[trivia and gossip]
Note: All this is rarely updated or corrected. Don't believe all you read, some of it is just things we hear.
Note 2: This is a mess, and we're not cleaning it.
Bands they used to be in.
They played the by then unreleased song "Flick Of The Wrist" (live, Ås 5.10.94) on RoxRevyen sometime near the end of 1994. It featured a lengthy, pretty impressive guitar lead by Snah.
Motorpsycho did two more unreleased songs when they "supported" L7 in dec.94. These apparently still unreleased... One of them had Snah on vocals.
Dr. Hoffmann and Swiss Cheese Mountain were played during the AADAP tour. Not released on Trust Us. A song called Afterglow was played in Sandnes, Norway. It had the guitarriff of Superstooge and Bent sang. Bent said it was the worldpremier of a new song.
Motorpsycho's manager is Cecilie Lykke, Bent's girlfriend.
Lolly previously played drums in Albino Slug, and a band called Morphars Hus.
Motorpsycho are from Norway. Bent is from Snåsa, Gebhardt is from Tromsø and Snah is from Steinkjer. Lolly is from Sandvollan on Inderøya.
Bent is a BIG fan of the late Nick Drake. Singer/songwriter from the 60's / 70's.
Bent is vegetarian.
Not likely to happen: Detroit Dogs: Bent - Guitar, Snah - Bass, Sverre
(HedgeHog) - Guitar, Morten (HedgeHog) - Vocals and Steffen (HedgeHog's
Most of their covers are designed by noted 'indie' artist Kim Hiorthøy.
Snah has played with Per Helge Taraldsen (BoyToy) in the band Pestilence.
Bent once cancelled a concert and went to a Grateful Dead-concert in Stockholm instead.
Bent is also a BIG Neil Young fan.
The name of the group is from a Russ Meyer movie. At a Meyer triple bill the group went to, both Faster Pussycat Kill Kill and Mudhoney something were used as band-names, so they went for Motorpsycho.
The first shows always had films showing at the back of the stage, mostly 60s biker, mixed by Killer.
On Lobotomizer, Bent used a cracked, borrowed amp. That's where the fuzzy sound comes from.
It is said that Killer left partly because he wasn't as ambitious as Bent, and partly because Bent thought he wasn't good enough.
Snah having sex with his girlfriend makes a lot of noise.(????)
Sun Ra, favourite artist of the band, once released an album called Angels and Demons at Play. Motorpsycho changed demons to daemons and released Angels and Daemons at Play.
Deathprod. has got various nicknames: he is often called prodrick or deathpromp by the band.
The bit before Un Chien d'Space on the AADAP CD is from 'Shortcut to the stars' by Jörg Mager Trio.
Snah is the only father in the band. Child born 23. march 97.
The song ‘Young Man Blues’ is written by Mose Allison (an old blues/blues-related artist, the song may be from the 30/40s). It’s also done by The Who on their legendary Live At Seeds. Motorpsycho have most likely taken it from The Who. (A new re-master cd of Live at Leeds with a lots of bonustracks also contain’ Heaven & Hell’!).
The song ‘Metropolis’ is an old Motorhead classic from the album ‘Overkill’ cirka 1978-79. (You can also find it on a lot of livealbums). The Motorpsycho version (only done live) is pretty much like the original..
‘Into the void we travel’ (written on the inlaypaper of Blissard) is a quotation from ‘Space is Deep’ by Hawkind. It’s on the album ‘Doremi Fasol Latido’ released 1972 (besides it’s also on the album ‘Roadhawks’ 1976 and on the livealbum ‘Space Ritual’, 1973. (Recommended if you can overlook a few "spacey" lyrics (Lemmy on bass) from 1973.)
The song 'Manson’s Children' from 'Coming Down Fast' was originally called 'Mason’s Children'. The song is either from a Grateful Dead album or a Jerry Garcia solorelease. 'I Know You Rider' can be found on many of Grateful Dead’s albums. It’s assumed Motorpsycho took it from them.
