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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Call me Green Horny for CALL ME GREENHORN: Music Inspired by the Classic Euro Horror We Love


It's no secret that I love and fight for Italian Horror on a fairly regular basis. The country itself just gets me. The movies they make, thrill me. The music from those movies are a thing of perfect calming beauty or get-up-and-go synthetic rockstar prog. I hunt it. I collect it, and when I get to find a new band that simply get the style and can create a piece of Italian murder music I will help to promote it as best I can. That brings us to Magnus Sellergren aka Call Me Greenhorn aka Brilliant fucking musician who creates Zombo-Pizza-Audio that's like an opiate for my ears. I'm addicted to the this man's conception and creation.

With his new album "L'Isola dei Morti Viventi" OST he has created a truly special experience: a masterfully crafted score to a movie that never was. Inspired by the great Fabio Frizzi and dedicated to Lucio Fulci, this new faux soundtrack has a full story to go with it. 

From Call Me Greenhorn, the synopsis for ZOMBIES: Island of the Living Dead:

After NYPD raid the home of dreaded serial killer The Manhattan Mutilator, they find evidence of ritual cannibalism with all traces leading to remote Caribbean island Azul.
Sandra Knowles, the sister of one of his victims, teams up with investigative reporter Peter East, police lieutenant Graham Gordon and female anthropologist Barbara Stanfield to investigate further.

Once arrived they find an island in the grip of fear, with the natives having resorted to voodoo superstitions to protect themselves against a centuries-old curse promising the return of plantation slaves killed in a massacre, and a sugar cane plantation owner that's not all what he seems.


While this album doesn't currently have a hard copy release, you can pick it up over at Bandcamp inexpensively. It's well worth it. Sellergren, who is from Sweden, has created music that is period accurate completely with the vocabulary of Italian music from the late 70's and early 80's. You can picture the gore in every note. Various wildlife in carnivorous battle with the undead. Famous actresses removing their clothes to sunbath and then attacked for their brains.  This music is part of a growing movement of artists who are creating the sounds of yesteryear today. Bands like Umberto, Zombi, Giallo's Flame, Secret Chief's 3 and even Mike Patton in his solo work.

Magnus Sellergren took some time to let me ask him a few questions that might help to open you up to what got him to this island of musical amazing.


TERROR: What are your plans to release L'Isola dei Morti Viventi? This is the kind of music that a label like Death Waltz could do well by.

MAGNUS: The album's ready for release. I actually set out to only do eleven tracks, but once I got started more ideas popped up, so I just kept on working. If this should see a physical release - as in a label stepping up willing to release it - I might add some more tracks in order to make it beefier for the fans.

TERROR: What made you decide to do a Frizzi-esque album?

MAGNUS: In all honesty the whole project was pretty much me just venting my inner horror nerd. The idea started when I was toying around with various keyboard/synth sounds and realizing they came pretty damn close to the stuff I heard in the VHS classics I grew up with. I made a demo of the "A Modest Tribute to Fabio Frizzi" to see if it was doable. Once finished and satisfied with the results I wrote a rough plot outline and then started working on the tracks to fit. Why Frizzi and a sort of "Zombi 2" tribute is easy, to many (including me) it's like the ultimate video nasty. And the music's pretty iconic.

TERROR: More on the way in this same style or should we expect something different in the future?

MAGNUS: When it comes to Call Me Greenhorn I kinda pride myself of doing whatever pops in my head, so there's no telling what the future might bring. But I'll definitely start wearing my horror heart on my sleeve, ha ha ha. In November I'm releasing the "Cutthroats at Midnight" EP that's sort of Carpenter-esque, so feel free to check that one out. A great way to keep track of what I'm working on is joining me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CallMeGreenhorn btw.

TERROR: What's your musical background? Did you start off playing other styles of music and who are some of your influences beyond Frizzi/Fulci/Zombie?

MAGNUS: I was a punker that started out back in the 80s, it kinda went hand-in-hand with the horror movies. I got serious with bands and music (doing releases and touring etc.) roughly in the mid-90s and then kept on "slumming in the underground", ha ha ha. My influences are vast! Always been a kinda rock 'n' roll guy so there's tons and tons of stuff. Film wise I gotta go with Ennio Morricone. He's a genius! His 60s stuff is just brilliant. And I'm not just talking about the "Dollar..." stuff.

TERROR: What's your favorite horror rock experience? Favorite horror rock album? What's your favorite horror movie that features a music component?

MAGNUS: My fave horror rock 'n' roll experience must be early Cramps. Oddly enough they only did stuff later on for "Return of the Living Dead", but their early tracks like "Human Fly" or "Garbageman" would just be perfect for trashy horror films. Too bad they never got used. Album wise is kinda hard as I've always been a singles guy. There are some tunes I think are just brilliant - Carpenter's "Halloween" theme for example as well as Mark Lindsey's "Lone Wolf's Theme" for "Shogun Assassin", but an overall album I really can't say. I really like the minimalism of Nico Fidenco's "Zombi Holocaust" and growing up as a punker I've always had a soft spot for the "Repo Man" soundtrack, so I'm gonna go with that one. When it comes to effectiveness, nothing beats Carpenter's "Halloween". It fits perfectly with the scenes!


We want to extend our sincerest thanks for the chance to enjoy Call Me Greenhorn's music and for allowing us to pick his melodious brain to Magnus. We'll definitely have to do this again, and we anticipate your next musical offering.

About the artist/musician from the musician:

CALL ME GREENHORN is the solo project of Magnus Sellergren offering up remixes, deconstructions, reassemblies and the occasional kitchen sink. All styles are represented with the only common thread being a genuine love for music.

Full releases include:













His catalog varies from Spaghetti Western to hip hop with scratching to the more avant garde and obscure. Preview each. If you like it, support good music and buy it. 

-Doc TERROR

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