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11 November 2005
Lene hosting NRK P3 radio morning show
Source : NRK P3
Part 1: Lene tries to wake up

Introduction: P3 Morgen with Alexander, and guest host, Lene Marlin!

Alexander (A): Nice?

Lene (L): Very nice!

A: Are you ready?

L: I'm very ready!

A: What are you going to offer this morning?

L: I don't really know, I feel; here goes nothing!

A: I could reveal something. We are among other things going to have a re-listen from a visit you did at P3 some years back.

L: Yes?

A: A few years ago.

L: A few years, I feel, yes.

A: Early in your career, you were told your fortune by a woman.

L: The worst part, I cannot even tell if this is true, or if you are joking.

A: This is true! This is a real fortune telling session! Don't you remember this?

L: No...

A: There were some cards involved and stuff. Doesn't ring a bell?

L: No...

A: Looking forward to it! And then we're going to investigate a bit, you have sold one album or another in your time...

L: There's been a couple...

A: A few millions. If I had sold a few million with my limited resources, in contrast to you, I'd probably have left the ground. So we're going to find out if you have been in touch with the ground outside in your time. And then we're going to look at your secret career.

L: A secret career?

A: Something that isn't that well known. Do you want to reveal what it is?

L: I feel that here we have to keep the excitement, so people will follow the show ahead.

A: You do at least feel that you have another talent in entertainment other than the music?

L: Yes, it's the new way to go, I think, for me.

A: And then there's the regular stuff when you're a guest host. You can wish for a song, you can bring something from home to show people.

L: Yes? Fantastic!

A: What did you bring? Is it something nice?

L: No, it's nothing nice!

A: This sounds promising! Do you have any questions for Lene, or me, but rather to Lene Marlin, send us an SMS. Looking forward to your ugly thing...

L: It is rather ugly, yes...

A: This will be fine!

Part 2: Cassettes from the past

A: Which vowel do you use most in your songs?

L: 'E...', perhaps...

A: It's most regular in the Norwegian language. How about 'I'...the letter 'I'?

L: The letter 'I' can be nice!

A: You may use that a lot, not sure if you're using it the most, but a lot...

L: It may have happened!

A: Lene Marlin, she is more of an 'I' artist! Have you been doing this before; had a radio show?

L: No, I have to say it's been little of this. Rather disappointing, really.

A: Never?

L: Now, I would not rather, as my memory, as I understand, is a bit down, but never this way, not this early!

A: This is early?

L: I think this is rather early, yes...

A: What is your regular diurnal rhythm then?

L: It's not at least to be standing up and walking outside in an empty street. Getting home in an empty street, however, but that's another thing.

A: When did you get up today?

L: I stood up at quarter to five!

A: I have to ask, isn't it delicious, when there are no people in the streets of Oslo?

L: Yes, I think it was!

A: When I get in here every morning, I always meet at least one silly person...

L: I'm sure he thinks the same way about you...

A: Today's silly person was 55, and was in his working clothes. Apparently a carpenter. He was as inebriated as any person ever has been, and was raising his fist to taxis driving by.

L: Not a good advertisement for the craftsman industry, at least...

A: When you were little; at least I was reading into a cassette recorder, you must have done that?

L: I did that, yes.

A: What was it about?

L: Nothing, really, this is so many years ago. It was an exciting time, in the time when you were pressing 'play' and 'record'. That doesn't happen anymore.

A: If you were to regain the lost tapes now, would you think it was embarrassing?

L: Well, yes; one shouldn't regret what you did when you were little. You were little and innocent, and didn't know much. I'm sure that back then, it was fantastic!

A: I'm 53 years old, but when I find cassettes from when I was six, it's embarrassing!

L: Ha-ha, I understand you well. I can't say I would have cheered loudly if they were to pop up.

A: This is the radio industry, that you are a part of today. Was there something you looked forward to, or dreaded?

L: It is this early; if there is something, it won't come into my consciousness for a while yet. A couple of more cups of coffee now, it will be fine.

A: What is the difference between P3 Morgen and, say, an Italian radio show?

L: Ha-ha-ha. An Italian radio show, I can't say it is more hurried, it isn't, but you don't catch all that much.

A: Is it a lot of fake laughter. 'Ho-ho-ho'?

L: No, of course not...

A: In Spanish radio it is like that.

