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Kim Larsen

 

Kim Larsen

Kim Larsen, Nibe Festival 2009.

Kim Melius Flyvholm Larsen (born October 23, 1945) is a Danish rock musician.

Contents

  • Career 1
  • Protest singer 2
  • Bands 3
    • Gasolin' (1969 - 1978) 3.1
    • Kim Larsen & Bellami (1983 - 1984) 3.2
    • Kim Larsen & Bellami (1986 - 1992) 3.3
    • Bell Star (1993 - 1994) 3.4
    • Kim Larsen & Kjukken - 1995 - 3.5
  • Albums 4
    • Solo 4.1
    • with Gasolin' 4.2
    • Kim Larsen & Bellami 4.3
    • Kim Larsen & Jungledreams 4.4
    • Kim Larsen & Kjukken 4.5
    • with Starfuckers 4.6
  • Charting albums 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Career

Larsen was born in Copenhagen. Inspired by The Beatles and rock and roll, he began as a songwriter and guitarist. In 1969 he met Franz Beckerlee and Wili Jønsson, and the three founded Gasolin' which, later joined by drummer Søren Berlev, became one of the most successful Danish rock bands. The band dissolved in the late 1970s.

Kim Larsen released a number of solo albums in the 1980s, topping in 1983 with the album Midt om natten. The album Midt om natten more or less became a soundtrack for the movie by the same name based upon it.[1]

In 1983, Larsen founded the band Kim Larsen & Bellami and released four albums until 1992, when after a couple of different line-ups, the band broke up. He then released another solo album, Hvem kan sige nej til en engel (Who Can Say No To An Angel).

Protest singer

Larsen has many times voiced his opposition to the established society and instead advocated the right to be different from the mainstream: The album and movie Midt om natten revolves around this subject - in fact you can compare the movie action to the real Danish BZ movement BZ, Sorte Hest and also Freetown Christiania, located in Copenhagen. The same opposition is also shown by the album 231045-0637 - the title is Kim Larsen's social security number which is strictly personal. Larsen was against the big database of every citizen, implied by this title.

As a heavy smoker, he paid in August 2008 an advertising campaign which showed the text "Tillykke med rygeforbudet - Gesundheit macht frei !!!". The first sentence means "Congratulations on the smoking ban" in Danish, the second sentence means "health makes free" in German. Whilst smoking bans are allegedly not made to protect smokers, but non-smokers, Kim Larsen constructed a connection between smoking bans and such Nazi phrases as Arbeit macht frei.[2]

Bands

Gasolin' (1969 - 1978)

  • Kim Larsen - Vocals and rhythm guitar
  • Franz Beckerlee - Solo guitar
  • Wili Jønsson - Bass
  • Bjørn Uglebjerg (1969 - 1971) and Søren Berlev (1971 - 1978) - Drums
  • Klaus Agerschou (Live concerts) - Keyboards

Kim Larsen & Bellami (1983 - 1984)

  • Kim Larsen - Guitar and vocals
  • Henning Pold - Bass
  • Phil Barrett - Keyboards and Guitar
  • Soren Wolff - Guitar
  • Jan Lysdahl - Drummer

Kim Larsen & Bellami (1986 - 1992)

  • Kim Larsen - Guitar and vocals
  • Henning Pold - Bass
  • Hans Fagt and Jan Lysdahl - Drummer
  • Mikkel Håkonsson and Peter Ingemann - Keyboards
  • Thomas Grue and Per Rasmussen - Guitar and (jingle)

Bell Star (1993 - 1994)

  • Kim Larsen - Guitar and vocals
  • Hubba - Drummer
  • Henning Pold - Bass
  • Mikkel Håkonsson - Keyboards

Kim Larsen & Kjukken - 1995 -

  • Kim Larsen - Guitar and vocals
  • Bo Gryholt - Bass (1995 - 2002) and Jesper Haugaard - Bass (2002 - )
  • Karsten Skovgaard - Guitar
  • Jesper Rosenqvist - Drummer

Albums

Solo

Studio
EPs
Compilations
  • 1975: Skru Op
  • 1977: Boller Op, Boller Ned
  • 1979: Hittegods
  • 1983: Gorilla Mix
  • 1983: Larsens Bedste
  • 1984: Årets Koncent
Live

with Gasolin'

Studio
Compilations
  • 1980: Super Mix 1
  • 1981: A Box Full of Gas
  • 1984: Det Bedste Fra Mig Og Mine Venner (Kim Larsen with Gasolin')
  • 1991: Rabalderstræde Forever
  • 1993: Derudaf Forever
  • 1997: A Foreign Affair vol.1
  • 1999: Gasolin' Forever
  • 2000: The Early Years
  • 2002: A Foreign Affair vol.2
  • 2003: The Black Box
  • 2009: Masser af succes
Live
  • 1976: Live sådan (Live)
  • 1978: Gøglernes aften (Live)

Kim Larsen & Bellami

Kim Larsen & Jungledreams

  • 1981: Jungle Dreams
  • 1982: Sitting on a Time Bomb

Kim Larsen & Kjukken

Studio
Live

with Starfuckers

Charting albums

(All peak positions in Danish Albums Chart)

  • 2001: Weekend Music (reached #3)
  • 2001: Sange fra glemmebogen (reached #1)
  • 2006: Gammel hankat (reached #1)
  • 2008: Glemmebogen for børn (reached #1)
  • 2010: Guld & grønne skove (reached #17)
  • 2010: Mine damer og herrer (reached #1)
  • 2012: 5 Eiffel (reached #21)
As Kim Larsen & Kjukken
  • 2002: Det var en torsdag aften (reached #2)
  • 2003: 7-9-13 (reached #1)
  • 2004: Glemmebogen Jul & Nytår (reached #1)
  • 2007: En lille pose støj (reached #1) (Live)

References

  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087720/
  2. ^ http://ekstrabladet.dk/flash/dkkendte/article1046636.ece

External links

  • Kim Larsen's website
  • Kim Larsen's record company
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