The Old Man & the Sea

The Old Man & the Sea were a Danish symphonic/hard-rock band from Horsens that was active for eight years, starting in 1967. The band released a popular self-titled album on Sonet in 1972 and recorded a followup that would ultimately be thrice issued by archival labels in subsequent decades. Members: Lars “Bekse” Thygesen (drums, 1967-69), […]

Pan

Pan was a Danish psych-rock band that released a self-titled album and standalone single on Sonet in 1970. Members: Robert Lelièvre (vocals, guitar), Thomas Puggaard-Müller (guitar), Henning Verner (piano, organ, vibraphone), Arne Würgler (bass, cello, 1969-70), Michael Puggaard-Müller (drums, 1969-?), Jens Elbøl (bass, 1970-71) Torben Enghoff (saxophone, flute, ?-1971), Nils Tuxen (guitar, ?-1971) Background Pan […]

Thors Hammer

Thors Hammer was a Danish jazz-rock band that issued a self-titled album on Metronome in 1971. Members: Peter Nielsen (vocals), Michael Bruun (guitar, piano), Jesper Neehammer (saxophone), Henrik Langkilde (organ, piano), Henrik Bødtcher (bass), Simon Koppel (drums) Background Thors Hammer included saxophonist Jesper Nehammer, guitarist Michael Bruun, bassist Henrik Bødtcher, and drummer Simon Koppel, all […]

Ariel

Ariel was a Danish jazz-rock band that released a self-titled album in early 1980. Later that same year, they released Solens Børn with an expanded, multi-national lineup. Both albums appeared on the specialty label Pick Up Records. Members: Lei Moe (vocals), Klavs Hovman (bass), Per Goldschmidt (vocals, tenor saxophone), Anders Müller (keyboards), Atilla Engin (percussion), […]

Drops

Drops was a Danish jazz-rock band that released a self-titled album on Hookfarm in 1976. Members: Jesper Nehammer (flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone), Poul Freiber (guitar), Henrik Langkilde (electric piano, synthesizer), Peter Ingemann (bass guitar), Jesper Thorup (drums) Drops was assembled at the height of the jazz-rock boom by some of Denmark’s most seasoned musicians. […]

Witch Cross

Witch Cross were a Danish metal band from Copenhagen that released a standalone single on self-press Jamara in 1983, followed by the album Fit for Fight on Roadrunner in 1984. Members: Alex Nyborg Madsen [aka Savage] (vocals), Mike “Wlad” Kock (guitar, vocals), Cloe Hamilton (bass), Jan “Little John Field” Normark (bass), Anders “A.C.” Hjort (drums) […]

Sods / Sort Sol

Sods were a Danish punk/New Wave band from Copenhagen that released two albums on Medley Records in 1979/80. After a name-change to Sort Sol, they issued two further albums on the label between 1983 and 1987. Members: Peter Peter [Peter Schneidermann] (guitar), Knud Odde Sørensen (bass), Steen Jørgensen (vocals), Tomas Ortved Larsen (drums) Discography: Minutes […]

Natdamperen

Natdamperen were a Danish jazz-rock band that released two albums on self-press Abel Records in 1975/76 and a third on Respons in 1978. Members: Ed Jones (drums, percussion), Flemming Quist Møller (percussion), Jan Ole Kristensen (guitar), Jørgen Nielsen (bass), Niels-Henning Henningsen (drums), Ole Kühl (saxophone, flute), Ole Nordenhof (piano), Poul Poulsen (drums), Stefan Borum (piano, […]

Moral

Moral were a Danish coldwave band from Århus, Midtjylland, that released two albums on self-press Ådsel Service in 1981/82 and a third on Arp Grammofon in 1984. Members: Hanne Winterberg (vocals), Marco Andreis (guitar), Ingolf Brown (synthesizer) Discography: Dance of the Dolls (cassette, 1981) Whispering Sons (1982) And Life Is (1984)