‘Six Days On The Road’ (Green, Montgomery - who are they??) could be found on Gram Parsons ‘Gram Parsons and The Fallen Angels Live 1973’. (Bent once stated him as being among the 3 best songwriters of all time - apparently Motorpsycho have taken it from Gram.)
The International Tussler Society have played ‘Trist Historie’ for Roxreven, P3. It’s a Wannskrækk/Dum Dum Boys song. The Wannskrækk version could be found on ‘Riff 1980-85’ and the DumDum (same lineup as Wannskrækk) on their first EP. (Bapshuari?) Lars Lien on vocals. They also played it at the last Tussler gig in Trondheim, december 1996.
Helge Sten (Deathprod) along with Cikada (a Nordic "samtidsmusikk" ensemble) played a concert at Rockefeller Friday 18. October 1996 using the name "Jorg Mager Ensemble". The show was previewed in Kulturoperatørene (NRK) the day after.
Jorg Mager Ensemble were:
Helge Sten - Theremin, various electronic
The following article is taken from the Ultima 96 program: (sorry Norwegian only)
I regi av Rikskonsertene har Cikade innledet et unikt samarbeid med Deathprod., som har spesialisert seg på eksperimentell klangflatemusikk ved bruk av støy og gammel elektronikk. Sammen utgjørde Jorg Mager Ensemble, oppkalt etter en av musikkhistoriens mange obskure personer. Klangfarge, stabilitet og stofflighet er parametre som fokuderes i musikken som er signert Helge Sten og Ole Henrik Moe. Resultatet er en reise i utforskningen av begrepet lydkvalitet. Konserten har fått tittelen Stille støy! Et av komponistenes store forbilder er den intime sammenhengen som fantes mellom estetikk og teknologi i den elektroakustiske barndom, der innovatører som Cahill, Theremin og Martenot på 20-tallet sto for en lydkvalitet som i våre dager savner sidestykke. Noen av instrumentene fra denne tidens teknologi, som Ondes, Martenot og Theremin, er med i denne konserten.
Motorpsycho did two special performances at Cinemateket in Oslo october 96. It was in connection with the viewing of Luis Bunuels surrealistic filmclassic "Un Chien Andalou" (En Andalusisk Hund) from 1928. The last show was an extra show because of the big success with the first. The shows were supposed to be improvised. Not really, but it was an instrumental version of Un Chien D’Espace. Lasted 17 minutes.
Motorpsycho at the occasion:
Gebhardt - drums
"Take the wheel of the world and....drive" (Psychopbabble EP) is a quotation from Sonic Youth’s Sister, 1987.
Here's some norwegian info about a DeathProd-recording:
Deathprod. recording the Jörg Mager Trio 7" (33 1/3 RPM) on clear vinyl. Subtopia MZO 2321/A / MZO 2322/A. Released in 1995. Side 1: "A Shortcut To The Stars" (Ryan) Side 2: "La Luna" (Sten) Deathprod. recording the Jörg Mager Trio. Produced by Deathprod. Personel on this recording: The Jörg Mager Trio. Recording date: 08.10.95. Recording equipment: 2 track Tandberg series 1200X. 2 RCA 77 DX microphones. Tape speed: 1 7/8 ips. Recording facility: Atlantis studio - main room. Mastering: Audun Strype at Strype Audio. Postscript illustration: Amoeba aka Watz (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Sats: Allkopi. Trykk: Team trykk. Pressing: Gramofonové Závody. Wishes you a merry christmas: Subtopia! Kommentar: Singelen er en slags julegave fra designfirmaet Subtopia. Ved strekkoden på coveret står det: "SUBTOPIA ØNSKER DEG GOD JUL OG GODT NYTT ÅR". Antakelig kommer det samme frem dersom man forsøker å lese av strekkoden. Er usikker på opplaget, men tror det er 500 eks. Forøvrig kommer Deathprod./Origami Republika snart med CD på Young God Records, selskapet til Swans.