L: I haven't done much of Spanish radio.

A: Are they kind or mean?

L: It may happen that they're mean, but I wouldn't know. That is 'lost in translation'. I don't know much of Italian.

A: We're soon going to get real started with the show, Lene.

L: Looking forward to it.

A: We're going to play Travis, have you seen them live?

L: Travis, I haven't seen them live, no.

Part 3: Life guards

L: That was Kaiser's Orchestra. I shouldn't say this title...for me it's 'Knække dæ te sist'...ha-ha.

A: 'KnekkeR deg til sist'...

L: 'R' is not a letter I use much in my part of the country...ha-ha. I'm losing a major part of the title.

A: You are today a radio host at P3 Morgen. But you have a sideline, as an artist. If you're using the VG prefix, you're a 'pop star'.

L: A bit of a funny word that.

A: By the very fact that you're moving about singing and selling records, and having a well-known name and face, you're doing things that, say, my mother doesn't do. Do you have a life guard?

L: I don't have a life guard, no.

A: Have you had one?

L: Yes...

A: Where?

L: In Italy, a lot. It didn't succeed well, because I was never used to them, so I ran off, making them angry with me.

A: Isn't it his job to follow you around?

L: Yes, but I'm used to sprinting a bit quickly, so when I jumped into the elevator, and pushed the button before he got inside, it got brutal!

A: Was he big?

L: Yes, he was big. It doesn't take a hell of a lot compared to me...he-he...

A: You are 1.83, Lene. Was he 2.10?

L: Yes...

A: Would you say he was a good or bad life guard, do you have any references?

L: There's something seriously wrong if you aren't able to follow up with me around the corner, so I don't think it was a good job application for the future.

A: A medium life guard? Then the question is, what is a life guard supposed to do, what is it that makes him good? We're going to learn a bit more about that now.

Part 4: Maurice and Vesle-Gerd

A: We're reading a lot of newspapers here at P3 Morgen. It's part of the job, and this morning, I was reading an interesting article in China Times.

L: He-he-he...like you always do every morning at P3?

A: Nice to have some of the larger newspapers!

L: Yes, that's nice.

A: So, China Times, a very good newspaper! When you were in Taiwan, you were told your fortune by Taiwan's best tarot reader?

L: Yes. Maurice!

A: Maurice! What a name!

L: Yes, he was really nice.

A: What did you get to know about your future?

L: I must say, I was caught by surprise when I got in there, because it was so serious! Usually, I go through the schedule and is knowing what is happening, but I didn't do this that day. I should probably have done that, he-he. It was really fun!

A: Do you remember what he said?

L: No.

A: About the family, for instance?

L: I must say, I put in before he started translating that, you can be nice today, doesn't need to bring all the bad news.

A: Let's see...'you're pushing it too hard; you're working too hard'. Is this correct?

L: Working very hard! Now the time has passed a bit, but I think I'm working very hard when I got up at quarter to five this morning!

A: 'Imaginary enemies', it says?

L: It did? I can't say that I have, they are not many.

A: He pulled the 'Death' card about love?

L: He-he, it is very dramatic when you get 'Death' about love. That was not encouraging, he-he.

A: Do you believe in this?

L: Well, I...there were lots of things that were correct. Mostly after I had thrown out the journalists, and could sit there with Maurice and be talking for a good half-an-hour.

A: You believe in that?

L: Uh-uhm.

A: We have found a recording here, from P3 in 1999, from the then morning show 'Opptur'. They brought a reputable fortune teller from Se og Hør, called 'Vesle-Gerd'. This is 1999, and should read your future from a deck of cards.

L: Okay.

A: Let's hear from the séance, and see if she was correct!

L: Let's do!

Vesle-Gerd (1999): 'She should look out for such talent scouts, you know, because there is an offer for her that's coming up, but she is too fresh, so it's a bit too large the part that is lying here.'

A: Talent scouts? Did you meet any?

L: No, I can't say that. What a word! No, there's not been much of that, it was too late then.

A: The next thing she read something into is your moving habits.

Vesle-Gerd (1999): 'There will be parts where she is moving abroad, and then her family, especially her mother, will be anxious to letting her go. She will, however, be moving for a period abroad, but she won't be moving alone. She will bring along her mother, or another person that is very, very close to her.'

