Saturday, April 09, 2005

Berserk Warriors, ABBA, Mental as Anything

Berserk Warriors - Mental As Anything
This tribute song, recorded and released by Australian band Mental As Anything in September 1981, tells the story of two "Vikings", based on Björn and Agnetha's divorce. The first 3,000 copies of the single featured a handmade paper sleeve with the fingerprints of the band members and a rubber stamp bearing the title of the song.

Berserk Warriors

Björn is just a Viking
He is very handy with a sword
He loves nothing better
Than to cut and slash right through a horde

Mutilation, jubilation
Friendly muscles, in a tussle

Anna's a girl Viking

She is very handy with a spear
She won't wear silk stockings
Armour-plated garments are her sphere

In the fjords you can hear them
Eerie horns blow
Viking love show
Björn and Anna earn their leisure

They have each other for their pleasure
Björn is on his longship
He and Anna fought it out today
he says it is their Waterloo
Vikings shouldn't mix their work and play
all that blonde hair
For them to share
So much plunder
Cut asunder
Now when Björn and Anna see each other

It's on the battlefield, not as lovers...
Those Vikings love to fight and play

Fighting berserk warriors hey hey

Words and music by Peter O'Doherty © 1981 Syray
Catalogue number K-8594 (Regular/Festival) released 1981
'Berserk Warriors' also appeared on Mental As Anything's LP Cats And Dogs (1981)


Blogger Craig at home said...

Mental as Anything.. what a band.. great name too... and what about the Models, The Reels, The Sunnyboys, The Sports.. it's time for an aussie rock in the 80's revival..!!!

1:32 am  
Blogger asgif666 said...

I just mention it for the specifically Norse/Scandinavian/'berserk' (good old Viking reference!) ;-P

2:06 am  
Blogger asgif666 said...

Plus the fact that my hubby's name = Bjorn Erik! No gratuitous revival of Aussie rock here! ;-P

2:08 am  
Blogger Sebastian Aristos said...

I want audio to this. I want audio. I want audio. (*Sebi throws cyber tantrum*) And maybe even a videoclip link would be good. Time to organise a distortion in the time-space continuum to when this is easy and we know how to do it. And for free, of course !

4:03 pm  
Blogger asgif666 said...

lol @ cybertantrum! I so want audio (and video) too, cos I reckon it might be as cute as the Viking kittens, doing that Led Zeppelin thing (see Bjorn Erik's blog) ;-))

4:47 pm  

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