Laid Back is a Danish group formed in 1979 in Copenhagen by John Guldberg and Tim Stahl, a group that really started their career in 1981 when their first single "Maybe I’m crazy" was released. Title taken from their eponymous debut album. A first single with notable success. But notorious success limited… in Denmark !
Another local success the following year in 1982 with a certain title called… "Sunshine reggae". A title that will be included in their new album "Keep smiling" which was released in 1983. And it is this addition that will change everything : the single becomes 'visible' thanks to the album and will make a real worldwide hit, exploding the notoriety of the group overnight.
Still from the same album, it is the single "White horse" which was released a year later in 1984 and which not only was to make a worldwide hit again, but also remained as their first top hit across the Atlantic. A success amplified by particularly ambiguous lyrics which deal in particular with sex and drugs.
The years go by but are not necessarily alike. The group disappeared from international radars for several years despite the release of several singles. The albums "Play it stright" released in 1985 and "See you in the lobby" released in 1987 were not very successful.
In 1988, there was a big surprise with the tribute paid by the English group New Order to Laid Back through the song "Fine time". A supported tribute all the more rewarding from one of the biggest groups of the moment.
Success returned in 1989 with the release of the single "Bakerman". A success amplified by the clip of Lars Von Trier in which the members of the group parachute while playing their instrument… A new global mega hit which will unfortunately be the last.
Anything that comes out later, albums and singles alike, will meet with little public resonance.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Maybe I’m crazy 1980
China girl 1981
Sunshine reggae 1983
High society girl 1983
White horse 1984
Elevator boy 1984
One life 1985
It’s a shame 1987
Highway of love 1990
I can’t live without love 1993
We don’t do it 1995
Key to life 1999
1980 ... beginnings that will be qualified as sympathetic. But certainly not enough to be able to claim to play in the big leagues. They will still have to work, it's clear...
1981 ... in the same vein. A quality which remains very average for the moment and which does not risk propelling them to the top of the Charts
1983 ... then THIS title comes ! When Scandinavians get into reggae, this is the result. A very astonishing paradox which will nevertheless bring them glory and fortune. They sign here quite simply one of the most emblematic titles of the decade, light and fresh at will and which is good for morale, quite simply. MAS-TER-FUL !
1983 ... a BIG year 1983 with a second title of very good quality in the wake. After a few years of trial and error, the band has finally found the style and sound to match. All good !
1984 ... the group is really on a hyper-buoyant dynamic since he now connects top hit to top hit. He even obtained with this title his first big success across the Atlantic. Recognition is now global !
1985 ... a success in the United States which cannot be denied because it is precisely in this country that this title will break through. Anyway, the great adventure continues !
1987 ... after 3 euphoric years, the group plunges somewhat into the depths. And yet, quality is always essential. But often goodwill is not enough, especially when the competition in the face does not give any gifts ...
1989 ... not much until this year 1989. A winning comeback that allows them to record a last global top hit, on a track, which however, does not risk igniting the Dancefloor. Astonishing ...
1990 ... one would have thought that the group would not survive the passage of the decade 90. Oh no, a Danish, he clings. And my faith, they deliver us here a most interesting Intimist title. Like what, nothing is ever lost !
1993 ... and the adventure continues quietly, but surely. Admittedly, the group struggles to stick to the musical standards of the moment but whatever, the main thing is to participate as they say ...
1995 ... and it is true that at times, we still come close to caricature. Because to release a title of this kind in the middle of the years 90, it was necessary to dare. They did it !
1999 ... well, this time, it is indeed the end of the international career, 20 years after their debut. Who could have said they were going to last that long ? Few people at their beginnings, it's clear ...
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