Hunk Ai

Hunk Ai were a Danish avant-jazz/rock band from Aarhus, Midtjylland, that released two albums on Olufsen Records between 1986 and 1988. Members: Cathrine Lervig (vocals), Morten Lervig (bass), Rasmus Louis Lunding (guitar), Bo Madsen (guitar), Carsten Orthmann (drums), Henrik Jespersen (saxophone) Discography: Hunk Ai (1986) Alene Hjemme (1988)

Entrance

Entrance were a Danish jazz-rock band from Copenhagen that released three albums on Metronome between 1977 and 1984. Members: Palle Mikkelborg (trumpet, flugelhorn, synthesizer, piano), Kenneth Knudsen (piano, Mini Moog, Polymoog), Jesper Nehammer (saxophone, flute), Bjarne Roupé (guitar), Thomas Clausen (keyboards), Bo Stief (bass), Kasper Winding (drums, percussion, melodica), Jon Christensen (drums), Ethan Weisgard (percussion, […]

Trouble

Trouble were a Danish jazz-rock band that released the album After the War on Sonet/Telefunken in 1970. Members: Allan Botschinsky (trumpet, flugelhorn), Ray Pitts (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute), Ole Kock Hansen (organ, piano), Ole Berndorf (guitar), Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass), Bjarne Rostvold (drums) Discography: After the War (1970)

Pocket-Size

Pocket-Size were a Danish psych-rock band that recorded an album’s worth of material circa 1970. In 2002, the material was released on the CD In One or Another Condition by archivists Frost Records. Members: Kaj Bruhn (vocals, bass), Dan Johnsen (vocals, guitar), Niels Martinussen (organ), Finn Tony Rasmussen (drums) Discography: In One or Another Condition […]

My Ship

My Ship were a Danish psych-rock band that released the album Morning Song on BASF in 1972. Members: Bent Sten Myggen (vocals, piano, guitar, flute), Oliver Strauss (vocals, guitar), Jens Elbøl (bass), Michael Puggaard-Müller (drums, tambourine) Discography: Morning Song (1972)

Coronarias Dans

Coronarias Dans were a Danish jazz/rock band that was twice active during the 1970s, issuing the free-jazz album Breathe (1970) on Parlophone and Visitor (1975) on SteepleChase, the latter featuring most of Secret Oyster. Members: Kenneth Knudsen (keyboards), Claus Bøhling (guitar), Peter Friis Nielsen (bass), Claus Boje (drums), Ole Streenberg (drums) Discography: Breathe (1970) Visitor […]

Birds of Beauty

Birds of Beauty were a Danish jazz-rock ensemble that released the album Pelican on CBS in 1978. Members: Ben Besiakov (grand piano), Jeppe Reipurth (drums), Karsten Vogel (alto/soprano saxophone, synthesizer [ARP stringensemble]), Kim Menzer (flute, harmonica), Kim Yarbrough (bass), Klavs Nordsø (percussion), Mikkel Nordsø (guitar), Morten Kærså (synthesizer [Micromoog]), Moussa Diallo (bass), Ole Fick (guitar), […]

Tømrerclaus

Tømrerclaus — aka Claus Clement Pedersen (born Nov. 21, 1945) — is a Danish cellist from Århus, Jylland, who released the cassette album Snydt on self-press Karma Music in 1977, followed by an eponymous album-proper in 1978. He followed these releases with a trio of 1979 singles, recorded in collaboration with the band Boline and […]

Hyldemor

Hyldemor were a Danish psych-rock band from Copenhagen that released the album Glem det Hele on CBS in 1978. The band evolved from the folksier Hyldemors Grønsaligheder, which issued the cassette-album Lysene Tændes on Studie 14 in 1975. Members: Hans Vinding (guitar, vocals), Steen Claësson (violin), Jens Breum (drums), John Teglgaard (guitar), Thor Mathisen (bass) […]

Kliche

Kliche were a Danish New Wave band from Aarhus, Midtjylland, that released two albums on Medley Records between 1980 and 1982. Members: Lars H.U.G. (vocals, guitar), Johnny Voss [Johannes E. Möller] (bass, vocals), Anders Brill [Anders Gilberg] (drums), Jens Valo [aka Jens Danielsen] (keyboards, 1977-80), Steffen Brandt (keyboards, 1980-?), Nils Torp (keyboards, ?-1984) Discography: Supertanker […]