A: Is there any truth in this?

L: I haven't been moving abroad much, no.

A: So Maurice wins over Vesle-Gerd?

L: Well, yes. I must say that Vesle-Gerd here, with the talent scouts and the moving abroad, didn't hit the mark.

A: But the 'imaginary friends', that was closer?

L: That was right on the spot!

Part 5: Newspapers

A: Lene, do you read newspapers?

L: Not much, it depends. Sometimes, it's nice to have 'newspaper-free' zones.

A: And when are they? Is it on the weekend, daily life? Work?

L: Well, sometimes I don't want to open the paper. It depends on the daily shape.

A: Do you subscribe to some silly local papers, having moved away from home...?

L: I don't subscribe to any papers. If I want them, I need to do some own effort. Making myself worthy...he-he.

(Lene and Alexander are browsing through the major headlines of the Norwegian newspapers that morning)

(Another guest has entered the studio, Kristine. The three of them, including Lene, are having a fun, but less relevant, discussion about eating crows and gulls for dinner meals, based on some headline in one of the newspapers).

A: Been to Finland?

L: Not that much...

A: Nice country?

L: The day I was there, it didn't appear from its better side!

A: It didn't? Then we're going to let Finland rest. Just bad commercials for places today, we need to get this sorted, Lene! We have a quick SMS question: 'Hi Lene. When does the bus go from Kroken in the morning nowadays?'.

Lene: He-he. When I lived there, it was route 30. I took it at 8:03.

Part 6: Stand-up comedy world premiére

A: I'm going to use the word 'pop star' now, a bit, Lene, because you've sold a whole lot of records.

L: There's been a few.

A: In Norway, we're not used to artists doing it as well as you do, Lene. And one of the things that makes you well liked, is that you haven't 'taken off' because of the success. Do you feel that you have the ground contact intact?

L: Yes, absolutely. Solid!

A: You haven't?

L: No, but do you have some evidence to the contrary? He-he...

A: A little, because what many don't know is that you are writing stand-up comedian texts!

L: Yes, sure, but still it is having a sound potion of ground contact.

A: We've gotten hold of one time you attempted a stand-up comedy show at some premises on the finer western part of town. And we may notice something, based on your references to life?

L: Perhaps a little bit, but one shouldn't make it a big deal.

A: I'm feeling that you are a little bit marked by the life as a superstar.

Transcript of Lene's stand-up comedy show:

Lene: Hey-hey, you guys, It's me that is Hans Ivar Tøyen! (Laughter) No, I'm Kari Bremnes. (Silence). Did you catch that one? (Laughter). No, the North of Norway, it's good to be done with that. Anyway, from a joke to a hit, as we say in my industry. (Laughter), When you're going to write a song lyric, it's important to be in the right mood. Some likes to go to the cabin at Geilo, sitting there with the classical guitar and red wine bottle, while others are working nicely on the coffee table. And of course she likes to do as common working people, take the bus in the morning, drinking coffee all day, and be eating caviar and liver paste for lunch. Or, well, it may not be common that the caviar is 1000 crowns a glas, that one perhaps owns the bus, and that the coffee is flown in from Italy, but something one has to indulge in. (Laughter). You know how it is, when you only want to have a calm evening at home, and viewing video on a 32-inch flat screen, and then you just have to go to award ceremonies, making thank-you speeches and all that? (Silence). No, you probably don't know about that, but I can promise you, it is so god damned tiresome! (Laughter). And then the stylist is so eager on you wearing that Valentino dress, but me myself just notice that it's totally a Versace day, and yes, you know the feeling I see, you lady in the red top? (Laughter). No? No, it's just Henne & Mauritz, it's not even the new collection by Stella either. (Laughter). You've been a wonderful audience, thousand thanks, or strictly speaking, it's you that ought to thank me. I'm Lene Marlin, goodbye! (Laughter and applause).

Part 7: Notepad

A: This is important for me. You've had a few hits over the years?

L: Yes?

A: Are there many who want to make puns based on them?

L: It happens sometimes.

A: Isn't that very tiresome?

L: No...

A: How many times would it take, then, before coming tiresome?

L: It hasn't gotten tiresome yet, it hasn't. Just cozy, I think.

A: Cozy? Showing that they care?

L: Yes. A little effort.

