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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Laid Back - …Keep Smiling

posted by on November 7 at 11:08 AM

In 1979 Tim Stahl and John Guldberg formed the duo Laid Back in Copenhagen, Denmark. It wasn’t until 1982 that they had their first hit, “Sunshine Reggae”, which was actually a b-side to one of the singles off of their first, self-titled LP.


The next album, 1983’s …Keep Smiling, proved to be their greatest success in the U.S. spawning the monster club hit “White Horse”. The album has other great moments, though, like “High Society Girl”, a remake of “Sunshine Reggae” and the totally chill cosmic closer “Fly Away/Walking In The Sunshine”.

Largely seen as one-hit wonders in the U.S. Laid Back managed to put together a number of European Top 40 hits through the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, most notably with the song “Bakerman”, which spawned a brilliant video by a very young, pre-Dogme95, Lars Von Trier. The video was shot in one take with multiple cameras as the band and friends jumped out of an airplane. It was covered in 2006 by the cheeseball handbag house DJ Shaun Baker and charted a second time throughout Europe.


Since then Laid Back have mostly worked on movie and TV soundtracks, winning the Danish equivalent of an Oscar for their work in 2002.

Laid Back - White Horse (Original LP Version)
Laid Back - Fly Away/Walking In The Sunshine

…And here’s the brilliant, funny video to “Bakerman”.

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The album cover with the shark is possibly one of the best album covers in the history of album covers.

Posted by trent moorman | November 7, 2007 11:28 AM

it is some of the best usage of airbrushing technique i've ever seen.

Posted by terry miller | November 7, 2007 11:47 AM

Sharks freak me out in general. I'm in perpetual Shark Week.

Have you seen the sharks at Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma? So amazing.

Posted by trent moorman | November 7, 2007 12:13 PM

thx for posting this stuff, terry. im digging the hell out of "bakerman."

Posted by jz | November 7, 2007 12:43 PM

Ironically, the re-done "Sunshine Reggae" was the A-side to the 12" that first spawned its B-side, "White Horse"

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | November 8, 2007 9:20 AM

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