(Oh no not again:) Motorpsycho has a song on the soundtrack to the swedish low-budget-western-parody 'The Return of Jesus 2'. The song is called Seethe. (Or at least that's what I'm told.)
Tett på nett i VG, 14. mars 97 - fans asked, band sort of answered..(Norwegian)
Bent said on Roxrevyen once that every proper Motorpsycho EP must have: 1.A cover 2.A Gebhardt song recorded on his 4-track. Sitat Bent: Jeg har alltid betraktet på EP'er som en frisone.
Stickman was formed when Rolf and Jeanette together with Motorpsycho split with Voices of Wonder.
Den fine ekle ulyden som avslutter "TFC" på LOBOTOMIZER gjør nettopp det på både LPen og CDen. Forskjellen er at den på CDen varer ca ett minutt og etterfølges av litt baklengs snakking. På LPen er denne baklengs snakkingen på slutten av "Home Of The Brave", mens den på CDen er flyttet til "TFC" fordi "Home Of The Brave" går rett over i "Frances". Ulyden på slutten av "TFC" varer bare noen sekunder på LPen hvis du har en platespiller som løfter stiften automatisk. Hvis ikke går den i all evighet...
The band won 'Spellemannsprisen' (the Norwegian Grammy) in 1997 for Blissard. They were also nominated in 1994 for Demon Box. They don't put too much enthusiasm into this. Bent has said though that it's ok because their parents/grandparents will digg it. Sitat Bent: Det føles greit å ha sikra arven i forhold til besteforeldre og sånn... Det er dem det er stort for. Jeg tror det er mest besteforeldrene og foreldrene mine som for noe ut av dette her. For meg så er det bare tull.
About Another Ugly EP:
Some of Snah's and Bent's guitars were stolen from the bandbus in august 94. At Kampen in Oslo.
Snah bought a guitar from Åge Aleksandersen. This was also stolen at Kampen but was later given back to Snah. Snah believe the thieves couldn't sell it because it was to difficult to play.
Blissard: The first copies of the vinyl edition came with a red t-shirt with "33 1/3" on the front and the Motorpsycho logo on the back. All copies came with a "silver" button with the Motorpsycho logo on it. This button was later sold at concerts. The first copies of the CD (Columbia version) sold at Akers Mic came with a white t-shirt.
MTV Alternative Nation broadcast the Starmelt, Lovelight video on 1997-08-26. The URL here was on screen. Here's the announcement:
-Coming up later on the show is Motorpsycho, at last. Even the Alternative Nation does what they're told.
Motorpsycho once played in München with a garage band called The Motorpsychos. They sang in Spanish. Pretty unusual for a German band. The concert was promoted as "Battle Of The Bands".
Bent's registered income before tax in 1996: NOK 132000.
The original of The House at Pooneil corners is very similar to Motorpsycho's version, but Bent is no Grace Slick (could have been funny though...) and is of course less grungy. The song is on the 1968 album "Crown Of Creation". It seems that MP picked the song from the "Psychedelic Years" box set. "Psychedelic Years Vol.1" is a 3LP/2CD box released in 1990, and covers the era 1966-69. It features a lot of bands favored by MP, like : Quicksilver Messenger Service, Spirit, Byrds, Iron Butterfly etc etc....
