Dagobert's Revenge

Bogus Blimp

Interveiw with Bogus Blimp
Review of Men - Mic

Bogus Blimp's Excellent Adventure

Interview by Tracy Twyman

Even in the blasé indifference of the 21st Century, some people still don?t get enough snide sarcasm and snottiness in their daily die, and are lacking in the proteins and amino acids that can only be provided by regular, prolonged exposure to the impudence and insolence of contemptuous, sexually insecure, Eurotrash punk poseurs who refuse to answer a straightforward question with a straightforward answer, and think they?re really clever for doing so. Luckily for those so deprived, there?s Bogus Blimp from Norway.

1. When did Bogus Blimp form? How did you all know each other? Had you been in other bands previously?

Bogus Blimp was formed January 28th 1996. The members were survivors from the wreck of another band, adding Christian Mona on vocal.

2. Is there a primary song writer in the group or do you all contribute?

All individually made material is shredded and rebuilt by the collective until it is unrecognizable to its maker. Only then will we have a true cooperative creation.

3. What is the meaning of the name Bogus Blimp?

If you were told, it wouldn´t make any sense. If you sense it, you don't need to be told.

4. Is there a single idea that Bogus Blimp is built upon?

Bogus Blimp will make your hat fit forever. It will permanently change your view of personal space vs collective interaction. Custom made fear and comedy for the masses. Take one home today.

5. If you had to label the style of music that you play, what would you call it?

Attempts to reach a conclusion on this matter have failed. We have moved on to define love.

6. I read in an interview that you're trying to combine ?the dark European 30s with today's avant garde rock." What about Europe in the 30s are you trying to recreate?

This reference has been widely spread. Its maker and meaning is unknown.

7. Tell me about the video that's been made to promote your latest album, Cords. Wires. Does something happen in the video or does it just show you guys playing the music?

One video has just been finished for the track "King inst. King" It is a big scene portraying the last 30 seconds of control. There will soon be a video for "Brothers of Space" as well.

8. Is there going to be a tour to promote this album as well?

There has already been a release tour in Norway. At the time being we are not planning any more touring.

9. What musical instruments make an appearance on this latest album?

Saw, piano, guitars, drums, xylophones, tape recorders, dictaphones, synthesizers, noise generators, organs, radios, computers, vocals, trombones, clicks, Furniture and so on.

11. What is the origin of "Brains and How to Get Them", by Christian D. Larson, which is excerpted in the song "Brains" off of "Men-Mic"?

"Brains and How to Get Them" is a step-by-step scientific method to expand your mental powers. Within 12 months you will get up to 8 times your original mental capacity. It can be done in your own living room, you don't need any extra equipment and it is amazingly affordable. In the end of the day you just need to concentrate. That´s more or less what Christian D. Larson writes in the 1913 edition, anyway.

12. How have your live shows been received? Does a 'mosh pit' usually develop at these shows?

Our live shows have been received very positively, but they generally tend to create more of a "gasp pit".

13. How do the ladies respond to your slick, sexy style of dress and your sculpted physique?

They respond in a ladylike fashion.

14. What do you guys do besides music? I seem to detect an interest in fiction writing and the visual arts.

We consist of workers, farmers, soldiers and students.

15. Who wrote "The Book of Contamination", which can be found on your website? What was the inspiration for this trippy tale?

"The Book of Contamination" is written by Dan Robert Brask Sanengen. He is worth an interview on his own.

16. I was told that you have an interest in occult conspiracies. Is that true? Does it reflect in your music at all?

As Christian D. Larson puts it: "...sentences like these may be applied, though it is not wise to use too many."

Men - Mic

Yet more proof that the most innovative and unconventional music these days is coming out of Norway. Who knows what it is about the frosty hinterlands that encourages this tendency towards offbeat creativity, but they are a stalwart and valorous people known for charging unflinchingly into uncharted terrain. This uncommon mix of sportive theatrical and cinematic pop tunes is a welcome change of pace. In addition to being good structurally, most of these songs have a cuteness to them, and almost a quaint old-fashionedness. The first song, “Jazz/Speech” a Keystone Cops car chase style with some kind of St. Pepper-type voice announcing stuff over an intercom. #2, “Sweets & Love”, starts out sounding dark and evil but then livens up and becomes more like an action scene from Austin Powers. The singing on this track and on the rest of the album is done by the band leader, Christian Mona, who manages to conjure up that throaty Linda Blair voice from The Exorcist. (Why do Norwegians sound so malevolent when they speak?) Actually Linda Blair’s voice was replaced in that film by a voice-over artist who created that sounds by eating raw eggs and smoking cigars, so that tells you how monstrous the vocals are on this album. Track #3, “Hush Now”, sounds even more Stygian, with Mona’s seething lupine voice telling a lurid tale. In the next one, “In/Exhale”, the vocals get even more astringent as the music gets more black-metalish. “Brains”, the track that follows, is taken largely from an instrumental record called “Brains and How to Get Them”, from 1913, very entertaining. By the time you get to the next song, “Even More”, you’re certain that Mr. Mona is part European, part fang-bearing hound, and the one after that, “891”, gives you the sense of a carousel ride gone horribly wrong. The final track, “Inside Here”, resembles something that would be cranked out of an old-time Nickelodeon. All eight songs go by so fast that you almost feel cheated, but this is really only because they don’t drag and become boring. Definitely a rara avis.

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