In 1993 Morten Henriksen (ex-Cosmic Dropouts, now fronting the splendid powerpop quartet The Yum Yums) organized several gigs in Norway for the Devil Dogs whose singer/bass player Steve Baise got to know his later Norwegian wife at one of the shows. Since Steve was now quite frequently coming back to Norway, Morten had the idea of creating a Devil Dogs cover band with buddies Thomas Seltzer and Knut Schreiner (Turbonegro's Happy Tom and Euroboy respectively) featuring Steve Baise himself on the vocals. Each time Steve returned to Norway a couple of gigs were performed followed by various recording sessions that included covers by Bobby Fuller, Joan Jett, Bay City Rollers, The Boys, Cheap Trick, Nervous Eaters, Fun Things etc. plus some leftover originals by the members' main bands thrown in. The Vikings released one full length album Go Berzerk! in 1995 worldwide on labels in europe, USA and Japan including the complete tracks from their previously released two singles on Screaming Apple and Sympathy for the Record Industry. A further great release has been their final four-track EP High Time for Hit Me! Records. Songs included here are covers of The Dictators' "Next big thing" & The Zero Boys' "High Time", as well as the original version of the fabulous punk anthem "Good Head" - a composition by Thomas and Knut - that was later re-recorded by Turbonegro for Apocalypse Dudes.
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