A funny story from the Tilburg 1997-concert. The link to the pics is missing.:
Above the 3 MP-pictures, you see two pictures of the support act 7zuma7. In the top picture there's a girl dressed as a devil. She danced during an instrumental song. This song was, just as all the other songs of 7zuma7, very boring and lasted way too long (anyway, that's my opinion about this band), but with this girl it was kinda funny. She was wiggling her hips, trying to be sexy but failing quite miserably. She wasn't even that fat, but she was a bit too fat for the clothes she was wearing. And these 7zuma7 guys were standing right behind here, looking very seriously, thinking of themselves as "real rockstars" which they certainly weren't. They surely felt that way, because during the MP-concert, they were standing right in front of the stage, drinking beer, bragging about how great their show had been, and they shouted very loud **during the MP-songs** Which is, in my opinion, a very very serious offence. I told them to shut their mouths or fuck off, but they didn't get the message. Well, I'm not a violent guy (and moreover I'm not strong at all (luck for them...)) so I moved to the side of the stage where they didn't bother me so much. Anyway, at the end of the Young Man Blues, Bent suddenly put down his bass, jumped in front of the drums and gave a brilliant imitation of the dancing girl, with Hans and Geb laughing and playing. Very funny. I hope these sad pathetic assholes of 7zuma7 are still ashamed of themselves, but they probably didn't get this message as well. When MP came back for their encore, Ben apologized for his dancing and said something about that he didn't intend to make fun of the other band (but he had, of course :)) but just couldn't resist the temptation. After which MP played another brilliant song...
Here's some trivia that was in the fanzine Jello Submarine. About end of 96, start of 97.
Bent signs records with "Keep on truckin'".
From Rock Furore magazine, 2-1994, after the
Spelemannsprisen-award- party. MP were nominated for Demon Box.)
From same magazine, 2-1993: Bent on the 10 albums he'd had greatest difficulties finding:
In November '93, during MP concert in Valenza (AL - Italy) at "PALOMAR", a young man manifest his disappoint a propos of the high volume of the band. At the reprise of the "bis session", Bent with the Dire Straits CD "Brothers in Arms" in hand, says "... This is not a Dire Straits Concert..." and crash it ! Great Bent !! P.S. Excuse my "Lobotomize" English ...
Here is the 'Motorpsycho font', in True Type format.
Motorpsycho was voted Best Live Band in 1997 in Intro Magazine.
Sony Music has a Motorpsycho page. There are a few errors in there.
The song later known as Another Ugly Tune was recorded for Lobotomizer, but didn't make it to the album. Very different version.
We received reader's comment on Trust Us throughout march and april. View them here.
Gebhardts top 3 concerts (from roxrevyen 3/5-98):
We once had a Motorpsycho contest.
View Motorpsycho anagrams.
Motorpsycho hosted the NRK program POP-Tv in November 98. Here's a summary:
A Motorpsycho Winamp skin, by Veikko Kotka.
Setlists from dutch gigs 98.
The American Motorpsycho.
Bent found the Motorpsychofont while serving his siviltjänst at some library at AVH(NTNU) back in the 80's.
SanderfingerThere's a new band in town! The band is:
This is on the record. On tour, Snah is replaced by Morten Skjørholm and Truls Lorentzen, and Bjørn Bengsli plays the bass.
Bent-quote on bootlegging, from newspaper interview: "Yes I guess it is. I kind of think it's OK that people share and copy. But when they start to release bootleg records with cheap recordings, put official stuff on them and on the top charge 300 bucks, I think it's lame."
Here are the results of the infamous audience song request poll that the Effenaar club ran. At the gig Bent commented that the best was still to come, and Motorspycho went on to play new songs as usual.
Espen Refsdahls tattoo.
This is the wheel from dresden 1995, there are some words/lines missing.