A: You've done a little effort now, Lene, because you've brought along something personal from home. What is it?

L: It is straight out, as it says on the front page, a notepad!

A: A notepad?

L: And a pen!

A: From home?

L: From home, yes.

A: Do you buy pens?

L: I've actually bought this one, yes, at the airport.

A: The notepad, does it contain something?

L: No.

A: Totally new?

L: No, I just haven't been inspired lately, he-he. No, what I do, as you can see, is that I write something, and then tear the page out. Very handy to have.

A: You don't let it stay in the pad?

L: You should think one might do that, but sometimes I'm taking it with me, and putting it elsewhere.

A: Where?

L: That is a good question!

A: Let's say, you have been writing this song about eating gulls for dinner. And then you are coming home, and then you're thinking that this note I cannot have in the pad anymore. Where do you put it then?

L: Well, it gets thrown around a bit, there is no system in it.

A: What kind of stuff do you keep notes of?

L: It can be anything. It may be a song lyric from time to time, what I should to tomorrow, If I can't remember it...

A: Don't you own an organizer?

L: No, he-he...

A: You don't? So you're using a general notepad?

L: Yes, he-he. What is good about this one, is that it's so small I can take it with me on travels. On the plane, you just have to bring it along, so that when there's a good idea coming up, you can just pull it up and start writing!

A: Where do you carry it?

L: In my bag.

A: In the bag. So, if you don't carry a bag, are you still bringing a notepad?

L: No.

A: Okay. What do you do then?

L: Then I have to hope that the inspiration doesn't fall over me.

A: Have you written many songs that you've sent to yourself by SMS?

L: No, but I have been singing it to the mobile answering service!

A: I've gotten a new mobile answering service where you can't leave a message to yourself! It's very frustrating!

L: You are not able to...?

A: When I'm calling my own mobile answer service, it's just the 'out' messages you can get.

L: Ah, okay. That could result in nice misunderstandings.

A: Well, you must get comfortable with your notepad! He-he...

L: He-he-he...

A: I should write in it, and then be calling you in a year, to hear where that note went!

L: That wouldn't...yeah...no....

Part 8: Bucket Hat

A: Here is a guy that has sent in an SMS: 'Good morning, do you notice that Lene, and I, and every person from the north, can't say the word 'egentlig' (really)?'

L: I'm saying it, 'egentlig'.

A: He seem to think that you and the northern people are saying 'enkelig'?

L: 'Enkelig'? No, no, no...I can't remember having said that!

A: Here's Suzzy: 'I was such an incredible fan of you when I was little, that I bought myself a guitar and a denim hat, and dressed up like you as often as I could'.

L: He-he-he...

A: Are there many of these?

L: That's a new one! Really new one!

A: Do you still have that bucket hat?

L: I'm quite certain I do.

A: Are you still using it?

L: No, I don't, because that was a passed stage.

A: The bucket hat is back...

L: Yes, the bucket hat is...he-he-he...it may quickly come back, by all means...

A: The only person using a bucket hat now, is him in Baba Nation, and that's a band that doesn't exist anymore!

L: He-he...

A: Here's another one: 'I just want to say that Lene Marlin is the most wonderful person on earth!' That's incredible...

L: Oh, it's a nice, nice morning here!

A: Here's Preben: 'Hi Lene, if you had to choose between David Hasselhof and Michael Jackson, to spend a day with, on a Saturday, who would you have chosen?'

L: I must say that would be the Saturday I elegantly is sleeping in at the alarm clock...

A: But...now it's 11 O'clock, and 'hi, hi'...

L: I never open the door when somebody is ringing the bell.

A: But then there's a friend or an assistant that is on a visit, that do opens the door. Who would you rather have standing outside?

L: He-he-he...well, now I'm trying to get out of that question....but you need an answer?

A: I want an answer!

L: Uhm...I think that was difficult. What would you have done?

A: I would have spent the day with Michael Jackson, smashing! David Hasselhof, quickly boring, I believe. Michael Jackson, very scary, and very fun!

L: Yes, perhaps, yes, I could agree.

A: And there's something with spending a day with the Elvis of today?

L: David Hasselhof, I don't know where he...it was 'Baywatch' in its days...

A: Do you have an open fireplace?

L: Yes.

A: He would have been standing facilly at your fireplace, pulling his stomach in, with worried eye brows just to make him seem handsome!