Gasolin’

Gasolin’ were a Danish rock band from Copenhagen that released eight albums and two live discs on CBS between 1971 and 1978. Members: Kim Larsen (vocals, guitar), Wili Jønsson (bass, vocals), Franz Beckerlee (guitar, vocals), Bjørn Uglebjerg (drums), Søren Berlev (drums) Discography: Gasolin’ (1971) Gasolin’ 2 (1972) Gasolin’ 3 (1973) Stakkels Jim (1974) Gas 5 […]

Istanbul Express

Istanbul Express were a Danish jazz-rock ensemble led by Turkish multi-instrumentalist Mehmet Ozan. The band issued three albums on assorted labels between 1979 and 1985. Members: Mehmet Ozan (guitar, percussion, saz, vocals), Jan zum Vohrde (alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute), Mads Vinding (bass, double bass), Alex Riel (drums), Christian Sievert (guitar, percussion), Jens Jefsen (bass), […]

Himmel Expressen

Himmel Expressen — alternately spelled Himmelexpressen — were a Danish Latin-jazz/rock band that issued the album Latinamerikansk Olie on Hookfarm in 1976. Members: Mich Jensen (electric guitar), Kenn Lending (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, triangle), Jesper Naur (electric piano, Hammond organ, grand piano, moog), Jesper Ray Manley (drums), Kim Nidam (harmonica), Michael Nielsen (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, […]

Finn Olafsson

Finn Olafsson is a Danish jazz-rock guitarist who first emerged in psych-rock combo Ache at the dawn of the 1970s. In 1976, he issued the album Savannah on KFM and has recorded in solo and combo configurations since. His partnership with violinist Anders Roland yielded four albums, starting with the 1984 released Sight – Seeing. […]

Fagrir Fuglar

Fagrir Fuglar were a Danish/Faroe Islands jazz-rock band that released the album Vedurlög on the Tutl label in 1981. Members: Ólavur Øster (guitar), Ernst Sondum Dalsgarð (flute), Kristian Blak (keyboards), Jóhannus á Rógvu Joensen (bass), Jan Jacobsen (drums, percussion) Discography:  Vedurlög (1981)

Barbarella

Barbarella were a Danish art-pop band that released a singular, self-titled album — alternately issued as First Love — on the Artist label in 1975. Members: Gerner Bresson (vocals, flute), Henning Pold (bass, vocals), Terje Barnholdt (drums, percussion), Kaare Barkou (keyboards, vocals), Kenneth Carter (guitar, vocals) Discography: Barbarella [First Love] (1975)

Tequila

Tequila were a Danish jazz-pop spin-off of Dr. Dopo Jam that issued two albums on Metronome between 1974 and 1976. Members: Arne Degn Kristensen (bass), Søren “Nix” Nikolajsen (congas, percussion, harmonica), Claes Pauli Jacobsen (drums, percussion), Kristian Pommer (keyboards, percussion), Konrad “Farmer” Jahn (lead guitar, vocals), Dennis Hastings (lead vocals, guitar, percussion), Gitte Glavind (vocals, […]

Secret Oyster

Secret Oyster was a Danish jazz-rock band that released four albums on CBS between 1973 and 1976. Members: Claus Bøhling (guitar), Karsten Vogel (saxophone, keyboards), Mads Vinding (bass), Bo Thrige Andersen (drums), Jess Stæhr (bass), Ole Streenberg (drums), Kenneth Knudsen (keyboards, ?-1976) Secret Oyster coalesced in 1972 when two members of Burnin Red Ivanhoe, saxophonist […]

The Savage Rose

The Savage Rose are a Danish art-rock/psych band from København, formed in 1967. The band’s initial run produced seven albums on Polydor between 1968 and 1973. Members: Annisette (vocals), Anders Koppel (organ, 1967-75, 1990-92), Thomas Koppel (keyboards, 1967-2006), Flemming Ostermann (guitar, 1967-68), Jens Rugsted (bass, 1967-71), Alex Riel (drums, 1967-71), Ilse Maria Koppel (harpsichord, piano, […]

