Clawfinger

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Metal band formed in Stockholm, Sweden. They are considered to be genre pioneers.

Formed in 1989 by four co-workers at the Rosenlund hospital, Clawfinger comprised of Jocke Skog (b. 3 June 1969, Stockholm, Sweden; programming, vocals), Zak Tell (b. 16 November 1970, Stockholm, Sweden; vocals), Erlend Ottem (b. 13 December 1968, Molde, Norway; guitar) and Bård Torstensen (b. 13 September 1961, Arendal, Norway; guitar). They immediately received international praise for their fluid but powerful alternative rock sound. Their debut single, 1993's "Nigger", also provoked great controversy. Although the subject matter was profoundly anti-racist, many critics wondered as to the wisdom of its title. The media quickly categorized Clawfinger alongside American outfits such as Rage Against The Machine, who similarly combined political activism with a musical scope that ranged from hardcore rap to metal. The band's debut album, Deaf Dumb Blind, expanded their repertoire to encompass funk and even jazz flourishes. It was promoted in the USA on tours with Anthrax and Alice In Chains, while Clawfinger remained rooted in their national charts with a joint EP with Swedish rappers Just D. In 1995 the band, now expanded to a six-piece with the addition of André Skaug (b. Sunndalsøra, Norway; bass) and Ottar Vigerstøl (drums), launched their "Back To The Basic" European tour, which saw them play in 12 European countries within a few weeks.

The band took a break before starting work on their self-titled third album, which featured session drummer Henka Johansson (b. Karlskoga, Sweden). Johansson was later added to the line-up as the band embarked on an extensive tour. Their fourth album, A Whole Lot Of Nothing, was released in 2001 followed by Zeroes & Heros in 2003.

In the fall of 2019 CLAWFINGER hit the road again with an extensive playlist from those earlier years
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4509-93321-2 Deaf Dumb Blind — Clawfinger Clawfinger Deaf Dumb Blind (Album) MVG Records, MVG Records 4509-93321-2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
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PCW-661, 4509-99340-4 Use Your Brain — Clawfinger Clawfinger Use Your Brain (Album) MVG Records PCW-661, 4509-99340-4 Poland 1995 Sell This Version
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MVG 134 Clawfinger — Clawfinger Clawfinger Clawfinger (Album) WEA MVG 134 Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
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CD 1439 A Whole Lot Of Nothing — Clawfinger Clawfinger A Whole Lot Of Nothing (Album) Supersonic Records (2), Supersonic Records (2) CD 1439 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
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ATRS 0307004 Zeros & Heroes — Clawfinger Clawfinger Zeros & Heroes (Album) Supersonic Records (2), GUN ATRS 0307004 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
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NB 1550-5, 27361 15505 Hate Yourself With Style — Clawfinger Clawfinger Hate Yourself With Style (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 1550-5, 27361 15505 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
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NB 1899-2, 27361 18992 Life Will Kill You — Clawfinger Clawfinger Life Will Kill You (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 1899-2, 27361 18992 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
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AE29115 Another Two Sides — Clawfinger Clawfinger Another Two Sides(LP, Promo) Not On Label AE29115 Unknown Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

