Dust Bin Laid Back - …Keep Smiling
posted by November 7 at 11:08 AMon
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.
…And here’s the brilliant, funny video to “Bakerman”.