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Thor
"Action"
Merv Griffin Show – 1976

In 1997 during one of L7's many European tours, we dug up an archeological gem on our oh so shitty English tour bus. It was a funky old bus that looked and smelled of twenty years of rock bands. But in the cabinet under the TV we found two videos that kept us entertained for the whole 6 week tour.

One tape was of a sci-fi movie titled  Xtro II: The Second Encounter starring a blurry-eyed Jan-Michael Vincent . A couple of user comments from IMDB.com read: 

There's virtually no tension, suspense or atmosphere. It was dull, too, why were all the sets so foggy? Couldn't they afford proper lighting? Or were the sets even complete? 

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Trust all the comments and don't waste your time with this film. 

Well, we wasted a lot of time with this film over and over and over again. Even our French tour manager started quoting it.

The second and best video that we watched obsessively was an unmarked cassette that turned out to be a home-made taping of a 1986 English rock concert television show. I'd never heard of the rock band performing on the show, but I was instantly hooked on Thor.

The band was dressed in the usual 1980's geometrically designed spandex outfits, but the singer with the long blonde locks was dressed like his Norse god namesake, bare-chested, black briefs and a black cape. The band's songs were ridiculous and catchy as hell.

The TV concert audience was filled with fifteen year old  boys with long hair and jean jackets on. Some of the boys were headbanging to the music but most were watching Thor's feats of strength that he performed during his band's extremely long heavy metal guitar solos. Bending a metal rod, laying on his back with a piece of concrete on his stomach that the roadie would smash with a sledge hammer, and best of all "the hot-water bottle routine". There were even a couple rock chicks in the audience (obvious plants or extremely wasted) who fought over the shredded hot-water bottle once "the feat" was completed. (For those of you who may have turned off the above YouTube clip before Thor got to his grand finale you're missing the best part). 

Until I recently saw the above YouTube clip, I had no idea of Thor's life before his heavy metal band, as a 1970's Vegas performer and Mr. Canada winner.

Thor's still out there rocking in a city near you, but sadly no more hot-water bottles except autographed ones available (but currently "sold out") at the Thor Store.

 

The Spin I'm In: God of Attraction

Song

Artist

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Napster

AMG

Thunder On The Tundra

Thor

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Let The Blood Run Red

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Anger III

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Corridors of Life

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Gwar Theme

GWAR

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Venus

Shocking Blue

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Paper Plane

Persephone's Bees

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Space Sexy

Helios Creed

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