Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Go Junior! Go Senior! Half-Gay Danish Dance Duo Junior Senior Continues to Sweep America off Its Feet

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Go Junior! Go Senior! Half-Gay Danish Dance Duo Junior Senior Continues to Sweep America off Its Feet

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If you have the theme song to a movie starring Bugs Bunny, then it's safe to say you've at least started your conquest of America. Junior Senior, the boys behind the unbelievably addictive hit song "Move Your Feet," survived their first U.S. tour intact and even managed to get "Shake Your Coconuts" (yes, it means what you think) on the Looney Tunes: Back in Action soundtrack. Not bad for two guys from a small country more known for its midcentury furniture than for smash singles.

"I feel really privileged. Two years ago nothing was happening. Nobody seemed to be interested in Denmark, and our friends thought we were great--but not that great," notes Jesper Mortensen, laughing. Known as Junior to his fans, he's file smaller, straight half of the band. Jesper's the one with the guitar who sings the harmonies while Jeppe Laursen (a.k.a. Senior)--the bigger, gay half--does the shaking, dancing, and yeah-yeahing.

They have a lot to be dancing about--"Move Your Feet" hit the top five on the British charts, and their debut album, the aptly titled d-d-don't don't stop the beat, appeared on many top 10 lists for 2003, as in magazines like Rolling Stone and Blender. Like Japanese schoolgirls, a big part of Junior Senior's charm comes from their fresh take on a foreign aesthetic. "We'd never been to the States before we made the album, and it was just a shot in the dark," says Junior. "We're so influenced by American culture. When you're kind of distant from something, you do it for the love."

D-d-don't stop the beat is so unabashedly in puppy love with music--and life in general--that it was the one thing last summer that surly indie rockers and teenage girls could agree on. …

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