonegro's most critically acclaimed release Apocalypse Dudes (1998). Apocalypse Dudes introduced a combination of 1970s arena rock, irreverent lyrics, and punk stylings, which brought the band a level of notoriety that they had not achieved at any other point in their career.
References to other music
Numerous, arcane references to other musical artists, songs and trivia, as well as frequent historical or political references are a hallmark of Turbonegro lyrics. Examples include the following:
- The album cover for Ass Cobra was a direct parody of The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album cover.
- ""Midnight NAMBLA" from Ass Cobra, a song about the notorious North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), is a reference to The Rolling Stones song, "Midnight Rambler".
- "Zillion Dollar Sadist" from Apocalypse Dudes quotes James Brown's famous instruction to his band, "Take it to the bridge". The song title is also a direct play off Alice Cooper's song (and album of the same title) Billion Dollar Babies.
- "City of Satan" from Party Animals uses a couplet from the Bruce Springsteen song "Atlantic City" from his album Nebraska. The only difference is the name of the city (Satan's vs Atlantic);
"Put your make up on, make your hair real pretty
And meet me tonight down in Satan's city."
- "Get it on" from [Apocalypse Dudes] borrows the iconic opening guitar riff from [The Ramones] 'I just want to have something to do' and [The Dictators] 'Next Big thing'. The song also quotes [Alice Coopers]'s lyric in 'Eighteen' "I like it. I love it" in repetition.
- "Death From Above" from Party Animals borrows a guitar riff and accompanying vocal melody from the Butthole Surfers song "Goofy's Concern".
- "Hot Stuff/Hot Shit", also from Party Animals, references the Frank Zappa/Captain Beefheart song "Willie the Pimp".
- "Stroke The Shaft" from Retox features the line, "Do you remember, too fast for love," a reference to Mötley Crüe's 1981 debut album. The song also features the line "We fit together like hand in glove", a reference to The Smiths.
- The last chorus of "The Age of Pamparius" from Apocalypse Dudes has a reference to Cheap Trick's song "Clock Strikes Ten", itself a reference to "Westminster Quarters". On the live record, Darkness Forever, this song also features a reference to Gary Glitter's 1973 song "Hello, Hello, I'm Back Again". The opening guitar sequence is a very similar variation of AC/DC's 'For those about to rock' opening riff. It also has influence from [Alice Coopers] opening guitar sequence in the song 'My Stars'.
- "Prince of the Rodeo" from Apocalypse Dudes references Motörhead's "Ace of Spades" by calling out, "don't forget the clown" instead of "don't forget the joker," just before the lead solo.
- 'Humiliation street' off [Apocalypse dudes] samples the music off of [Iggy Pop and the Stooges] song 'Gimme Danger'.
- The opening track on Retox, "We're Gonna Drop the Atom Bomb", has an intro similar to Dead Kennedys' "Holiday in Cambodia", and a chorus similar to Guns N' Roses' "You Could Be Mine."
- "Everybody Loves a Chubby Dude" from Retox quotes ZZ Top's "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" ("I'm fat, I'm nationwide") in addition to N.W.A's "Straight Outta Compton" and The Thin White Duke phase of David Bowie's career ("Straight out of Munich, I'm the fat white duke"). This song also begins with a reference to the motto of the U.S. Marines, Semper Fi ("Semper fat").
- In "What is Rock?" from Retox, references include AC/DC, Spinal Tap (Cleveland, Ohio), Metallica, producer Bob Rock, Iggy Pop and James Williamson's album Kill City, The Stooges album Funhouse and notorious sports arena stampedes such as the one prior to a concert by The Who at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum, where 11 people died in December 1979.
- The song "Back To Dungaree High" contains the line "I've got a headache in my pants" which is taken from the song "Brain Job" by the Akron, Ohio, band Rubber City Rebels.
Initially, the band had two running ideas for band names: Nazipenis and Turbonegro. They were advised that a band named Nazipenis would never sell records, so they chose Turbonegro as a more consumer-friendly choice. The band's name raised some eyebrows and, for that reason, their first releases were sometimes branded "TRBNGR," perhaps to preclude backlash against what some consider to be a racist name. However, the band's stated motivations are anti-racist, an attempt to change the attitude of racism and nationalism perceived as prevalent in parts of Scandinavia. The original name was seconded by a tribute band, Nazipenis.
According to lead guitarist Euroboy, the band name also has a peculiar origin. "I think Pål saw it spray-painted on a brick wall in a tube-station in a suburb of Oslo back in the day. It's actually two Latin words. It means 'fast' and 'black,' and we thought that was a cool name for a band. Because our music is very fast and very dark. And also, it's a name for a color. In the car industry, it's the name for the paint, for the darkest paint. If you want to paint your car black, the most black colour of all is Turbonegro."
