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Red hoodies and oversized sunglasses donned by Bergen-based Datarock betoken one of their primary influences - Devo. Wrote for Luck by Happy Mondays presents evidence of another influence, while their song title Fa Fa Fa seems an obvious tribute to Psycho Killer by Talking Heads. These Norwegian rockers wear their influentials on their sleeves.

Datarock's jumpy antics onstage may be misleading; there is a method to their madness. Perhaps their palpable camp effect reflects how absurd and superficial today's heavily commercialized middle-class cultural vibe has become.

Performing at the Crawdaddy music venue in Dublin, lead vocalist Fredrik Saroea asked the audience, "where did E.T. go after he left planet Earth? He took a night flight to Uranus." Another track - Computer Camp Love - is a danceable parody of Summer Nights from the Grease soundtrack.

The album's lead track - Bulldozer - expresses the two-wheeled affinity of the band's two frontmen Fredrik Saroea and Ketil Mosnes. BMX (is) better than sex
BMX (is) better than sex
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