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Turbonegro: Apocalypse DudesApocalypse Dudes (1998)
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In honor of Turbonegro's return from early retirement and their new signing to Burning Heart/Epitaph, I figured I would review their 1998 masterpiece "Apocalypse Dudes". To those unfamiliar with them, Turbonegro are a sextet of Norwegians that play a mix of punk, glam, and straight up rock n roll.

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In honor of Turbonegro's return from early retirement and their new signing to Burning Heart/Epitaph, I figured I would review their 1998 masterpiece "Apocalypse Dudes".

To those unfamiliar with them, Turbonegro are a sextet of Norwegians that play a mix of punk, glam, and straight up rock n roll. Their use of tongue-in-cheek homoerotic lyrics, denim outfits, make up, and blazing guitars has inspired quite a few bands from around the world and even garnered them a tribute album on Hopeless records.

The first thing that really got me about this album is the amazing clarity in its production which actually borders on area-rock sounding. The drums and guitars are huge on every song - something way different than the current lo-fi garage sound thats everywhere now. The opening riff to their first song "Age of Paparius" pulled me in from the start and didn't let go until the last song was over. The songs vary from punkier stuff almost with a Ramones sound to mid paced songs that musically reminded me of a fast AC/DC vibe. "Apocalypse Dudes" is one of the rare albums that really has no songs worthy of skipping over. It really is hard for me to pick any notable tracks since they all are soon to be classics. "Age of Pamparius", "Self Destructo Bust", and "Prince of the Rodeo" are my favs.

This disk should be a required purchase for anyone whos a fan of the Supersuckers, Hellacopters, AC/DC, the Ramones, and even Motley Crue or old G n' R.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
thedudeovethere (July 31, 2008)

This album is the master piece of turbonegro it's one of the punk album that must be listened

MrAwesome (July 26, 2005)

wow wtf my previous statement had a plus sign in it but apparently this website is bein gay so what i typed makes no sense

MrAwesome (July 26, 2005)

GREATEST BAND NAME EVER GREATEST ALBUM NAME EVER = AWESOME

turbonegro rules.

moneenerd (December 28, 2004)

This album is by far their best work yet. It proves that, no matter what kind of "scene" you're into, rock'n'roll is and always will be the only credible genre out there.

JimmyArndt (September 26, 2002)

I don't know if the advisor has seen it yet. but so for all is good. I think more than likely it'll make it to print. the editors were only pissed because it was too long. i was considering changing it to turbojugend though, but obviously id much rather not.

Anonymous (September 24, 2002)

Wait... what kind of high school allows you to review Turbonegro records? Awesome. You didn't have to change it to Turbojugend or Turboneger? I'd think they'd shit themselves just seeing the word even though it isn't offensive.

JimmyArndt (September 24, 2002)

i had to quote a song from ass cobra because there wasn't anything funny on apocylpse dudes that didn't have an obsceneity in it, so i settled for humorous lyrics about child molestation instead, thats why i had to quote something off ass cobra. i should've mentioned that previously, but i wasnt thinking about people noticing it, since im reviewing it for a bunch of stupid high school kids, who think linkin park is real metal.

eyeball_kid (September 24, 2002)

They ain't as rock and roll as the Supersuckers!

DEAD MEAT!

Anonymous (September 24, 2002)

Turbonegro are the best thing that happened to me since I got hair on my back. Darkness. Forever.

JayDebauchery (September 24, 2002)

Yeah that Jimmy kid seems pretty confused about what album he's reviewing. Get it together.
So, you guys like Posion Idea? Then check out TRBNGR's first album. You love rock n roll? Then TRBNGR should be your gods. The only nation that owns rock n roll more than those swedes is Japan.

I got erection!
jay debauchery

Anonymous (September 23, 2002)

Hey Jimmy, I thought you reviewed Apocalypse Dudes. Why quote songs from Ass Cobra? Are you retarded? And when you quoted Age Of Pamparius at the beginning, you should put quotes around that. These guys should totally sue your ass. Either that or rape it.