L: He-he-he...okay, Michael Jackson.

A: It wasn't difficult?

L: No, it wasn't!

A: I can get answer from her to anything, keep sending questions in!

Part 9: Wrestling

A: Now Lene, you are going to, together with the audience, join a smaller test. I have taken the test myself...

L: How did you do it?

A: Not too good.

L: That's good!

A: You shouldn't be anxious about this.

L: I notice I do that nevertheless!

A: It will be a pointer whether you've become too much of a superstar!

L: He-he-he...

(The test begins. Alexander is asking Lene a series of questions about daily things in Norway; the price of milk, local questions about the cost of public transport in Oslo (Lene likes to walk), the starting fee for taxi in Oslo/Tromsø, the order of NRK's 'gold series' programme shows on Fridays, and the cost of a hotel room at Grand Hotel - where Lene has lived for 2-3 months earlier).

A: You are quite interested in sports?

L: Yes...

A: You are a bit interested in football and the like? You are going to watch the national team on Saturday?

L: Yes!

A: You are very interested in wrestling?

L: He-he-he...yes...really interested! Very enthusiastic about it!

A: You have donated a lot of money to wrestling sport. How much is it now?

L: It's a lot, really...

A: We're talking lots of zeros?

L: Yes, lots of zeros.

A: A quarter of a million crowns?

L: Yes, it's enormous!

A: But you get sponsorship by having your name on the suits?

L: That's very nice.

A: Those wrestling suits are very tiny?

L: He-he-he...but I have a short name, so that's fine.

A: You have to cut it in to stages, first 'Lene' and then 'Marlin' below?

L: Yes...

A: A man that is 2.10 meters tall, and is fanatic about wrestling as well, and is often sitting in the canteen with a tiny wrestling suit. This guy weighs about 85 kg, but the suit is the old suit of Jon Rønningen, and he was only weighing 52 kg, and was 1.30 meters tall. Who is this?

L: I think that says it all, it must be Radiosporten's Geir Elle!

Part 10: Association game

A: Now we're going to get to know you real good. I feel we have gotten to know you well during the last two hours.

L: Yes...

A: But now we're going to see how your memory is doing. It has been a bit defective up until now?

L: He-he-he...

A: It's about your own life, not just results from 1965 or something...

L: That's good!

A: It's about things you have done!

L: I think, perhaps, I would stand a better chance at football results from 1965, but we'll have to try!

A: We're going to be playing an association game. I'm going to play something, and you will tell me the first thing that comes to your mind. And if it's not close to what we had planned to talk about, I'm going to try to help you out.

L: That's good.

A: I have the 'correct answer', but just say the first thing which comes to mind!

First play item: Something about 'being in a bag'.

L: I know what that is, it's about my graduation period! I was in a garbage bag, but the picture being used was not me! I'm happy with that.

A: Who was it then?

L: It was a girl friend of mine. We were so many, and people asked 'what was the point', but when you, and let us just admit it, been drunk for days, and there are x amount of photographers all around, you are not that eager to be taken pictures of in that state, and not the ones being with me either.

A: You had quite a large hit before you graduated, to put it mildly, which was quite well known, and you were strictly spoken freely hunted?

L: At that point in time, I was. And in consideration of the people around me, we chose to put on garbage bags.

A: Why did you choose garbage bags, and not something else?

L: Because that was the closer thing we had.

A: Simple and effective up there in the north! So, not sleeping bags, which would have been warmer?

L: You know, it was warm and good.

A: Ready for another one?

L: I'm ready!

Second play item: An audience giving applause. No music or words.

A: What is the first that comes to mind?

L: That's of course every Monday, when I have my stand-up show on the western side club. Then I experience that.

A: Ah...not quite; it has to do with your other profession, about being an artist?

L: Ah...

A: It's about today's date!

L: November 11th? Can you give me the year, not that it would help...

A: It's six years ago; today's date six years ago.

L: I have to pass this one...

A: It's you, and applause, big applause. Six years ago. Really huge applause, and the day after it was press entries. Because you had received something!

L: Was that the MTV Awards?

A: Yes!

L: Oh, my God, is that six years ago? Now I'm feeling...old.

A: Now when you have got it on a distance, is it still nice to have won it?