there she goes away out of the garden she will never be coming back she's never coming back again there she goes away across the [warning????] i still can't here shit and it's starting to annoy me, BAD touched by worm you did a good job there Pete i thank you very much those who have someone sneakin around i know, cause i saw and i've been through that [lather?????] and it hurts just a little bit more everytime i can't here what i'm doing please look at me i hate being [eyyhhwahh?????????] you have to watch me man you have to watch me know [leaving es.......???????] you are such a jerk sometimes i really hate it you are such a moron, such a pain [???????] wish i could talk to you i wish i could reach inthrough that pathetic little bobble around your head but you won't let me in no you won't let me in you won't let me communicate with you i just can't explain (rep.8x) put on your travelling boots, start walking go fuck yourself with [??????], how do i care i'm so tired of this bullshit right now i'm so fucking tired of this bullshit right now who the fuck do you think you are (rep.2x) i can't stand much more of all this rubbish i am sorry pal yes i'm sorry pal yes i'm so sorry pal you will know it i really like to touch you, but not in that way i really wanna hurt you, but sometimes it's such a shame i really wanna hurt you, and yes in that way i really wanna touch you, but not in that way with your minded eyes and your amphetamine smile you could spellbind any man to see sunshine in your eyes but i have seen you way too many times before and i have seen you crying knocking on your boyfriends backdoor that light that ain't sunshine babe it's your lifelight burning DOWN
ReferencesThere seems to be an awful lot of references to rock history throughout Motorpsycho's career. Here are a few (thanks to g35).
Heartbreaker: Title of a tune on "Led Zeppelin II". Also the title of a Free album and tune, and probably many others.
High Time: The title of a Grateful Dead tune from "Workingman's Dead"
Lovelight (as in Starmelt/Lovelight): Another tune played by the Dead, full title is "Turn On Your Lovelight". Can be heard on "Live/Dead" and "Dick's Picks 4" among others.
"Sound Sun Pleasure" (rules the world.....from Starmelt/Lovelight): Title of a Sun Ra album.
"Angels and Daemons at Play": Title of a Sun Ra album...with slightly different spelling.
"Space Is the Place", as written on the "Angels..." sleeve: Title of a Sun Ra album and composition.
The Skies Are Full of... Wine? As Bent said on Roxrevyen, a reference to Capt. Beefheart. The Beefheart song is called "The clouds are full of wine (not Whiskey or rye)" - from "Lick My Decals Off, Baby" 1970.
Junior: This is supposed to be a tribute to Dinosaur Jr., and according to some people is almost a rip-off of a Dinosaur Jr. tune. Well, at least J Masics would have loved to have written the song.
Mountain: Someone noted the similarity between the bass riff in the "space" part and parts of Pink Floyd's "Echoes" from "Meddle". BTW, sounds like Little Feat "learned" a little from "Echoes" on their tune "Spanish Moon" from "Feats Don't Fail Me Now". And then there's the band Mountain. The Echoes simile is indeed correct. At their concert in Studentersamfundet i Trondheim, October 1993, during Mountain they started quoting Echoes heavily - it was borderline coverversion, with Deathprod.
the first line of Demon Box, "metallic cocaine be-bop" (first "line", geddit? :oD) is taken from Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs, page 92: "She puts on a record, metallic cocaine be-bop. She greases the dingus, shoves the boy's legs over his head and works it up his ass with a series of corkscrew movements of her fluid hips."
Waiting for the One/The One Who Went Away: Similar approach that Neil Young used on his "Rust Never Sleeps" album...practically the same tune in acoustic version and electric version, to open and close the album with ("My My, Hey Hey" & "Hey Hey, My My").
Sonic Teenage Guinnevere: Some kind of tribute to Sonic Youth, perhaps? This is a bit of a stretch, but the lyrics also mention a "rain king". "Rain King" is the title of a tune on SY's album "Daydream Nation". There's this one guitar part which is the exact same part as in SY 'dirty boots' from Goo.
Using the guitartuning from Crosby's (+Stills & Nash) magnificant Guinevere tune [e,b,d,g,a,d]. On the "original" you can hear what led to the stg bassriff. The tuning have since then been used on Vortex surfer & stained glass. There is a Sonic Youth song called "Spahn Ranch Dance"!! So the line "Spahn ranch rain king dancing" is in fact a reference to 2 different Sonic Youth songs!
Part IV of "A K9 Suite" is called "The Rounder We Go, The Faster We Get". On the classic Grateful Dead album Anthem Of The Sun (1968) there is a track called "The Faster we Go, The Rounder We Get"...
