The Crushing Blow Rockumentary Blog

Posted on December 23, 2005 

The Crushing Blow Rockumentary Blog

The Crushing Blow Rockumentary Blog

The subject of my film is Hurra Torpedo, a rock band from Norway that bangs out pop songs on beat up old kitchen appliances. As you can imagine, they’re a new kind of band that deserves a new kind of rock documentary. (Most people call them “rockumentaries,” I know, but that’s awfully precious, isn’t it?) I’ve done my homework on this one. I’ve seen every rock documentary ever made pretty much, and I’ve eaten A LOT of herring. Very early in the process, I learned that I don’t like herring. But I do love a good rock documentary. I’m going to follow Hurra Torpedo as they tour across the United States, and capture every smashed fridge on film. I will be there for the music, the magic, and also for the quiet times when the boys are just being themselves. I will capture the faintest noise, the loudest silence, and the unspoken internal lives of these three visionary young men. I’ll be there for the groupies, the fights, the parties, the jam sessions, and the make out sessions. I will be with them the whole time, like that woman in that movie about those gorillas in that mist. Only instead of gorillas, I’ve got Norwegians: Aslag, Egil and Kristopher. And no mist.

a rock band from Norway that bangs out pop songs on beat up old kitchen appliances

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