Apocalypse Dudes

Apocalypse Dudes
  • Album Info
  • 1998
  • Virgin Records / Boomba Records / Bitzcore Records / Man's Ruin/Sympathy for the Record Industry

1. The Age Of Pamparius
2. Seldestructo Bust
3. Get It On
4. Rock Against Ass
5. Don’t Say Motherfucker, Motherfucker
6. Rendezvous With Anus
7. Zillion Dollar Sadist
8. Prince Of The Rodeo
9. Back To Dungaree High
10. Are You Ready (For Some Darkness)
11. Monkey On Your Back
12. Humiliation Street
13. Good Head
14. Prince of the Rodeo (Single Version)
15. Suffragette City (David Bowie Cover)

Apocalypse Dudes is the fourth album by the Norwegian band Turbonegro. It is the first studio album with Euroboyas the lead guitarist and the last before the band disbanded in December 1998. Released in early 1998 in Norway and Germany, the album was a huge success for the then underground band.

Adapting a more glam-rock oriented sound, Apocalypse Dudes set the standard for future Turbonegro records and became the first part of the Apocalypse trilogy, consisting of Apocalypse Dudes (1998), Scandinavian Leather (2003) and Party Animals (2005).

Following the addition of Euroboy and the drummer Chris Summers, Turbonegro had adapted a new sound with the release of their “[[Prince of the Rodeo]”] single, gradually moving from punk rock to glam rock. The band went into the studio in late 1997, after extensive touring.

While its predecessor, Ass Cobra, was an all-out punk rock record, Apocalypse Dudes adds a more produced, rock-oriented sound characterized by a wall of guitars and blistering solos. “The Age of Pamparius” stars out with an ascending guitar solo over piano and acoustic guitar, reminiscent of Alice Cooper, before fading into a myriad of synth noises and a whispering voice introducing the album. A plucked guitar riff is then played before the song erupts into fast-paced glam rock. “Get it On” is introduced by thundering drums and a guitar-riff in the style of The Dictators. “Rock Against Ass” and “Don’t Say Motherfucker, Motherfucker” contains elements of pop rock. “Prince of the Rodeo” features conga drums while “Humiliation Street” is a dark ballad, ending with an extended guitar solo. The album’s final song, “Good Head”, is a cover version of the song by Schreiner and Seltzer’s earlier garage rock band, The Vikings.

Apocalypse Dudes presents Turbonegro’s trademark deathpunk sound, “a new resurgence of glam rock’n’roll” as the Boomba announcement put it – much due to guitarist Euroboy, who had been playing with the band live since 1996.

Moshable magazine commented, “Apocalypse Dudes is the perfect mix of classic 70’s US punk / rock’n’roll like The Dictators, The Heartbreakers & The Ramones… every tune on this release is fucking brilliant.” Jello Biafra was quoted as saying, “The new Turbonegro record is possibly the most important European record ever.”

The original Boomba announcement from April 1998 said, “This my friends, is a virtually perfect record! Excellent production – a huge, FAT sound; lots of power and excellent songs that you can’t get out of your head. Not one let down through 47 minutes of music!! This is not an underground tip !! ‘Apocalypse Dudes’ appeals to the masses. From punk to metal to mainstream, “Apocalypse Dudes” has something for everyone.”

Apocalypse Dudes was released on Virgin Records on Compact Disc in Norway, on Boomba Records on 12″ vinyl and Compact Disc in Germany, on Bitzcore Records on 12″ vinyl in Germany and on Man’s Ruin/Sympathy for the Record Industry on 12″ vinyl and Compact Disc on January 26, 1999, in the United States. It was re-released on January 27, 2003, on Burning Heart Records in Sweden and on Epitaph Records in the USA. It went gold in Norway.