L: Yes, it is. The thing is, I had never expected to get that award, and I received it, got backstage, and as I got backstage, it was taken from me!

A: No?

L: Yes, it was just the prize they used all evening! So it wasn't that much pleasure...

A: So it was just a plaster cast...

L: He-he...but then it was a little time before I received the real one.

A: Where do you have it?

L: I got it at home.

A: On the open fireplace, or...?

L: No, it's in a bookshelf!

A: Not under the bed, or behind the vacuum cleaner or something?

L: No, no...

A: It has a place of honour?

L: Yes, it has!

A: Hear another one?

L: Yes...

Third play item: Digitally created sound.

A: What is the first you think about?

L: Uhm...I don't know, that one was a bit...I couldn't gather my thoughts.

A: No? Let's hear it one more time...

(Plays a second time)

L: I must say that...

A: What is going on here?

L: Lots of things...

A: Could it be something with computers?

L: I can't say...yes, maybe computer games? Gaming?

A: How are you there?

L: I'm like all others, he-he...

A: I've heard that you are very good at PlayStation?

L: He-he-he...I was, in a period.

A: What was it?

L: It was 'Tekken'.

A: No, really? 'Tekken'? The most stupid of all fighting games?

L: Yes!

A: How fun, which one did you become? It's a fighting game, viewed from the side at all times. Who did you choose of the characters?

L: I was 'Lei'.

A: A lady?

L: No, it's a man!

A: What was his special ability?

L: I'm not sure I discovered that! What I did, was pushing the buttons, really fast, in the correct order, and it worked out fine!

A: And then you got the rumour of being great at PlayStation?

L: It was a very easy and not too deserved rumour, but still...

A: Do you still have a PlayStation at home?

L: I do, but I don't play as much.

A: You don't play?

L: Not that much, I've managed to throw away...yes, I've played 'BurnOut', that's fun!

A: The car game where it's about crashing as much as possible!

L: Yes, it's fantastic!

A: It is fun?

L: Yes, that's fun!

A: Do you have a song on a PlayStation game?

L: No, I think I ought to have that!

A: Yes? Should we start a campaign to manage that?

L: Yes, and I also think that we should start a campaign to make somebody take the title 'Crows and gulls' for a restaurant!

A: 'Crows and gulls', somebody must steal the name and review the restaurant, readily where they're selling crows and gulls, and then everyone should play video-games all the time.

L: Yes!

Part 11: Ringing tune

A: Are you strong in dialects?

L: If I am? No, I'm not the first to make imitations of people.

A: You're not putting on a quilted anorak and do 'Are and Odin'?

L: No...

A: You don't. That's good to hear.

L: He-he...

A: Here's one: 'Hi Lene!'

L: Hi!

A: I could have stopped there, because there is a couple of those as well. 'Hi Lene, do you like grafitti?'

L: If I like grafitti? That's a wide term...

A: What part of grafitti do you like?

L: The nice part! He-he-he...no, there's much that's good. It's difficult to explain, but if it gives me a good feeling...

A: It may have to be large and well done?

L: That could be important.

A: And if a smaller jerk is writing 'Guak', like on my door at home, that's not that pretty?

L: He-he, no that's perhaps not that pretty.

A: 'I have greeted you in my grafitti, and used your lyrics as well'. Are there many who are using your lyrics for different things?

L: I don't know, really. It would have been interesting to see, actually.

A: Not anyone who has just stolen your lyrics and used it in a poem exercise at school, saying it was his own?

L: I have no idea! Perhaps?

A: It must have been?

L: 'Æ sitt no her nede...' (meaning 'Sitting down here' - editor's note).

A: 'Which ringing tune do you have on your cellphone?'

L: I have an ordinary one, a boring, standard ringing tune!

A: Which one?

L: I don't know, a standard ringing tune.

A: What phone brand do you have?

L: Nokia.

A: You don't have the very most standard ringing tune?

L: Yes, yes, I have the boring one; I'm trying hard to find one too, because I don't want to sit in a room, and there's hundred of melodies going off when the phone rings. So I'm just being boring and choosing the standard.

A: What would it take, how much money would I have to give you, for instance in the next concert round, somewhere in Norway, that you would; let's say you have three concerts in a row; Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

L: Uhm...?

A: Let's say that, in that period, your ringing tune would be put loudly, and you have your own song as a ringing tune?

