Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Laidback - Laid Back
Way back in the seventies, Tim Stahl and John Guldberg met in a band called The Starbox Band and soon found out that there was a special chemistry between them. After a disaster of a support gig for The Kinks in Copenhagen, where people walked out on them, the band split up. In the mid-seventies new technology came as a revolution to musicians and John had set up a small studio where they began jamming together and do tape recordings. Soon they realized that they had created a new sound, a new way of making music.
The debut album “Laid Back” with their first #1 hit “Maybe I'm Crazy” was released in 1981. The next single, “Sunshine Reggae”, was the summer hit of 1982 in Denmark. In 1983 it then went on to be a huge hit in Italy, and after several earlier attempts, that song began climbing up German charts and finally reached #1, selling more than 750,000 singles. Soon, “Sunshine Reggae” went #1 in 22 countries around the World and having so far sold more than 20 million units, compilations included. In the USA, the focus was however on another song, “White Horse”, which became a #1 Dance track and trendsetter for many other artists.
Today, “White Horse” is known for being a benchmark cornerstone of the electronic music-making in the Eighties, having been sampled over and over again and becoming a true classic. Another outstanding song is “Bakerman”, a big hit in 1990 and known for the skydiver video by the world-known Danish film director Lars von Trier. In 2001, they composed the music score for the Danish movie “Flyvende Farmor”, for which they received a Robert (the Danish Oscar Award). They performed at the 2004 hip Festival on the Isle of Wight, UK, and in 2005 played at the famous open air stage of the Copenhagen Tivoli Gardens and the equally prestigious Roskilde Festival.
In terms of releases, the album “Happy Dreamer” came in 2005, propelling especially its single “Beautiful Day” to great feedback. This also due to a co-operation with noted DJ / Producer Trentemoeller doing a remix of the track.
Laid Back is basically a very artistic band - not necessarily your "average Pop act". If one has to set a sonic trademark on them, it will have to be their minimal "less is more" style. The secret of Laid Back has always been to make the difficult easy and the complicated simple. Since the very beginning Laid Back has maintained their unique ability to sound exactly like themselves, while constantly navigating towards new sonic territories.
Laid Back played in Ibiza last year as part of the Music For Dreams events and MFD are very proud to release these two great tracks:
A1 Laid back - Fuck (The Kenneth Bager Experience Remix)
A2 Laid Back - Fuck (Dub)
B1 Laid Back - Don't Step On The Grass (Remix)