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Harper's Headbanging Hits

Today's song recommendation is one of my all time favorite glam metal songs, "10,000 Lovers (In One)" by the Norwegian metal band TNT.

""10,000 Lovers (In One)" is a hit single by the Norwegian band TNT, taken from their 1987 album Tell No Tales. The song was written about a girl who TNT's vocalist at that time, Tony Harnell, knew. It reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart in America, and earned the band a Norwegian Grammy. There are two different music videos for the song. Apparently the band wasn't satisfied with the first video, jokingly referred to as "pølsevideoen" (the sausage video), so they went to London and recorded a new video there. Both videos are included on the TNT DVD The Collection: Volume 1." (Source: Wikipedia)

"TNT is a Norwegian heavy metal band from Trondheim, formed in 1982. The band has released thirteen studio albums, three EPs and four live albums while going through numerous line-up changes since its formation. Guitarist Ronni Le Tekrø is the only consistent member of TNT. TNT has sold between 4-5 million albums worldwide as of 2016."

"TNT was formed in the Norwegian city of Trondheim in 1982, by vocalist and rhythm guitarist Dag Ingebrigtsen, guitarist Ronni Le Tekrø, bassist Steinar Eikum and drummer Diesel Dahl. Securing a national record contract with PolyGram subsidiary Vertigo Norway, they released their self-titled debut album the same year — their only album that features Norwegian lyrics — and got a hit with the single "Harley-Davidson". In August 1983 bassist Morty Black replaced Eikum, and the following year American vocalist Tony Harnell replaced Ingebrigtsen, making his debut on TNT's second album, Knights of the New Thunder. His unique and powerful 4 octave range was the final element the band needed to break out of Norway and into the world market. The album was a huge success in Scandinavia and the band then was offered a worldwide deal with Mercury/Polygram worldwide out of New York. Knights of the New Thunder was then released in the U.S. in 1984 and the video for "Seven Seas" got heavy rotation on MTV and the album entered the billboard charts."

"TNT's third album, Tell No Tales, was released in 1987 and produced the band's biggest hit, the single "10,000 Lovers (In One)". Tell No Tales marked a slight change in sound from melodic Euro-metal to a more palatable hard rock style, with Le Tekrø and Harnell gaining a reputation as a talented duo. The album was the best selling release in Norway and Sweden that year (outselling hugely popular artists like Michael Jackson and Def Leppard). Tell No Tales also saw the band establishing a mainstream following in Japan and the U.S. Promotional Videos for "Everyone's a Star" and "10,000 Lovers (In One)" were featured on both European and American MTV. They were also featured on Headbangers Ball. The band supported Stryper on a sold-out arena tour in the U.S. followed by a tour with Twisted Sister and Great White as well as headlining shows in large clubs in the U.S.. In the fall of 1987 Diesel Dahl parted ways with TNT due to personal and professional differences and made his last public appearance with the band at the Spellemannprisen awards in January 1988, where TNT received the Best Rock Album award for Tell No Tales."

"Kenneth Odiin became TNT's new drummer and played on TNT's fourth studio album, Intuition, which was released in 1989. This release marked a more AOR-oriented sound, still maintaining a little of the hard rock edge of the previous album. Intuition was another huge success in Scandinavia and Japan. It was also the band's best received American release and saw the band embarking on their first headlining tour of the U.S. which broke attendance records across the country in small theaters and large clubs, thanks to the prominent display of the video for the title track on MTV." (Source: Wikipedia)

TNT Band Lineup on "Tell No Tales"

  • Tony Harnell - Vocals

  • Ronni Le Tekrø - Guitars, guitar synthesizer

  • Morty Black - Bass guitar, pedal synthesizer

  • Diesel Dahl - Drums, percussion

TNT is still an active band that is still touring and making new music. Their thirteenth and latest studio album is titled "XIII", and was released in 2018.

TNT's Official Website can be found at:

The studio version of TNT's biggest hit, "10,000 Lovers (In One)", can be found on YouTube:

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