Rainbow Band

Rainbow Band were a Danish art-rock/psych band that released a self-titled album on Sonet in 1970. The band evolved into Midnight Sun for three further albums on the label over the next four years, including a rerecording of Rainbow Band. Members: Bent Hesselmann (saxophone, flute), Peer Frost (guitar), Carsten Smedegaard (drums), Niels Brønsted (piano), Bo […]

Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun were a Danish art-rock band that released three albums on Sonet between 1971 and 1974. The band’s first album is a rerecording of the singular full-length issued under their earlier incarnation as Rainbow Band. Members: Peer Frost (guitar), Niels Brøndsted (piano), Bent Hesselman (saxophone, flute), Carsten Smedegaard (drums), Allan Mortensen (vocals, 1971-72), Bo […]

Masala Dosa

Masala Dosa were a Danish jazz-rock band that issued the album 77 on Kong Pære in 1979. Members: John Teglgaard (guitar, sitar, vocals), Thor Mathiesen (bass), Vagn Carlsen (guitar, 1975-78), Ole Slick (drums, 1975-77), Joe Rains (drums, 1975-77), Marian Lichtman (drums, 1977-78), Claus Bøhling (guitar, 1978-83), Bo Thrige Andersen (drums, 1978-83), Jeff King (drums, 1983) […]

Iron Office

Iron Office were a Danish jazz-rock band that issued two albums between 1976 and 1978 on Metronome and Sonet. Members: Allan Botschinsky (trumpet), Palle Mikkelborg (trumpet), Benny Rosenfeld (trumpet), Erik Tschentscher (trumpet), Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass), Ole Kock Hansen (electric piano), Nils Tuxen (guitar), Kurt Riedel (drums), Bent Clausen (congas, percussion), Gert Rostock Jensen (electric […]

Heavy Joker

Heavy Joker were a Danish jazz-rock band that released two albums between 1976 and 1978 on Polydor and Mercury. Members: Michael Bruun (guitar, Moog, ARP Solina String Ensemble), Max Leth Jun (keyboards, vibraphone, marimba), Henrik Bødtcher (bass), Jan Sivertsen (drums, percussion) Discography: Heavy Joker (1976) Caesar’s Palace (1978)

Gangway

Gangway were a Danish sophisti-pop band from København that was active for 16 years, starting in 1982. Members: Henrik Balling (guitar, keyboards), Allan Jensen (vocals), Torben Johansen (keyboards), Cai Bojsen-Mølle (drums, keyboards) Discography: The Twist (1984) Sitting in the Park (1986) My Girl and Me (EP, 1988) The Quiet Boy Ate the Whole Cake (1991) […]

Feo

Feo were a Danish acid-folk combo who released two albums between 1971 and 1974 on Spectator and Lucifer. All the members were blind or visually impaired. Members: Flemming Nørgaard (bass), Rudi Albertsen (vocals), Sune Durhuus (guitar), Thorkild Blond Andersen (flute), Mikkel Bayer (violin) Discography: Eg Meini Teð (1971) Filtskolyd (1974)

Far Out

Far Out were a Danish hard-rock trio from Christiania, Copenhagen, formed in 1971. A decade into their existence, the band issued two albums during 1981 and 1982 on Spiren and Taleag. Members: Lars Larsen (guitar, vocals), Ole Knudsen (bass, vocals), Henning Hansen (drums) Discography: Far Out (1981) Warpigs (1982)

Ache

Ache were a Danish psychedelic art-rock band from København, formed in 1968. Members: Torsten Olafsson (bass, vocals, 1970-71), Finn Olafsson (guitar), Peter Mellin (Hammond organ, piano), Glenn Fischer (drums, percussion, sound effects, 1970-71), Stig Kreutzfeldt (vocals, percussion, 1976), Johnnie Gellett (vocals, percussion, acoustic guitar, 1976), Steen Toft Andersen (bass, 1976), Gert Smedegaard (drums, 1976) Discography: […]

