Laban (band)

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Laban
Origin Denmark
Genres New Wave
Synthpop
Italo disco
Years active 1982–1988
Labels Mega Records
Past members Lecia Jönsson
Ivan Pedersen

Laban was a 1980s Synthpop duo consisting of Lecia Jønsson and Ivan Pedersen. Both members were born in Denmark and originally sang in Danish, before moving onto English language releases. They went on to limited international success with the releases of two albums, as well as singles such as "Love In Siberia" and "Caught By Surprise".

The duo formed in 1982, and recorded the song "Hvor Ska' Vi Sove I Nat?" ("Where Shall We Sleep Tonight?") in 1982, a track original written by the Italian pop music group Ricchi e Poveri, known as "Sarà perché ti amo". A manager called Cai Leitner heard the song, and two days later it was released as a single. They recorded another cover song that year, called "Jeg Kan Li' Dig Alligevel" ("I Love You Anyway"), originally performed by the German pop group Hot Shot as "Angel From Paradise". In 1986 they released "Love In Siberia" which spent 4 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at Nº 88, and which launched the pair to international success. It resulted in an LP called "Caught By Surprise", in addition to a single of the same name.

The first album also included the single releases of "Donna Donna" and "Ch-Ch-Cherrie", allowing the duo to release a second international album in 1987. The second album was more rocky than the first and failed to do as well. With their popularity fading, Laban split up in 1988.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • Hvor ska' vi sove i nat? (Where Shall We Sleep Tonight?)
  • Meget bedre nu/Det jeg føler for dig (Much better now/What I feel for you)
  • Came-camera
  • Kun et sekund (Danish version of Caught By Surprise)
  • Kold som is (Danish version of Love in Siberia)
  • Donna Donna
  • Ch-Ch-Cherrie
  • Love In Siberia
  • Caught By Surprise (LP)
  • Russian Roulette
  • Fange i natten (Danish version of Prisoner of the night)
  • Prisoner of the night
  • Down on your knees
  • Don't stop
  • I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten

Albums[edit]

  • Laban (1982)
  • Laban 2 (1983)
  • Laban 3 (1984)
  • Laban's bedste (compilation) (1985)
  • Laban 4 (1985)
  • Caught By Surprise (1986)
  • Laban 5 (1987)
  • Roulette (1987)
  • Greatest hits (compilation) (1988)
  • De største narrestreger (compilation) (1997)
  • De 36 bedste narrestreger (compilation) (2009)
  • Komplet & rariteter (compilation) (2010)