"Two of my most favorite things in the world are covers of terrible 80's pop songs and abused kitchenware.
As you can imagine, it's a bit difficult for things like this to come together in a coherent or successful fashion.
Enter Hurra Torpedo."
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WinMedia Format: hurratorpedo.wmv
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DIVX Format: Hurra_Torpedo-Total_Eclipse_Of_The_Heart.divx.avi
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Photos and more info: Duplex Records
Details: This is a tribute by Hurra Torpedo a Swedish band to Bonnie Tyler's 1983 hit song, "Total Eclipse of the Heart", on the Norwegian TV show, "Lille Lørdag" which translates to "little saturday" and is very similar to Saturday Night Live. From what I can find it was shot in 1995 and the group disbanded soon after but supposedly get together yearly for tours in Norway. According to the Duplex Records website below they have a record out called Stockholm and supposedly have recorded 11-15 songs on their studio of home kitchen appliances.
I don't know about you but I have ripped the Quicktime version of the music video to an MP3 in iTunes and am addicted to the haunting voice of the lead singer as he sings "bright eyes". It's to bad the website is completely in Norwegian. If anyone can read Norwegian, please post any additional information you can translate. If I may suggest it to any ambitious individuals, putting up and English site might be most profitable, I will provide hosting or any assistance necessary to promote this work, please email hurra-torpedo [at] mmeiser.com or simply leave a comment.
Twelve years and a bigger hit than ever. I is possible there might on day be interest enough for a US tour? I wonder if the rest of their musical repertoire is anywhere near this good. I'd also love to hear about more of their work. Time to break down some more of those mass-mediated barriers.
A special thanks to these sources:
Another Word for Nerd - Blog Archive - Best Music Video Ever
Quote from: revhughes.com: The Boorish Blog of Rev. Hughes
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