JimmyArndt (September 23, 2002)

Ironic, I just reviewed this album for my school newspaper last night. Here's my rough draft:

From the ashes of this golden age of confusion, the denim recruits came to be known as… the apocalypse dudes. So begins the first song from the classic album “Apocalypse Dudes” by Norwegian rockers Turbonegro, a band that helped create a totally new genre, which came to be known as “deathpunk.” The band has been around in one shape or another, with one name or another, since the late 1980’s. After several named changes, breakups, and seven inch EP releases, they released their first full length record in 1992 “Hot Cars and Spent Contraceptives.” More tours and albums followed, which brings me to their final album, before breaking up, 1998’s “Apocalypse Dudes.” The first song begins with an acoustic guitar strumming a few chords over and over, then comes the guitar riff. Silence, and then an organ. A hushed whisper and then another guitar riff. Then, the jams are kicked out. The songs are reminiscent of 70’s punk bands the Dictators and the Ramones, but with a far darker, heavier twist. Imagine combining the blazing fast guitars of Motorhead with a Ramones song. You then have a basic idea of the music of Turbonegro. The vocals and lyrics however, are in a class all their own. They’re funny, without being a joke band. Humorous lyrics like
“The Nemesis of the toddler
I look just like your father
But I am, the midnight NAMBLA”
Combine with serious, in a roundabout sort of way lyrics like
“I hate the kids
I hate their clothes
I hate their stupid looks
When I play my rock-n-roll”
That’s right, Turbonegro is not afraid to express their feelings.
With the recent success of fellow Scandinavian musicians The Hives, popularity for this band just continues to rise, with two of their albums being re-released by the American label Sympathy For The Record Industry next year.
I can’t listen to this album without being rocked, and if your musical tastes range anywhere from classic rock to heavy metal, you couldn’t either. This is real rock and roll.

Anonymous (September 23, 2002)

A solid album but their no hair band
man i miss the old days poison the scorpions those guys knew how to rock out.

Im a Rocker. I Rock Out.

Anonymous (September 23, 2002)

hahahahahhah. funny. no ape tit for destruction was crappy. i had it when i was a kid. just another crappy hair band

Anonymous (September 23, 2002)

Appetite for Destruction is one of the best rock records of all time. Comparing a band to that is a compliment. If you are going to compare an 80s band to Kid Rock it would be more along the lines of Poison or Warrant.

Anonymous (September 23, 2002)

Guns and Roses suck hardcore. Now that you've compared these two bands, I know I don't ever want to here them. Guns and Roses were the Kid Rock of the 80s, except with a better guitarist.

Anonymous (September 23, 2002)

Turbonegro is one of the finest bands of all time. They completely transcend any genre, or musical category. They are in a group all by themselves!
Thank God for the return of the sailor men!

Anonymous (September 22, 2002)

Yeah, I cant wait until all those Pennywise fans start dressing like sailors and having sex with each other once the new record's out on Burning Heart. That's a trend I have no problem with.

Anonymous (September 22, 2002)

This album is not just one of the best "punk-rock 'n' roll" albums of all time, its simply one of the best albums of all time. And although this band has been somewhat overlooked by people in America, its only a matter of time before they blow up. They just signed to burning heart for a 2 record deal. Wait, who are the hives again? These Norwegian bastards are going to take over America in a very short time, mark my words.

Anonymous (September 20, 2002)

This album is simply amazing. I am a total sucker for rock solos and this record has them in every song.
Best line "Motherfuckin' pizza TONIGHT"

CLASSIC

AdamVMS (September 20, 2002)

This is not just a must have for the fans of the afore mentioned bands, but this release is a must have for anyone who isn't deaf and can appreciate good music.

Anonymous (September 20, 2002)

So much more should be said about this record. It's one of the greatest of all time- no exaggeration. "'Have you ever been laid?' she said. Fuck you, I'd rather have some good good good good good good GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD HEAD!"

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