Jan Einar Johnsen
Vazelina Bilopphøggers is a Norwegian band founded in 1980, in Gjøvik. They are known for their comedic re-interpretations of old rockabilly songs, where they re-write the lyrics in their own dialect. They have had several hits in Norway and have worked with many of the most important Norwegian stage artists and comedians. They have also been interpreted through comic books and computer games. In December 2000 they starred in a Christmas revue on TV 2.
They are one of the active groups in Norway that have been playing the longest. The name, as the myth goes, was improvised on the phone, when they needed a band name in their first competition, where they went and won. Vazelina Bilopphøggers is the Norwegian name for auto wreckers, and drummer Arnulf Paulsen runs a wrecking yard on the side.
Lately the "høggers" have earned great status in Norway, first and foremost as a revue group.
Their singer and trumpeter Viggo Sandvik, quit in January 2006, after being an important band member for 25 years. He was then replaced by 34 year old Kjetil Foseid.
Besides playing in the band, the drummer, Arnulf Paulsen, A.K.A. "Høgger´n" ("The Chopper"), also runs a wrecking yard and used automotive spare parts shop in Hunndalen, a few miles west of Gjøvik.
The album "Gammel Oppland" is named after a Norwegian aquavit by the same name. The original cover of the record was a mock-up of the beverage´s Gammel Oppland´s label, but was later changed, due to protests. The cover of their album "Hææærli på toppen ta væla" is a mock-up of the cover of The Beatles album "Sgt. Pepper´s Lonely Hearts Club Band".
Please visit Vazelina Bilopphøggers home page for more information.