Dr. Dopo Jam

Dr. Dopo Jam were a Danish avant-garde/jazz-rock band from Roskilde, formed in 1967. The band released two albums on the Zebra label circa 1973/74, followed by a third and final self-pressed longplayer in 1981. Members: Kristian Pommer (clavinet, guitar, piano), Skak Snitker (trumpet), Nils Christensen “Vejmand” (drums, 1967-73), Lars Rasmussen (guitar, violin, 1968-71, 1981), Anders […]

Day of Phoenix

Day of Phoenix were a Danish psychedelic art-rock band that released two albums and two singles on Sonet between 1968 and 1972. Members: Cy Nicklin (guitar, vocals, 1968-69), Karsten Lyng Nielsen (guitar), Jess Stæhr Nielsen (bass, 1968-69), Ole Prehn (guitar, acoustic guitar), Henrik Friis Nielsen (drums, percussion), Hans Lauridsen (vocals, 1969), Erik Stedt Rasmussen (bass, […]

Culpeper’s Orchard

Culpeper’s Orchard were a Danish hard-rock/folk-rock band that released three albums on Polydor during 1971 and 1972. Members: Cy Nicklin (vocals, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion), Nils Henriksen (lead guitar, piano, vocals, acoustic guitar, harpsichord), Michael Friis (bass, organ, flute, percussion), Rodger Barker (drums, percussion), Ken Gudman (drums), Niels Vangkilde (guitar), Nils Tuxen (pedal steel […]

Coma

Coma were a Danish jazz-rock band from Frederikshavn that released two albums on Genlyd between 1977 and 1980. Members: Jakob Mygind (saxophone), Leif Christensen (bass), Michael Bundgaard (keyboards), Flemming Friberg (guitar, vocals), Klaus Thrane (drums), Palle Rosenkrantz (percussion, guitar), Michael Friis (percussion, drums), Viggo Steincke (guitar) Discography: Financial Tycoon (1977) Amoc (1980)

Buki-Yamaz

Buki-Yamaz were a Danish jazz-rock/funk band that released four albums on assorted labels between 1975 and 1979. Members: Aske Bentzon (flute), Kim Sagild (guitar), Klavs Nordsø (percussion), Mikkel Nordsø (guitar), Henrik Bødtcher (bass), Ethan Weisgard (drums) Discography: Buki-Yamaz (1975) Segundo (1976) “Gangsterens Lærling” / “You Just Call Me What You Want” ‎(7″, 1976) Live (1978) […]

Burnin Red Ivanhoe

Burnin Red Ivanhoe was a Danish jazz-rock band that was primarily active during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band was headed by multi-instrumentalist Karsten Vogel who — along with the rhythm section of Jess Stæhr and Bo Thrige Andersen — later formed the instrumental powerhouse Secret Oyster. Members: Karsten Vogel (saxophone, cello, organ), […]

Cox Orange

Cox Orange were a Danish jazz-rock band that released two albums on Amar between 1978 and 1980, followed by a third on Rosen in 1984. Drummer Ethan Weisgard appeared on two albums apiece with Dr. Dopo Jam and Buki-Yamaz. Guitarist Flemming Ostermann hailed from the original lineup of Savage Rose. Members: Morten Elbek (alto saxophone), […]

Blast Furnace

Blast Furnace were a Danish psychedelic art-rock band from København that released an eponymous album on Polydor in 1971. Members: Tom McEwan (drums, vocals), Thor Backhausen (organ, piano, flute), Arne Würgler (bass, cello, vocals), Niels Vangkilde (guitar) Discography: Blast Furnace (1971)

Alrune Rod

Alrune Rod were a Danish psychedelic art-rock band from København that was initially active for a period of six years, starting in 1968. Members: Leif Roden [Leif Roden Nielsen] (vocals, bass, guitar), Flemming Giese Rasmussen (guitar, 1968-70), Kurt “Pastor” Ziegler Simonsen (organ, piano, vocals, 1968-70, 1972-?), Claus From (drums, 1968-70), Ole Poulsen (guitar, vocals, mandolin, […]

