[media stories: english: 1998]


Article on fanatical MP-collectors taken from the
Norwegian newspaper
DAGBLADET 1998-03-13.
English translation done by Petter Flaten Eilertsen.

Every time Motorpsycho release a new album, many young men are transformed into semi-psychotic record collectors. They are suffering from a previously unknown rock-related disease.

The reason why every limited edition release from Motorpsycho causes trembling in their increasing fan base, largely consisting of young and serious men, is pure and simple that the band are collectors themselves.

They know the psychology of record collecting and speculate in it. But not in an ill-natured capitalistic way. On the contrary. An edition of 500 copies on red vinyl is music to every collector's ears. The fans think the only ones who are capitalizing on this are greedy second hand shops.

Petter Flaten Eilertsen is 24 years old, works as a support consultant in a software company and is a dedicated Motorpsycho fan. In rock terminology, he is a typical case of motorpsychosis. He is young, a man, and has a serious attitude towards his hobby - or disease - depending on whether you are a fan or not.

I've been following them since the beginning in 1991. The first two albums were originally released on vinyl only, but when they were re-released on CD I had to buy those as well, says Petter.

Motorpsycho are collectors. They release their records in different versions, formats and limited editions. Motorpsycho do it specially for those who enjoy it - not to make money. Motorpsycho is the only band of which I have any ambitition of getting a complete collection.

A lot of collectors gradually lose interest in their favorite band as the music emerges as more and more meaningless. We who are suffering from motorpsychosis have the opposite problem. The band is just getting better and better.

Café host Benny Braathen (25) made his own diagnosis as a motorpsychosis victim early on.

I instantly liked the first album, mainly because it was a vinyl only release. The guys in Motorpsycho are vinyl freaks, and once you've started collecting the vinyl releases of a band, you can't stop. That's how I became ill from the start.

Benny is no longer struck down by motorpsychosis. It used to be worse. But the pressure is still there.

New limited releases create a giant pressure in the same way as serials in Donald Duck & Co. You just got to have them. I must say I become a little frustrated when they release three or four different versions of the same record at the same time. The worst was when they released the three singles prior to the previous album, and then released them in a box which was much cooler.

To avoid the extremities, is Benny's hot tip.

I'm not such a fanatic that I must have the "saw blade single" in various colors. I'm starting to get old, you see.

Christian Nedregård (28) is now a student, but used to work with Motorpsycho when they were on Voices of Wonder.

I knew about the band before they had released any records. Saw them at the Nova festival in '91 and was immediately hooked. My respect for them has increased over the years.

Christian is a Motorpsycho fan, without letting it ruin his economy or the relationship with his girlfriend. He is one of those who can handle motorpsychosis with ease.

I have bought all the singles, but I don't buy the vinyl edition just because there's an extra track on it. Many people have accused Motorpsycho of exploiting their fans. That's wrong. It's all the result of them being prog rock fans. They like records in weird covers, rare editions and different formats. It's not meant to harm. But it may make people feel they have to buy all the formats and editions. Even if they can't afford it, says the man who has a copy of the metal box edition of "Soothe". He helped packing it.

Thomas Strzelecki