Als Vorreiter der skadinavischen Rockwelle um Bands wie The Hives, Mando Diao, etc. standen allen voran Gluecifer. Ihre Einflüsse sind weit verbreitet und neben endlich vielen Veröffentlichungen auf Platte, gab es zwei DVD’s und ein Buch, bevor sich die Band dann 2005 auflöste.

Danach kam Bloodlights mit Cpt Poon. Oft steht die neue Band musikalisch dem Vorgänger hinten an, doch die Bloodlights haben mich von Anfang an NOCH mehr gepackt als es damals Gluecifer taten! Erst jüngst erschien das bereits vierte Album der Norweger. Sänger/Gitarrist Captain Poon erzählt uns, welche Platten ihn am meisten beeinflussen.

Always hard to pick favorites, due to the amount of good ones I´ve been listening to throughout the years, but I guess these ten should represent everything that has had an impact on me.

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Iron Maiden – Live after death

First one must be «Live After Death» by Iron Maiden. Growing up in the suburbs outside of Oslo, me and my buddies discovered heavy metal at an early stage. This record had everything that made us bang our heads like crazy at the age of twelve. To this day, it´s barely a word on that record I don´t know by heart.

AC/DC – Highway to Hell

Second it must be «Highway to Hell» by AC/DC. My all-time favorite is «Powerage», but that ones coming up later. «Highway to Hell» is the one I sat down with as I started to figure out how to play the guitar. It has every little drop of quality you can expect from a rock´n´roll album, and contains more anthems than most bands are able to produce throughout an entire career.

Motorhead – No Remorse

Motorhead «No Remorse». Basically it´s a compilation of the early years of the band, released as a double LP. But this is the first one I bought, and the one that turned me on to this awesome band. Apart from all the great tracks from their earlier albums compiled on «No Remorse“, it also contained some new mind-blowing material such as «Killed By Death» «Snaggletooth» and «Locomotive». Been a Motorhead for life after I got this one. I can´t help but to mention what it was like for me to tour the states opening for Motörhead with Gluecifer back in the days. First night on that tour I met him in the stairs to the backstage room. I really wanted to say hi, introduce myself and thank him for having us on tour. I had to wait for three days, just to get my guts right to do that.

Poison Idea – Feel the Darkness

I was way into hardcore and punk for a while, and even though I don´t listen that much to hardcore anymore there are still some true blasts from that period. On this particular album Poison Idea just nailed it, I think. A great timeless record, with all the good ingredientses, punk, hardcore, rock´n´roll and metal.

Urge Overkill – Saturation

Another record that came out in the early 90´s that stands to this day as one of my favorites is «Saturation» by Urge Overkill. I don´t think it really matters what scene you come from, whether you like punk, rock, metal, indie or whatever. «Saturation» is just a bunch of good songs that usually makes everyone in the room.

Thin Lizzy – Black Rose

I was in my early twenties when I got into Thin Lizzy. Don´t really know what took me so long, but better late than never. Plenty of good stuff to choose from, but my pick would always be «Black Rose». That record has it all. Catchy melodies, Lynnot at his best with the lyrics, and twin guitar solos to die for.

Monster Magnet – Powertrip

I´ve always been a big fan of Dave Wyndorfs voice and his way of singing ever since the first time I heard the band. I was never too crazy about the more psychedelic side of the band, and I guess that´s why «Powertrip» hit me full on when it came out. It´s got nothing on it but a nice chunk of hard rocking tunes, and no psychedelia. We were even lucky enough to do a two-month tour all over Europe with Monster Magnet when I played in Gluecifer. Nothing but good times.

The Stooges – Raw Power

It´s a few other albums that really should be on this list, but like I said, I wanted to pick the ones that really has made an impact on my life and this one always sticks. This is punk before its time and has continuously beaten the shit out of almost any punk record coming out for more than forty years. Pretty impressive. I have to include Roky Ericsson on this list as well. This guy is just one of the weirdest phenomenons in rock history. So obscure, yet so highly appreciated by a growing number of music fans.

Roky Erickson – I think of demons

For me Roky Erickson is all about these great songs being thrown at you from all kinds of weird releases, but on the «I Think of Demons» record from 1987 a big part of his essence is represented.

AC/DC – Powerage

The reason why I´m coming back to this amazing band once again is because they have had too much of an influence on my life not to squeeze them in two times on any top ten list I ever make. Whenever you may get a little sick of hearing their most famous songs pumped out through any classic rock radio, you can always kick back with this one on your stereo, and just listen and learn how hard rock is supposed to sound, and how to be played.

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