Kamæleon

Kamæleon were a Danish jazz-rock band from Århus that was active for eight years, starting in 1976. Between 1978 and 1980, the band released two albums on Amar. Members: Fini Høstrup (keyboards), Jens Jefsen (bass), Steen Råhauge (percussion), Uffe Steen (guitar), Poul Poulsen (drums) Discography: Kamiæleon (1978) Svajende Siv (1980) Ebeltoft Session 82 (1982)

Agathorn

Agathorn were a Danish art-rock band from Roskilde, Sjælland, that released a self-tilted album on Telefunken in 1981, followed by a standalone a-side in 1982 and a numerically eponymous second album in 1987. Members: Henrik Dall (lead guitar, vocals), Jan Kargaard Madsen (guitar, vocals), Jan Heidebo (keyboards, vocals), Morten Bruun Pedersen (bass, vocals), Erik Havaleska […]

Daily Fauli

Daily Fauli — aka Søren Fauli (born Oct. 24, 1963) — is a Danish synth-punk/coldwave musician from København, Hovedstaden, who issued the cassette-album Jugend Unsinn in 1982, followed by the proper album Fauli til Dauli in 1983, both on small-press Gry Records. Discography: Jugend Unsinn (cassette, 1982 • Fauli) Fauli til Dauli (1983)

Blue Sun

Blue Sun were a Danish band from Copenhagen that debuted with the live album Peace Be Unto You on Spectator Records in 1970, followed by a self-titled studio album on Parlophone in 1971. A string of stop-gap singles and unreleased recordings preceded the band’s third album, It’s All Money Johnny, on Genlyd in 1976. Members: […]

Akropolis

Akropolis were a Danish art-rock band that released the album Half A Million Hours Symphony on Circle Records in 1979. Members: Jens Lund (vocals, guitars), Jørn Bennedbæk (guitars), James Templeton (keyboards), Hans Johannsen (bass), James Pearson (drums) Discography: Half A Million Hours Symphony (1979)

Hurdy Gurdy

Hurdy Gurdy were a Danish psych-rock band from København, Hovedstaden, that released a standalone single on Spectator in 1970, followed by a self-titled album on CBS in 1972. Members: Claus Bøhling (vocals, guitar, sitar, harmonica), Mac MacLeod (bass, 1967-70), Jens Marquard Otzen (drums), Torben Forne (bass, 1970-72) Discography: “Tick Tock Man” / “Lend Me Your […]

The Floor

The Floor were a Danish pop-psych band that released the album 1st Floor on Philips in 1967, followed by a standalone single in 1968. Members: Mogens Petersen, Joergen Krabbenhoeft, Torben Sardorf, Bjarne de la Motte, Steen Bergstroem (organ) Discography: 1st Floor (1967) “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” / “Open the Door Homer” (1968)

Ballet Mécanique

Ballet Mécanique were a Danish post-punk band from København that released a standalone single on small-press Better Day Records in 1980, followed by two albums on CBS in 1981/82, the second under the truncated name Ballet M. Frontman Martin Hall subsequently launched a solo career. Members: Martin Hall (vocals, grand piano, guitar), Michael Karshøj (drums), […]

Bifrost

Bifrost were a Danish folk-rock band from København, Hovedstaden, that released three albums on CBS between 1976 and 1978, followed by a second trio of titles on Mercury during the early 1980s. Members: Tom Lundén (vocals, keyboard), Ida Klemann (vocals, 1975-83), Pia Cohn (vocals, 1983-), Annapurna (vocals, 1975-79), Finn Jensen (guitar, 1974-77), Michael Miller (guitar, […]

Anima

Anima were a Danish jazz-rock band from that released the album Kilgore on Sonet in 1980, followed by two further albums on Metronome and Telaeg between 1982 and 1986. Members: Kenneth Knudsen (keyboards), Mikkel Nordsø (guitar), Michael Friis (bass), Ole Theill (drums) Discography: Kilgore (1980) Songs (1982) Shanghai Circus (1986)