Norway: Oslo city bells honour Motorhead's Lemmy

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Media captionOslo's bell-based rendition is somewhat gentler than the rock band's original

The bells of Oslo City Hall will play a Motorhead tune every day for the next five months, in tribute to the band's recently deceased frontman, Lemmy.

Oslo's huge 49-bell carillon will chime to the melody of the group's 2015 single Electricity each evening until the end of May, the city council's website says. Motorhead have the 18:00 slot in the city's new playlist, which runs on the hour from 07:00 until midnight. It's an eclectic mix, ranging from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons in the morning, to an evening rendition of the Super Mario theme. Aftenposten's Osloby site notes that the City Hall playlist changes throughout the year, playing Christmas carols during December.

Carillonist Laura Marie Rueslaatten, who arranges the chime melodies, tells the BBC that the public make song suggestions, and being in tune with the local mood is a key part of deciding what makes the cut. "Just as I was arranging the chimes for January to May... people started talking about Lemmy's death," she says. "The public wanted more rock and heavy metal, and the lyrics of Electricity reflect an attitude that I feel fits Oslo very much."

Lemmy, born Ian Fraser Kilmister, died on 28 December, only two days after being told he had an aggressive form of cancer. His funeral took place in Los Angeles on Saturday.

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