L: That's not going to happen!

A: There is a limit? Because then you would appear as very creepy?

L: I must say, I'm embarrassed if others have my song on their phone! It's ringing, and I notice I get a little put out...a little put out.

A: How much then?

L: I think I'll stick to the standard tune!

A: Okay, but would you do it for three days for 5 million?

L: Yes, I would!

A: There you see, there is a limit!

L: I would perhaps have done it for less than five too.

A: One million then?

L: I could have stretched it...

A: Five hundred thousand?

L: Yes...

A: Hundred thousand?

L: Yes...

A: Ten thousand?

L: ...

A: Ah, now it's starting to...

L: He-he-he...

A: Twenty five thousand, for three days, with your own song as a ringing tune, loudly. And I can get to call you as much as I like?

L: I need to take that up for consideration, really!

A: But for thirty thousand you'll do it?

L: Yes!

A: Okay. We'll see what we can do, I need to loan some money. It will be 32% interest, but it will be worth it!

L: He-he-he...

A: Now I'm going to send you out on a tour at people I know, so they can get to hear this!

Part 12: Swedish mistake

(Kristine has returned, and Lene, Kristine and Alexander are discussing the Norwegian health system based on an article from VG, about a doctor who has used some 'unconventional' methods on his patients).

A: You are not going to the doctor for a while?

L: I don't think I will. I'm going to remain here.

A: Yes, you remain here!

L: There are many names that can be pronounced in different ways.

A: 'Lene Marlin'.

L: Lene Marlin, yes?

A: Is that difficult? Is there someone who is struggling with that?

L: Yes, in a period there was much of 'Lene Marliiin'.

A: Oh, no? Was that early on?

L: Yes, I remember it went very well in Sweden, and much of the reason was that they thought I was Swedish!

A: Really?

L: I didn't do anything to correct it, and they admitted that when they discovered I was Norwegian, it was too late, because they had found that they liked the music anyway!

A: Ooh? What about Italians? 'Lene Marrrlin'?

L: Yes, exactly like that!

A: What about Chinese - the tarot reader Maurice?

L: He-he...no, it is 'Lene Marlin'.

A: It is? You are granted a very lucky name! I don't; when you're called 'Schau', it's impossible, except when at home with my mother and father. 'Hi', somebody is saying on SMS, 'do you like American cars?'

L: It's not something I'm thinking a lot on, I feel.

A: Do you have the driver's license?

L: I do.

A: Had it long?

L: Yes. Since I was twenty, I believe.

A: Do you have a car?

L: Yes.

A: What brand?

L: It's a little Peugeout!

A: When did you make a dent in it last?

L: I haven't done that, actually. I'm quite good at parking!

A: 'Do you get free coffee at cafés?', somebody is asking.

L: No.

A: Not? Never? You never received a free cup of coffee?

L: Yes, I have, but it's not daily routine going to café getting free coffee.

A: I like the classification of me in the next one: 'Hi sweet Marlin, and one other guy'...

L: He-he-he...

A: Marita is wondering: 'What places in Tromsø do you recommend for one that's 18 years old?'

L: Oh, holy...I haven't lived there for so long. Much must have happened, I hope it has. I get very surprised each time I return. So you must walk the streets, and head inside wherever you feel like.

A: I know that in the 80-ies somewhere, there was a place called 'Je t'aime', and that's good enough for me!

L: He-he-he...

Part 13: Australian men

(Alexander is teasing Lene with some pictures of Australian men with naked upper bodies. Lene thinks it's too early in the morning to be ready for that kind of thought).

A: You are co-host, you know, so you get some privileges.

L: Yes?

A: A requested song is one of the privileges. You are interested in music? That goes with the job?

L: Yes...I am. That goes with the job.

A: How many records do you buy a year? You get free records from the record company?

L: Yes, I do get free records, but after iPod got into my life, it is hard to keep up.

A: You think?

L: Yes, if you are to find a record cover now, it takes some time, because it's the little wheel you are working with...

A: On the iPod?

L: Yes.

A: Is it a little disappointing?

L: I'm very fond of the record. I like to view the booklet, and...

A: You like to turn the pages?

L: I like to turn the pages a little, yes.

A: That's good. What was the last record you bought?

L: The last record I bought was...I don't remember...I got...

