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Alas, poor Turbonegro, Oslo’s dark princes of rock: The band has a name that makes water-cooler discussions about it difficult, and its members dress like wharf-dwelling male hustlers. As if those obstacles to success weren’t tough enough, the group split in 1998 when lead singer Hank Von Helvete (imagine a top-hatted King Diamond after a pickled-herring binge) was institutionalized for heroin addiction and depression. I guess they weren’t kidding with lyrics such as “I sit around getting high/Contemplating suicide/And now some people wonder/What’s the matter with me/Why I’ve started wearing diapers/At the age of 23.” As a result of the hiatus, Turbonegro missed out on the hype heaped upon fellow Scandinavian rockers the Hives and the Hellacopters. Luckily, Von Helvete found the cure, and Turbonegro re-formed last year. More luckily, the fact that Hank is no longer courting the Silver Lady doesn’t mean the band has lost its edge. The boys have a grizzly bear on a leash in the video for “Sell Your Body (to the Night).” And over the summer, they ran into a little security trouble at the Stuttgart airport: They tried to smuggle an 18-inch knife, stored in a stage prop, onto a flight. Bassist Happy Tom mused: “What’s the world coming to when men in long black hair and long black beards can’t bring an 18-inch dagger onto planes anymore?” The bad boys play with Bad Wizard at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-7960. (David Dunlap Jr.)