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Motorpsycho

Named for a movie by American sexploitation auteur Russ Meyer, Motorpsycho are a Norwegian band whose music is an adventurous fusion of progressive rock, psychedelia, alternative rock, folk-rock, hard rock, and old-school heavy metal. Motorpsycho were formed in Trondheim, Norway in the fall of 1989 by guitarist Hans Magnus "Snah" Ryan, bassist Bent Saether, and drummer Kjell Runar "Killer" Jenssen, who all knew one another from playing the regional club circuit with various bands. After cutting a demo in 1990 (which was released under the title Maiden Voyage) and releasing their debut LP, Lobotomizer, in 1991, Jenssen left the band and Håkon Gebhardt, a high-school friend of Ryan's, took over behind the drums.

After a handful of EPs and vinyl-only releases, the new Motorpsycho lineup added a fourth member, Helge Sten on keyboards and electronics, and they cut the grand-scale 1993 double album Demon Box, which earned enthusiastic reviews while expanding the group's following. The band stayed busy in the studio, releasing a pair of EPs in late 1993 and early 1994, leading up to Timothy's Monster, an expansive work spread out over two discs on CD and three LPs on vinyl. After the release of Timothy's Monster, Sten dropped out of Motorpsycho as a full-time bandmember, though he continued to work with the group in the studio and appeared at their live shows as his schedule permitted; guitarist Morten Fagervik and keyboardist Lars Lien came aboard in his place.

In 1995, the group released The Tussler, the original soundtrack album to a movie that existed only in Motorpsycho's imagination, and despite a busy touring schedule, they returned with another album, Blissard, in 1996. By the time Angels and Daemons at Play was released in 1997, Fagervik and Lien had dropped out of the group, and the core trio of Ryan, Saether, and Gebhardt soldiered on, releasing their next studio effort, Trust Us, in 1998, and the first in their series of Roadwork albums (collecting live recordings from the group's archives) in 1999.

In the 21st century, Motorpsycho kept up a hectic recording and performing schedule, releasing four studio albums, another Roadwork volume, and a collaborative EP with Jaga Jazzist Horns between 2000 and 2003; during this period, elements of jazz and electronic music also began playing a larger role in their music. In 2005, Gebhardt left Motorpsycho, and the 2007 album Black Hole/Blank Canvas found Ryan and Saether recording as a duo with guest percussionist Jacco van Rooij and vibraphonist Oyvind Brandtsegg. Released in 2008, Little Lucid Moments marked the recording debut of Motorpsycho's new full-time drummer, Kenneth Kapstad, and in 2009 the band celebrated its 20th anniversary with a vinyl-only album, Child of the Future, recorded with engineer Steve Albini. Another studio set, Heavy Metal Fruit, was released in 2010 and the fourth Roadwork collection followed in 2011.

In 2012, Motorpsycho collaborated with keyboardist/composer/arranger Ståle Storløkken (Supersilent, Elephant9, Humcrush, Terje Rypdal) and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. They released a re-imagined studio version of the 2011 concert work The Death Defying Unicorn, which was commissioned by the Molde International Jazz Festival for their 50th anniversary. They returned with the genre-defying Still Life with Eggplant in 2013, and followed it with the sprawling Behind the Sun in March of 2014. Later that spring the band announced The Motorpnakotic Fragments, an extremely limited-edition (1,200) album created from four 7" vinyl singles; also included was a disc of the entire album. It was shipped throughout the fall of 2014.

Motorpsycho kicked off 2015 with a deluxe five-disc reissue of their 1993 album Demon Box. Originally recorded as a double, it was trimmed and released as a single album. The set restored the entire recording in proper sequence, was fully remastered, and contained bonus EPs, rarities, and a concert video disc. It was followed by a live acoustic vinyl offering entitled En Konsert For Folk Flest. Also that year, Rockheim, the Norwegian national museum of rock, displayed a 25-year retrospective exhibition of the band called Supersonic Scientists. For the first time in their career, Motorpsycho assembled a retrospective collection; entitled Supersonic Scientists: A Young Person's Guide to Motorpsycho; it featured one track each from their "regular" studio album catalog outside of soundtracks, live recordings, collaborations, or special projects. It was followed in February by the brand new single,a cover of HP Lovecraft's cover of Terry Callier's "Spin Spin Spin." The full length Here Be Monsters was released a month later. The album's origins lie in a commission for the centennial jubilee of the Norwegian Technical Museum in November, 2014. The music was written for the expanded version of Motorpsycho that features Storløkken, though he did not participate in the recording sessions due to time constraints. ~ Mark Deming
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Behind The Sun

