Viking party music?
March 3, 2015 10:38 AM   Subscribe

I'm helping find music for a Viking-themed party that would be both fitting and fun to dance to. I've got some viking metal, but that is more head-banging than the booty-shaking I am hoping for. What is the Gogol Bordello of viking bands, or the electroswing of viking music?
posted by Pwoink to Society & Culture (16 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
The video is more appropriate than the song, but War Photographer is a dancy song about a power ranger-esque battle of the bands.
posted by Lemurrhea at 10:54 AM on March 3, 2015 [1 favorite]

If you're open to non-Viking musicians, guitarist/composer Tomoyasu Hotei did a pretty great electro-metal cover of "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin (who are also not Vikings).

Live version
Album version (image is of wrestler Togi Makabe, who uses it as his entrance music)
posted by Strange Interlude at 11:03 AM on March 3, 2015

I thought immediately of Hedningarna and Garmarna and all that variety of Nordic neo-trad.
posted by BrunoLatourFanclub at 11:20 AM on March 3, 2015 [5 favorites]

Hoven Droven
posted by Area Man at 11:37 AM on March 3, 2015 [2 favorites]

Get you some Corvus Corax.
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 11:38 AM on March 3, 2015 [2 favorites]

Don't forget to spare a moment for Techno Viking, patron saint of the party.
posted by MsMolly at 11:47 AM on March 3, 2015

There's another version of Immigrant Song by Karen O with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 12:00 PM on March 3, 2015

Fever Ray (which may seem way obvious since her music was used for the intro to the Vikings television show, but also I read something where the show runners give Fever Ray credit for a lot of the show's atmosphere).

In the same vein, perhaps something by Chelsea Wolfe.
posted by doctor tough love at 12:08 PM on March 3, 2015 [2 favorites]

Will your party equipment include any monitors/projectors? If yes, I feel this will be not inappropriate.
posted by Dr Dracator at 1:01 PM on March 3, 2015

The theme from Valhalla Rising?
posted by KingEdRa at 2:58 PM on March 3, 2015

2nding Finntroll.
posted by humboldt32 at 4:54 PM on March 3, 2015

Try out some Dungen.
posted by DaddyNewt at 7:12 PM on March 3, 2015

Lots of Nordic music available from Nordic Roots, like Loituma, Hedningardna, Garmana, etc.
posted by jb at 9:29 PM on March 3, 2015

posted by Pallas Athena at 11:46 AM on March 5, 2015

Actually Gjallarhorn are probably more chill-out than Gogol Bordello, but Scandinavia is the land of melodic Viking metal, and Finland in particular is a fine place to start. YouTube sampler containing many Viking-ish songs here. Nightwish are particularly awesome.

Also, if you have video or projection ability, Finnish orc-rock combo Lordi give good visuals (see their opening for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. Eurovision needs more orcs.) Also show people this Finnish cough drop commercial.
posted by Pallas Athena at 12:14 PM on March 5, 2015

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