From mp's "giftland": "you don't know me and i don't think you ever will cos i don't even know myself, today". From the who's "i don't know myself" "don't pretent that you love me 'cause i don't even know myself"
The Line "Together in the darkness" from Timothy's Monster is originally from MC5's song "Come Together" (Kick Out The Jams Album).
'Women like long-neck bottles / and a big head on their beer!' -- Don Van Vliet aka Cap'n Beefheart
Hey Jane: By Bent's own admission, their "response" to "Hey Joe" (J. Hendrix, The Byrds +++), "Hey Jude" (the...uhh...Rutles? ;-)) and "Hey Joni" (Sonic Youth).
The Other Fool/Other Other Fool: There was a band called "The Fool" who released an album called "The Fool". There could be a connection, however vague...
Astral Travelling (from A K9 Suite): The title of a Pharoah Sanders tune from the album "Thembi". The tune itself, and not just the title, was ripped off by Santana on their magnificent album "Caravanserai", under the title "Eternal Caravan of Reincarnation".
30/30: A Beach Boys album is called "20/20".
My Best Friend: Title of a Jefferson Airplane tune.
Whip That Gost: "Whipping Post" by the Allman Brothers Band.
Trust Us: Title of a Captain Beefheart tune. In the same tune is the
line "You Gotta Hear Without Fear", as printed on the "Trust Us" sleeve.
Motorpsycho versus Voices of Wonder
Read here about the lawsuit Motorpsycho has going on with their earlier label ...
Lovers of light summer dresses, as well as groupies should have seen the gig of 15th may 1997 in la-chaux-de fonds (switzerland) where geb actually played the whole concert completely naked. (observed by spacedog)
In Lillehammer on the 5th of March 1996 he came back from the shower for encores, with only a towel around his waist. That's kinda pointless for a drummer, I guess... :oD
Just a reminder on what might happen if you decide to go stagediving among Motorpsycho's gear. (Like Always from Leipzig, spring 2000, with stop, stage fight, shouting and mayhem.) Your webmasters remind you to mosh safely!
Maiden Voyage liner notesThanks to Knut S.
So...here it is; the first motorpsychodelic trip confined to an audio cassette: "Maiden Voyage". some of these songs it took us more than six months to release,but they still sound good to me. the live cut was never meant for release but since it's the actual recording of the second song we ever played before an audience, we included it for fun, and it's also an ok example of the motorpsycholive-sound: vain, unsubtle and with lots of energy. the acoustic song is the result of a 3-year love affair with The Byrds, C, S, N & Y and the good ol' Grateful Dead (who also by the way deserves some lyrical credit!). Here it's quite mellow, but in our ears it still has that Motorpsycho feel to it; out of tune vocals, warts 'n all! for more motorpsychodelic music, check out "Knall - The Album vol. 3" and watch out for future vinyl releases; something should be out before too long. thanx to Trude for twisting the knobs, the people at Knall,friends & girlfriends & TRBNGR for help and inspiration, and you for reading this and maybe even payin' for it! Kick their fat asses!!! yours truly, BOB Le BAD.
Roadworks #1 venues:
Get your Motorpsycho logo for your cellular here.
Bent's favourite film is PERFORMANCE. which features mick jagger. who also stars in a movie called BENT.
In June 2001 Motorpsycho reported commercial record pirates in Sandnes to the police for distributing a 3-cd compilation with official material. Read the press release of the Norsk Musikerforbund concerning the case ...
Also in June 2001 Motorpsycho drummer Hakon Gebhardt visited Milano to give some interviews about the new record. Inbetween he celebrated his 32nd birthday with friends ... Check our microsite about the event ...
This is how it looks when German fans of Hamburg based soccer club FC St. Pauli are fans of Motorpsycho too ...
Bent had a little row with by:larm in early 2003.
You can view the Lydverket Motorpsycho special using this stream.
There are various kinds of multimedia stuff at this VPRO site.