1. Cloudwalker (A Darker Blue)

2. Ghost

3. On A Plate

4. The Promise

5. Kvestor (Incl. Where Greyhounds Dare)

6. Hell, Pt. 4-6: Traitor / The Tapestry / Swiss Cheese Mountain

7. Entropy

8. The Magic & The Wonder (A Love Theme)

9. Hell, Pt. 7: Victim Of Rock

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Track List: Still Life With Eggplant

1. Hell, part 1-3

2. August

3. Barleycorn (Let It Come/Let It Be)

4. Ratcatcher

5. The Afterglow

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Track List: Roadwork Vol. 4: Intrepid Skronk

1. The Bomb-Proof Roll & Beyond

2. All Is Loneliness

3. Wishing Well

4. Landslide

5. Kill Devil Hills

6. The Alchemyst

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Track List: Black Hole / Blank Canvas

1. No Evil

2. In Our Tree

3. Coalmine Pony

4. Kill Devil Hills

5. Critical Mass

6. The 29th Bulletin

7. Devil Dog

8. Triggerman

9. Hyena

10. Sancho Says

11. Sail On

12. The Ace

13. L.T.E.C. (Deja-Vulture Blues)

14. You Lose

15. Before The Flood

16. Fury On Earth

17. With Trixeene Trough The Mirror, I Dream With Open Eyes

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Track List: Roadwork Vol 2: The MotorSource Massacre

1. Olemanns Kornett

2. Grindstone

3. The Wheel

4. Finske Skoger

5. Dreams

6. The Golden Core

7. Limbo

8. Na

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Track List: Serpentine

1. Serpentine

2. Shane 2AM

3. Little Ricky Massenburg

4. Snafu

5. Fade To Grey

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Track List: Walkin' With J (EP)

1. Walkin' With J

2. Junkfood Mailbomb

3. Captain Geebheart

4. KR-3

5. Abendspaziergang

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Track List: It's A Love Cult

1. Uberwagner Or A Billion Bubbles In My Mind

2. Circles

3. Neverland

4. This Otherness

5. Carousel

6. What If...

7. The Mirror And The Lie

8. Serpentine

9. Custer's Last Stand

10. Composite Head

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Track List: Barracuda

1. Heartbreaker

2. Up' Gainst The Wall

3. Star Star Star

4. Vanishing Point

5. Rattlesnake

6. Dr. Hoffmann's Bicycle

7. Glow

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Track List: Phanerothyme

1. Bedroom Eyes

2. For Free

3. B.S.

4. Landslide

5. Go To California

6. Painting The Night Unreal

7. The Slow Phaseout

8. Blindfolded

9. When You're Dead

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Track List: Let Them Eat Cake

1. The Other Fool

2. Upstairs- Downstairs

3. Big Surprise

4. Walkin' With J.

5. Never Let You Out

6. Whip That Ghost

7. Stained Glass

8. My Best Friend

9. 30 / 30

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Track List: The Other Fool

1. The Other Fool

2. The Sailboat Song

3. Johnny Finds The Leak

4. Jumpin' Flashback

5. Funk '99

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Track List: Trust Us

Disc 1

1. Psychonaut

2. Ozone

3. The Ocean In Her Eye

4. Vortex Surfer

5. Siddhardtino

6. 577

Disc 2

1. Evernine

2. Mantrick Muffin Stomp

3. Radiance Freq.

4. TaiFun

5. Superstooge

6. Coventry Boy

7. Hey Jane

8. Dolphy'n

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Track List: Hey Jane EP

1. Hey Jane

2. Mellow Muffin Stomp

3. Celestine

4. Valis

5. The Ballad of Pat + Put

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Track List: Ozone

1. Ozone

2. Accute Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms

3. The Skies Are Full Of... Wine?

4. Young Man Blues

5. Back To Source

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Track List: Starmelt (EP)

1. Starmelt / Lovelight

2. Up Our Sleeves

3. Wishing Well

4. Flick Of The Wrist

5. Instamatic

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Track List: Manmower

1. Manmower

2. A Saw Sage Full Of Secretion

3. Heaven & Hell

4. 7th Dream

5. Sterling Says

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Track List: The Nerve Tattoo

1. The Nerve Tattoo

2. Of Beacons & Beams

3. The Wheel

4. Pale Day

5. Mad Sun

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Track List: Another Ugly Ep

1. Another Ugly Tune

2. Watching You

3. She Used To Be A Twin

4. Blueberry Daydream

5. Summertime Is Here

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Track List: Timothy's Monster

