Top 30 best Norwegian albums of all time according to Nye Takter critics

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I thought this list would be of interest here, as many ILM'ers follow lots of national scenes closely, and may be familiar with even some of the more obscure stuff here. Although you may not be too familiar with the four big Norwegian language bands of the 80s and 90s (Dum Dum Boys, DeLillos, Jokke & Valentinerne and Raga Rockers - known as the "big four" in Norwegian rock history)

Nye Takter is a Norwegian music mag that started out in 1977 and has its 30th anniversary this year (although since 1989 they have been part of Oslo newspaper Dagsavisen, it must be added).

This is their list:

1. Suser Avgårde - DeLillos
2. Materialtretthet - The Aller Værste
3. Fairytales - Radka Toneff
4. Frelst - Jokke & Valentinerne
5. Splitter Pine - Dum Dum Boys
6. 12 - Kjøtt
7. Melody AM - Röyksopp
8. Block To Block - DePress
9. Maskiner i Nirvana - Raga Rockers
10.Dropsonde - Biosphere
11. Hjernen Er Alene - DeLillos
12. Juba Juba - Knutsen & Ludvigsen
13. Timothy's Monster - Motorpsycho
14. Death In The Rockinghorse Factory - Barbie Bones
15. Songs - Fra Lippo Lippi
16. 11/12 75 - Prudence
17. Barbeinte Engel - Kåre Virud
18. Luring - Odd Nordstoga
19. The Shape Of Rock To Come - Lasse Marhaug
20. Balloon Mood - Anja Garbarek
21. That Great October Sound - Thomas Dybdahl
22. Hunting High & Low - a-ha
23. This Is The Kung Fu Beat - Kung Fu Girls
24. Lokkemann - Lillemor
25. You May Breathe - Sissy Wish
26. Bleak House - Terje Rypdal
27. The Nightly Disease - Madrugada
28. A Blaze In The Northern Sky - Darkthrone
29. 365 Fri - Tre Små Kinesere
30. Apocalypse Dudes - Turbonegro

Lots of surprises for foreigners here, I guess, as there is no Saint Thomas, no Annie, no Magnet, no Kings Of Convenience and Turbonegro no higher than #30.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 11:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Yes, that is surprising. I haven't heard of any of those people.

Ned Trifle II, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 11:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Actually that's not true - but I certainly haven't heard of the big 4. What are they like?

Ned Trifle II, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 11:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

No ASS COBRA, no credibility

DJ Mencap, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 11:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Wow, just noticed Lasse Marhaug on there tho

DJ Mencap, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 11:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Actually that's not true - but I certainly haven't heard of the big 4. What are they like?

Rather traditional rock music, the key lies mainly in the lyrics, which is why they haven't made any impact outside Norway.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 11:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

You mean, they're in Norwegian?

Tom D., Tuesday, 25 September 2007 11:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

No Mari Boine?

Ned Trifle II, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 11:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I disagree about Dropsonde being the best Biosphere album.

Ned Trifle II, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 11:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Lasse Marhaug stayed at my house once. He was a v nice guy.

Timothy's Monster isn't the best Motorpsycho album.

Raw Patrick, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 11:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It's the thread that had to be made.

Dom Passantino, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 12:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Nah, that's the 30 Italian singles about college girls.

Raw Patrick, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 12:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

30 best, oops.

Raw Patrick, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 12:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I know a lot of Norwegian bands most of the top 10 is unknown to me.

Anyway, Motorpsycho's Timothy's Monster is a legitimate classic, though I would have chosen either Trust Us or Angels And Deamons At Play by them.

Marty Innerlogic, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 13:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

no burzum no cred

Mark Clemente, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 13:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

pretty cool that the darkthrone album is up there though. can't say I'm at all familiar with Norwegian music outside a few black metal bands.

Mark Clemente, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 13:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

no JAGA JAZZIST, no ULVER, NO FUCKEN' WAY

Just got offed, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 13:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Mm-yeh, Jaga Jazzist-less-ness sorta hurts the eye. A bit.

t**t, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 13:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I would say that Timothy's Monster is the most important Motorpsycho album, but Blissard is usually my favourite, and along with Let Them Eat Cake all three probably deserve a place in this list.

myopic_void, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 14:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

As does De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas by Mayhem.

myopic_void, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 15:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

does this magazine not feature Extreme / Black Metal ?

djmartian, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 15:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

apart from Darkthrone !

djmartian, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 15:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

No Emperor, Enslaved, Ulver

djmartian, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 15:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

another list 4 years ago... count how many albums are on both lists

The 40 Best Norwegian Albums of All Time (Spirit magazine)
http://tinyurl.com/2c2otp

Voted by 37 Norwegian music journalists. Printed in the Norwegian tabloid Dagbladet, May 31, 2003.

djmartian, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 15:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

count how many albums are on both lists

Okay! The number is 16. Reasonably large overlap, I think. In addition alternative choices for Raga, Biosphere, Madrugada.

I suspect the Nye Takter list was designed by committee rather than by votes. Spirit's list (a hip-hop album notwithstanding) seems narrower in scope than NT's, which possibly by design includes one album each from genres like 70s rock (Prudence), metal (Darkthrone) and utterly nonhip semifolkish rural norwericana mumpop (Nordstoga) etc (nb that last one may be way off, I'm really at a loss for how to put it across). NT seems to have gone out of their way to avoid two albums by the same artist, except for the "unavoidable" deLillos pair.

anatol_merklich, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 18:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

NT seems to have gone out of their way to avoid two albums by the same artist, except for the "unavoidable" deLillos pair.

And yet they left out "Et Hundeliv", "Neste Sommer", "Blodig Alvor Na Na Na" and "Varme Dager".

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 20:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

and what about bel canto? and grieg? and jan garbarek? that list stinks. from the bottom to the top.

alex in mainhattan, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 20:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Garbarek (possibly also Jaga Jazzist) must have been left out on purpose, in that jazz has been defined out (Terje Rypdal was still a rock act by 1968 when "Bleak House" was released). Seems weird then that jazz singer Radka Toneff is in there though.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 21:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The Spirit list seems a tad less subjective, even though there is a 90s/00s bias very typical of Spirit.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 21:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Absolute Steel?

Matt Armstrong, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 21:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I know the big four— Röyksopp, A-ha, Darkthrone and Turbonegro.

I eat cannibals, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 22:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The Jaga Jazzist album I own (when they were actually just called Jaga), "What We Must", isn't so much jazz as progressive-post-pop with loads of brass instrumentation.

Just got offed, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 22:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"What We Must" was in the Spirit Top 40 4 years ago.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 22:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Geir, It was actually "A Livingroom Hush"

[What We Must - was released in 2005]

djmartian, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 22:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

hmmmm, i know that the list is probably deliberately scant on black metal, but no mention for 'in the nightside eclipse' is a little baffling.

Charlie Howard, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 16:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

thanks for this thread, geir

mitya, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 18:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Tell me about This Is The Kung Fu Beat - Kung Fu Girls.

DavidM, Wednesday, 26 September 2007 18:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Apparently they were a "fuzz pop band". I remember the name, not much more, but those who were into them were huge fans apparently. They didn't last long though, only released one more album in 1995 and then no more.

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 27 September 2007 07:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

No Emperor, Enslaved, Ulver

None of these have released anything as good as A Blaze In The Northern Sky and you know it.

Siegbran, Friday, 28 September 2007 12:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink


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