A feature of Turbonegro's fan base is the Turbojugend (Turbo Youth), the band's fan club. In explaining Turbojugend's beginnings, Euroboy said, "We thought about how Kiss had the Kiss Army so we thought that Turbonegro should have our own Navy. It started as a joke in Happy-Tom’s apartment. We put his address on the album sleeves and it was all just for laughs. The Jugend blossomed into something way bigger than we ever expected." The first Turbojugend chapter started in St Pauli, Hamburg, Germany, with later chapters appearing throughout the world, St. Pauli being the unofficial capital. Chapter members identify themselves by wearing specially made denim jackets with the Turbonegro logo and "Turbojugend [name of chapter]" stitched on the back.
The logo of Turbojugend Oslo can be found on almost every album Turbonegro has ever released.
Once a year, Turbojugends from all over the world meet in St. Pauli, Germany, to celebrate Turbonegro, themselves, and punk rock in general during a two-day event, called "Welt-Turbojugend-Tage" (in English: "World Turboyouth Days"), with concerts and meetings in different clubs. Welt-Turbojugend-Tage 7, in July 2011, featured the comeback of Turbonegro. The eighth annual event was held in July 2012, and another was scheduled for August 2013.
- Thomas Seltzer (a.k.a. "Happy-Tom", also "Tom of Norway", "Bongo" and "Bongo Neger") - bass guitar (1989–1990, 1996–present), drums (1990–1996)
- Knut Schreiner (a.k.a. "Euroboy") - lead guitar (1996–present)
- Rune Grønn (a.k.a. "Rune Rebellion", also "Rune Protude", "Loonie", "Thee Oi Boy!", "Brune" and "Brune Neger") - rhythm guitar (1989–2007, 2011–present)
- Tommy Akerholdt (a.k.a. "Tommy Manboy") - drums (2011–present)
- Anthony Madsen-Sylvester (a.k.a. "The Duke of Nothing", also "Ceasar Proud") - vocals (2011–present)
- Haakon-Marius Pettersen (a.k.a. "Crown Prince Haakon-Marius") - keyboards (2015–present)
- Pål Erik Carlin - vocals (1989–1990)
- Vegard Heskestad - guitar (1989–1990)
- Tor Kristian Jenssen (a.k.a. "TK") - drums (1989)
- Carlos Carrasco - drums (1989–1990)
- Harald Fossberg (a.k.a. "Harry Neger", also "Hare Neger" and "Harold Neger") - vocals (1990–1993)
- Ole Martin Martinsen - bass guitar (1990–1991)
- Bengt Calmeyer (a.k.a. "Bingo", also "Bingo Neger", "Bingo El Bailar" and "Panky") - bass guitar (1991–1996)
- Hans Erik Dyvik Husby (a.k.a. "Hank von Helvete", also "Hank Herzog von Helvete", "Hank from Hell", "Hertugen", "Herr Tugen", "Hertis", "Hanky El Magnifico", "Frank Hank" and "Hanky") - vocals (1993–2010)
- Anders Gerner (a.k.a. "André Grandeur") - drums (1996)
- Christer Engen (a.k.a. "Chris Summers", also "The Rolex of Drummers" and "The Prince of Drummers") - drums (1997–2008)
- Tomas Dahl (a.k.a. "Caddy" and "T.D.") - drums (2008–2010)
- Pål Bøttger Kjærnes (a.k.a. "Pål Pot Pamparius", also "L. Ron Bud", "Bod El Stud", "Toonie", "Herr Würst Neger" and "Max Neger") - keyboards/percussion/guitar (1989–1995, 1996–2010, part-time 2011–2012)
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|1992||Hot Cars and Spent Contraceptives
|1994||Never Is Forever
|"—" denotes a release that did not chart.|
- Darkness Forever! (1999)
- Love It To Deathpunk (Australian Best-of Compilation, 2001)
- Small Feces (boxed set of rarities, 2005)
- This Ain't No Fucking Melodic Punk 7" (Probe Records, 1995)
- Alpha Motherfuckers: A Tribute to Turbonegro (2001)
- Los Suaves Negroes|Los Suaves Negroes: A Lounge and Bossa Tribute to Turbonegro (2007)
- Omega Motherfuckers: A Tribute to Turbonegro (2013)
- Stinky Fingers 10" vinyl (1995) – split EP with "Flying Crap"
- Flabby Sagging Flesh 7" vinyl (1995) – "Turbonegro" / "Anal Babes Split"
- "Computech" cassette tape (1989)
- "Computech + Route Zero" cassette tape & 7" vinyl (1989)
- "Route Zero" 7" vinyl (1989)
- "Vaya Con Satan" 7" vinyl (1991)
- "Denim Demon" 7" vinyl (1995)
- "Bad Mongo" 7" vinyl (1995)
- "I Got Erection" 7" vinyl (1995)
- "Prince Of The Rodeo" 7" vinyl (1996)
- "Suffragette City" 7" vinyl (1997)
- "Get It On" 7" vinyl (1998)
- "Fuck the World (F.T.W.)" 7" vinyl & CD (2003)
- "Locked Down" 7" vinyl & CD (2003)
- "Sell Your Body (To The Night)" 7" vinyl & CD (2003)
- "High On The Crime" (2005)
- "City Of Satan" CD (2005)
- "Do You Do You Dig Destruction" mobile-only download & CD (2007)
- "Boys From Nowhere" European Tour 6-track EP (2007)
- "You Give Me Worms" 7" vinyl (2012)
- "Hot For Nietzsche" (2015)
- "Special Education" (2016)
- Give me Friction, Baby – a book about Turbonegro and the Turbojugend, published on 1 April 2007.