Disc 1

1. Feel

2. Trapdoor

3. Leave It Like That

4. A Shrug & A Fistful

5. Kill Some Day

6. On My Pillow

7. Beautiful Sister

8. Wearing Yr Smell

9. Now It's Time To Skate

10. Giftland

11. Watersound

Disc 2

1. The Wheel

2. Sungravy

3. GrindStone

4. The Golden Core

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Track List: Wearing Yr Smell

1. Wearing Yr Smell

2. President Block

3. Jr.

4. Birds

5. Leave It Like That

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Track List: 8 Soothing Songs For Rut

1. Have Fun

2. Loaded

3. Lighthouse Girl

4. Sister Confusion

5. The Wait

6. Step Inside

7. We All Float Down Here Too!

8. California Dreamin'

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Track List: Angels And Daemons At Play

1. Sideway Spiral L

2. Walking On The Water

3. Heartattack Mac

4. Pills, Powders And Passion Plays

5. In The Family

6. Un Chien D'Espace

7. Sideway Spiral Ll

8. Like Always

9. Stalemate

10. Starmelt / Lovelight

11. Timothy's Monster

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Track List: Blissard (Deluxe Version)

Disc 1

1. Sinful, Wind-Borne

2. "Drug Thing"

3. Greener

4. 's Numbness

5. The Nerve Tattoo

6. True Middle

7. S.T.G.

8. Manmower

9. Fool's Gold

10. Nathan Daniel's Tune From Hawaii

Disc 2

1. Stalemate

2. Flick Of The Wrist

3. When The World Sleeps

4. Black W'abbit

5. The Ballad Of Patrick & Putrick

6. 7th Dream

7. Mad Sun

Disc 3

1. Sinful, Wind-Borne (Pidah Version)

2. "Drug Thing" (Pidah Version)

3. Greener (Pidah Version)

4. The Matter With Her

5. 's Numbness (Pidah Version)

6. The Nerve Tattoo (Pidah Version)

7. Manmower (Pidah Version)

8. Like Always

9. True Middle (Pidah Version)

10. S.T.G. (Pidah Version)

11. Stalemate (Pidah Version)

Disc 4

2. Of Beacons & Beams

3. The Wheel

4. Pale Day

5. Mad Sun (Short Version)

6. A Saw Sage Full Of Secretion

7. Heaven And Hell

8. Sterling Says

9. Never Judge

10. Baby Scooter

11. In The Midst Of All That

12. Silver Tongue

13. Dave Gave Up

14. That Dying Breed

16. A Shortcut To The Stars

17. Aa Luna

18. Atlantis Swing

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Track List: Bonny Lee (Single)

1. Bonny Lee

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Track List: Demon Box

1. Waiting For The One

2. Nothing To Say

3. Feedtime

4. Sunchild

5. Tuesday Morning

6. All Is Loneliness

7. Come On In

8. Step Inside Again

9. Demon Box

10. Babylon

11. Junior

12. Plan #1

13. Sheer Profoundity

14. The One Who Went Away

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Track List: Lobotomizer

1. Lobotomizer

2. Grinder

3. Hogwash

4. Home Of The Brave

5. Frances

6. Wasted

7. Eternity

8. Tfc

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Track List: Mountain EP

1. Mountain

2. Fleshharrower

3. The House At Pooneil Corners

4. Viscount Grisnah

5. Sister Confusion

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Track List: Roadwork Vol 1: Heavy Metall Iz A Poze, Hardt Rock Iz A Laifsteil

1. The Other Fool

2. A K9 Suite

3. Super / Wheel

4. You Lied

5. Black To Comm

6. Words Of Wisdom

7. Vortex Surfer

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Track List: The Tussler Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

1. Theme From The Tussler

2. Six Days On The Road

3. Frances

4. Babylon

5. I Know You, Rider

6. Hogwash

7. The Tussler (Slight Return)

8. Sonnyboy Gaybar

9. Sunchild

10. Waiting For The One

11. A Memory

12. Polka With The Devil

13. Lazy Days

14. Changes

15. Albuquerque

16. Bird Song

17. One More Saturday Night

18. With Care From Someone

19. Queen Chinee

20. Illinois

21. It Must Have Been The Roses

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Track List: Wrenched

1. Scarred For Life

2. F**k It Up

3. Don't Wait

4. No Hope

5. Some Kinda Friend

6. Truth

7. Hatebox

8. Thunderhead...Drunktank

9. Gonna Die

10. Watch Your Head

11. Midnite Sun

12. Barstool Philosophy

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My favorite Norwegian Heavy Metal band!
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Definately not the Motorphsycho I was looking for
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The Death Defying Unicorn needs to be put on Pandora ASAP!
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