FLK2 Klåfinger — Clawfinger Just D och Klåfinger* Just D och Klåfinger* - Klåfinger (Maxi) Telegram Records Stockholm FLK2 Sweden 1992 Sell This Version
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862 734-2 The Truth — Clawfinger Clawfinger The Truth (Maxi, Single) WEA 862 734-2 Norway 1993 Sell This Version
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4509-93279-0 Nigger — Clawfinger Clawfinger Nigger (Single, Maxi) MVG Records 4509-93279-0 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
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MVGCDS 9 Rosegrove — Clawfinger Clawfinger Rosegrove(CD, Single) MVG Records MVGCDS 9 Sweden 1993 Sell This Version
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SAM 1262 Suckerpunch / Warfair — Clawfinger The Wildhearts / Clawfinger The Wildhearts / Clawfinger - Suckerpunch / Warfair(7", Promo) EastWest SAM 1262 UK 1993 Sell This Version
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14998-2 Warfair — Clawfinger Clawfinger Warfair (Maxi, Single) MVG Records 14998-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
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MVGCDS 31 Do What I Say — Clawfinger Clawfinger Do What I Say (Maxi, Single) MVG Records MVGCDS 31 Scandinavia 1995 Sell This Version
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MVGCDS 34 Tomorrow — Clawfinger Clawfinger Tomorrow (Maxi, Single) MVG Records MVGCDS 34 Sweden 1995 Sell This Version
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YZ921C, 4509-99341-4 Pin Me Down — Clawfinger Clawfinger Pin Me Down (Single, Maxi) MVG Records, WEA YZ921C, 4509-99341-4 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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none Clawfinger — Clawfinger Clawfinger Clawfinger(Cass, S/Sided, Single, Promo) EastWest none Sweden 1995 Sell This Version
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MVGCDS 49 Biggest & The Best — Clawfinger Clawfinger Biggest & The Best (Maxi, Single) MVG Records MVGCDS 49 Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
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(Clawfinger) Clawfinger — Clawfinger Clawfinger Clawfinger(CD, Maxi, Promo, S/Edition, Oof) MVG Werner (Clawfinger) Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
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COLA038CD, 3984-22063-2 Two Sides — Clawfinger Clawfinger Two Sides (Maxi, Single, EP) MVG Records COLA038CD, 3984-22063-2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
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MVGCDS 54 Don't Wake Me Up — Clawfinger Clawfinger Don't Wake Me Up(CD, Maxi) MVG Records MVGCDS 54 Sweden 1998 Sell This Version
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supersonic 082 Nothing Going On — Clawfinger Clawfinger Nothing Going On (Maxi, Single) Supersonic Records (2) supersonic 082 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
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SUPERSONIC 079, 74321 87393 2 Out To Get Me — Clawfinger Clawfinger Out To Get Me (Maxi, Single) Supersonic Records (2) SUPERSONIC 079, 74321 87393 2 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
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SUPERSONIC 133 Recipe For Hate — Clawfinger Clawfinger Recipe For Hate (Maxi, Single) Supersonic Records (2) SUPERSONIC 133 Europe 2003 Sell This Version

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AmateurRockGuitarist

AmateurRockGuitarist

December 19, 2021
I remember that when we went on a final trip by a bus with my high school class (together with another class from the same high school) in the last part of summer 1994 on relation Kranj (Slovenia) - Balaton (Hungary) - Bratislava (Slovakia) - Brno (Czechia) - Vienna (Austria) - Kranj (Slovenia), I went to a record store in Czechia to buy some original cassettes (because my that time CD player stopped working) and the salesman (who was wearing RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS t-shirt with their logo), after I told him that I want to buy 1st album from Swedish rap-metal band CLAWFINGER (released in 1993) too, said: "CLAWFINGER? The best music, the best music!" (among the albums on the shelves were SUICIDAL TENDENCIES 6th album original CD from 1994, which he pointed on and said "Do you know Mike Muir?" (their front-man and vocalist, who was on the album cover) and I said "Yes!", and INFECTIOUS GROOVES 3rd album original CD from 1994)! I bought some original cassettes, including CLAWFINGER's 1st album on original cassette from 1993, which I sold to someone else later and bought this album on the original CD instead!

My favorite CLAWFINGER album is their 5th one (from 2003) and my second favorite is their 1st one (from 1993), I like some songs from their 4th, 3rd and 2nd albums, one song from each 6th and 7th albums, and some songs that they released later as music videos!

Only thing that could be better on their 1st album IMO is that some lyrics sound a little banal, but they already improved that on their 2nd album.

CLAWFINGER were a 4-piece band on their first 5 albums on records
(live they were a 6-piece band, with bassist and drummer):
- vocalist (from Sweden, his father is English and his mother is Swedish)
- guitarist (from Norway)
- guitarist (also from Norway)
- keyboardist (from Sweden, he played bass and programmed drums on their first 5 albums also)

After that one guitarist left the band and they added bassist and drummer as official band members, so on their 6th and 7th albums and on till now they are a 5-piece band.
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