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May 30, 2003 | Natalie Nichols, Special to The Times
Pop fans have recently come to equate Scandinavia with such wild 'n' woolly punk acts as Sweden's the Hives, but Denmark's cartoonishly kinetic new-wave pop group Junior Senior showed another facet of that region's sonic output during its L.A. debut at the Viper Room on Wednesday. Back in their homeland, guitarist-singer Jesper Mortensen ("Junior") and vocalist Jeppe Laursen ("Senior") are label mates of apocalyptically minimal duo the Raveonettes. In the U.S.
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May 30, 2003 | Natalie Nichols, Special to The Times
Pop fans have recently come to equate Scandinavia with such wild 'n' woolly punk acts as Sweden's the Hives, but Denmark's cartoonishly kinetic new-wave pop group Junior Senior showed another facet of that region's sonic output during its L.A. debut at the Viper Room on Wednesday. Back in their homeland, guitarist-singer Jesper Mortensen ("Junior") and vocalist Jeppe Laursen ("Senior") are label mates of apocalyptically minimal duo the Raveonettes. In the U.S.
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September 4, 2003 | Jeff Miller, Special to The Times
Jeppe LAURSEN wants you to know one thing upfront: "We're not t.A.T.u." Laursen is one half of Danish duo Junior Senior, a band that has been raising eyebrows with the references to sexual orientation on its debut album, "D-D-Don't Stop the Beat" (Atlantic). But he wants it made clear that -- unlike a certain Russian "lesbian" twosome -- it's not all an act. Yes, Laursen, a.k.a. Senior, is gay. Yes, his partner, Jesper Mortensen (Junior), is straight.
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August 3, 2003 | Natalie Nichols; Soren Baker; Lina Lecaro; Randy Lewis
Junior Senior "d-d-don't don't stop the beat" (Crunchy Frog/Atlantic) *** The fun-loving style of this Danish duo is kind of campy, but its kinetic, 32-minute dance-pop debut album (in stores Tuesday) avoids kitsch by deftly incorporating a rainbow of sonic colors, including new wave, disco, garage-rock, punk, funk and soul.
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August 31, 2003 | Robert Hilburn
July Junior Senior's "D-D-Don't Stop the Beat" (Crunchy Frog/ Atlantic) As the title suggests, the music from the Danish duo of Jesper Mortensen (Junior) and Jeppe Laursen (Senior) is kinetic and fun-packed, a blend of punk, disco, pop and more that isn't afraid to show its roots. The zesty opening track, "Go Junior, Go Senior," could be passed off as the best B-52's single since "Love Shack," while the second number, "Rhythm Bandits," has the exuberance and charm of a great Beach Boys hit.
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