Thor: The Movie. And No, I’m Not Talking About the Superhero with the Hammer.

It was a Thursday night at the grocery store in 1977. I was in the back room getting ready for my shelf-stocking shift when Brian, another guy from the aisles, pulled up outside in his puke-yellow Datsun 120. I knew it was him because as usual, his stereo was turned up to 11.

“Man, I love that song,” he said, bounding through the back door with a goofy grin. “Thor. Dogs. Brilliant. It rocks.”

Thor–Jon Mikl Thor, to be exact–was an Edmonton-based bodybuilder/wrestler who fronted his own band. Thanks to that song, this album sold 50,000 copies in Canada.

Thor - Keep the Dogs Away

Thor turned out to be a one-hit-wonder. Now, though, there’s a movie about the comeback that nearly killed him. This is the new Anvil-like hit? (Thanks to Danny for the heads-up.)

I Am Thor



Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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