the Defectors are a Danish
band who formed in 1997 and found a stable form
as a quintet in late 1998. The debut album,
Let Me was released in 1999, followed
by Baby Gimme Love in 2001 and the
most recent studio album, "Turn Me On"
in 2004. Later same year, the limited edition,
vinyl-only "Live at Gutter Island"
album followed. The band also appears on several
compilations and split 7 singles.
The band consists of Jess 'Yeah'
(drums) - Martin Budde (organ) - Mort Harder
Morten 'Hell eye' (bass) - Kristian Westergård
heard their share of 60s
next-door-garage-hero records, they have made it
a mission in life to take that mixture of
innocense and irreverence into the 21st century.
debut album " Let me..." was released
in 1999 by Danish label ESP Recordings (Kick
Music) and features the song "Anglia".
The video for the song "Alright Girl" also featured the Anglia.
out the official Defectors site at www.thedefectors.com
Death of a car - death of an image?
die. It's a fact ...
Cars grow old, get rickety, lose exhaust pipes,
spill various fluids on the ground, cough, spit
and rattle, and finally they die. When a car is
nothing but your salesman neighbor's Toyota, it's
hard to get emotional about the demise. When the
car in question is the car that graced your album
covers, figured prominently in your music videos
and was central to the whole imagery of your
band, the picture is somewhat different. The '65
Ford Anglia that was all that plus some (e.g., a
means of transportation for Jonas the drummer) to
The Defectors is no more.
was a worthy goodbye. In fulfillment of its last
will, the Anglia was cremated at a ceremony
attended only by the nearest few: the band, good
friends, including cinematographer Martin Redlich
and yours truly, and 50-odd volunteers from the
local fire department. The flames licked and the
smoke billowed towards the sky to the sound of
The Oblivians and Mr. Quintron playing
"Final Stretch", as a few drops of rain
fell towards the end of the first real spring day
here in Aarhus.
proud owner Jonas shed a tear or two, but soon
got his act together, as Redlich whipped out a
few cameras and started filming the black-clad
band saying a last goodbye to a friend in flames.
If all goes well, the spectacular footage will
wind up in a future Defectors video. -"We've
got lots of new material coming up. I can't say
where we'll be using today's pictures,
though" the drummer commented when I asked
him. After taking a thoughtful sip of
post-ceremonial grappa he continued -"I must
admit that burning cars might be a topic we've
totally overlooked in our lyrics so far..."
it was the dreaded Harry Potter-association,
maybe it was an act of celebrating the oncoming
of spring, maybe it was symbolic, maybe it was
just for the hell of it. The Anglia is gone.
Can't wait to see what's gonna take its place!
Defector ... "
(© the Defectors - April 2003)