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Thor

Even by heavy metal's innately freaky standards, the artist known as Thor was an absolute superfreak! Straight-faced Norse god impersonator, semi-professional bodybuilder, on-stage wrestler, all-around performance artist (known to bend a steel bar between his teeth!), sometime actor, and, oh yeah, even occasional rock & roll singer, Thor (full fake name Jon Mikl Thor) was a Vancouver, Canada, native with a flair for both theater and music. Although most heavy metal fans would only become aware of his antics in the mid-'80s, the roots of Thor's act hail all the way back to the early '70s, when the still teenaged winner of the Mr. Junior Canada bodybuilding title decided to parlay his sudden celebrity into a full-on character based on the ubiquitous Viking god of thunder.

Amazingly, it worked, and after short stints doing everything from playing in bands to starring in a Las Vegas revue dressed in gladiator gear to working as a nude waiter in Hawaii, in 1976 Thor landed a booking on The Merv Griffin Show! This exposure proved enough to help him secure a recording contract, and, along with then-bandmembers John Shand (guitar), Terry McKeown (bass), and Bill Wade (drums), record a debut album the following year. Curiously entitled Keep the Dogs Away, its poor man's imitation of Kiss and Alice Cooper's hard glam style (self-labeled as "muscle rock") didn't exactly set the world on fire, and relegated Thor and his ever-changing cast of bandmembers to a club-playing existence for years to come, with only the occasional independent EP (1979's Gladiator, 1980's Striking Viking) to document their music.

In fact, Thor's career wouldn't heat back up again until 1984, during an era in popular music's trajectory that was far more propitious to his over the top shenanigans and lingering songwriting mediocrity. That year, a series of singles released by the tiny Albion label generated enough press and consumer interest to draw the attention of on-the-rise metal label Roadrunner, which in turn quickly issued 1985's not-totally-embarrassing "warrior metal" album Only the Strong. Unfortunately, this too sold far too poorly to keep the band -- then completed by guitarist Steve Price, bassist Keith Zazzi, drummer Mike Favata, and, most memorably, backup singer Pantera -- from being dropped, and follow-up albums like the same year's hastily packaged Live in Detroit, 1986's Recruits -- Wild in the Streets, and 1987's Tritonz were all released by ever smaller indie labels, and to ever greater public indifference. (It didn't help that the last two were also issued under different names: the first using the Jon Mikl Thor moniker, the second a meaningless alias of Tritonz.)

Thor's career was effectively over at this stage, but he surprisingly returned to sporadic recording about a decade later, having since released 1997's Thunderstruck: Tales from the Equinox, 2001's Dogz II, 2002's Triumphant, and 2005's Thor Against the World. In addition, two collections cleverly (ahem!) named An-THOR-logy have emerged: the first, from 1997, being a CD, and the second, from 2005, a DVD collecting the sights, the sounds, and the smells of Thor's first decade of existence. A year later, Thor released Devastation of Musculation. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Devastation Of Musculation

1. Lords Of Steel

2. Devastation Of Musculation

3. Lies Of Eternity

4. Cold White Ghost

5. Queen Of The Damned

6. Union Of Power

7. The Return Of Odin's Son

8. Release The Beast

9. Abandon

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Track List: Keep The Dogs Away

1. Keep The Dogs Away

2. Sleeping Giant

3. Catch A Tiger

4. I'm So Proud

5. Tell Me Lies

6. Military Matters

7. Superhero

8. Wasted

9. Rosie

10. Thunder

13. Rosie

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Track List: Live In England 1984

1. Intro/Lightning Strikes (Live)

2. Anger (Live)

3. Thunder On The Tundra (Live)

4. Knock 'Em Down/Nightmare Avenger (Live)

5. Rock The City (With Guitar Solo) (Live)

6. Let The Blood Run Red (Intro) (Live)

7. Let The Blood Run Red/Red Of The Chariots (Live)

8. Ragnarock (With Drum Solo) [Live]

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Track List: Metal Avenger

1. Out Of Control

2. Metal Avenger (Feat. Fast Eddie Clarke)

3. Kings Of Thunder And Lightning

9. Legions Of The Psykon World

10. Drive (Feat. Cheetah Chrome)

11. Stars Upon Stars (Feat. Betsy B**ch)

12. T.H.O.R. (Feat. Joey Shithead)

13. Atomic Man

14. Wings Of Destiny

15. Laws Of The Universe

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Get this no talent noise offa my Pandora. These losers are giving me a headache
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f**king Pandora. thanks for having THOR at all, but the bio is not good. keep the dogs away is one of the best all time rock albums. someday people will understand. buy it! its on cd now. you wont be disappointed . true rock n roll!
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Why is Warrior's Reprise almost three minutes long on Pandora, but just over two minutes long on iTunes and Amazon? Where can I get the longer version?
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Tthe bio intro needs to be redone. As far as a broad & short overview, it is garbage.
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The last time I was here. All of Thor's album covers were listed?
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Pandora is missing 2 albums. "Only the Strong" & "Unchained".
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wow...and I thought Man O War was over the top!!!
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If I want some Norse rock n roll, I'll tune in Yngwie any day over Thor.
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John Mikl Thor is still around? If you want to see something hilarious, rent the movie "Rock n' Roll Nightmare" starring the guy.
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What, no songs about Ragnarok? Can't say I blame him, don't the sagas say that Thor's going to kick the bucket?
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twilight_ang e l 1 9 3 3
Hilarious bio. Funny name. Sad? Well... I can't really judge, now, can I? :)
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Dude plus you get an excellent Jon Mikl Thor butt shot in Rock n' Roll Nightmare right before he kills the devil with a bedazzled banana hammock
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Completely Amazing ... One should also see the movie he made "rock and roll nightmare" full of amazing acting and amazing music (no really) ... it has become one of my favorite movies.
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Thor pillages my eardrums with their viking manliness!
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BEST F'N BAND EVER.
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He grows on one. LOL!
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Hail Thor!
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arthur26
Thor is King!! He is fully endorsed by Arthur's Hall of Viking Manliness.

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