7 / 10
Uniting an army of fans (The Turbojugend) under a love of bad jokes, homoerotic posing and grade-A shlock-rock, denim-clad Norwegian manic depressives Turbonegro have released seven albums of party-starting rock’n’roll and never made a penny. It’s perhaps no real surprise that mainstream success has proved elusive when their singer’s party trick is inserting a lit firework into his arse onstage, but whatever: with ‘Retox’ the jokes are better and the rip-offs of AC/DC, LA punk and The Stooges even more shameless than before. Songs like ‘Everybody Loves A Chubby Dude’ and ‘What Is Rock?!’ (“choking on your own vomit in the back of a rapist’s van”, apparently) might not win them new fans, but The Turbojugend will agree with singer Hank Von Helvete when he bellows, “We saved rock’n’roll! All on our own! With our bare hands!”
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