A: That is all well; then there'll be more Australian men with naked upper bodies if you can't answer!

L: I got, when I was in Asia just now, I got many local artists that I brought back home. Not the local artist, but the records, he-he.

A: Have you listened to them?

L: Eh...yes.

A: Found something fun?

L: Eh...yes!

A: Okay.

L: It's difficult to say, I can't manage the language, so I don't know what I'm listening to!

A: Difficult to be searching on the internet, for instance. Have you done that?

L: Actually, I tried to check one thing some time ago, but I had to give it up, because everything came up in a language I don't know.

A: You brought along one record. It's difficult, I presume, to choose one record, with one requested song?

L: I do think it's difficult, but I did manage it in the end.

A: First, is there one record that you are very embarrassed to own?

L: I probably have!

A: Just say one record that you liked as a kid and still are struggling with.

L: I'm trying to think back to what the very first records were, but it was simply collector's albums.

A: Is it the failing memory that is returning?

L: It's nice, that.

A: I have a very gross one myself. 'Rainmaker' with the album 'Tornado', one of the worst records ever made. I got that at home, and I have paid for it.

Part 14: Crow dinner

(Ryan Adams has been aired)

L: This was Ryan Adams with 'Wonderwall', you can feel the joy. I like this song. The clock is about to be many, it's time to get melancholic!

A: Ryan Adams are releasing albums all the time. What other Ryan Adams albums should people buy?

L: Don't ask me about such titles! There are too many, just search it out, get an overview.

A: There are a lot of questions for you, Lene. Help me, where to start? 'Hi, Lene, I've got a girl friend that's turning 30 today. Could you give a super suggestion for a gift; rather not over 1000 crowns?'

L: Eh...I think a crow dinner, he-he...out in the Valle Vestfold or something? That wouldn't get above 1000.

A: 'Hello radio host, and the other babe', I like that one, because earlier I was reduced to 'this other guy'. 'How many guitars do you have?'

L: I have five, I think. Four-five. Five?

A: I have to put this in: 'I was on vacation in Chile last year. On a smaller train station they suddenly started to play Lene Marlin. I got filled by national proudness, and pointed out to my Chilean companion that the artist was Norwegian. And he said: Oh, nice, she reminds me a bit of Celine Dion!'

L: He-he-he...that was a comparison that's not coming up too often! He must have had ear plugs or something!

A: He wasn't too skilled in music?

L: No, I wouldn't say that. It will take a lot to compare the two of us!

A: So, get back to Chile, find your friend, and tell him this is as wrong as it can be!

L: He-he...

A: 'Do you say 'måse' or 'måke' (meaning gull - editor's note)?'

L: It has become very 'måke' now, after this crow and gull thing. So now I don't know anymore.

A: Because of that restaurant in Vestfold that is serving crow and gull. What if you had to choose? Gull or crow?

L: I'd like the one as a starters and the other as the main course!

A: That sounds very cool to me.

Part 15: Garlic grapes

A: You haven't considered getting a tall stand-up hair?

L: Maybe I have had that, I was away for a while...

A: What many don't know is that Lene on her Asia tour had an afro-look; a pale white afro.

L: Yes. And a little pineapple style on the hair.

A: Very nice! I've got one that is starting very well: 'You could damned well have been working on the radio, Lene. So able!'

L: Oh...that's cozy, thanks!

A: It's been a 'sann svir' having you here!

L: What did you just say?

A: It's been a 'sann svir' having you here! That's something I learned from a very old member of the family. Still don't know what it means, but I'm using it on you!

L: He-he-he...if I should say thanks, I don't know, but I'm doing it anyway.

A: I think it's positive!

L: Well, then I say thanks!

A: I should have asked you something clever something, but I lost it...

(Alexander and Lene is starting to eat some garlic grapes that they have in the studio. They're not tasting all that good).

L: Red grapes have lost their glory now that they have been inserted with garlic!

A: Such, now my day is ruined! Thanks for coming here, Lene!

L: Nice to be here!

A: And good luck with your records and music and stand-up comedy shows. And we'll meet over a dinner in Vestfold for crows?

L: And gulls!

A: Thousand thanks for coming, Lene Marlin!

L: Thousand thanks!

A very special thank you to Tef Johs at lene-marlin.no for translating into English the longest Lene interview session ever conducted!


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