Beranek – Dra Til Hælvete


I really have to thank my “disco-friend” Italocarlito for having let me know of this record few days ago, as the A-side of it (track Dra Til Hælvete), has been remixed recently by two world-famous DJs and, maybe, i would have been able to find it at a much higher price, in the future. Dra Til Hælvete (literally Go To Hell) was released as a 7″ in 1981, by Norwegian label Mind Expanding Records, with lyrics, music, and interpretation by Beranek (Espen Beranek Holm, born 1960), a comedian and musician quite well-known in Norway, where he hosts the still running weekly radio satire show Hallo i uken, and for being a frequent presence on TV show Løvebakken (a version of comedy panel game show If I Ruled the World). In the early 1980s he also hosted a pop-show on NRK radio, called Happy Hour. The present track talks about a man cruising the streets searching for drugs, but short of money, fells prey of the dealer and heroin, and goes to hell. The controversial lyrics made this song banned by many radio stations, making it a sort of cult among Scandinavian DJs. It was in fact  repressed in Sweden too, after it reached the number 1 in Norwegian records chart, and there is even a 12″ version, not on label. Ah….track of B-side is Balls & Calls, which i like less, and tells that all men are fixated with….men balls.





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