- TRBNGR – Sagaen om denimfolket – written by Håkon Moslet, almost a complete band biography from the early days, about the fans, the people, the drugs, and the friendship behind Turbonegro. (2007)
- The Vikings – an early-mid-1990s project that features Thomas Seltzer, Knut Schreiner and Tomas Dahl.
- Oslo Motherfuckers – a now defunct project that featured Christer Engen and Thomas Seltzer, produced one album.
- Euroboys – a project of guitarist Knut Schreiner.
- Mirror Lakes – new band with guitarist Knut Schreiner and members of Euroboys, Serena Maneesh, I Was a King, Heroes&Zeros and Hello Goodbye.
- SCUM – project featuring Thomas Seltzer with members of Amen, Emperor, and Mindgrinder.
- Black Diamond Brigade – a one-off collaboration between Knut "Euroboy" Schreiner, Billy Gould (Faith No More), Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven (Satyricon), Torgny Amdam (Amulet) and Tarjei Strom (Ralph Myerz).
- Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult - the new band featuring Hank Von Helvete on vocals.
- Biography from Turbojugend USA and Official Turbonegro archive.
- Pitchfork Media's review of 2003's Scandinavian Leather (also provides some historical background)
- 2003 Interview
- "John Doe Zine - Turbonegro Interview". 2003-01-01. Archived from the original on 2005-05-08. Retrieved 2007-06-09.
- Verreth, Kris (2000). "turbo archive - turbonegro interview, published in Pitsbulll #5, Belgium, 1992". turbo archive. Retrieved 2007-06-09.
- "Slam! Rocks - Interview" (in Italian). 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-12-12. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
- Jaded, Tom (2003-05-08). "turbo archive - Turbonegro Interview England 2003 Mohawk Distro". turbo archive. Retrieved 2007-06-10.
- Carman, Keith (2007). "Turbonegro Web Exclusive Interview". Exclaim.ca. Archived from the original on 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
- "turbo archive : turbonegro gig & tour archive | 1989 thru today". Turbo-archive.homepage.t-online.de. 2014-06-08. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
- "Checkout a live review of Turbonegro at The Troubadour!". Epitaph.com. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
- Turbonegro (2008). "Announcement from Knut!". Retrieved 2009-10-14.
- Turbojugend. "Statement from the band".
- Cashmere, Tim (2010-07-12). "Hank Von Helvete Leaves Turbonegro - Undercover.fm News". Undercover.com.au. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
- Turbonegro, Marilyn Manson, Satyricon, Extol Members Join Forces In New Supergroup
- Former/Present Members Of Turbonegro, Satyricon, Celtic Frost, Extol Join Forces in Doctor Midnight and the Mercy Cult
- Dr. Midnight Prescribes Evil Sounds for 2011
- Members of Marilyn Manson, Apoptygma Berzerk, KMFDM form new supergroup Doctor Midnight And The Mercy Cult
- Segerpalm, Erik (16 April 2015). "De bärs fram av fansen". Värmlands Folkblad (in Swedish). Karlstad. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
- Turbonegro facebook
- Tom Jaded (8 May 2003). "It's Good To Be Back!!". 3rd Generation Nation. Mohawk Distribution. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
- Turbonegro Heatseekers Albums billboard.com. Retrieved on November 29, 2012
- Turbonegro Album Chart History finnishcharts.com. Retrieved on November 29, 2012
- Turbonegro Album Chart History norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved on November 29, 2012
- Turbonegro Album Chart History musicline.de. Retrieved on November 29, 2012
- Turbonegro Album Chart History swedishcharts.com. Retrieved on November 29, 2012
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